Monday, March 8, 2010

C.S. Lewis on Pluralism

Recently, on an e-list where I am a member, someone posted an article warning of the dangers of the slippery slope stuff….a slope this guy thinks several of us “new agers” (under the influence of our ring leader, annie) are whizzing down at breakneck speed. This article was kind of “out there” with its dire warnings about goddess worship.....all stemming from that first little chink we chiseled in the Bible's armor of inerrancy.

But this is no surprise because he has been blaring the “new age” warning siren for the past 6 or 7 months….sometimes with a dogged determination….other times a bit less frenetic. It is not us he is particularly concerned about….but those that we will lead astray. The “baby” Christians. They will be helpless against the new age wares annie and crew peddle.  Any contact with us or the words we write….the thoughts we think…..the beliefs we believe are surely the first step down Apostasy Lane and very likely could result in things like the article warns of. Goddess Worship. Profane, evil, sacrilegious goddess worship. Which is about as far from the truth of what I believe as something can be.

I’ve said it here before….many times. God has revealed himself to me as Father. I know God has no gender per say….but I figure if Jesus called him Father, he probably knew what he was talking about. That is my belief, I have no need to shove it down anyone’s throat.

So, I googled the first few lines in the article…and “presto”….using a bit of google “magic,” I found the site. Oh my! Prolific! Thorough!!  No stone unturned.  Kjos Ministries. Warnings about every freaking thing under the sun. You name it, they’ve slapped a warning label on it!!! The label they use for most everything is “new age.” The old adage about the hammer and nail comes to mind.

To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail. Abraham Maslow

Amen to that. We all know how often the Bible is used as a hammer...and not hammer as in useful tool, but hammer as in bludgeoning weapon. The Bible can be used as a weapon against…well, against anything we want to hammer with it. It lends itself to a myriad of interpretations. Taken at the most literal level, heck, it’s against just about everything. Problem is, most of those wielding it as a weapon, don’t agree. So we get a ton of “the only correct interpretation” of scripture.

So anyway...if you want to find out what is wrong with Pokemon, Avatar, Twilight, the Message Bible, the Shack, magic...for heaven's sakes bump magic up there to the top of the list....which brings us to Harry Potter, the Vatican, contemplative prayer, Free Masons, Labyrinths, Pocahontas, Theophostics, the UN (of course the UN), Touched By An Angel, Narnia and the occult world of CS Lewis. Ahhhhh.....CS Lewis. This posts' namesake. Just let me say that the above list does not even scratch the surface of people, places and things this site exposes and warns against. 

Well as is so often the case on sites like this, they mine out perfectly delightful quotes to prove heresy, which is so convenient for heretics like me...and other heretics who read this blog. The article about CS Lewis was no exception!! Following is a rather pluralistic, inclusive sounding quote by CS Lewis....­compliments of Kjos Ministries.

… Chapter 10 of Beyond Personality, book three of Mere Christianity, Lewis takes the “all under one roof” idea even further, as he writes,

“There are people who do not accept the full Christian doctrine about Christ but who are so strongly attracted by Him that they are His in a much deeper sense than they themselves understand. There are people in other religions who are being led by God’s secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it. For example, a Buddhist of good will may be led to concentrate more and more on the Buddhist teaching about mercy and to leave in the background (though he might still say he believed) the Buddhist teaching on certain other points. CS Lewis

Makes me wonder if it is somehow related to the declaration in 1 John

“....... it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifleth himself even as He is pure.” (I John 3:2-3)

They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Revelation 22:4

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