Kennedy's 'C. S. Lewis overflow'
A misperception of C. S. Lewis
Jonal entry 1004 | May 30 2007
Though this Jonal is dated May 30, I'm rushing it into cyberspace because at least one reader of the previous Jonal so misconstrued it that I thought it prudent to clarify lest anyone be damned by similar misperceptions. Our correspondent said:
Christians, as the creeds have propounded from St. Paul's time onward, are people who believe in a God who created everything, vested free will in the crown of that creation (mankind) and risked that human race failing to love Him as He wanted to be loved, and saw that freedom overturned in rebellion, sin. The same God sent his coeternal Son to become a man (for "what He did not assume He could not heal") to pay the penalty for sin, death, by "trampling down death by [his own] death" by breaking its bonds in Resurrection.
If this is a true representation of the Creator of the universe and who Jesus was and is, it is no less than blasphemy to say that any "religion" is better at reconciling man to his Creator than the Creator-Son himself is. And conversely, if any religion, or "other religion" has "it right...sometimes more right than the Christians did/do," it would be sheer folly to not join whatever religion that is. As Lewis said many times, nothing else in life is even a fraction as important as finding and living the truth of why we're here and what we should be doing. Jesus himself emphasized that neither parents nor childrenthe "things" humane people value most highlynothing means anything in comparison with this "pearl of great price."
Of course the previous Jonal wasn't about salvation, healing sin, getting right with God or getting to heaven. It did propose, with Lewis, that most religions, based on the best efforts of sincere human beings over the ages, have produced good and practical rules of conduct, called ethics, that make life better than if they had never tried to think such matters through. Even as we generally agree that Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, and Mark Twain were great authors, so Hinduism, Taoism, and Mormonism have great religious insights for living, though the writing of the first group and the ethics of the second group are neither salvific or Christian.
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