The Christmas Carol as Christian Truth. How Christian is Charles Dickens?.
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The Christmas Carol as Christian Truth
How Christian is Charles Dickens?
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven..
The Word to Live By
Mathew 7:19-21 (KJV)
Charles Dickens would certainly have defined himself as a Christian and his text makes it clear that a Christ-less Christmas was the furthest from his mind. However this in fact is a mute point since truth is truth, even when told by an unbeliever. And the truth is that Dickens has prepared a work which shows both a Christ-like concern for the poor as well as the pattern required for a true change of heart.
48 And [Jesus] said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. 49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us..
Luke 9: 48-50(KJV)
Was Charles Dickens A Christian?
The famous Russian novelist Fyodr Dostoevsky spoke of Dickens as a “great Christian.”
In spite of this vagueness of orthodoxy there is no debate among scholars that Christian principles and Christian images of at the center of Dickens’ attitudes towards the poor and towards the reclamation of individuals.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to head the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captive, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. ((Luke 4:18 KJV)
C.S. Lewis wrote that. . .
“There is, then, a particular kind of story which has a value in itself--a value independent of its embodiment in any literary work.”
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Unable to Self Save
Supernatural -- Terrifying --Grace
The Power of Memory
The Affirmation of Experience
The Recognition of Consequence
The Acceptance of Grace