This classic novel is about you!
Though first written some 350 years ago The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan remains the most famous allegory of the Christian life still in print.
The story is presented as a dream experienced by the the author of the trials and adventures of ‘Christian’ as he navigates the trials and temptations along his journey from the City of Destruction, to the Celestial City.
Christian desires to rid himself of the terrible burden he carries (the weight of his sin) Evangelist points Christian to the wicket-gate from which would begin his adventures.
But Christian falls into the Slough of Despond, meets Mr. Worldly Wiseman, and strays to the village of Morality. Evangelist reappears and sets him back on the correct course. The gatekeeper, Good-will, lets him through and he comes to a cross and a sepulchre. Here he loses his burden and is further directed by Three Shining Ones.
On and on Christian travels as Bunyan remarkably parallels the realities of Christian experience. There is the Hill Difficulty, the choice between the two paths, the palace Beautiful, where he receives armor, the Valley of Humiliation, where he battles the monster Apollyon, the fearful Valley of the Shadow of Death, the allures of the City of Vanity Fair, the execution of a fellow companion and imprisonment.
A new friend, Hopeful, joins Christian and taking an ‘easier’ route they become lost and caught in a storm. At Doubting Castle, they are imprisoned, and beaten by the Giant Despair. A key called Promise sets them free, they reach the Delectable Mountains, require rescue once again, then after crossing a final river as a test of faith Christian is at last admitted into the Celestial City.
O Christian, know this road is one of difficulty, of battles, of “conflicts on the outside, fears within” (2 Cor. 7:15). But we must not give up! The stakes are high, but our God is higher still!
Cling to Him. Keep short accounts with Him. Stay broken… and above all…
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