I have been thinking over what I wrote yesterday and have been processing it with the class discussion and with a friend last night. Concerning my last few paragraphs, I think I projected a lot of my own questions and confusions onto the text. I was reading a lot into things and beginning to open a can of worms on a whole other topic (how should a Christian live?). I read over what I wrote at the end of the last posting, and I would like to clarify a few things.
Heaven is REAL and talking about it is fine... the issue is with what the end of the essay says, which apparently I didn't read carefully enough:
"That being so, it may be asked what practical use there is in the speculations [about the nature of eternal life] which I have been indulging. I can think of at least one such use. It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal."
Basically, talking about Heaven is not bad, but overtalking about it is, and that's I guess the point I was trying to make. Talking about Heaven is fine, but there needs to be application along with it. What does all this talking mean for us today? In this paragraph Lewis does a good job wrapping it up by saying that we should view people in this eternal lense, seeing others as people in whom God's glory "is truly hidden." I just wanted to make that point clear after my random rampage in the last few paragraphs of "The Weight of Glory" blog.