Have you ever secretly thought that heaven sounds boring? Let’s face it, for beings who live in time, an eternity of peace and joy can actually sound unpleasantly monotonous! What will it really be like? Won’t we grow tired of eating the banquet, beholding the vision, and coasting along in a state of bliss?
In C.S. Lewis’ wonderful little book, The Problem of Pain, he gives a simple response to those who say they aren’t sure they want heaven. Heaven is not a mind-numbing forever of boring, sweet goodness. Heaven is the “other piece,” that thing you have been yearning for but couldn’t put into words, that memory you keep going back to, the reality you’ve only peeked at in fleeting moments. It’s the thing you love most in every book you’ve read, the satisfaction you have in your work, the understanding you share with a friend, the “secret signature of each soul.”
The satisfaction of these things is not a static or monotonous reality. It is not a one-time experience that quickly grows old. There is dynamism here, relationship, giving over, connection, a unity in diversity that you only glimpsed before. Heaven is something you already knew but rediscover forever.
Here is an excerpt from C.S. Lewis’ The Problem of Pain:
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