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C.S. LEWIS, RELUCTANT CHRISTIAN

C.S. LEWIS, RELUCTANT CHRISTIAN

We just can’t get enough of C.S. Lewis’ books: Mere Christianity, The Scewtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and of course, the Chronicles of Narnia, among others. We love his writing so much that today the whole reading is about him. I mean, wow. What a guy. Such wisdom. Very holy.

But did you know? He wasn’t always a great man of Christian writing. Once, he was more or less a hardcore atheist, who had it settled that the world made sense as it was. He said,

‘I maintained God did not exist. I was also angry with God for not existing.’

Then two friends of his in Oxford, J R R Tolkien and H V V Dyson (all about initials, those guys), both devout followers of Jesus, urged him to do something he’d never really done: read the Bible.

So he did. He began to wrestle with and against the things Jesus said. He decided that Jesus was either an idiot, or deliberately trying to deceive everyone, or the actual One He claimed to be. The Son of God. There was a big jump in that last one, and Lewis knew it.

He talked it through with his friends. There was no denying it, the Bible made huge claims about truth and what reality is. One evening he and friends took a long walk around Oxford. They chatted late into the night. Soon after that night, Lewis became a believer. The change turned his world around and, way later, the worlds of millions of readers. Could it be this simple? Could the chasm between doubt and faith be spanned with, well, uh, the Bible and Christian friends?

What Now?

If you know friends questioning God or interrogating faith right now – don’t write them off! What questions can you ask them about how they see God that might help them work things through?

‘Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him…’   Luke 24:31 NKJV

Joy Ferdiz

May 1st, 2014

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