Sunday, January 25, 2009

Man or Rabbit?

In C.S. Lewis' essay "Man or Rabbit", he raises the question, "Can't you lead a good life without believing in Christianity?" He begins the essay by stating the fact that someone who asks this question, often does not care about Christianity at all but wants to live a "good life", according to society. If a man wishes to live a "good life" without Christ, he is a foolish man. "He is deliberately trying not to know whether Christianity is true or false, because he forsees endless trouble if it should turn out to be true." That man is lazy and does not want to have to glorify God, but only please himself.

Lewis' position on this question is that humans cannot achieve a "good life" without the help of Jesus in our lives. He states, "A decent life is mere machinery compared with the thing we men are really made for." This statement encourages us to think how we often set the bar so low, when we should be raising the bar and trying to fully glorify God with our gifts and talents. Thus in setting up a goal to strive for simply a "good life", we completely miss our point of existence. We were created for eternal happiness and life with our Creator in heaven.

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