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Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis

Right and Wrong As A Clue To The Meaning

Of The Universe

A Flow-Chart Approach


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I Peter 3:15

But in your heart set Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.


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End of the

Story

A Force/Power is a sort of a

tame and convenient God .

An inconsistent Power

Yes

Do you believe

in the existence

of a Moral Law?

What Kind:

A Force

(Power)?

No

End of the

Story

No

Yes

No

Are you tricking

me with a

religious talk?

A God ?

Yes

No

Is there anything

or anyone

behind the Moral

Law?

No

We are trying to find

truth and the meaning of

the universe.

End of the

Story

Yes

Are you

interested?

Yes

No

End of the

Story


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How can we find out more about the

thing behind the moral law and

the meaning of the universe?

The Moral Law ells you to do the straight thing and it does not seem to care how painful, or dangerous, or difficult it is to do.

The Moral Law does not give us any

grounds for thinking that God is “good”

in the sense of being soft and nice..

The Moral Law is as hard as nails.

If God is like the Moral Law, then

HE IS NOT SOFT.

Looking into the

The Universe He Made

Looking inside ourselves,

where He wrote the moral

laws

He is

quite merciless.

The universe is

a very dangerous place.

He is

a great artist

No

Do you want

to proceed?

at your own

risk?

But you cannot know

a man by looking at

the house he built.

End of the

Story

End of the

Story

Yes

End of the

Story


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Is He an Impersonal

Absolute

Goodness ?

No

Is He a Personal

absolute

Goodness ?

If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless.

Yes

Yes

Absolute Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger - according to the way you react to it.

God is the only comfort and supreme terror

No exceptions, or allowances

permitted.

Do you want to

find out more

about God

End of the

Story

No

End of the

Story

Yes

Christianity tells how the demands of the Moral Law,

which we cannot meet, have been met on our behalf, how

God Himself becomes man to save man from the

disapproval of God.

Have you broken

the Moral Law?

Do you think you need

Forgiveness?

No

Yes

Beginning of Chapter 1 of the Great Story ...

Which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

End of the

Story


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“My reason for going around in this way was that Christianity simply does not make sense until you have faced the sort of facts I have 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 do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel they need any forgiveness. It is after you have realized that there is a Moral Law, the the Power behind the the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with the Power - it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk.

The Christian religion is, in the long run, a thing of unspeakable comfort. But it does not begin with comfort; it begins with dismay.

In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end. If you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end despair.

All I am doing is to ask people to face the facts - to understand the questions which Christianity claims to answer.”

C.S. Lewis


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What Is Mere Christianity?

1 - Christianity is all about Jesus Christ.

2 - Jesus Christ is fully God; Jesus Christ is fully man.

3 - The goal of Christianity is to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ.

4 - At the center of Christianity is the Church.

5 - At the heart of Christian discipleship is obedience.


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