Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go…to move forward.
My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?
You will certainly carry out God’s purpose, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.
A Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent.
We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.
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…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 God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where should I be now?
Why Atheistic Evolution is Self-Defeating
“It would be impossible to accept naturalism itself if we really and consistently believed naturalism. For naturalism is a system of thought. …if naturalism were true then all thoughts whatever would be wholly the result of irrational causes. Therefore, all thoughts would be equally worthless. Therefore, naturalism is worthless. If it is true, then we can know no truths. It cuts its own throat.
I remember once being shown a certain kind of knot which was such that if you added one extra complication to make assurance double sure you suddenly found that the whole thing had come undone in your hands and you had only a bit of string. It is like that with naturalism. It goes on claiming territory after territory: first the inorganic, then the lower organisms, then man’s body, then his emotions. But when it takes the final step and we attempt a naturalistic account of thought itself, suddenly the whole thing unravels.”
— C.S. Lewis
I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.
C.S. Lewis (via mrcslewis)
C.S. Lewis Original Audio Recording
Broadcasted on BBC radio on 21st March 1944
“…the very first step towards getting a real self is to forget about the Self. It will come only if you’re looking for something else.
That holds, you know, even for earthly matters.
Even in literature or art, no man who cares about originality will ever be original. It’s the man who’s only thinking about doing a good job or telling the truth who becomes really original, and doesn’t notice it.
Even in social life, you never make a good impression on other people until you’ve stopped thinking what sort of impression you make.
That principle runs all through life from the top to the bottom. Give up your self, and you’ll find your real self. Lose your life, and you will save it. Submit to death - submit with every fiber of your being - and you’ll find eternal life.
Look for Christ, and you’ll get Him - and with Him, everything else thrown in.
Look for yourself, and you’ll get only hatred, loneliness, despair, and ruin.”