C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”…the Christian intellectual, from Oxford, as was William F. Buckley and his old debates with the agnostic Gore Vidal, still all on YouTube. Quote C. S. Lewis from “The Great Divorce”. “I have nothing to do with any generality. Nor with any man but you and me. Oh, as you love your own soul remember. You know that you and I were playing with loaded dice. We didn’t want the other to be true. We were afraid of crude salvationism, afraid of breach with the spirit of the age, afraid of redicule, afraid (above all) of real spiritual fears and hopes. You think that, because hitherto you have experienced truth only with the abstract intellect. But when we are comparing Christians in general with non-Christians in general, we are usually not thinking about real people whom we know at all, but only about two vague ideas which we have got from novels and newspapers. If you want to compare the bad Christian and the good Atheist, you must think about two real specimens whom you have actually met. Unless we come down to brass tacks in that way, we shall only be wasting time.”
Lord, Liar, or Lunatic? “Lewis would conclude that atheism was too simple because it doesn’t adequately explain the complex design of the universe. Later Lewis discussed his spiritual findings with J. R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson, two fellow scholars. Lewis kept looking at the myths and wondering if all those stories were really echoes of the one true story. Lewis’ great concern was a fear of the divine interference. He would later acknowledge: “Christianity placed at the center what then seemed to me a transcendental Interferer. He later understood this desire to maintain control of his own life, “this is my business and mine only.” As you may have stipulated. But is it?
“I read Chesterton’s Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history. Chesterton laid out a clear picture of the origin of civilization, with God stepping into history through the incarnation of His Son.”
“For when we look deep inside ourselves, we see the wretchedness of our souls, and the sin nature, as looking in a mirror, which is all about man’s will and the stubborn resign, that we know better.” What arrogance. That too is what is wrong with America today, the arrogance of this President, the arrogance of the American Pop Culture, which I hate. Even the arrogance in rebuilding 911 and the new tower; built in defiance without repentance. And it could come tumbling down again. Does not God tell us over and over to “examine our own soul?” To “see” if there be any wicked way in us. Does He expect us to be perfect? Of course not, for when we err, that is when we are to go in our prayer “closet”, shut the door and the world out, and continually ask HIM for forgiveness. For God gives us that free will. It is your choice after all. Jesus paid the ultimate price, so that we might be with HIM.
Lewis wrote: “When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly; while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil; bad people do not know about either. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side.” Mere Christianity
“No natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God’s hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own and make themselves into false gods.” The Great Divorce. (Which in some instances becomes idol worship.)
Lewis further wrote: “God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian,” (asking Jesus to save you and come into your life as Lord and Savior). “I warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the WHOLE of you, brains and all. But fortunately, it works the other way around. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened; one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Paul Bunyan was able to write a book (Pilgrims Progress) that has astonished the whole world.” Mere Christianity
For when we come to Jesus, like Saul on that road to Tarsus, who fell on the road, the presence of God was so overwhelming, and the Holy Ghost fell upon him. A slave trader and murderer, like John Newton was, until both had a Holy encounter with Christ, came down on his face, to write one day, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound to save a wretch like me.” When Saul got up finally he became a new person in Christ, to be called Apostle Paul, the greatest preacher and evangelist in the Bible. Both he and Newton DIED, as all of self was cast out as with Paul. When he was revived, the old man was dead, and the new man was reborn, in Christ. “With that, intellectualism, and rationality is also cast out, and we are given faith, mercy and above all grace and eternal life. What more could we ever ask for.” Lewis said, “Die before you die. There is no chance after.” Til We Have Faces
“The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.” Christianity and Literature. It is more important than life itself, global warming, race relations, all of seculars rights, even terrorism, for there is only ONE who is really in charge, God Almighty. We are in essence in HIS hands, in HIS mercy, and under HIS grace.
I was asked a question a few weeks ago, by a Christian, who I believe has one foot in the world and secular, for she did not understand one iota. She asked, “Noah was really old when he built Noah’s Ark, why did God shorten our lives? Was it life expectancy, all the illnesses that they didn’t have back then? “ Ie Climate change? You see that is how the world thinks? Like Lewis wrote above in intellectualism vs faith. I Answered this back and she still didn’t get it. “Noah was 600 years old. He was the grandson of Methuselah, ( remember song, “It Ain’t Necessarily So, in it, Methuselah lived 900 years….” ) Also was the son of Lamech a decendent of Adam. Cause of man’s SIN nature, God destroyed “everything with breath.” Because HE IS God.
