More Bits Of C.S. Lewis

As my husband and I recently saw “The Screwtape Letters,” I include here more from C.S. Lewis.

“It is a poor thing to strike our colors to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to Him as a last resort, to offer up ‘our own’ when it is no longer worth keeping.  If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms; but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer. He will have us even though we’ve shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is ‘nothing better’ left to be had.”

“The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God.”

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

“The devil loves ‘curing’ a small fault by giving you a great one.”

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”

“Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever.”

“You cannot make men good by law.”

“Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.”

“The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free. Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently He thought it worth the risk.”

“Enemy-occupied territory—–that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign in sabotage.”

“When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favourites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favourites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.”

“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.”

“A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world—and might be even more difficult to save.”

“There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake.”

“The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you.”

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth…”

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