As the prophet Amos said:
Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD?
It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him.
Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it? (Amos 5:18-20 ESV)
Thank you, and thanks to C.S. Lewis, too. Complete and utter redemption is yours for the asking, humans. Ask for it now, profess it today; there will never be a better time.
I have been a believer for a long time. I'd like to think I'm a Christian but I sin so much that it's ridiculous and for the most part I don't even know why.
As I've aged, my physical abilities and libido have headed South and internal chemical imbalances, even with drugs that are designed to counter those effects, have led to depression, weight gain, rheumatism and fatigue.
Then there are events in life that challenge or cripple….job loss being the most recent event, for me.
The last paragraph of Lewis' comment is probably true but like most things in life I'm not sure that it can be applied across the board due to all of the extenuating circumstances that affect us. Just a thought but it's hard to refute the expertise of this old Cambridge Don.
I am a horrible sinner. I believe, but my mind is wicked and carnal. I do not love my neighbor as myself, because to do that you first have to love yourself. I hate myself, frankly, and so I hate my neighbor. The fact that most people are stupid and useless doesn't help the situation.
Still, I used to be worse than I am now. Perhaps I can be better tomorrow -- by means of His grace, of course.
All I can do -- all any of us can do -- is beg forgiveness and hope that Christ will have mercy on us.
American King James Version
4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Ah, more of that amazing love - offered. I've read this book, though here I at first thought it to be your writing. The question posed seems like one you might ponder. Philip Yancey, online at philipyancey.com, has written a couple of books, well, several, which might companion Lewis' contributions. Most recently I have read and can recommend Whats So Amazing About Grace". I'd like to read his follow up book, "Vanishing Grace". I like his work because even though he is a "Christian thinker/writer" he's not one of those happy snappy guys. Some of his questing resembles my own...and seems on track with the comments made above.
Anyway, beautiful reminder. Thanks Gerard.