A man and woman were talking to each other while strolling down a peaceful road. The man asked the woman, “What must heaven must be like?” The woman answered:
“Well the idea of the kingdom of heaven is that of an ideal kingdom. The laws flow from the will of the King, who is good. The angels who reside in heaven are all pious and well-practiced in repentance and forgiveness. The physical and biological laws there are almost exactly as they are on earth, and indeed the expectation there is that the heavenly kingdom will one day be welcomed on earth.
The ruler of the kingdom of heaven does use fear to maintain order, though many do fear him out of humility and reverence. Order obtains naturally from the loving interactions the angels engage in with each other. The more the angels love, the more orderly and harmonious heaven becomes. All of the angels are aware of this, and live lives full of purpose, hope, and happiness.
The longer any angel resides in heaven, the stronger and more sophisticated that angel gets at loving. The result is that heavenly society has been growing stronger and more sophisticated since the beginning of the world’s creation. The angels that love the most are nearest to the King, and angels that love the least are furthest away. The King enjoys the most intense love from his nearest angels, and in return loves them more than any others. Heaven is consequently strongest in the areas nearest the King, weakest in the areas furthest away.
Admission into heaven is selective. Only those that the King chooses are welcomed through the gates, and his choices are perfectly impartial, right, and just. New arrivals, just as older residents, come to reside with those most like themselves, those that love in the most compatible style and manner. Some make their way to the King’s throne very quickly, others become very loyal and attached to particular angels and proceed more slowly, not wanting to leave their loved ones behind. Nevertheless, all angels in the kingdom of heaven are united in and through their love of the King, by whose will and by whose laws this society, so completely saturated with love, has been made possible.
Outside of the kingdom of heaven, proud spirits are largely paralyzed by their own self-love. Repentance serves no benefit to them, and only promises to harm their pride and to forfeit a fragile and jealously guarded self-image of superiority. Forgiveness is consistently withheld to justify their strategic contempt for others and to gratify themselves.
These proud spirits form kingdoms of their own making outside the gates of heaven. Rulers and ruled are dependent on the flattery of each other, which is unstable since it can readily be traded for contempt. The fluctuations between this thin admiration at one time and coercive contempt at another ultimately sows resentment across all of these dark kingdoms of the proud. The resentment divides and destroys all such existing kingdoms, as new rulers rise and others fall. The proud spirits in this state restlessly scrape after the image of greatness, which constantly escapes them.”