→ 21 May 13 at 3 pm
C. S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters.
This is put perfectly. People today don’t care about what is true, they are only interested in what is practical or useful or intelligent etc. Christianity is not about practicality. It doesn’t concern itself with if you need it or not. We cant outgrow it. It doesn’t care about culture. It deals with truth. What is fact and what is false. Looking at Christianity through any other lens then “what is true” is a disservice to yourself.
"Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to have a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily “true” or “false,” but as “academic” or “practical,” “outworn” or “contemporary,” “conventional” or “ruthless.” Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him away from the church. Don’t waste your time trying to make him think materialism is true! Make him think it is strong, or stark, or courageous, that is the philosophy o the future."
"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic…or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
→ 01 Mar 13 at 12 am
C.S. Lewis touching on the real problem of evil. The idea that we could have evil with no one or nothing to dictate what it is. That humans know when they violate some moral law, if no such law has ever been created.
"There are two odd things about the human race. First that they are haunted by the idea of a certain behavior they ought to practice, what you might call fair play, or decency, or morality, or the Law of Nature. Second, that they do not in fact do so. Now some of you may wonder why I called this odd. It may seem to you the most natural thing in the world. In particular, you may have thought I was unusually hard on the human race. After all, you may say, what I call breaking the Law of Right and Wrong or of Nature only means that people are not perfect. And why on Earth should I expect them to be? That would be a good answer if what I was trying to do is fix the exact amount of blame that is due to us for not behaving as we expect others to behave. But that is not my job at all. I am not concerned at present with blame; I am trying to find out truth. And from that point of view the very idea of something being imperfect, of it not being what it ought to be, has certain consequences. If you take something like a stone or a tree, it is what it is and there seems no sense in saying that it ought to have been otherwise."
"It took almost 13 months for me to be where I feel fine. I’m not as sad as I let myself believe sometimes."
"Lets burn a hole so we can climb out of these paper walls in this empty house. Where the only thing thats real is visions we had of 10 years ago, of stars in the sky and us down below. Here I am, still hold on to this dream we had, wont let go if it. Hear me now: you will never be alone."
"I know we are going to take a very long road, into darkness; but I know I can’t turn back. It isn’t to see elves now, nor dragons, nor mountains, that I want - I don’t rightly know what I want: but I have something to do before the end, and it lies ahead, not in the Shire. I must see it through, sir, if you understand me."
"If God really came to Earth in Jesus Christ, then the suffering He went through on the cross voluntarily would’ve been far beyond my suffering. That doesn’t give us the reason that God allows pain and suffering, but it does tell us what the reason isn’t. It can’t be that He doesn’t love us."
"The Christian idea has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and not tried."