Sunday, December 30, 2018

Lewis: a different source

Sunday, December 30, 2018
    [Jesus:] “Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.”
    —Matthew 7:17,18
    The very strength and facility of the pessimists’ case at once poses us a problem. If the universe is so bad, or even half so bad, how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator? Men are fools, perhaps; but hardly so foolish as that. The direct inference from black to white, from evil flower to virtuous root, from senseless work to a workman infinitely wise, staggers belief. The spectacle of the universe as revealed by experience can never have been the ground of religion: it must have always been something in spite of which religion, acquired from a different source, was held.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Problem of Pain, New York: Macmillan, 1944, p. 3 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 7:17-18; Gen. 1:31; Matt. 12:33-35; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19; Jas. 1:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Teach me, Lord, from Your truth and goodness.
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