LISTEN: On C. S. Lewis, Part 3 (The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #3 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #3.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is Colossians 2:8 which reads: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Today’s quote is from John Stott. He said: “The chief reason people do not know God is not because He hides from them but because they hide from Him.”

Our topic for today is titled “On C.S. Lewis, Part 3” from “The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics”.

–Bowing to the Inevitable

However, Lewis did not become a Christian immediately upon abandoning atheism. He describes his conversion to theism as a matter of “bowing to the inevitable.” The logic of God’s existence eventually overwhelmed all his arguments. He describes the experience as one being “pursued,” of being like an animal seeking to escape, looking this way and that for any “out” until he finally had to bow and pray as “the most reluctant convert in all of England.”

About a year later Lewis came to faith in Jesus Christ. According to a letter he wrote to Sheldon Vanauken, his decision was based on the fact that “real things” have both simple and complex aspects to them. He mentioned a candy bar, which a child can appreciate and which is also the subject of quantum physics. In the same way, Jesus Christ engages people at all levels of education and civilization, bringing them together in one common faith.

C.S. Lewis, as a new Christian, soon found himself writing about his faith. Not all his writing was directly apologetic in nature, though there is an apologetic element in much of his writing. Lewis found himself in the minority at Oxford as a serious, believing Christian. Many of his colleagues either denied the faith outright or had adopted a liberal version of Christianity. Lewis, while he was never as conservative as American evangelicals, was certainly much more so than even the theology faculty at Oxford of his day. He found himself called upon to defend his faith often before students and colleagues both informally and in forums such as the Socratic Club, where vigorous debate was encouraged.

Lewis was a master at logic who could easily find the weakness in an opponent’s argument and exploit it. His “take no prisoners” attitude on any intellectual topic contrasted with his natural humility and gentle spirit and surprised those who met him, having known him only in his writings. He was popular with students at the forums who appreciated his ability to prove a point even if they did not always agree.

As a writer, Lewis approached apologetics in two ways. Many of his works were directly defenses of one or more aspects of the faith, written in essay form. Others, more popular, were fiction that contained an apologetic element. Lewis’s essays took on one aspect of the faith, demonstrating its logicality. In his fiction, Christian elements and a Christian worldview underlie the stories without supplanting them.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” 

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” 

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. 

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.