Continued from here.
In his book The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis shared a very different view of heaven than I have ever heard anywhere else. The last chapter of the book is on heaven, which he sees as a place where God will enjoy those He loves. What a great starting point!
He then points out that each soul is unique – thus, each of us must have a separate, individualized role in heaven. Soak in the beauty of his words:
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 … God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it—made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.”
Lewis believes that each of us has “experienced only the want of” whatever will fill us in heaven during our lifetime on this earth and that my “want of” is different from your “want of” and everyone else’s. God has placed inside of me the key to unlocking one aspect of His character that only I will get to experience one-on-one, which I will then share with everyone else in heaven. And then your key will unlock another aspect of His character that is personal only to you. I’ll have no need to envy whatever is in your room, nor will you need to envy mine, because everyone in heaven will share with one another whatever we discover/experience. Lewis words it this way:
Each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some one aspect of the Divine beauty better than any other creature can.”
In other words, each of us will get the experience of being God’s “first love” and God being our “first love” because each of us will experience an aspect of God intimately in a way that nobody else ever has or ever will. Lewis quotes the Book of Revelation in support of this theory:
I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” ~ Rev. 2:17
I love the idea of having a relationship so intimate with the Father that only He and I are privy to this name while, at the same time, not taking away from your intimate relationship with the Father.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cover of The Problem of Pain. Courtesy Amazon.]