that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war,
prostitution, classes, empires, slavery - is the long terrible story of
man trying to find something other than God which will make him
C.S. Lewis expressed in Mere Christianity, 1952:
am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that
people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral
teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.'
the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the
sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.
He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.
can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a
demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us
not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human
teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
In The Screwtape Letters, 1942, C.S. Lewis wrote:
safest road to Hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft
underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without
C.S. Lewis wrote:
"God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and
those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'"
"Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive."
C.S. Lewis wrote:
a religion you could not have guessed...It is not the sort of thing
anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that
real things have."