Quote of the Week: C. S. Lewis

That is why daily praying and religious reading and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.

– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996), 125.

4 responses to “Quote of the Week: C. S. Lewis

  1. That’s such a great reminder and insight, Ken. Thank you.

  2. Appreciate your comments, Randy.

    Happy Easter!

  3. “We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.”

    I would respectfully disagree with this, as throughout time humans as a species have had an innate belief in a higher being, without having to attend churches or read scripture, and although this was directed towards all manner of ‘Gods’ or creative forces such as the Sun, or ‘Mother’ nature, I think it is almost a compulsion for mankind to realise that there is something more than the physical.

    Personally I am continually reminded of what I believe every time I wake up in the morning, and am able to experience what has been created all around us, so at least for me there is no need to be having this belief reinforced by any church or by anyone else’s distorted interpretations of scripture.

    We only have to look at the various arms of the church, and the many debates on aspects of scripture to realise that they all cannot be right, yet ALL declare that they most definitely are right and that opposing views are misguided or show a lack of understanding.

    None admit to their own ignorance or show humility in my experience, which is why personally I just get on with my life, perpetually grateful for my health, my family and friends, and this wonderful planet we’ve been gifted.

    Those who constantly bicker over scripture and devote their life to worship and the semantics of scripture cannot see the wood for the trees, and to me it is akin to looking a gift horse in the mouth.

    Live a good life, harm nobody, remain humble and help others whenever you can; this is the example set by Jesus Christ, and he would be dismayed to see how the example he set has been perverted by religious leaders and churches over the years.

  4. Chris:

    Thanks for your thoughtful and candid remarks.

    I don’t know if you identify yourself as a Christian or not (though you do reference the example of Jesus Christ)

    Four comments for your consideration:

    1. I agree that human beings have what appears to be an intuitive belief in God and that the Book of Nature is indeed a constant reminder of God’s work as Creator (Rom. 1-2).

    2. Historic Christianity is messy with churches run by forgiven sinners who are too often lacking in requisite wisdom, respect, humility, and gentleness. That’s why God’s forgiving grace in Christ’s sacrifice is absolutely essential (John 3:16). And while the churches can at times present differing viewpoints, overall the branches of Christendom have far more in common doctrinally than they do areas where they differ (see the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed).

    3. The Book of Nature doesn’t give you the Gospel (the good news that sinners can be forgiven through believing in Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection). Moreover Jesus Christ founded a church (Matt. 16) and in his inspired Scriptures he has called all believers to belong to the church (Heb. 10:25). Christianity is a corporate and social community of faith.

    4. Human finitude, limitation, and sinfulness tend to cause doubts that can weaken one’s faith. Faith comes from the Holy Spirit through hearing the God’s Word preached and expounded (Rom. 10:17) and that happens within the community of Christ’s people.

    Respectfully yours.

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