Are you Religious- Agnostic or Atheist? C.S. Lewis & God’s Megaphone
Most people struggle with belief. They want a rational explanation for life…the universe…pain and suffering…wars…the future or even why the past? Pain or unhappiness is never a subject that one wants to think about. Nevertheless, philosophers, clergy and writers make it a subject in which they try to make some sense of it.
C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Who is C.S Lewis? “Born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast Ireland. Lewis graduated from Oxford University with a focus on literature and classic philosophy, and in 1925 was awarded a fellowship teaching position at Magdalen College, which was part of the university. There, he also joined the group known as The Inklings, an informal collective of writers and intellectuals who counted among their members Lewis’s brother, Warren Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. It was through conversations with group members that Lewis found himself re-embracing Christianity after having become disillusioned with the faith as a youth. He would go on to become renowned for his rich apologist texts, where he explained his spiritual beliefs via platforms of logic and philosophy. During WWI, he served with the English army and was sent home after being wounded by shrapnel. He then chose to live as a surrogate son with Janie Moore, the mother of a friend of Lewis’s who was killed in the war.”
Lewis had questions. Why do we have to be jolted by circumstances before we can wake up…before we seek God? Deep thinking is not an easy past time. It takes effort and few of us want to give effort to many things….especially thinking. We want to be told the answers to problems. We want answers to questions to be made easy…for isn’t that more enjoyable…or even fun?
Some people do not hear whispers from God because our “pleasures” get in the way. It may even be an effort to catch what someone is saying…because we really have to pay attention. Full attention to what another person is saying is an art within itself because many of us are thinking what we want to say next rather than what is being said. That may be the way it is with God. When He whispers to us, we pay little attention. If He would only talk out loud…in an ordinary voice…we could then pay attention to what He wants from us…or would we? Are we so unused to listening to the deep, still voice within ourselves that we do not recognize it…let alone hear it? Does He have to shout to make His voice heard through the trials of life? Mr. Lewis, Oxford professor, thought so.
Lewis went through great periods of doubt about God. He was honest about those doubts. He not only struggled with the “why” when it came to a loving God allowing harshness, terror, fear, and anguish…but he wanted to know how the human intellect such as reason and imagination could be reconciled in true faith in Christ.
Through his own sufferings when his mother died and later when his wife had an incurable cancer, he fought to find the child-like faith that he had to have without giving up reason. Through his conversion to Christianity, he finally found freedom, liberation, and believed we are a reflection of God, who had made us in His likeness.
Best known to the average person today are his writings of the The Chronicles of Narnia,a fantasy series, which have been adapted into various films for the big and small screens.
He enjoyed using his imagination; bringing enjoyment and some truths through many of his magical characters.
To many Christians and seminaries, his writings, such as Mere Christianity, are scholarly interpretations of walking in Christian faith.
He believed there was no such thing as an “ordinary person”. No matter how deep in sin or depravity one finds himself, he was still made in God’s likeness. His suffering was not brought on by God, but many times by his own decisions. There are exceptions. The Old Testament scriptures tell us of the sufferings of Job . Evil was allowed to touch him, but God in the end redeems him and rewards him. Sometimes that reward for faithfulness, even though we would like to have “cursed God” may come in the form of a heavenly reward.
If you are struggling with what you TRULY BELIEVE….intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally, then the video below is worth your time. It will not matter what your background is…a traditional religion, agnostic, or atheist. C.S. Lewis has been there. Below is a comprehensive look by scholars and men of faith who have studied the writings of C. S. Lewis. Perhaps in viewing this, you may even do as Lewis suggested we do…“Look, Listen and Receive.”
SEEKING FAITH…REASON AND FAITH