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Sunday, May 29, 2011

C.S. Lewis Sunday - Cattle or Sons?

In order to post the following C.S. Lewis quote, a quick explanation is in order. For those who may not already know, C.S. Lewis wrote a book from the perspective of several tempting devils, entitled The Screwtape Letters. You may, at first, think this is abominable, but in actuality, it is very enlightening to get the story from the other side of the war for your soul. The following is a quote from that 'other side' where "Our Father" means Satan and "The Enemy" means God. You'll see what I mean. Oh, and I made one of the phrases into a link to a previous Savvy and Sage blog post that deals directly with that subject, if you're interested. Enjoy!
"Now it may surprise you to learn that in His [the Enemy's] efforts to get permanent possession of a soul, He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favorites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else. The reason is this. To us a human is primarily food; our aim is the absorption of its will into ours, the increase of our own area of selfhood at its expense. But the obedience which the Enemy demands of men is quite a different thing. One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself--creatures whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct."
 --C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

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