In Hell there are banquet tables bountifully laden with wonderful food in great abundance. The people have paddles strapped to their arms so they cannot bend their elbows to put food in their own mouths. Instead they scoop food onto their paddles and toss the food into the air hoping to catch it in their mouth as it falls. Most are gaunt and hungry, some are starving. They frequently fight fiercely in order to catch the other person’s food. Because of this fighting and inefficiency, much of the food falls to the ground. The ground is polluted with putrefying food that immediately contaminates any fresh food that falls on it. The wasted decaying food fouls the air and causes sickness.
In Heaven there is the same arrangement of food and people with paddles strapped to their arms. Here all the people are happy, fit, well-fed, and uninjured. The floor is clean and the air is clear and filled with the aromas of fine food. In Heaven people scoop food onto their paddles and feed each other.
Our planet is a bountiful banquet. We are are producing enough to feed everyone. According to, Food First Institute for Food and Development Policy *
"We already grow enough food for 10 billion people. ...
Hunger is caused by poverty and inequality, not scarcity".
As in the parable the problem is our planets food abundance is not being used to get all of our population fed.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported that during the 2011 to 2013 study interval 842 million people or 12% of the planets population was undernourished. Were undernourished was defined as: "A state, lasting for at least one year, of inability to acquire enough food, defined as a level of food intake sufficient to meet dietary energy requirements.**
The BreadfortheWorld group reports: "Each year, 2.6 million children die as a result of hunger-related causes." ^
* Reported by: Eric Holt Gimenez Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, Blog first posted 05/02/2012 Huff Post, Food
** The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States reported on their Hunger Portal, http://www.fao.org/hunger/en/
^ Breadfortheworld roporting on thier web page at: http://www.bread.org/hunger/global/