Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Beyond the Shadowlands...

In our Sr. Youth Sunday School we have began studying the book Beyond The Shadowlands by Wayne Martindale. This book is Martindale's study on C.S. Lewis's writings about heaven and hell. It has been interesting to study myths, fictional and nonfictional writings about hell and heaven, theological insight and how it all goes or doesn't go together. In the beginning chapters of the book Marindale covers the Myth's that are often perceived with understanding heaven or hell and suggests that fictional language and non fictional language of Lewis can help us. It has been helpful to broaden our thinking about Heaven and Hell. Some of the quotes that have really been stuck with me so far are:

"Heaven is our natural home in that God created Heaven for us and us for Heaven. There all human personalities and potentials are fulfilled. Hell, on the other hand, is the dustbin of humanity, all ruins and perversions of what could have been, its occupants a grotesque parody of humanity." -Martindale (pg17)

"Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are halfhearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." - Lewis (pg 32) (bold text added by me not Lewis or Martindale)


Timothy Nightingale said...

Isn't there a movie about C.S. Lewis called that?

Paul Morgun said...

The movie was called The Shadowlands, and it was a biographical feature about the life of C.S. Lewis and his relationship with Joy Davidman...Anthony Hopkins plays Lewis in it...I have never seen it though, heard its pretty good.