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C. S. Lewis – Life With a Purpose

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C. S. Lewis – from Theism to Christianity

C.S. Lewis: It must be understood that my conversion at that point was only to theism pure and simple. I knew nothing yet about the incarnation. The God to whom I surrendered was sheerly non-human.

 

C. S. Lewis – From Atheism to Theism

C. S. Lewis & His BBC Radio Address

The lone surviving reel of audio with Lewis’s voice on it. He deals with prayer and evolution (Evolution on the second installment). Recorded during WW ll these talks eventually became “Mere Christianity”.

Preserving Freedoms

This delivery came at a Tennessee football game.  Christianity and Jesus are now the target of persecution.

THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS! GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU READS THIS! Pass it on if you like it. I find it interesting that a high school principal sees the problem, but our society cannot.

This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee by school Principal Jody McLeod.

It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country.

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it “an alternate life style,” and if someone is offended, that’s OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, “safe sex.” If someone is offended, that’s OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a “viable” Means of birth control.” If someone is offended, no problem…

I can designate a school day as “Earth Day” and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess “Mother Earth” and call it “ecology..”

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as “simple minded” and “ignorant” and call it “enlightenment..”

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical. Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.

Nevertheless , as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,” and refrain from praying at this time.

However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to bless this event, please feel free to do so.  As far as I know, that’s not against the law–yet!

One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.

They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer’s Box!

The only place they didn’t pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of Justice in the one nation, under God.

This principal remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom of Religion, not the Freedom from Religion in the US Constitution.  Praise GOD that we know Him! Be faithful to Him today.

JESUS said, “If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before My Father..”

May freedom and justice reign throughout the earth!

 

To Jesus from Atheism

Love! that’s just chemical reactions in the brain! Right?

Jordan’s Story

The Atheist’s Dilemma

don’t know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: “But how do you know what the Bible says is true?” By age 11, my atheism was so widely known in my middle school that a Christian boy threatened to come to my house and “shoot all the atheists.” My Christian friends in high school avoided talking to me about religion because they anticipated that I would tear down their poorly constructed arguments. And I did.

As I set off in 2008 to begin my freshman year studying government at Harvard (whose motto is Veritas, “Truth”), I could never have expected the change that awaited me.

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The C S Lewis Story

An extraordinary life lived good, wholesome, giving and with supreme intellect. That is C S Lewis, but there is more.

Quotes from first video:

Lewis: The new Psychology was at that time sweeping
through us all. We were all influenced. We were all concerned about
fantasy, or wishful thinking. I formed the resolution of always
judging and acting with the greatest good sense.

Walter Hooper: He
was saying that all youth at that time were trying to escape from
wish fulfillment dreams. They got that from Freud. And they wanted
to in one way spit on the images of their youth, and go onto they
knew not what. But, anyway, leave that behind because it was
juvenile.

Lewis: I was at that time living like many atheists; in a
whirl of contradictions. I maintained that God did not exist. I was
also very angry with God for not existing. I was equally angry with
him for creating a world. Why should creatures have the burden of
existence forced on them without their consent?

Lewis: All the books were beginning to turn against me. Indeed, I must have been
as blind as a bat not to have seen, long before, the ludicrous
contradiction between my theory of life and my actual experiences
as a reader. The most religious were clearly those on whom I could
really feed.

Lewis: I can only describe it as the Great War between
Barfield and me. When I set out to correct his heresies, I find
that he had decided to correct mine! And then we went at it, hammer
and tongs, far into the night, night after night.

Duriez: Barfield believed that the imagination plays a very important part in how we
know. He rejected the model that science is the only way to truth,
to acquiring truth. He felt that the imagination was laid behind
even the work of science. It gave meaning to propositions. And so
he felt that Lewis was missing out in his whole approach to reality
on what made knowledge possible.

Peter Kreeft: When Lewis talks
about joy, he talks about something that he labels the central
theme of his whole life. But what he means by joy is not the
satisfaction of a desire, but a desire that is more desirable than
any satisfaction.

