Monday, August 12, 2019

Lewis on chocolate, sex, and goodness not (yet) experienced

From the Time Magazine cover story/interview of C.S. Lewis in 1947: "I think our present outlook might be like that of a small boy who, on being told that the sexual act was the highest bodily pleasure, should immediately ask whether you ate chocolates at the same time. On receiving the answer no, he might regard absence of chocolates as the chief characteristic of sexuality. In vain would you tell him that the reason why lovers in their carnal raptures don't bother about chocolates is that they have something better to think of. The boy knows chocolate: he does not know the positive thing that excludes it. We are in the same position. We know the sexual life; we do not know, except in glimpses, the other thing which, in Heaven, will leave no room for it."
Two thoughts:
1.) It's difficult for those not in (or beyond the fringes of) God's Kingdom to understand its goodness. It can only be experienced indirectly and intellectually, until accepted and lived out in faith.
2.) Heaven is defined in Rev 21-22 as the absence of A, B and C-- and unfortunately, that is a common focus of our descriptions. But its greater definitions are positive-- the presence of X, Y and Z.


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