C.S. Lewis’ Journey & Quotes on Faith, Life, and Spirituality

C.S. Lewis was an influential twentieth century author of over thirty books. His work, including, The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters are admired by many people around the world, and among these are numerous evangelicals. Yet his views on the Christian faith are often criticized for being too broad.

An article in published in Dec 2005 and entitled “C.S. Lewis Superstar” described Lewis as: “anything but a classic evangelical, socially or theologically.” Still, Lewis’ journey to the Christian faith wasn’t the typical one. In fact, to some it’s disturbing, as Lewis abandoned his childhood faith to become an atheist. This was after his mother’s death from cancer as a child had left him terribly frustrated. Basically, the pain and the anger he had toward God for not healing his mother, led him on a road to destruction. However, after years of struggle, Lewis finally surrendered. It is said in that moment he knelt in prayer and was forced to admit “that God was God.”

His convert back to Christianity, led people to refer to him as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” In spite of that, for many today, his testimony provides valuable lessons for Christians in sharing the Gospel of Christ with the world.

Whether you are a fan of C.S. Lewis’ work or not, these days you can hardly go a day without seeing one of his quotes on social media. There is no doubt that he has left us with an arguably, powerful body of work and teachings. Even so, just in case you have never had the liberty of stumbling upon any of these thought provoking excerpts, I thought I’d share a list of his most shared quotes on faith, life, and spirituality you can perhaps reflect upon:

 

  1. “I gave in, and admitted that God was God.”

  2. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” 

  3. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.

  4. “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”

  5. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

  6. “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

  7. “God of Christian theology… Something which is directing the universe, and which appears in me as a law urging me to do right and making me feel responsible and uncomfortable when I do wrong.”

  8. “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.'”

  9. “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

  10. “Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.”

  11. To love at all is to be vulnerable.” 

  12. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”

  13. “The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call “ourselves,” to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be “good.”

  14. ” I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”

  15.  “The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.”

  16. “Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.”

  17. “Joy is the serious business of heaven”

  18. Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”

  19. “We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.

 

What are your thoughts on C.S. Lewis’ journey and work?

 

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