Theology for the Masses

November 15, 2006

Aslan and and the Unpopular God.

Filed under: Myth,Nature of God — Henry Imler @ 11:35 pm

The Huntington Apologetics Team: How Aslan Challenges Popular Assumptions About God

I liked this part:

Just after the White Witch and Aslan struck their deal for Edmund’s life they emerge from Aslan’s tent. The Witch confidently walks to the throne she was carried in on and turns toward him. “How do I know you’ll keep your promise?” she asks. Aslan’s response was a single, mighty ROAR that sat the queen down in her seat and prompted cheers from his followers…

In essence, God’s response to the challenge of Job was like Aslan’s response to the White Witch: Sit down and be silent. God did go further in Job and demonstrate the fact that Job did not have the right to challenge Him, but the result was the same.

He goes on to say that Aslan did not always show love and kindness, but sometimes makes us realize His authority.

This reminds me of what Lewis says in Mere Christianity in his chapter “Making and Begetting”:

For when you get down to it, is not the popular idea of Christianity simply this: that Jesus Christ was a great moral teacher and that if we only took His advice we might be able to establish a better social order and avoid another war? Now, mind you, that is quite true. But it tells you much less than the whole truth about Christianity and it has not practical importance at all.

It is quite true that if we took Christ’s advice we should soon be living in a happier world. You need not even go as far as Christ. If we did all that Plato or Aristotle or Confucius told us, we should get on a great deal better that we do… If Christianity only means one more bit of good advice, then Christianity is of no importance. There has been no lack of good advice for the last thousand years. A bit more makes no difference.

As soon as you look at any real Christian writings, you find that they are talking about something quite different from this popular religion. They say that Christ is the Son of God (whatever that means). They say that those who give Him their confidence can also become Sons of God (whatever that means). They say that His death saved us from our sins (whatever that means).

There is no good complaining that these statements are difficult. Christianity claims to be telling us about another world, something behind the world we can touch and hear and see. You make think that claim to be false, but if it were true, what it tells us would be bound to be difficult – at least as difficult as modern Physics, and for the same reason.

Lewis points this out again, I can’t remember where, that one should not expect this religion stuff to be easy and simple. One is trying to find out how things really are behind the curtain. As such, one should expect things to be as difficult to understand as things are here. One must remember that one is not looking for a God he likes, but the one that exists.

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