In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that--and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison--you do not know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and of course, as long as you are looking down, you … Continue reading Do you Know God? Here’s a test.
C.S. Lewis provides a Biblical perspective and critique of modern literary criticism. Though this address was first delivered in 1939, Lewis' unease with the key concepts of literary tradition—namely self-expression, creativity, spontaneity and freedom from rules—is at least as pertinent today as it was in his time. To be 'yourself' is one of the highest … Continue reading Creativity and the Christian
...how very quickly, in my own experience, the lawful pleasure of praise from those whom it was my duty to please turns into the deadly poison of self-admiration. But I thought I could detect a moment—a very, very short moment—before this happened, during which the satisfaction of having pleased those whom I rightly loved and … Continue reading Oh that will be glory for me!
If Christianity could tell me no more of the far-off land than my own temperament led me to surmise already, then Christianity would be no higher than myself. If it has more to give me, I must expect it to be less immediately attractive than “my own stuff”.... If our religion is something objective, then … Continue reading When Scripture is Repellent
With good reason God teaches us we ought not to judge others as though we knew all things. Not only do we not know our neighbor's heart, we can't even fathom the depths of our own! These consideration by C.S. Lewis give me pause to nip my plentiful and unsubstantiated judgments in the bud: Human … Continue reading There will be Surprises!
We are sometimes poor judges of what love looks like. When pain is involved we are apt to say, this cannot be love. (Thus spanking of children has gone out of vogue, for instance.) But God's love is our model. And this kind of love goes far beyond the cozy warm feeling we get singing the … Continue reading Behold, the Father’s love for us…
from The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the … Continue reading Destined for Glory!
'If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.' --C.S.Lewis … Continue reading If God is love