According to C. S. Lewis it is "the view which simply says there is a good God in Heaven and everything is all right".
So why this is so dangerous?
|"Leave the broken, irreversible past in God's hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him."|
He continues by saying that this view fails by "leaving out all the difficult and terrible doctrines about sin and hell and the devil, and the redemption".
It is true that it would be easier, and more popular, for Christians to believe that since God is good, He will just forgive us all, no matter what.
|"I wonder if people who ask for God to intervene in our world, really
know what they are asking. Will they want to be there when God really
C. S. Lewis
And wouldn't it be just better if we all believed that the Hell did not exist?
Wouldn't God be evil if He would send someone to Hell?
And doesn't He say in the Bible that He loves everyone?
So, how can He send someone to Hell?
|"If you board the wrong train, it's no use running along the corridor in the other direction".|
These are questions that are been kept asking, today.
And they will be asked in the future also.
Because we people are comfortable creatures and we do not like to do a thing more than we are asked.
And it doesn't feel nice that someone asks you to do more.
But Christianity isn't a nice religion.
|"What is my task? First of all, my task is to be pleasing to Christ.
To be empty of self and be filled with the Holy Spirit; to be led by the
Aimee Semple McPherson
And a nice religion would not be worth the trouble anyways.
Lewis says "It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple. They look simple. But they are not".
If you want to stay a child, you can believe like a child.
But most of us know that things aren't that simple in life.
And if our problems aren't simple, wouldn't it be logical that the answer isn't that simple either.
Or as Lewis says it "Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd. It is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect".
If we truly have lived, we all know this.
And in my opinion a simple answer to a complicated problem, may sound appealing or beautiful.
But usually that is only possible in the realm of theoretical mathematics or physics.
Real world does not follow rules.
Real world is difficult, tough, rude and dirty.
It gets people dirty and it gets people's lives complicated.
It makes you want to find a simple solution but every time you do that, you will be disappointed.
Because simple solutions for complicated problems, just don't work out.
Like Lewis says "Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. It it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have".
Is it the time to leave behind the childhood and all these simple philosophies?
All the over-simple answers that we are given by the society?
Our problems are not simple.
So the answer is not going to be simple either.
This post is part of an on-going series.
To begin, read Natural law. A post about the law we all have in our hearts.
If you would like to know what comes after read the post about Moral law.
Having read that, you'll need to know Which moral law to choose.
If you agree we need to choose a moral law, maybe you'll agree that We need God.
After we have understood the need we have for God, it is time to research What is sin.
Having accepted your need for God, what kind of God is exactly a Christian God? This you can find out about in What we Christians believe.
Why is it so hard to follow Christian faith? What prevents you to believe in God?
Completely agree and it makes me sad to see things so watered down and all 'God Loves Me' focus as if there is nothing expected of us.ReplyDelete
The new focus on 'favor' or material well being is getting to me. It seems to be a new trend, and it focuses only on the positive, which I agree there is so much positive, but slants it towards material things. It's getting more and more common with the big-time/famous evangelists. Not sure it's a healthy trend, in fact I'd say it's not. I like the healthy balance of studying all of God's word. Thankfully our church is really good about the latter.ReplyDelete
Joanna, you speak for many. This is well balanced in describing the apparent simplicity of the gospel, while recognising how God's complexity cannot be reduced to man-sized understanding. Things are deeper and harder, with mystery, awe and wonder beyond all our expectations. I love the quotes and profound food for thought being offered here. Thank you. :) xReplyDelete
Thank you, Joy! I love the way you describe the great mystery of Christianity: "Things are deeper and harder, with mystery, awe and wonder beyond all our expectations". Wonderful way to put it. And I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. It means a lot to me.Delete
and that's part of the problem - too many preachers these days are preaching a "feel-good" message, instead of preaching out of both sides of the Bible....ReplyDelete