Re: the last blog on visions
What hangs up many people with the 'pretty' vision of Jesus is the question of EVIL- the ugly head of Satan revealed in the first wilderness story. In fact philosophy tells us that the question of evil is the cause of religions.
No argument with that, but the best answer that I know comes from a vision of C. S. Lewis in a little book called The Great Divorce. (You can read the book in a half hour.)
The protagonist, granted a short leave in Heaven (from the other place), asks George MacDonald about the terrible chasm from which he and the other travelers had emerged. MacDonald shows him a small crack between two blades of grass:
"Do you mean then that Hell-- all that infinite empty town-- is down in some little crack like this?
"Yes, all Hell is smaller than one pebble of your earthly world; but it's smaller than one atom of this world." (page 122 of a copy by Collier Books)
Evil like most things is relative. Things that seem monumental to us mortal creatures are usually of considerably less moment to the eternal. Think eternally!