Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mere Christianity: Book 4; Chapter 4 (Good Infection)

God Is Love

In this chapter, Lewis engages in a lot of Trinitarian Theology that helps to explain the nature of God.  However, the most important part of the chapter is what the Trinitarian relationship shows about God... that He is love.  The unique implication that this has for Christian's is, as Lewis says "that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on in God forever and has created everything else."  And in (most) Christian theology, it is this love between the Father and the Son that is the Holy Spirit.  A creative love made manifest becomes a person.

What do I think is most important to take away from this chapter?  The fact that true, authentic, divinely originated love is completely creative.  Perfect love is not destructive.  Of course, it is extremely difficult if not impossible for humans to have this perfect love.  Apart from God it is impossible... through sacrament and prayer and the Holy Spirit and Christ, it is still extremely hard and involves the process of sanctification.

Perhaps the best Biblical iteration of what Lewis is saying is what Paul said so long ago in his letter to the Corinthians, "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked,does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; [a]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

The problem is, all to often today we see people mistaking love for something else... mostly either attraction or lust.  People have affairs because they "love" someone other than their spouse, when really something that is true love from God could not destroy a marital relationship.  People get married too soon because they feel in love, but when the feeling runs out, the relationship is often destroyed.

Finally, because we are made in the image of God, we are all called to engage in and find this authentic love. That's really what relationships (not just romantic, but any relationship) is meant to do... teach us how to love.  Of course the ones that do this best are the one's based in Christ's love.