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C.S. Lewis in Miracles
Humans like to think we are special, that we are the masters of Nature. Yes, we have a prominent fixture in nature, but that is because of how horrible we are, not how glorious we were. We are prominent because God chose to enter our race. He chose to enter because we were too hopeless to do it ourselves and too broken to care.
"Let Man be only one among a myriad of rational species and let him be the only one that has fallen. Because he has fallen, for him God does the great deed; just as in the parable it is the one lost sheep for whom the shepherd hunts. Let Man’s per-eminence or solitude be one not of superiority but of misery and evil; then, all the more, Man will be the very species into which Mercy will descend. For this prodigal, the fatted calf, or, to speak more suitably, the Eternal Lamb, was killed. But once the Son of God, drawn hither not by our merits but by our unworthiness, has put on human nature, then our species (whatever it may have been before) does become in one sense the central fact in all Nature; our species, rising after its long descent, will drag all Nature up with it because in our species the Lord of Nature is now included…For God is not merely mending, not simply restoring a status quo. Redeemed humanity is to be something more glorious than unfallen humanity would have been, more glorious than any unfallen race now is (if at this moment the night sky conceals any such). The greater the sin, the greater the mercy; the deeper the death, the brighter the rebirth."