Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stories in Heaven

I’ve been reading a lot of fiction lately, enjoying stories that deliver excitement without real-life consequences and resolve every conflict or mystery before the last page. I love a good story.

Stories bring joy to my life, and I wonder whether we will have stories in heaven. Jesus was a great storyteller here on earth, and God’s story of redemption has been called “the greatest story ever told,” but a good story requires conflict. If heaven is a place without tears or pain (Revelation 21:4), can there be stories?

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

5 comments:

  1. Can there be conflict without sin!

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  2. Do not stories - by their very nature - rapture us from the mundane and carry us into the excitement of someone else's adventure?

    Perhaps in Heaven even the mundane will be more adventurous than a story could compete with!

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  3. Interesting question. I think that if conflict is required to bring out beauty, there is nothing especially imperfect about the (fictional) conflict.

    As for heaven itself, I like C.S. Lewis's simple image at the end of the Narnia Chronicles, of going further and further in. A related idea is expressed in The Great Divorce, where heaven becomes more real and concrete the further in you go. Whatever else that could mean, it sounds sufficiently adventurous to me.

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  4. That is a beautiful question.

    I don't have an answer, but in all seriousness an eternity of boredom scares me to my core.

    -Louie

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  5. Anonymous says something that I was truly afraid of growing up. Especially when I remember the church worship leader saying in the middle of our service that we'll be singing forever! Fortunately my view of heaven and eternity have grown up a bit since then. Meaning, I'm certain that "worshipping God" will not have much to do with our style of church service - lol.

    I think there are at least three things here regarding conflict and heaven. One is that according to Scripture, there were problems (ie "conflict") before Adam and Eve sinned. Prior to that, Adam was lonely. I think part of heaven solves that in the form of God's presence. Two, having retained our memory of our earthly lives, I think we will understand the joy of heaven better. And lastly, Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of heaven as something for us to begin here in this world. So, while we are not in heaven, because of God's mercy, we can be a part of it now.

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Thanks for your comments! Agree or disagree, but please comment respectfully.