Reading Isaiah as Christian Scripture

C.S. Lewis on Heaven and our limited capacity to grasp its nature

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Life of Fatih, Reading the Bible as Scripture by Bacho on March 22, 2011

“Let us picture a woman thrown into a dungeon.  There she bears and rears a son.  He grows up seeing nothing but the dudgeon wall, the straw on the floor, and a little patch of sky seen through the grating, which it too high up to show anything except sky.  This unfortunate woman was an artist, and when they imprisoned her she managed to bring with her a drawing pad and a box of pencils.  As she never loses the hope of deliverance she is constantly teaching her son about that outer world which he has never sen.  She does it very largely by drawing him pictures.  With her pencil she attempts to show him what fields, rivers, mountains, cities and waves on the beach are like.  He is a dutiful boy and he does his best to believe her when she tells him that that outer world is far more interesting and glorious that anything in the dungeon.  At times he succeeds.  on the whole he gets on tolerably well until, one day, he says something that gives his mother pause.  For a minute or two they are at cross-purposes.  Finally it dawns on her that he has, all these years, lived under a misconception.  “But,” she gasps, “you didn’t think that the real world was full of lines drawn in lead pencil?”  “What?,” says the boy.  “No pencil marks there?”  And instantly his whole notion of the outer world becomes a blank.  For the lines by which alone he was imagining it, have now been denied of it.  He has no idea of that which will exclude and dispense with the lines, that of which the lines were merely atransposition- the waving treetops, the light dancing on the weir, the colored three-dimensional realities which no drawing could ever achieve.  the child will get the idea that the real world is somehow less visible than his mother’s picture.  In reality it lacks lines because it is incomparably more visible.  So with us.  “We know not what we shall be”; but we may be sure we shall be more, not less, than we were on earth.”  [C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, 109-110]

Neeson, Narnia and Nasty Case of Political Correctness

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Humor, Life by Bacho on December 6, 2010

Liam Neeson has caused controversy by suggesting that Aslan, the Christlike character in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, could represent the prophet Mohammed or Buddha.  Neeson is the voice of the lion in the film adaptations of the books.  Now he finds himself embroiled in a world-wide outrage among the fans of the Narnia books  [two of them reside in my household and are counting down hours till 10:30 am showing of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader this Friday.]  They are justified in wondering if this just a “politically correct” junk.  Whether or not it clearly distorts Lewis’s intentions.  Lewis was clear that the Aslan was based on Christ, and once wrote of the character, “He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question: “What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia?”

Neeson’s odd reasoning has inspired my own speculations:

-I wonder if Harry Potter is based on Moses

-I wonder if Frodo is based on Buddha

-I wonder if Peter is based on Simon Maccabee

C.S. Lewis on God, human need and the nature of faith

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Life of Fatih by Bacho on November 26, 2010

“From the moment a creature becomes aware of God as God and of itself as self, the terrible alternative of choosing God or self for the centre is opened to it.”  [C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 70]

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God.  the world is crowded with Him.  He walks everywhere incognito.  And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate.  the real labour is to remember, to attend.  In fact, to come awake.  Still more, to remain awake.”  [C.S.Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, 75]

“Our whole being by its very nature is one vast need; incomplete, preparatory, empty yet cluttered, crying out for Him who can untie things that are now knotted together and tie up things that are still dangling loose.”  [C.S.Lewis, The Four Loves, 13-14]

“To walk out of His will is to walk into nowhere.”[C.S.Lewis, Perelandra, 116]

“There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself . . . as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist!”   [C.S. Lewis, Great Divorce, 68]

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”  [C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 74]

If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is ‘nothing better’ now to be had.  [C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 96]

“God’s will is determined by His wisdom which always perceives, and His goodness which always embraces, the intrinsically good.”  [C.S.Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 100]