C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) is well-known by readers of all ages for his incomparable works: “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Mere Christianity,” “Surprised By Joy,” “The Space Trilogy,” “The Great Divorce,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and others. He had a deep and abiding friendship during his years at Oxford University with J.R.R. Tolkien. It was Tolkien’s influence that led Lewis to become a Christian.
It is difficult to quantify Lewis’ contribution to literature. He had the incomparable ability to weave the truths of the Gospel into amazing stories and was a Christian apologist of the first order.
One of my favorite quotes from the “Chronicles of Narnia” is about the nature of Aslan:
“As he appears in Narnia, Aslan is a large talking lion who is terrifying, magnificent, and beautiful all at once. Aslan appears different sizes to different people, such that he is always larger than everyone; as people grow, he grows with them. Aslan is very wise, and a powerful force for good, but as Narnians often say, “he’s not a tame lion.” He can be dangerous, and is an unconquerable enemy if angered.” (emphasis is mine)
We so often forget that our God is also a Righteous, Holy God. Like Aslan, He is not a tame Lion. He is the Lion Of Judah.
The following “bits” are just a smattering of the wisdom that C.S. Lewis left in his writings.
“We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.”
“Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side.”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
“Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.”
“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”
“When the author walks on the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right – something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left. For this time it will be God without disguise. It will be too late then to choose your side.”
“The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God.”
“Love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.”
“Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.”
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
“He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.”
“All that we call human history–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
“Like a good chess player, Satan is always trying to manuever you into a position where you can save your castle only by losing your bishop.”
“It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.”
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