Mere Christianity By C. S. Lewis Essay

953 Words Nov 18th, 2016 4 Pages
C. S. Lewis, in his classic work “Mere Christianity,” describes a basic Christian worldview. A significant theme of the book is on what the issues of morality means for the human race, as well as what morality means in relation to God and to one another. Where does morality come from and how does one become moral? Morality originates with God, Lewis argues, nor can man be truly moral apart from the transforming work of Jesus Christ.
In a chapter entitled, “The Three Parts of Morality,” Lewis suggests that one part of morality is the “tidying up” of one’s self on the inside, in other words, to “first clean the inside of the cup” (Matthew 23:25-28, New International Version). Further, in the chapter I wish to discuss “Nice People or New Men,” Lewis asserts that this process requires not merely changing one’s behavior, but transformation into new creations.
Lewis’s argument may be summed up with the rather rough analogy: No one is born morally perfect. Morally speaking, all are in a pit and need to climb up a ladder to get out. Some, through no special ability of their own, start higher on the ladder than others do—a position given only by the gifting of God. The difficulty that arises, however, is that we are not creatures who have arms, hands, and legs with which to be able to climb a ladder. For instance, A horse cannot climb a ladder, and, as it is an exceedingly deep pit, will be unable to climb out, Lewis (1952) writes,
God became a man to turn creatures into sons: not…

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