Mere Christianity

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MereChristianity

Inthe book “”, Lewis explains that the God existsin three persons, namely, the Son, Holy Spirit, and the Father. Froma Christian perspective, God transcends the time-stream of timebecause he created time. Lewis also demonstrates God as being lovebecause He exists as a community of people engaged in a dynamicexchange of love. Human beings are God’s creatures, and He isalways willing to transform them to become his own sons. The initialstep towards become like Christ is pretending that one is alreadylike Him. On one hand, Christianity is easy because Christ takes overall things, while on the other hand it is hard because it requirescomplete surrender that is difficult to achieve. The primaryobjective of God is to perfect human beings.

Table 1: A chart based on five categories of Nash

God

Reality

Humanity

Moral / ethics

Truth

Making and begetting

Doctrines are not God, but they are just like maps (Lewis 69).

Theology is a map that leads to reality about godliness (Lewis 69).

By believing in God, people can avoid war and be kind to one another (Lewis 70).

Jesus was a moral teacher and believing in him would help people establish a better social order (Lewis 70).

A statement that Christ was a great teacher tells less than the whole truth about Christianity (Lewis 69).

Three person-God, time, and ease of Christianity.

God begets Christ and He makes men, while men beget children and make statues (Lewis 72).

Many people believe in God, but in reality they do not believe in a personal God (Lewis 72).

God’s humanity is demonstrated to people who are united, loving, and showing Him to each other (Lewis 74).

A belief that Christianity offers nothing, but the ideas of being good and morality is a confused idea (Lewis 86).

The truth is that God is not harried by the time stream of the universe (Lewis 76).

Time-stream, pretense, and hardness in Christianity.

The son of God decided to become a man in order to help men become sons of God (Lewis 80).

The best way to get quality in a given reality is to assume that one has it already (Lewis 84).

The act of accepting the killing of his human desires, Christ demonstrated that the humanity passed into His life (Lewis 80).

The society often confuses morality with decent behavior (Lewis 86).

It is a timeless truth to state that human nature and experiences are included in God’s whole divine life (Lewis 76).

WhyChristianity is more than being good or ordinary morality

Lewisstates “Christianity offers nothing else at all. And I should liketo point out how it differs from the ordinary ideas of morality andbeing good” 86. This statement suggests that the basic principlesof Christianity are beyond the simple concept of morality, whichhelps people determine what is wrong or right for them. The idea ofgoodness to others or observing the principles of morality does notmake one a Christian. Although there are some biblical concepts thatare closely related to the Greek ethics, the biblical interpretationof these moral concepts seems to be more detailed than the ordinaryidea of determining what is wrong and what is right. Christianity isbased on the assertion that God alone is independent, autonomous, andself-existence, which means that everything else is a derivative anddependent on Him. People who believe in morality, on the other hand,take their natural self as the starting point (Lewis 86).

Thereare three major bible verses indicating that the concept of moralityand Christianity are different. First, in Acts 16:21, Paul and Silascast demons out of a young girl in Philippi. The girl was being usedby some people for fortune telling. People of Philippi accuse them ofteaching morals and ethics that were contrary to the ethics observedby the Romans. This shows that the biblical concept of doing good(healing the sick) can at time be inconsistent with the ordinary ideaof morality. Secondly, Paul is accused of violating the ethics andcustoms of the Jewish religion by teaching the basic values ofChristianity to the residents. This indicates that there are pointsin which morality and ethics differ from the biblical values. Third,Paul uses an ordinary phrase “bad company damage good morals”.From the biblical perspective, Paul meant that a sinful behavior willdetermine what will happen to one’s life after resurrection. Themoral interpretation of this phrase refers to the behavioralinfluence of relationships (such as peer) between and among people.This means that morality focus on the present life, whileChristianity addresses both the present and the life after death.

Themoral concept of doing what is right and avoiding what is perceivedto be wrong leads to a conflicting situation whereby the naturalself-fights to get what it likes (Lewis 86). By doing what is thoughtof to be right people become convinced that moral principles canguide and help them become good. This is inconsistent with thebiblical concept documented in Like 18:19, which states that no manis good except God. The book of Isaiah 5:20 also states that a manwho tried to define what is bad or good using his perspective willeventually call evil actions good and call good actions evil. Thebiblical evidence counters the three basic principles of morality,which states that goodness exists in it, it is knowable, and it isdoable. This confirms the assertion that Christianity offer teachingsthat are beyond the ordinary morality.

Moralityviolates nearly all Christian behavior and beliefs, which results inits rejection. Morality can be regarded as a sin in the biblicalcontext since it is not based on faith. The book of Romance 14: 23states that everything that is not of faith amounts to sin, andmorality promotes the concept of autonomy of goodness (Lewis 86). Inaddition, morality is offensive to God because Isaiah 64: 6 statesthat all righteous deeds done by human beings is filthy rags.Therefore, all moral actions that people try to use to be righteousor good are offensive before God. This implies that the biblicaldefinition of righteousness or goodness is beyond human imagination.To this end, Lewis (87) States that righteousness among Christians isachieved by allowing Christ to kill the natural self, instead offollowing the will of the natural self as required by the ordinarymorality.

Inconclusion, the book “” gives a betterdistinction between the ordinary morality and righteousness. Theauthors state the human efforts to be good or maintain morality areoffensive to God. This is because the ordinary morality holds thatgoodness exists in itself, and it can be done by human beings. Thebible, which documents the Christian values, holds that goodness canonly exist in God, and it can only be understood once it has beenrevealed by God to men. In essence, human desire to be good makes theordinary morality sinful, offensive to God, idolatry, and legalism.

Workscited

Lewis,C. MereChristianity.San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco, 2009. Print.