Sunday, April 7, 2013

Anna Karenina: Part V, Chaper 27

Anna's son Seryozha ponders death while his father drills him in a Bible lesson on the Old Testament patriarchs:
In death, of which they talked to him so often, Seryozha disbelieved entirely. He did not believe that those he loved could die -- above all, that he himself would die. That was to him something utterly inconceivable and impossible. But he had been told that all men die; he had asked people, those whom he trusted, and they too had confirmed it; his old nurse, too, said the same, though reluctantly. But Enoch had not died, and so it followed that not everyone did die. "And why cannot anyone else so serve God and be taken alive to heaven? thought Seryozha. Bad people, that is, those Seryozha did not like, they might die, but the good might all be like Enoch.
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Genesis 5:24 

*All Scripture quotes are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes, those we do not like die while those we do like live. Isn't that how many of us view the world? And yet, the Bible says that God loved Jacob and hated Esau and that he treated them accordingly. So maybe the boy's take on things isn't so far off.