Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Nerd Alert: Screwtape Letters
One book I think everyone should read is C.S. Lewis’ (yes, the Chronicals of Narnia guy) 1942 book, The Screwtape Letters.
This book is the collection of letters from an expert, “uncle” demon teaching his newly trained “nephew” demon the ins and outs of destroying humans on Earth.
It is incredibly and absolutely gripping and terrifying at the same time.
Here is a collection of quotes that I hope will inspire you to read the book. (It’s seriously probably 30-50 pages).
Just like in war, and we are in a daily spiritual war, knowing the enemies tactics is crucial to victory.
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
In other words, if you don’t think that devils exist, you are making it really easy to mess with you.
If you obsess over the spiritual realm, you are making it really easy to mess with you.
There’s a reason God keeps the spiritual realm just out of our grasp.
The safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
Sudden turnings or milestones might tempt the human into redemption. This is something “the demons” do not want.
Surely you know that if a man can’t be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighborhood looking for the church that ‘suits’ him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches… The search for a ‘suitable’ church makes the man a critic where the Enemy wants him to be a pupil.
The Bible is The Bible is The Bible. And most of your Bible reading should be done just you and God. You don’t need a church to bring you to God. YOU bring YOU to God.
Consider too what undesirable deaths occur in wartime. Men are killed in places where they knew they might be killed and to which they go, if they are at all of the Enemy's party, prepared. How much better for us if all humans died in costly nursing homes amid doctors who lie, nurses who lie, friends who lie, as we have trained them, promising life to the dying, encouraging the belief that sickness excuses every indulgence, and even, if our workers know their job, withholding all suggestion of a priest lest it should betray to the sick man his true condition! And how disastrous for us is the continual remembrance of death which war enforces. One of our best weapons, contented worldliness, is rendered useless. In wartime not even a human can believe that he is going to live forever.
This is a scary thought. This says that when death is in the forefront of our consciousness, we are more likely to prepare for this death in seeking Christ. The lie that life is more desirable at all costs keeps us focused on THIS life (even in poor quality) instead of the next.
That’s it for now. I doubt many people made it this far. This dense reading is only super exciting to very few people.
Anyways, again, knowing the tactics of the enemy will improve your success and victory.
The victory, of course, has been one when you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life.
Satan ain’t got NOTHIN’ on that.
However, he can sure make your life miserable on Earth.
Posted by Kaitlin @ Perceptions & Passions at Wednesday, August 03, 2011