As many of you are aware, I have been on a long, drawn out search over the past few years, trying to suss out the various beliefs of different churches whilst often struggling with periods of doubt or disbelief.
I had wandered if Earthly loves are fulfilled through the being of God when we see Him in Heaven. Much of my focus was on how ‘all’ of these loves may reflect what we may find in Him; even loves some may dissmiss because they don’t understand them, because they’re snobbish towards them or because we don’t usually accociate such things with God. Many of you will recall may questions of ‘will the (television program) Dr Who or its fictional monsters (the cybermen) be fulfilled?’
If Tolkien’s notion (in ‘Tree and Leaf’) that fiction reflects the Almighty is correct, thus it must be.
F.J. Sheed (a Catholic writer) says of our pleasure in things or happenings, “…we shall have (*them) in greater measure, because whatever reality is in any created thing is there by the gift of God. It is therefore, in infinite perfection, in God Himself, and with Him we shall be in living contact.”
However, I have heard counter claims- including that God is a good ‘seperate’ in kind from the goods He makes or that only some things reflect Him. Many don’t understand my enjoyments and probably even find it insulting that I would want a fulfillment of fictional monsters via the Almighty, seeing only evil in such pleasures in the first place…I will defend my enjoyment and would happily attempt to describe it to those willing to listen.
But the interesting thing (which is probably why I go around in circles and can never seem to get a direct answer) is that I am Protestant but my ‘theological’ reading has been largely Catholic (or CS Lewis who was pretty much a Catholic in his views in all but name). I like the thrilling idea of a God of infinite qualities and that Creation is endlessly fulfilled in Him, but I am knocked back in this idea by some who say this platonist idea has no reasonable basis and that saying God is ‘infinite’ good makes about as much sense as saying the Tower of Pisa is infinite structure.
But the people who do seem to agree with me are Catholics. Please say it is so! This wretched journey to clarify the answer is destablizing my faith because platonist views was what the basis of my faith was built on in the first place!
Is it ‘officially’ so that (all!) things reflect God and are perfected in Him infinitely? (And I don’t mean ‘infinitely’ in a hyperbole sense.)