I've heard people say there has to be darkness/pain/evil/death/a hell/people going to hell in order to give richer meaning to the opposite: light/good health/goodness/life/heaven/the Elect. I thought of that as I read this quote.
What do you think about this guy's idea of heaven? Do you tend to agree
with him? What is your ideal heaven and what are your beliefs about it (or an afterlife)?
"It is certainly too monotonous for an Eternity...to make a
new life desirable it must give us something to do, something worth
striving for, and a career by which we may improve in virtue ... If we
are to increase in virtue we need occasion for self-denial,
self-control, and self-sacrifice. But these cannot exist where there is
no want, no offence, no pain. Want and pain, toil and trial, cannot be
wholly banished out of my Heaven." ~ Francis Newman
From The Call to Seriousness: The Evangelical Impact on the Victorians by Ian Bradley