Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Great Divorce

I recently revewis’ book, The Great Divorce, for a homework assignment. It’s an interesting read!

The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis, is one of Christianity’s classics. Filled with complex theological and philosophical ideas, this book was likely intended for older readers, but, with parental guidance, would be good for any age to tackle. There are no illustrations in the 128-page edition published by Macmillan Publishing Company.

The Great Divorce is an unusual tale in the first-person. The story follows Lewis as he begins his journey in a dismal, dreary town he later learns is Hell and then catches a bus ride with an ugly, boisterous crowd up to a land he discovers is Heaven. Heaven is a very real place. So real, in fact, that everything that comes from Hell pales in comparison. All the real things in Hell cannot compare with the reality of Heaven that all of the people who took the bus ride became, for all practical purposes, Ghosts. They cannot tread upon the grass without pain because the grass goes completely through them. They cannot lift a leaf off of the ground without great exertion because everything in Heaven is simply much more real then they are. Many Ghosts, however, are so wrapped up with their human, earthly pleasure that they have no desire in their hearts for the joys of Heaven and seek to return to Hell. There are many characters who float in and out of the storyline, such as the many Ghosts and the Spirits who are sent to try to convince the Ghosts to enter the joys of Heaven.

This story is different from many stories for the reason that the book focuses on philosophy and theology over an actual plot line. There are many conflicts between the different Ghosts and the Spirits who are trying to convince them to give up their world pleasures. The climax, however, is rarely reached because the narrative simply states that, as the Ghosts and Spirits walked out of earshot, Lewis never learned whether or not the Spirits actually convinced the ghosts to stay in Heaven. However, there are a few exceptions, which bring much-desired closure or completion to the many plot triangles that Lewis presents.

As with the conflict, there isn’t what could traditionally be called a climax, although the last three pages have somewhat of a great intensity than the rest of the book. When the end of the book is reached, Lewis’ point shines through. While we still have life upon this earth, we must give up our earthly desires so that we may persevere to Heaven.

Lewis was a powerful writer. Lewis had the unique ability to come to terms with your beliefs and with your relationship with God. You may not agree with everything he has to say, but that doesn’t mean you will necessarily enjoy the book less. His books make you examine your heart and your motives and your desires, which every Christian and non-Christian needs from time-to-time. Lewis was firmly grounded in his beliefs and we can only marvel at what God did through him.


Psalm 121

In looking forward to Summer Camp in 34 days, I thought that it would be appropriate to publish one of our Scripture memorization passages: Psalm 121. Apparently we have another one as well, but I don’t know what it is yet. This is a beautiful Psalm and our pastor just preached on it yesterday.

Enjoy!

Psalm 121
A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.


Idols

Hey, everyone! I’ve decided that it’s about time to do another good post, so here it is: in the form of a question.

It’s easy to see why non-Christians may make idols out of various things, but why do you think that Christians tend to make idols out of things just like non-Christians do? By idols, I mean things that become so important that they take up more of our thought, time, alove, and devotion than Christ.

I’d like to know your thoughts on this subject!

Thanks!

– Nathan

41 Days until Summer Camp 2009!