I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.
Relevant Magazine has a new article up: 10 C.S. Lewis Quotes That Show He Was Ahead of His Time. As November 22 marks the anniversary of his passing, I am sure we shall see more posting about good ol’ Jack.
Jack grew up in a church-going family but later identified himself as an atheist at 15. He returned to the faith through the works of George MacDonald. I myself became a Christian through the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, so in some strange way, I have this weird connection to Jack.
He is best known for his Narnia stories, although he is an amazing apologist. He wrote some of the best recent Christian classics, such as Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, Screwtape Letters, and Surprised by Joy. The Space Trilogy, is often his most overlooked piece of work though it’s wroth the read! Suffice it to say, he was a talented writer and a great man of God.
Taking cue from Relevant Magazine, I wanted to share my top
10 12 favorite C.S. Lewis quotes.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .””
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
“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 — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — 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.”
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened. ”
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
“Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have. So let us leave behind all these boys’ philosophies–these over simple answers. The problem is not simple and the answer is not going to be simple either.”
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”