...Is He? Part 2
As we continue our brief nosedive into the question of ‘Is Jesus actually real?’ we’re going to look at my favourite Christian apologist (and possibly the most influential apologist of modern times) C S Lewis. In case you’re not sure what an apologist is, it’s basically a person who defends a cause - in this case, Christianity.
Here are some of Lewis’ most compelling thoughts when it comes to Jesus:
‘If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.’
'My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? … Thus, in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist - in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless - I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality - namely my idea of justice - was full of sense. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never have known it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.'
'Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.'
These quotes were all taken from Mere Christianity as this is Lewis’ book that is most deeply concerned with answering the question of Jesus’ existence.
During our teenage years, my friend consistently invited me to church and prayed that I'd know Jesus (I'm so thankful!) but I never really took her up on the offer. At 18, I took a year off to be an outdoor ed teacher in Australia and during that year I met Jesus. It wasn't a massive, over-the-top moment; I suddenly felt compelled to read the Bible and over the course of a week, I gained a steady assurance that Jesus was in fact real, that He loved me, and that He was good. I've never been the same since.
I'm a pretty cerebral person but no matter whether you're led by your head or your heart, Jesus will connect with you in the way that fits. If you're on the fence, I'm praying for you as I type - may you know the sweet love of Jesus this week.
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