C. S. Lewis’s “Shocking Alternative”

Atheist-turned-Apologist, C.S. Lewis’s brilliant answer for why evil exists. If you don’t have time for the whole thing, at least skip to 11:40 for his famous “Trilemma.”

The Enemy’s Tactics

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The Gospel is replete with Screwtape’s tactics:

“They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” – 2 Tim. 4:4

“For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.” – Matt. 13:15

“But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they stopped up their ears from hearing.” – Zech. 7:11

Please avail yourself of the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Faith is easy to define: it is trust.

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis (“Is Theology Poetry?” The Weight of Glory.)

Even those who claim to have no “faith” put their faith in lots of things. Faith is easy to define: it is trust. Any married couple will tell you trust is the most important ingredient to a healthy marriage. Remove it, and you’ve removed the heart. As the bride of Christ, we trust in Him.

Faith is not something that can be “mustered up,” like courage. It is a gift from God and as such, can be either accepted or rejected (Eph. 2:8, 1 John 5:4). Faith is not payment for a job well done, but the reason to do the job in the first place (Romans 4:4). This gift allows me to properly see the world.

Faith does not depend on the person doing the trusting, but on the object of that trust. I can have great faith in Bigfoot, but my faith (great or little) doesn’t matter, what matters is what I’m trusting in. Jesus is the same whether you trust Him or not. Me trusting in Him doesn’t make Him stronger, it makes me stonger.

My object of trust is Jesus. What’s yours?

Please Take Jesus Personally

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How many times have you been told, “now, don’t take this personally, but…”? Well, I want you to take this personally: Jesus is THE ONLY WAY to God.

The postmodern ear may bristle at that, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

Jesus, Himself said that. Not me. Not anyone else. JESUS.

“No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Either you believe that or you reject it. There is no riding the fence. John Duncan called this argument, “inexorable” (meaning unbending, unyielding, & unstoppable). It is black or white, one way or the other, but it can never be both or neither.

For a much more eloquent argument, look up C.S. Lewis’s “Lunatic, Liar, or Lord” trilemma in Mere Christianity.

Exclusive claim? Oh Yes. The claim is indeed, exclusive,but the invitation to accept it is 100% inclusive and universal (Gal. 3:28)!

So, please take this personally! In fact, it doesn’t get any more personal!

How do YOU answer the very same question that Jesus asked His disciples: Who do YOU say I am? (Matt. 16:15)

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Ref:

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins: 2001) 51-52.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis%27s_trilemma

http://merecslewis.blogspot.com/2010/11/deciding-about-jesus-liar-lunatic-or.html