Mere Christianity

When I think of God’s best future, I think of the words of Max Lucado. “We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.” I think of Francis Chan, who wrote, “True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to his promises.”

But I mostly think of the words of C. S. Lewis. From 1942 to 1944, while teaching at Oxford during World War II, he offered a series of radio talks on BBC. The transcripts from the broadcasts were put together in three separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity, (1942), Christian Behaviour (1943), and Beyond Personality (1942). Then someone got the idea to put them all under one cover, and the result was Lewis’ greatest work, Mere Christianity.

When I think of God’s best future, I especially think of this except.

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 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 to 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 country and to help others to do the same.

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