Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#513


"'When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away' (I Corinthians 13:10).  The idea of reaching 'a good life' without Christ is based on a double error.  Firstly, we cannot do it; and secondly, in setting up 'a good life' as our final goal, we have missed the very point of our existence.  Morality is a mountain which we cannot climb by our own efforts; and if we could we should only perish in the ice and unbreathable air of the summit, lacking those wings with which the rest of the journey has to be accomplished.  For it is from there that the real ascent begins.  The ropes and axes are 'done away' and the rest is a matter of flying."


From the essay 'Man or Rabbit?', published in 1946, found today in God in the Dock

Saturday, July 26, 2014

#511


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Continuing thoughts on why C.S. Lewis is worth one's time:  The imagery of being lost in the woods, finding the right road, and the journey to "Jerusalem" is a common picture when thinking about one's life.  Deciding to search for and ultimately find the right road is not accidental.  Lewis believed it important to consider what such a journey requires.  I have often thought about hiking the Appalachian Trail and have had some rudimentary plans in place.  However, when I seriously consider it and remember back to a few small journeys I have taken on the trail through Maryland (the shortest section I believe) I quickly wake up and decide that journey is not for me.

In Mere Christianity, Book Four, Chapter Nine, titled "Counting the Cost," Lewis explores what Jesus meant by "Be ye perfect."  Explaining that Jesus could not have meant that one must be perfect to even consider following Jesus (if so we are all in trouble), but "I think He meant 'The only help I will give is the help to become perfect.  You may want something less: but I will give you nothing less.' ... That is why He warned people to 'count the cost' before becoming Christians.  'Make no mistake,' He says, 'if you let me, I will make you perfect.  The moment you put yourself in My hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less, or other, than that.  You have free will, and if you choose, you can push Me away.  But if you do not push Me away, understand that I am going to see this job through.  Whatever suffering it may cost you in your earthly life, whatever inconceivable purification it may cost you after death, whatever it costs Me, I will never rest, nor let you rest, until you are literally perfect - until my Father can say without reservation that He is well pleased with you, as He said He was well pleased with me.  This I can do and will do.  But I will not do anything less.'"



Thursday, July 24, 2014

#510

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Going back to post #505 and The Silver Chair:

Prior to Jill receiving instructions from Aslan she is in need of water and between Jill and the water is Aslan.  The entire scene is worth writing out here, but I have not the time. 
(Read it for yourself, beginning of chapter 2)

Contemplating going off to look for another stream, Aslan tells Jill, "There is no other stream".  I am combining the picture Lewis paints with a picture from today's reading, Jeremiah ends with:

"Be amazed at this, O heavens, and shudder with sheer horror, says the LORD.  Two evils have my people done: they have forsaken me, the source of living waters; They have dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water." 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#509

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Christopher Mitchell - Follow this link to listen to an audio tribute on William O'Flaherty's All About Jack podcast.

Monday, July 14, 2014

#507





Dr. Mitchell's Mere Christianity lecture with the CS Lewis Institute.
Go to You Tube for many other lectures.