Stairway to Heaven or Elevator to Hell?
I had a dream several days ago that is/was a continuation of a dream I had a number of years ago. In the first dream I saw a building that had staircases in it but it had no railings on the staircase which meant you had to be extremely careful when ascending or descending the staircase. The staircase had landings, if you will, at each floor where you could get off. The floors themselves were completely open which meant you could walk off of the building and fall. Naturally this would become more dangerous the higher you choose to climb. The height you climbed to was up to you. It was your choice to stay put, go back down to previous floor, although I don’t see why one would want to, or continue the climb upwards. That was the dream I had a few years ago.
In this last dream the stairs were once again present but this time there was an elevator present as well. The elevator in this dream was strange because, although it stopped at every floor just like a normal elevator would, it could could only go down. The doors opened at every floor as I said above so if you wanted to get off, you could, however, you would have to walk up the flights of stairs to get to the floor you chose to initially start your descent. The ultimate destination of the elevator was hell and, once there, there was no return staircase to climb once the elevator doors opened there. The descent of this elevator was extremely slow which I believe to be God’s mercy.
The stairway in this dream does not represent works but rather human will. An elevator up would have been a no brainer of a choice, however that was not the case. Jesus Himself stated that the narrow road was a hard road. The landings in the dream could be a place of temporary rest while making the climb, however, the ultimate destination of this staircase, I believe, in the dream was heaven itself. Each landing was a new adventure which meant that the previous level had the danger of becoming ones comfort zone and therefore a temptation to stay in the familiar rather than to ascend into the unknown.
The elevator in my dream was a smooth ride and required no effort. The elevator in this dream, as I stated above had only one direction, which was down, and although the ride was smooth and required no effort upon the one riding it, the ride ultimately caused you to be taken to a lower floor than the one you initially were standing upon when the choice was made to ride the elevator. The only way up was the stairs.