I realise this is stating the obvious, but C.S. Lewis really was brilliant.

I’ve just been listening to the dramatisation of ‘The Silver Chair’ on BBC 7, and its very good – almost word for word. Which means that some great little conversations are included that could easily be missed out in a larger ‘edit’.

One such passage goes as follows. The brave band have managed to find prince Rillian and broken the spell that has bound him in the underworld. However the evil witch has returned and is once more casting spells – this time convincing the group that there is no such place as Narnia that that the ‘overworld’ is just made up…

[The children are trying to describe Aslan, by saying he’s like a large cat, with a mane like a judge’s wig] “I see,” said the witch, “that we should do no better with your ‘lion’ as you call it, than we did with your ‘sun’. You have seen lamps, and so you imagine a bigger and better lamp and called it the ‘sun’. You’ve seen cats, and now you want a bigger and better cat, and its to be called a ‘lion’. Well, ’tis a pretty make-believe, though it would suit you all better if you were younger…”

She leads the children to the conclusion that there is no Narnia, there is no ‘Aslan’ and there is no sun. All these are figments of their imaginations – conjured up because they see reality and want something bigger and better.

I don’t think it’d take a Christian rocket scientist to work out what he’s alluding to. I’ve certainly had people argue that God is simply a figment of our imagination because its clear he’s a collection of things we know, just made bigger.

What Lewis does here is show up what a weak argument that is.

But as I ponder it there’s another reason that this is a weak argument. Its that God is not just a bigger version of us, but he is so different to us. In his character, and in his call to his people he goes above and beyond what we would expect and perhaps even desire. That’s why so many don’t like the idea of following him. Its not that he’s just a better version of us – he’s something beyond us, and yet by his grace, as his Spirit works in us he changes to be like him – Holy as God is Holy.

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