Lewis: There was no doubt Joy was a desire. But a
desire is turned not to itself, but to an object. I had been wrong
in supposing that I desired for Joy itself. All value lay in that
of which Joy was the desiring. The naked other. Unknown, undefined,
desired. I did not yet ask “Who is desired?”

Kreeft: The very
experience of Joy that Lewis had was an arrow that led to the
target of belief in God. Lewis argued innate, deep desires do not
exist unless they correspond to something that can satisfy them. If
there is hunger, there is food. If there is sexual desire, there is
sex. If there is curiosity, there is knowledge. So if there is the
desire for this thing that is beyond this world, there must be
something beyond this world.

Lewis: The fox had now been dislodged
from the wood and was running in the open, bedraggled and weary,
the hounds barely a field behind. The odd thing was that before God
closed in on me, I was in fact offered what now appears to be a
moment of wholly free choice. I was going up Headington Hill on the
top of a bus. Without words, and almost without images, a fact
about myself was somehow presented to me. I became aware that I was
holding something at bay. I felt myself being given a free choice.
I could open the door or keep it shut. I chose to open. I felt as
if I were a man of snow at long last beginning to melt. Drip-drip.
And presently trickle-trickle. I had always wanted, above all
things, not to be interfered with. I had wanted — mad wish — to
call my soul my own. I had been far more anxious to avoid suffering
than to achieve delight. You must picture me alone in that room at
Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even
for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him
whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. Total surrender, the
absolute leap in the dark, were demanded. I gave in, and admitted
that God was God … perhaps, that night, the most dejected and
reluctant convert in all England.

Quotes from second video:

C.S. Lewis: It must be understood that my conversion at that point was
only to theism pure and simple. I knew nothing yet about the
incarnation. The God to whom I surrendered was sheerly non-human.

C.S. Lewis: [Reading from Chesterton] A great man knows he is not
God and the greater he is, the better he knows it. The gospels
declare that this mysterious maker of the world has visited his
world in person. The most that any religious prophet has said was
that he was the true servant of such a being. But if the creator
was present in the daily life of the Roman empire, that is
something unlike anything else in nature. It is the one great
startling statement that man has made since he spoke his first
articulate word. It makes dust and nonsense of comparative
religion.

C.S. Lewis: As I drew near to Christianity, I felt a
resistance almost as strong as my previous resistance to theism. As
strong but shorter lived for I understood it better. But each step,
one had less chance to call one’s soul one’s own.

C.S. Lewis: What Tolkien showed me was this — that if I met the idea of sacrifice in
a pagan story I didn’t mind it at all — I was mysteriously moved by
it. The reason was that in pagan stories I was prepared to feel the
myth as profound. Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth.

C.S. Lewis: I know very well when but hardly how the final step was
taken. I went with my brother to have a picnic at Whipsnade Zoo. We
started in fog, but by the end of our journey the sun was shining.
When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God and when we reached the zoo I did. I had not exactly spent the
journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. It was more like when a
man, after a long sleep, becomes aware that he is now awake.

Excerpt from Lewis’ work Mere Christianity:

How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life

Image: Chad Kirkland

became a Christian on July 7, 2015, after a very pleasant adult life of firm atheism. I’ve found myself telling “the Nicole Cliffe: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Lifestory” when people ask me about it—slightly tweaked for my audience, of course. When talking to non-theists, I do a lot of shrugging and “Crazy, right? Nothing has changed, though!” When talking to other Christians, it’s more, “Obviously it’s been very beautiful, and I am utterly changed by it.” But the story has gotten a little away from me in the telling.

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Eva’s Story

I’ve seen two journey stories in the last couple of days depicting travels from no theism to know what a relationship with Jesus, the Messiah means.   These stories happen to be from women and they remind me of CS Lewis’ story which I will repost because it has been years since I’ve reviewed his story.

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