People sometimes ask me why I believe in God. I used to say that belief in God is the only option that makes any sense. Now, however, I also add that belief in God is the only way that helps me understand and live this life.
For the past 7 or 8 years, I have been struggling with Scripture. Some days it almost literally feels like I am wrestling with the Bible. There is all my theological education on one side, screaming at me “Count the number of times the people in white t-shirts pass the ball!” and then there is a still, small voice over on the side saying, “Yes, but did you notice … ?”
Ever wonder why C. S. Lewis was so influential in his thinking and theological writing? It is because C. S. Lewis translated his theology into language that anybody could understand. Here is what he wrote on the subject:
In his book on C. S. Lewis, Alister McGrath explains why Lewis wasn’t more popular among American Christians in the 1960s. This quote came from Alister McGrath’s excellent biography of C.S. Lewis. If you haven’t read it yet, click the link above to get a copy from Amazon. It is the best biography on Lewis I have ever read.
Many Christians engage in hellish evangelism, which is where they use hell to scare people into heaven. This form of evangelism can go to hell. It does not accurately represent Jesus or the Scriptures.
C. S. Lewis said that the way to convert the world to Jesus was to first turn them into good pagans. Is he right? He said “First let us make the younger generation good pagans and afterwards let us make them Christians.”
This is a classic essay by C. S. Lewis on the relationship between Work and Prayer. Many people wonder how to reconcile our effort with praying to God. Here is how C. S. Lewis answers the question. He says that prayer is not really much different than work. Prayer is a different sort of work.
I have always struggled with the ending to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It never seemed to fit Scripture. So I figured Lewis was wrong… But what if Lewis was right, and it was I who was wrong in my understanding of Scripture? Hmmm…. maybe the ending to Lewis’ masterpiece needs to be reconsidered.
CS Lewis never wrote about gay marriage (as far as I know) but his comments on governments making laws about divorce are applicable to the issue. If anything has been learned from history, we know that it is bad for everybody when any religion picks up the sword of government and tries to enforce religious laws on anybody.