“When you know you’re sick, you’ll listen to the doctor.”

Thursday is for Discipleship

Lewis sittingUnderstanding the gospel requires a mind shift. You must know your need. You must know your estrangement from a holy God. That is precisely the point that C.S. Lewis makes in this radio-talk-made-chapter in a book.

“Now my third point. When I chose to get to my real subject in this round-about way, I wasn’t trying to play any kind of trick on you. I had a different reason. My reason was that Christianity simply doesn’t make sense until you’ve faced the sort of facts I’ve been describing. Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who don’t know they’ve done anything to repent of and who don’t feel that they need any forgiveness. It’s after you’ve realised  that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power—its’s after all that that Christianity begins to talk.

When you know you’re sick, you’ll listen to the doctor. When you have realized that your position is nearly desperate you’ll begin to understand what the Christians are talking about.”

—C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity, p. 27.


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