for those who don't want heaven

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. —C. S. Lewis

I'm reading Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things That Matter Most by Jerry L. Walls. He takes a conseravtive evangelical position on hell. He uses this quote from C.S. Lewis to begin his 3rd chapter, titled "If God is love, why is there a hell?" He appeals to God's love results in human free will resulting in a free choice by some to reject God. I disagree with the last point. I do agree God is love. I do agree that we have free will. But I do not think we have enough clarity of vision to freely decide for Jesus. I think that absolute clarity of vision can only come in the afterlife.

I think most adults, those capable of free will not hindered by mental health issues or brain damage, desire love. Love is an intangible, non-material ideal. I think this longing is perfectly fulfilled in Jesus. Some sects across humanity do not value love as the apex. Some sects think the solution for this desire is to overcome it and train ourselves to forsake desire. Some sects think this desire is beneath the desire for order and justice and value these other ideals more. Some sects dismiss this ideal as complex chemistry and simply a hormonal interaction.

I think this longing for love is part of the imprint of God's image on us.

Unfortunately, we are constantly using gods as an excuse to justify ourselves or our politics or our science. So the image of God is corrupted. For those who reject this false ideal of God, they have my complete sympathy. Eventually, we will all see clearly the God who is love. At that point, we can correctly pray, "Thy will be done."


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