Allegory of the Cave vs Christian Concept of Heaven

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What do you believe? 5. Compare and contrast Plato’s world of forms as described in his allegory of the cave with the traditional Christian conception of heaven. Explain how each positively affects those who believe in these. Because of how we live, true reality is not obvious to most of us. However, we mistake what we see and hear for reality and truth. This is the basic premise for Plato's Allegory of the Cave, a story about prisoners that are chained in a cave, who cannot see anything except for shadows cast on a wall by a fire. When objects pass by it creates a shadow on the wall. The shadows are the only thing they can see and therefore is the only thing they know to exist. Eventually, one of the prisoner’s breaks free of the chain and ventures out into the real world. In the real world the freed prisoner discovers that the shadows in the cave are created from light diverge off objects. He recognizes there is a whole new world filled with light. When he gets out, he is astonished at what he finds. The freed prisoner is very confused and blinded by the light so he decides to return to the cave. When the prisoner returns to the cave, he shares what he saw in the real world with the other prisoners. The remaining prisoners treat the freed prisoner like he is crazy and they tell the freed prisoner that the real-world does not exist. The prisoners in the cave do not believe in the real-world because the cave is all they know exists. According to Plato, the material world of the senses is an illusion. The real-world, on the other hand, is the realm of Ideas which lies beyond the material world. With this view in mind, Plato claims that only Ideas are real. The material world, or the world of appearances, is constantly changing. The world of Ideas, however, never changes and is free from the limitations of time and space. As a result, Plato's theory

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