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1898 – 1963
I am posting this today because I believe that God made us to be immortal. Further, I believe that anyone that decides to seek God is blessed in such a manner as that they will know this. I am Christian, however, I personally believe that God’s Holy Spirit embraces every soul, plant, animal and even inorganic matter. Science can “see” this as quantum energy. Science cannot explain this. It requires faith to understand the mysteries of God’s Divine Love.
Aside from a handful of apostles and saints that I cannot locate on YouTube, there is in my experience, no greater explainer for Christianity that was C. S. Lewis.
Our hearts must be on fire for the things of God; and so must our reason.
~ C. S. Lewis
Lewis was not always devoutly Christian. In fact, as a young man, Lewis was deeply bothered by evil and suffering in the world that didn’t fit with whom he imagined God to be. In his early adult years he was actually an outspoken atheist.
In his words: “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. Just how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? … Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist—in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless—I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality—namely my idea of justice—was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.”
(Mere Christianity, 45-46)
Being disciplined and diligent about the truth of his beliefs, Lewis came in some time to dramatically reverse his decision.
A former atheist he once exclaimed “Had God designed the world, it would not be A world so frail and faulty as we see.”
There is an old saying, “When the pupil is ready, the master will appear.”
C. S. Lewis has been a teacher and a mentor whose books and writings appeared at just the right time in countless lives.
The documentary seeks to answer the question of why C. S. Lewis — an Oxford scholar who specialized in Renaissance literature — still matters today. Lewis’s importance is heard through a renowned group of Christian pastors, artists, producers, writers and scholars.
Who was this man, C. S. Lewis?
Clive Staples Lewis, commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as “Jack”, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist.
C. S. Lewis from Theism to Christianity:
C. S. Lewis 1:25: [Reading from G. K. Chesterton]
“A great man knows he is not God and the greater he is, the better he knows it. The gospels declare that this mysterious maker of the world has visited his world in person. The most that any religious prophet has said was that he was the true servant of such a being. But if the creator was present in the daily life of the Roman empire, that is something unlike anything else in nature. It is the one great startling statement that man has made since he spoke his first articulate word. It makes dust and nonsense of comparative religion.”
James Como 6:16:
I think it would be a mistake to think that argument converted C.S. Lewis. Because he thinks that we have to be oblique. We can’t look at things directly. They escape us. This is what his attempt at introspection taught him. When you’re thinking and now you start to think about your thinking — you’re not thinking about the original object anymore, you know. I’m thinking about baseball, now I’m thinking about how I’m thinking about baseball, so now I’m not thinking about baseball, you see. Very elusive. So Lewis understood that we had to have an oblique approach, as he put it, you have to sneak past the watchful dragons of self-consciousness.
C. S. Lewis 6:52:
I know very well when but hardly how the final step was taken. I went with my brother to have a picnic at Whipsnade Zoo. We started in fog, but by the end of our journey the sun was shining. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and when we reached the zoo I did. I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. It was more like when a man, after a long sleep, becomes aware that he is now awake.
More C. S. Lewis
- Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis (Youtube read aloud by Jeffrey Howard)
- Mere Christianity (MP3 read aloud by Jeffrey Howard)
- Text and PDF (online – download)
- C. S. Lewis: The Magician’s Twin
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