C. S. Lewis, a lay Theologian as well as a 20th century novelist, described death seven years before he died.
“The term is over: the holidays have begun.” “The dream is ended: This is morning.” “Bring down the curtain.”
It was said that his strength lay in his use of the imagination rather than his expertise as either exegete or theologian. He was the most widely read Christian Author of his time. His books sold over 200 million:
“The Problem of Pain.” (1940). “The Screwtape Letters.” (1942).
“Mere Christianity”. (1952). “The Four Loves”. (1960).
I have quite a few of his “thoughts” and I want to share a few with you. He was a very interesting person.
“God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. But, fortunately, it works the other way around. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened. One of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.”
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us, we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
“I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.”
“We may note in passing that He was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three results –Hatred–Terror–Adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild admiration.”
“When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.”
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
“If you read history you will find out that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell…”
There is so much more. I have found reading some of his writings has enlightened my mind in many ways.
C. S Lewis was born on Nov. 29, 1898. He was 65 years old when he passed away on Nov. 22, 1963, the same day of Jack Kennedy’s assassination.
Until next time. Marge