Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mere Christianity: Book 3; Chapter 10 (Hope)

Nothing Can Satisfy Us...

On earth.... There are two quotes that instantly come to mind when summing up this chapter of Lewis.  The first is by Karl Rahner:

     In the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable we come to understand that here, in this life, all symphonies remain unfinished

The second is by St. Augustine:

   My heart is restless, O Lord, until it rests in You.

We must keep our eyes on the next world, the Kingdom of God in its fullness. It is not escapism, says Lewis, but  merely what we are "meant to do" as Christians.  The problem is, that the world, and even Christians, only have their eyes set on the world.  We must not do good for goodness sake, for the sake of the World, but for the sake of the Kingdom of God, the next world.  Lewis says that we must aim high.  In other words, shoot for heaven and you'll probably get thrown in, shoot for the world and you'll miss out on both.  A hard concept for us to abide by... for heaven is so far away, and as humans we tend to focus on the here and now, the tangible.  But that is HOPE! We must keep our eyes on Heaven, because nothing in this world (though some things can come close for a time) can fully satisfy us.  We must use these small earthly blessings as a reminder for what is to come so that we might live for the Kingdom.

Keep fighting the good fight, with hope, and with our hearts set towards Him.

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world --Lewis