Friday, August 17, 2012

"The most probable explanation is that I was made for another world": Lewis on How To Satisfy Our Thirsts

No one could say it like CS Lewis. Sunday we will be discussing the wonderful truth of God's forgiveness from Isaiah 55. In that chapter, God calls on us to come to him. If we are thirsty (and we are), come to the waters and be quenched. If we are hungry (and we are), come and partake in Him.

This is really the point Lewis is making in the following quote taken from Mere Christianity:

The Christian says, 'Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. if I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.’-135-136

Amen and Amen!

For more:
Blogizomai - "Screwtape Letters" by CS Lewis: A Review
Blogizomai - Theology As a Map: Lewis, Practical Theology, and the Trinity
Blogizomai - He is Not a Tame Lion:  Aslan, Jesus, and the Limits of Postmodern Inclusivism  
Blogizomai - To Be Undragoned:  Aslan, Christ, and the Gift of Regeneration 
Blogizomai - Lewis on Practical Theology  
Blogizomai - Lewis on the Why of Democracy
Blogizomai - From Uncle Screwtape:  Christianity and Politics     
Short-Blogizomai - Beyond Narnia:  A Great Documentary 
Reviews - "Surprised by Joy" by Lewis
Reviews - "Jack:  A Life of CS Lewis"  
Reviews - "The Great Divorce" by Lewis
Reviews - "Finding God in the Land of Narnia"
GBC - Christianity And . . .: The Subtle Formula of Idolatry
GBC - Lewis on the Accident of Evolution
GBC - Theodicy as Evidence of a Theos
GBC - Weekly Recommendation - "A Grief Observed"
GBC - The Miracle of the New Creation: CS Lewis on the Resurrction
GBC - Weekly Recommendation: "Mere Christianity"

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