Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I just finished C. S. Lewis' Mere Christiany. And can I say, "WOW!"
This book was riddled with amazing imagery and phrasing that just blew me away. I love how C. S. Lewis wrote, but most I love what he wrote about.
From dealing with the hard questions, "Is there a God?", to nailing down the root of sin, Pride. But in his last few chapters, he dealt with the process of transformation, what it looks like, and what it doesn't. So, an excerpt from his book:
Mere Christianity, Book 4, Chapter 10:
Nice People or New Men
"For mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people even here and now and will, in the end, improve them to a degree we cannot yet imagine. God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature. Of course, once it has got its wings, it will soar over fences which could never have been jumped and thus beat the natural horse at its own game. But there may be a period, while the wings are just beginning to grow, when it cannot do so: and at that stage the lumps on the shoulders - no one could tell by looking at them that they are going to be wings - may even give it an awkward appearance."
I feel like I'm in that awkward stage. My wings aren't quite in, and no one knows whether they will even be wings. But I know that with Christ by my side, I will be transformed. Not just a better me, but a new me, the me that God purposed before I was even born.
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