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Stories of Lives Liberated

Clive Staples Lewis

Atheists are notorious for attributing evil to God. God could not exist in a world so full of wickedness, they say. Just as we all have an image and a standard in our heads for who we are and should be, we also have one that depicts who God is and what he should do for us. When something frustrates that ideal we have pinned on Him, we blame.

Thanks for the cancer, God.

If you know those men are going to keep raping and terrorizing, why don’t you end them?

A second miscarriage? 

The perplexity of why God allows pain has driven countless people to be suspicious of God’s provision. It’s a reasonable qualm to have and I consider it a decent one. In fact, my recently-adopted honorary great-grandfather, C.S. Lewis, whose mother’s death departed him from his early Christian roots, found that his misgivings drove him so far as atheism. Why? Because death and suffering didn’t align with whom he imagined God to be. Why? Because whom he imagined God to be wasn’t who God is.
This is comforting, that we are wrong.

Regard C.S. Lewis’ contemplations:

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. … Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too—for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies. … Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple.  If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning:  just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning [LINK].
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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I have always thought it enigmatic (and really quite funny) how we expect God to abide in our standard for him. If he submitted to our standard, would that not make him, at the very most, human? We try, senselessly, to humanize God while in our lives there has never been, nor will there ever be, a single human who has secured our hope.
God’s standard is different than the one we place on him, and His is without fault.

Through honest inquiry, rather than pretended competence, C.S. Lewis found great understanding. His bout of atheism resulted in his becoming one of the greatest apologists of the 20th century. His querying was different, however, than the modern atheist because he desired to himself know, not compose, Truth.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9

 

“I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.” – C.S.Lewis

As a student, Taylor Vollmer has realized the value of a dissenting opinion to understanding. Not claiming to be more or less qualified than any other, his studies shed light on things grossly depreciated.