By Wayne Martindale
C. S. Lewis’s fiction is wealthy with reflections at the afterlife. for lots of, studying his books is helping in forming a extra bright realizing of Heaven and Hell. during this publication, Lewis student Wayne Martindale makes use of a few of Lewis’s best-loved fiction as an innovative supplement to his dialogue on eternity.
Those who recognize Lewis’s paintings will get pleasure from Martindale’s thorough exam of the robust photographs of Heaven and Hell present in Lewis’s fiction, and all readers can have fun with Martindale’s scholarly but obtainable tone. learn this ebook, and you'll see afresh the sweetness of what lies past the Shadowlands.
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Lewis came more nobly, if more rarely, from the dogged pursuit of truth and the constraints of logic. Heaven, unity with God in Christ (not mansions for their own sake), was simply the answer to his heart’s desire and satisfied his mind and soul. ”84 If Heaven is the ultimate and permanent reality and this the shadowlands, then worldliness is escapism. ” It is patently false. In a sense, this statement could only be made by a nonbeliever because if it were true, which would a wise person choose: to be earthly minded and think our three score and ten worth our utmost energy or to be heavenly minded and build for time out of mind in paradise?
Our diversity enables us all to worship him in a unique way and teach others what we are uniquely gifted to see in him. Lewis says: God . . makes each soul unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He should have created more souls than one. Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you. . Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions.
We are limited by a very small amount of time and can sustain very few close relationships. We do not live our lives for very long at a time with our eternal destiny in view, though we are commanded to try and rewarded when we do. In helping us get outside the box, Blamires points out that when we look up caterpillar in the dictionary or encyclopedia, we find it described in terms of the butterfly: what it will be. He suggests imagining how an angel looking up our own species might find us described, since our own “metamorphosis” will be far more radical than the caterpillar’s: “I cannot help wondering what an angel would find if he looked up Man and Woman in the Encyclopaedia Caelestis”:3 The name given to the larvae of the saved in their prepupal stage as terrestrial beings.