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The Book of Revelation in C.S. Lewis Books
There are many books by C.S. Lewis that discuss the topic of revelation in the light of it’s theological method and doctrine. First off, I would like to tell my own person definitions of theological, doctrine and revelation. I am doing this so you can fully understand what I mean when I mention these words. The definition of theological is the study of God. The definition of doctrine is a statement that is made about one’s beliefs about a certain topic. The definition of revelation for the purpose of this blog post is a time period in which believers/followers of Christ go to heaven and unbelievers are still on earth to deal with tribulation. Now that I have the definitions of those three words I can now talk about how C.S. Lewis approaches them.
In C.S. Lewis’s amazing book called “The Great Divorce” his main focus is on heaven and hell. A quote by C.S. Lewis that stands out to me is “Only the Greatest of all can make Himself small enough to enter Hell. For the higher, a thing is, the lower it can descend-a-man can sympathise with a horse but a horse cannot sympathise with a rat. Only One has descended into Hell” (Lewis pg.65). I feel that this quote is very important. I feel that this quote is important for many reasons.
One reason is that during the time of revelation only He can save us all. Only God has the power and authority to do that. Even though the times of revelation will be horrible, we as Christians have to remember that God will win. God has gone into hell before and He can go again. So, if God can go into Hell than He can save those in the time of revelation as long as we accept it.
During the times of revelation there will be many things happening. There will be famine, war, floods, hurricanes etc… it will be “as if all hell had broken loose”. There is one way that things will be handled instead of the way that God would handle the things that would happen in those times. In C.S. Lewis’s book “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle” I feel that this book is talking a lot about the day that God will create a new heaven and earth. There is a quote that caught my eye and this quote is “Dwarfs, cried Tirian. Come here and use your swords, not your tongues…” (Lewis pg.37). This quote really shows that as humans we fight with swords and not with our words.
Although during the time of revelation there will be times of war, God will mostly use His words. I feel that C.S. Lewis is saying that we can defeat the enemy with our words. By words I mean by knowledge of Scripture and by knowing God. In doing this we as Christians can help God will the last and final battle.
During the times of revelation the Devil will be very sneaky and deceptive just as he is today. C.S. Lewis touches on this topic in another book he wrote called “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. The Devil and his wicked ways are based on a character named the Queen. A quote in this book that struck me about this topic is:
“Oh, but if I took you there now, said she, I shouldn’t see your brother and your sisters. I very much want to know your charming relations. You are to be the Prince and later-on- the King; that’s understood. But you must have courtiers and nobles. I will make your brother a Duke and your sisters Duchesses.” (Lewis pg.39).
This quote is very important in this topic of revelation. One reason why this quote is important is because it talks about how doing the revelation times the Devil is very deceptive and loves to tell lies. Just as the Queen promises Edmund to be a power, pleasure and fun if we only sin. The problem is that sometimes sin my be pleasurable for a moment, but the pleasure fades than the destruction of sin really sets in.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Movie Trailer
“Mere Christianity”, one of the many books that C.S. Lewis has written talks about many doctrines and theological topics. A quote that C.S. Lewis says that really has a good point about Christianity and revelation is: “A man who is merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.” (Lewis pg.45).
This quote is very important because it talks about how during the revelation times no Christians may forget that God is not a human. God is the almighty and all powerful One. He created the heaven and earth with just the sound of His voice. I also think that some people may choose to believe in God just because He will save them from the horrible times of revelation and the pits of Hell. Although Christ did die on the cross for us He does want something in return. The only thing that Christ is asking for is our love and for us to obey Him.
Something that we have to watch out for is us as Christians somehow or someway obeying the Devil. A quote from C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters” struck out to me is “one of our greatest allies at present is the Church itself” (Lewis pg.9 ). This quote is a big part of what the time of revelation is talking about. The quote discuses that the Church will become allies of the Devil. This is really sad when I think about it. How can the Church, who is against the Devil become his allies? This answer to this question is that we fall to sin. It is not only the fact that we fall to sin, but it is the fact that when we do fall and sin we do not look to Christ to help us. We do not look to him for guidance and wisdom. I think sometimes we fall further into the sin, so we can somehow ignore it or we can pretend that it is morally right to do the particular sin.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Doodle (I)
A Little About C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis who’s actually name is “Clive Staples Lewis [and he was] born on 29 November 1898 in the city of Belfast [which is in Ireland]” (Wilson pg. 1). C.S. Lewis’s “mother was Florence Hamilton [who] always [was] known was Flora” (Wilson pg.1). Florence “was sometimes called Doli by her husband” (Wilson pg.8). C.S. Lewis’s father and Florence’s husband was named Albert Lewis. Florence “called [her husband] Albert Ali or Lai” (Wilson pg.8).
C.S. Lewis had nicknames that were given to him by his parents these nicknames “from an early age known as Jacks, Jacko, Jack, Kricks or Klicks” (Wilson pg.8). C.S. Lewis had a older brother who’s name was “Warren Hamilton Lewis was born on 16 June 1895” (Wilson pg.8). Warren also had some nickname and he “quickly became Warnie, Badger, Badgie, or Badge” (Wilson pg.8).
C.S. Lewis has a wonderful family history “Lewis’s mother was Florence Hamilton, always known as Flora. Her father, Thomas Hamilton (1816-1905) was a bluff Church of Ireland clergyman whose father had been the Rector of Enniskillen and whose grandfather, the Right Reverend Hugh Hamilton, had been the Bishop of Ossory” (Wilson pg.1). C.S. Lewis and his brother felt proud of their ancestors accomplishments.
Since C.S. Lewis had a great family and great ancestors I feel that this C.S. Lewis to have the motivation to write what he wrote. I feel that C.S. Lewis hand many theological points in his writings that should be explored. I have always enjoyed reading C.S. Lewis writings, but I never really have had time to look past the “words on the page”. So, I feel that by looking in depth at his writing I can figure out why he wrote what her did and what specifically he meant in his writings.