Is it possible that heaven is Aslans Country
total relism: It definitely does seem that way in the third movie, I agree. Also, once you read The Last Battle, you may see even more parallels.
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I have been thinking about this recently, and I thought that Aslan's Country is not a completely perfect idea of heaven. The dwarves are there and have the ability to reject Aslan, showing there is (for lack of a better word) sin in Aslan's Country. Eustace also interrupts Lucy, a minor transgression but still would be considered sinful. I figured that it may be as if the further up and further in one goes into Aslan's Country, the less the ability to sin is. They noticed that they could not feel fear when swimming up the waterfall as they got further up and further in.
I am not sure if that was what Lewis intended, but it reminded me of spiritual growth. One cannot become a better person without growing closer to God (going further up and further in) and one cannot grow closer to God without becoming a better person.
I don't think that Lewis meant for it to be a perfect idea of Heaven. Lewis was a flawed man - just like the rest of us. As such, he was unable to fully capture what Heaven will be like - none of us know for sure, other than we know we will be in the presence of God. What Lewis was able to do with his discription of Aslan's Country was to give us a taste of the joy and excitement that we'll find in Heaven.
As far as the dwarves are concerned - were they still there after the judgement? I can't remember, and I haven't found the box that has my copy of the book.
Further up and further in!!
I believe that Aslan’s Country is heaven. Whether it exists in fiction in the Narnia stories or if it is the real heaven doesn’t make much difference because the goodness in it is the same. The heaven of Narnia is generally C.S. Lewis’s view of the real place, and I think he had a pretty accurate picture of what heaven will be like.
For me, the description of the New Narnia in The Last Battle is a far more attractive description of Heaven than what I got from the Bible, or from church. I like the idea that we will continue to grow and learn and that every day will be better than the one before. People in church told me that we would all look the same, and be dressed the same, and just chant "Praise the Lord, Hallelujah" endlessly while God just sits on his throne and laps it up. That would become tedious after five minutes, never mind eternity.