Wednesday, February 17, 2010
There is no need to be worried by facetious people that try to make the Christian hope of ‘heaven’ ridiculous by saying that they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps.’
The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a merely symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible.
Musical instruments are mentioned because for many people (not all) music is the thing known in the present life which most strongly expresses ecstasy and infinity. Crowns are mentioned to suggest the fact that those who are united with God in eternity share His splendor and power and joy. Gold is mentioned to suggest the timelessness of heaven (gold does not rust) and the preciousness of it.
People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.”
Mere Christianity, Book III, ch.10
— C. S. Lewis
Posted by Trish at 2/17/2010 08:10:00 AM