From my Smith’s Bible Dictionary. (Old) “Nothing is known about Noah (means “This name shall comfort us”) until he was 500 years old. He begat 3 sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (see Genesis 6). The best remembered event was that God chose him to build the ark. Remember, it took him 40 years, and he was mocked and laughed at, ridiculed. But when the rains started to come, and the flood, and God said close the gate, there was screaming and pleas to take them in the ark. But, they had their chance, and God closed the door. That’s how God is. Heartless? Mean? Depicted wrongly by Hollywood’s version. No, but He gives us every opportunity in our lifetime, to repent of our sins, and come to HIM. Remember, my old teaching I blogged? “Righteousness the Seven People God Can’t Save”? Once you are dead, it is too late. The Catholics can pray their rituals, and make the sign of the Cross, but it’s too late. When you are dead, and haven’t given yourself to Christ. IT IS TOO LATE! Your soul has already either gone up or gone down!
Look up the word, “Antediluvian” for that was the society Noah lived in then. The ark was built with divine direction. Like the Ark of the Covenant, and the Holy of Holies… The priest in the Temple, had to walk backwards, to get inside the curtain, to the Holy of Holies, for the light, and the Power of God was so strong, that if he faced it, he would have been struck dead. Do you know that that East Gate too, has been closed now for way over 2,000 years..guarded. That is the Gate that Jesus is going to go through when He touches his feet on Mt. Olivet. God said that if anyone went through that Gate which is HOLY…He would strike them dead! STILL today!
SIN…Does anyone acknowledge sin, in this politically correct, occult, lewd, selfish, greedy, pop culture, media driven, politically correct world filled with terrorism? Of course not! So now we have too, Islam rampant as can be in Europe and encroaching upon us here in America, to take over all of Western Civilization. Why? When did this begin? I have on here post after post on the Ottoman Period from the early 1300’s to 1920’s. Centuries of blaspheme and lies, torture, killing, stoning, heads sliced off….in a brutal movement called Islam. Genesis 25:12-18 talks of the origins of Islam. Yes. It is Biblical. I say thanks to stupid Sarah who couldn’t obey God. SIN. Abraham had two sons..Isaac and the generation of Ishmael, from his handmaiden who was Egyptian, Hagar. (Ishmael had every opportunity to serve God, but regrettably he chose another path.) pp Expositor’s Study Bible. 13. These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations. Verse 18 then states, “ And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as you go towards Assyria and died. (Ishmael was the head of the Arab people who regrettably, at least for the most part, chose also a path of faithlessness. Christ being rejected as always is the case with sinners, wherefore, a false deity filled the void. That false deity was Muhammad, who has enslaved the Arab people from THEN until NOW! For there is no freedom from sin outside of Christ!) Expositor’s Study Bible.
Concrete doesn’t last forever, concrete only “cracks” with time and weakens. For every argument you atheists and agnostics have, I have an answer and the truth! Hawking may be a brilliant physicist in his own right, but he is going to hell and I’m afraid so are you. There is a hell. EVERYTHING..EVERYTHING that is happening in this world with the Muslims, Israel, etc., has been warring for thousands of years. It is all Biblical, it is historical. We are NOW in Ezekiel 38, 39 and Joel 2. The very same countries from Genesis to what is coming in Revelations in the mid east. It is all about God and who HE is and man’s SIN nature.
This is the most important time in all of America’s history. So please, Christians know your Bible, know your history and vote. If you aren’t gung ho to the candidate that wins the electorate? It doesn’t matter, trust GOD. If God can use a donkey, HE can raise up the one HE wants to save this country, else we will be doomed literally, and lose America as Europe is being lost to Islam. We have one chance before the final war, one chance for redemption, one chance to repent of our arrogant ways, one chance to get it right and take Washington apart, for the shame we have caused God and our Founding Father’s. We have ONE chance to DIE IN CHRIST FOR OUR NATION, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR FRIENDS…ONE CHANCE ONLY. John 3:3 “Unless a man be born again, he will not enter the Kingdom of God.” We are at war. God is about to close the doors as he has done throughout Bible history because of SIN! Like Lot when God had him lead the people out of Sodom and Gomorrah. God warned Lot’s wife not to look back in lust. But she did, and as HE closed the door of the Ark, before the flood, so he turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt. To die for Christ doesn’t come cheap. We all come short and have to repent, and enter our prayer closets to seek HIS Holiness on us. It is your choice. For one day soon, it may be too late. So is He Lord, Liar, or Lunatic? He died because he took on YOUR sins, and will make you into HIS image, like the potter. My prayers for all this New Year. Ask HIM, the only true Lord Almighty, Name Above ALL Names, into your life. My prayers with you…My prayers with Israel and this nation I love. What is happening is because of SIN…it is a HEART problem and there is only ONE who can pour out His love and change hearts….Jesus.
We are to STAND with Israel! PBS Frontline on Israel, its history and Bibi Netanyahu. A must watch if we are to learn from history!