Swedenborg's works offer us a vivid picture of what heaven is like, but all this information can give us as many questions as it does answers. Here Helen shares a compilation of passages about the various ingredients of the afterlife, resulting in a hearty meal's worth of food for thought. -Editor
Our lives are constant challenges to get past ourselves and the natural world, and move into a different mental landscape, one where learning more deeply about the life of the spirit enhances the Lord's ability to be with us. That learning may be unconscious, but it is a way of working with the Lord on the heavenly home we will be entering when our life here in the natural world ends. Truth be told, our heavenly home is based on the foundation we work on while in this world. Jesus did not waste his breath while here, so his teaching in the Gospel of John must be important,
"In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you." (John 14:2)Would any believer doubt this? I don't know.
When I think of the life here and lessons we are learning, I wonder about some things. One is, "How does the Lord take into account the differences among us?" In my childhood I only heard of heaven as one homogenous place, or state, along with the implication that we're all going to be blended into the same generic happiness. Really? How is that going to work? I just can't imagine being happy alongside some people to eternity. Not that they're bad—they're just different. So in what way, or ways, is heaven going to be the comforting, satisfying place, or state, that fits each person's mental makeup precisely in a way that will make every one of us happy?