Mornings with CS Lewis

"Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."  - 1 Peter 3:15

With this transition into the work world, one of the things that I wanted to do was prepare myself for the increased opportunities that I would have [and already have had] to talk about Jesus and when I thought about this invitation from God and the invitation towards gentleness and respect, I immediately thought of CS Lewis.

And so, over the last few months after I drop off Ellie at school, before my workday begins, I spend some time with CS Lewis and his classic work, Mere Christianity

This book is incredibly helpful, compelling, quote-worthy and thought provoking and I have been grateful to God for the ways in which Lewis so poetically and powerfully makes a defense of the Christian faith.

This blog really will serve as a precursor to the many quotes that will follow from the book as I [Zac] invite you into what God has been teaching me through my mornings with CS Lewis.

Here is just a taste...

Lewis on what if there really is a God,

"If there does exist an absolute goodness it must have most of what we do.  This is the terrible fix we are in.  If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless.  But if it is, then w are making ourselves enemies to that goodness every day, and are not in the least likely to do any better tomorrow, and so our case is hopeless again.  We cannot do without it, and we cannot do with it.  God is the only comfort, His is also the supreme terror; the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from.  He is our only possible ally, and we have ourselves His enemies."  [31] - Oh what good news the gospel is in view of this reality

Lewis on how Christian growth often works...

"When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him.  When a man is getter worse he understands his own badness less and less.  A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right.  This is common sense really.  You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping." - Growing as a Christian actually leads us to see our need for more growth

Read with me if you want or simply enjoy the coming snippets from this classic work of apologetics.