I have been reading CS Lewis’ book “Mere Christianity” again. It has been long enough since I ready it that much of it seems new. You may be aware that Lewis was not a minister, but a popular novelist. It was during the Nazi “blitz” bombing of England and Lewis was commissioned by the government to do a series of radio programs to explain Christianity, and to help people’s faith increase during those hard times. I wonder if our government would be so bold with propaganda today?
Lewis’s use of the word “Mere” meant to him that it was unadorned, that it was not secular or denominational, but merely that Christianity upon which all Christians can agree.
His first four chapters are an argument for the idea that God exists. His main argument is that since we all have a common knowledge of right and wrong, and a built in code of conduct, and that this is common to all mortals – then there must be a power among us, which we all have, which tells us every moment what is right and wrong. He logics his readers through all of the possible sources of this “intelligent” voice of truth, and finally concludes it comes from Christ – and this is his first point of “Mere Christianity”.
His careful logic, and his folksy way of speaking, reminded me of an Un-Blog I wrote in April, “Stephanie, There Really is a God”, wherein I discuss our conscience as the reason we can know that God lives and he loves us.
Far beyond believing in God, or hoping God exists, is the pathway before us now. It could be years or decades yet, but recently I have come to believe that we do not have a great deal of time to prepare for the events we have read about proceeding Christ’s Second Coming all of our lives.
I personally believe that it is going to be much harder than we have ever imagined. After listening to Spencer’s description of these times of “tribulation” it sounds as if a mere 40% of us will survive the full range of calamities that will begin among us, and from there spread to the whole world. Some of the calamities will be natural, and some will be manmade, but they will make death very common among us.
We have been given two tools to survive these days – Our greatest is to become one of the five “wise virgins” and take the Holy Spirit for our guide. This is our only true shield for these days ahead. With the Holy Spirit we will be lead to prepare properly, whether it is setting up food storage, or doing sit-ups, we will be prepared. Then when the moment comes, we will reach out our hand to Christ, and He will lead us out of danger, or He will sanctify our sacrifice to our glory – and both will be glorious.
Then comes the real struggle – the struggle to rebuild, to survive and to heal. This is when we will need the Holy Spirit even greater. This is when angels will walk among us, and translated beings will be doing their great work among us, and we will need the Holy Spirit to even see them. This is when the great companies whom the Lord sends into the world will depart – some to Missouri, some to every other point of the compass. This is when we will go every step of the way by continuing revelation, when every footfall must be correctly placed, and when Jesus Christ will guide us by the same voice we learned to obey when we were reading the Un-Blog and struggling to know how to apply it in our simple and safe daily routine.
This is mere Christianity – the mere fact that these things are coming, and the mere fact that we are the generation who will thrive during these times and then go on with unconquerable faith to brave and overcome this crumbling world to rebuild Zion into a city prepared to receive the God of Salvation to rule and reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords forever.
This is the mere Christianity which ignites the nuclear fuel of faith in our souls and makes our lives so gloriously blessed. Yes we will see these hard times – but we will rejoice because it portends a dawning day of peace, safety and glory to replace this telestial hell-hole we now occupy, and then there will be sadness, pain, wickedness or death no more, forever.
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