A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like

' The Lord led the holy man to two doors

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in

In the middle of the room was a large round table

In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly

They appeared to be famished

They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful

But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering

The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell

' They went to the next room and opened the door

It was exactly the same as the first one

There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water

The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking

The holy man said, 'I don't understand

' 'It is simple,' said the Lord