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Mere Christianity… by jen1255
February 27, 2009, 11:39 pm
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the following is an excerpt from c.s. lewis’ mere christianity. i wanted to share this with one particular individual (you know who you are) but i thought i would post it up for all to read. some of you may already be familiar with this book and author (Will has already shared with us a passage/poem from mr. lewis) but i thought this excerpt from ‘mere christianity’ really illustrated…_________. (you fill in the blank!!..hehe)  

“..When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.

I hope no reader will suppose that ‘mere’ Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions – as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else.

It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable. It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and panelling. In plain language, the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular doorkeeper?’

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still In the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.” –C.S. Lewis


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WOW imagination is king with CS Lewis. He has such an interesting and unique way of explaining things that sometimes his comparisons can be hard to understand, therefore loses its effectiveness because the links may not be clear. at least this is how i feel because i was having more trouble trying to figure out what the different things meant and then i questioned the way i interpreted it. anyhow be nice to those who chose different rooms and pray for your enemeies…sounds good to me. thanks for the post jen..


Comment by 1nv35t3df41th

i don’t think it’s necessarily about those who have already chosen different rooms. i think it’s more about those in the hall. i posted this up at a time i was thinking about…well…just thinking about Him i guess. i guess it’s because our ministry keeps talking about praying for spiritual and numerical growth and it made me think about all of those members who came to our church and left. it was also because i was thinking about people who were struggling with accepting Christ as their saviour and why that might be.
i think it also ties in well with last sunday’s sermon- “where are you, adam?” (even though this was posted before taht sermon.
it makes you think about where people are and i guess you can say if it’s not in Christ, than it’s either waiting in the hall or in another room. and i hope that we are strong enough and caring enough to pray that those waiting in the hall or in another room may see the light and find the ‘true door’.

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