The Meaning of Lifestyle in Heaven, a Chapter in Issue of Pain, a Reserve by C. S. Lewis
From the books that people have been assigned to learn for this class, I've without doubt found The Issue of Pain, and more especially, the “Heaven” chapter to get the most believed provoking. Throughout this chapter, Lewis examines the nature and reason for our souls, and therefore, simultaneously makes the answer to “this is of life” considerably more and less translucent.
So, what is this is of life? The normal, knee-jerk response for evangelist Christians is “this is of life is to provide glory to God and live for eternity in Heaven.” Lewis’ “Heaven” chapter poses challenges because of this answer. Lewis says that, “Heaven offers little or nothing a mercenary soul can desire” (Lewis 639). Nevertheless, later on in the chapter he details that we each own “a signature of every soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want” (Lewis 640), that may only be fulfilled in Heaven. How then simply, can this get? If the non-mercenary, true Christian’s wishes are to simply get with God and provide glory to Him, then simply how is it feasible that we will be each, mercenary and pure of heart as well, blessed/cursed with an unfulfillable desire that only Heaven can quench? If Heaven by itself can quench most of humanity’s desires, it appears clear if you ask me that Heaven must provide something of great importance to all human beings.