Monday, July 02, 2007

CQOD: 07/06/07 -- Lewis: we recognize the good

Christian Quotation of the Day

July 6, 2007
Feast of Thomas More, Scholar & Martyr, & John Fisher, Bishop & Martyr, 1535
    What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."
    -- Romans 7:7 (NIV)

    He would be a brave man who claimed to realize the fallen condition of man more clearly than St Paul. In that very chapter [Romans 7] where he asserts most strongly our inability to keep the moral law he also asserts most confidently that we perceive the Law’s goodness and rejoice in it according to the inward man. Our righteousness may be filthy and ragged; but Christianity gives us no ground for holding that our perceptions of right are in the same condition. They may, no doubt, be impaired; but there is a difference between imperfect sight and blindness. A theology which goes about to represent our practical reason as radically unsound is heading for disaster. If we once admit that what God means by “goodness” is sheerly different from what we judge to be good, there is no difference left between pure religion and devil worship.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), “The Poison of Subjectivism”

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have written the Law on my heart with Your own hand, and I cannot deny its truth.

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