Tuesday, September 19, 2006

On the relevance of Christianity

Quote of the Day:
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
- C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis became a Christian "kicking and screaming" after a long process of soul-searching, comparing religions and examining philosophies. What he found was that this person named Jesus simply would not be ignored. He found that the common view of Jesus - that he was just a good man - was simply not possible. Jesus, Himself, claimed to be God. Lewis realized that he was left with some very simple options. Jesus was either who He said He was, which verified the claims of Christianity; or He was a liar, because He tried to convince His followers He was someone He wasn't; or He was a lunatic, Himself convinced that He was Divine. But how could a lunatic still be viewed as one of the greatest teachers in the history of the world and be revered by other religions the world over.
As G. K. Chesterton wrote: "Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting as it has been found difficult and left untried."
The question of the day, then, must be this: is it true? Could it possibly be true that a man who died two thousand years ago in the Middle East actually did rise from the dead? If so, what difference could that make in our lives? C. S. Lewis, and millions before and after him, have concluded that it makes all the difference.
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