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Pleasures in Paradise

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." —I Corinthians 2:9

This is hard to believe, but pleasure is not earth's invention. God invented every delight, and each delectable sensual experience. It is natural to wonder whether or not in heaven our cravings will be satisfied (earth is the culprit that keeps itching, tickling, and teasing our desires, all the while diminishing the possibilities of fulfillment). Will the pleasures of heaven really be that pleasurable? Consider this unusual but excellent analogy by C.S. Lewis:

Our present outlook might be like that of a small boy who, on being told that the sexual act was the highest bodily pleasure, should immediately ask whether you ate chocolates at the same time. On receiving the answer "no," he might regard absence of chocolates as the chief characteristic of sexuality. In vain would you tell him that the reasons why lovers in their carnal raptures don't bother about chocolates is that they have something better to think of. The boy knows chocolate: he does not know the positive thing that excludes it. We are in the same position. We know the sexual life; we do not know, except in glimpses, the other thing which, in Heaven, will leave no room for it. Hence where fullness awaits us we anticipate [loss].[1]


Earth has conditioned on us to think heaven is a place of less, not more. But enraptured in heaven's joy, we won't think about carnal pleasures because we will have something better, something far more pleasurable to consume us. The delight I experience with my husband Ken is merely a hint, a whisper—a bite of chocolate—compared to the resounding joy that, in heaven, will sweep me a way in a deluge of ecstasy.

I praise you that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from you, the Father of the heavenly lights. I believe what you tell me: heaven will be Paradise.

 


[1] (Page 206 in the manuscript)