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March 28, 2011

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I believe the Bible, as a text, and language, also a form of text, are inadequate to describe spiritual things accurately, including God. The afterlife becomes a literal rendering of familiar Earth motifs, which at some point ring banal. The various Christian books purporting to describe what "Heaven" is like fall flat from the start, because they are attempting to describe spiritual things (which none of us has seen, ref. Paul) in literal terms. I personally have no interest in trying to imagine something I know I cannot. As a believer in Jesus, I look forward to ultimate peace, and that's about the best I can do.

Sorry - "at some point rings banal."

Perry,

I agree with you for the most part. Most of what I have read admits to only being a best attempt at describing Heaven. For example, CS Lewis more or less described Heaven as being more similar to but more awesome than every good thing on earth- innocent laughter, the beauty of the sunset, etc etc. I agree that this falls flat, but it puts it in the best terms we can understand.

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