POP CULTURE REFERENCES
POP CULTURE REFERENCES
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
After sacrificing himself to Voldemort, Harry finds himself in a heavenly version of King’s Cross Station. He has meets Dumbledore, who previously died, and has to choose between taking a train to “move on” or returning to fight. Dumbledore tells Harry, “of course, it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it isn’t real?”
What Dreams May Come
Robin Williams’ character, Chris Nielsen, is killed in car crash. But he lingers on Earth, unaware that he has died. The movie follows his struggle as he searches for his wife, who is in hell.
Marion Cottilard’s character, Mal, appears to her husband even though she is deceased.
When two homeowners die, they are doomed to haunt the house and try scare the new owners away. They enlist the help of a ghost, Beetlejuice, who at one point is also snuck in a purgatory-like waiting room.
The Sixth Sense
A young boy can communicate with the dead and helps them move on.
It’s a Wonderful Life
An angel sent from Heaven shows a businessman what life would be like if he never existed
Mack’s conversations with Papa, Jesus, and Sarayu mirror the Father, Son, Holy Spirit as he comes to terms with his daughter’s death and out-of-body experience.
Dante’s epic work explores humanity’s recurring traits and different levels of hell and suffering.
The Great Divorce
An artist trying to paint the landscape is visited by a spirit who tells him, “if you are interested in the country only for the sake of painting it, you’ll never learn to see the country.”
The Screwtape Letters
This work by C.S. Lewis, follows the correspondence between two demons sharing tips on their job of tempting humans and ensure they go to hell. As one demon writes, “the safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
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People from all walks of life have shared their near-death experiences. The only thing more remarkable than their stories are the similarities.
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