Sunday, September 03, 2023

Lewis: the anti-God state of mind

Sunday, September 3, 2023
    Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604
    Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
    —Proverbs 16:18-19 (NIV)
    The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Christian Behavior, London: Geoffrey Bles, Macmillan, 1943, p. 42 (see the book)
    See also Prov. 16:18; Luke 11:39-52; 1 Cor. 3:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, give me the strength of faith to ask for humility.
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