Lunatic, Liar or Lord?

I recently was given an opportunity to have 2 books for the price of one.  How could I pass that up?

The catch – I was limited to which books I could choose from.  I admit without this strict boundary I wouldn’t have chosen:

“The Fellowship – The Literary Lives of the Inklings” by Philip Zaleski & Carol Zaleske The Inklings

In this book I have been introduced to people I really knew nothing about, though I thought I did.

C.S. Lewis?  Of course!  The Narnia Series.

J.R.R. Tolkien?  Come on now – who doesn’t know “The Lord of the Rings”?

Now when it comes to Charles Williams and Owen Barfield I can admit I don’t know who they are.

I didn’t, in all honesty, know anything about any of them.  And now, as I learn of the book “Mere Christianity” (that has sat on my bookshelf unread for years) I’m amazed.   I’m encouraged, I’m excited and I run to the bookshelf and there it is – and I find on pages 51-52 the exact excerpt of “lunatic, liar or Lord”.

I go to “bing it” and there it is again – EVERYWHERE – Wikipedia, YouTube, Preachers and antagonists and on and on and on.

Where I have been?

Well, I guess I didn’t need it until now.  Given the times we are in and the desire to share Christ with others, who often fill with contempt to the mere idea of talking about Christ, I find the timing to be right on target.

The most wonderful insight is that C.S. Lewis was an atheist for most of his life.  If anyone knew how to argue Christ as Lord it was indeed Mr. Lewis – as a scholar from Oxford he knew all to well how to make an educated argument.

Here is an excerpt from the book “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis page 52

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.” – C.S. Lewis

(I chose to “bold” a portion of the text)

There are many youtube videos, I liked this one and you may enjoy it as well.  The full reading of pages 51 – 52 from “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis

Are You A Mean Girl?

I heard God speak to me and this is what He said:

“Are you a mean girl?”

“I see the shock on your face; I hear the gasp as your heart skips a beat and your mind races.  You don’t know whether to scream out “NO!  Lord, You know that I’m NOT!” or burst out crying at the horrific thought that I would even ask such a question (for then it may somehow be true).

 

You think of how you love others, how you have the gift of encouraging others, you look at so many girls and women and you have never been one to judge others about looks or attributes, you see through the outside into the heart of a person.  Sure (you mull over in your mind) there are times when you have been angry or impatient with someone but not like a mean girl.  You aren’t shallow; you aren’t wanting or even trying to be popular or worldly.  You wouldn’t brush someone off or attempt to hurt someone to get ahead.

 

Do you want to know why I asked you this?  Are you ready to hear and to know what I see?

I agree with you, overall you are a kind person.  You do love people and see them, for the most part, how I have gifted them, that they make mistakes out of their pains.  Overall you are patient and you see the depth of a person and the value they have.  But this one thing I notice, there is a girl you are not so kind to – there is a girl you are actually mean to, the things you think about her, your opinions, your harshness and callous heart toward her are pretty awful.

 

Again you scramble, trying to think of anyone from your life, past or present in which this person may be hidden, maybe deep down in the dark corner of your heart or mind.

Just stop, take a deep breath, I will reveal to you who she is, it’s why I’m talking to you now.  You see – it’s you.  You are being a mean girl to yourself!

Surprised?  You think it is okay to be hard on yourself?

Will you consider my words “Love one another as you love yourself?”

Can you imagine how it breaks my heart to see the lack of forgiveness, grace and mercy you are willing to extend to yourself?  You may think you can insult yourself but you insult me – you are my creation, you are my child, my daughter.  I don’t want anyone talking about you like that, not even you, in fact ESPECIALLY not YOU!  I formed you when you were in your mother’s womb.  I knew all of your days long before they were even fashioned.  I knew your joys, sorrows, struggles and successes and I loved you.  I still love you, every mistake and shortcoming I see I am reminded that you were made from dust.  You are greater than the sum of all of your mistakes, you are a dear treasure to me and the destiny I have in you and for you are beyond what you can take in.  You make a difference in the smallest things you do, you make the world I created more beautiful just by being you.  I have watched as you have damaged yourself with your unkind thoughts and sometimes abusive actions.  I am asking you to stop.  Open your eyes and see yourself with the same grace, love, kindness and forgiveness that you offer your friends.  As you begin to love yourself you will begin to see a change, it will take time but you will be changed and represent my glory in a much bigger way.  Take every thought into captivity and anything that doesn’t line up with what I have to say about you needs to be thrown out.  You will still get Holy Spirit insight of your errors and you will face your flaws with Me, repent, forgive yourself and I will show you the way to making changes.  No longer will a mistake set you back days or weeks because of self-loathing.  The devil has been using this trick too long with you and it is time for it to stop.  You were a child and walked in childish ways and now I invite you to walk with Me as a mature woman in Christ.  I believe in you!  I love you!  I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and to make a future for you – join me and do it in love.  Love Me, love your neighbor and please, do Me a favor and LOVE YOURSELF!”
-Your Heavenly Father (Abba)