Sunday, January 3, 2016
Mere Christianity By C. S. Lewis
In Chapter 3 he mentions two things about the human race that I found quite interesting. Number one, is that we ”are haunted by the idea of a sort of behavior that (we) ought to practice, what you might call fair play, or decency, or morality, or the Law of Nature. (Secondly), that we do not in fact do so.” In other words, we are unable to live the laws we preach with any sort of exactness. The following discussion in the book is worth reading.
He breaks down many of the key principles taught in Christianity such as Faith and Virtue. His spin on the subjects are enlightening because in his own life he claimed himself to be an atheist who through much thought, discussion, reading and practical experience began to see undoubtable evidence of specific laws and human nature that made him dig deeper and deeper until he realized for himself that many of the principles he hated or thought to be untrue turned out to have many different faces and characteristics pertaining to all people in their own circumstances.
One of the reasons he gives for being a Christian is that many old ideas have been rehashed and dismissed by theologians over centuries of time and very few remain. The ones that remain are in the best religions, which have also stood the test of time. So if you are discussing theological ideas with people who do not participate in any of the good religions you are probably discussing topics and ideas that have been disproved many times over.
On the topic of God being a personal God many people have endless arguments because it would appear that God only shows much of himself to very few people. However, I like C. S. Lewis' description of how God is not impartial or showing favoritism rather, “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 favorites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.”
There are many great topics I could bring up in regards to this fabulous book. I find it incredibly interesting because I was raised in an extremely religious Christian community which time and time again has proven to be an amazing town. It is ever more apparent as I travel and experience the world. The little Christian community I grew up in is very clean in all respects of the word, is full of kind, generous and humble people and takes care of the people within the community. Most of these great attributes of the community are directly correlated to the strong Christian beliefs throughout the majority of the population.
The Lifestyle of The Healthy, Wealthy and Happy.