Week #1: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

I wanted to start the year by reminding myself what it’s all about to be a follower of Jesus. While Lewis is definitely not for the faint of heart, he’s not wordy either… the teacher in him never allows for a wasted word. The truth he expressed in 1952 stands as a poignant reminder of the nature of truth – it is unchangeable.

Lewis’ understanding of the gospel (and Christianity itself) is a stark contrast to the pluralistic mindset of our society. His infamous postulation about the very nature of Jesus sums up the entire book very well…

I 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.’ That is 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. You 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 patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

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