The Rival Conceptions Of God By Dr. Lewis

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2.1 The Rival Conceptions of God
Here the author discussed the idea of how people in this world are divided into groups according to whether or not they believe in God and if they do believe in Him, they are further divided according to their beliefs about His involvement with the people of the world. As a former atheist, he discussed his view and explored the difference in the beliefs of the Pantheists, (those who believe that God is just another part of the universe, therefore, a part of everything in it including what some call “good and bad.” Without the universe, God would not exist), and the belief of the Christians (those who believe that God invented and made the universe and that if the universe ceased to exist, God would still exist.
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People wonder how could this happen, but he says we see it every day in other things. He further stated that we need God (food from his spirit) to live on and to be happy; that is the way He made it for us. Furthermore, Dr. Lewis said that God gave us enough understanding to know we need help and He provided us with examples to help us. The shocking alternative to the prince of the world that God sent, however, if He were seen as an ordinary man, he would be seen as an "asinine fatuity" according to human standards. The “alternative” claimed to be the son of God who can forgive man of his sins, but many refused to accept Him as God. Although they would rather say He is a great moral teacher, the author pointed out that by our standards, a great moral teacher would be considered to be a lunatic for making the claims He …show more content…
This, he explains, is what Christians need in order to be redeemed back to God. Furthermore, he explains that for the most part, the worse off we are, the harder it is to be redeemed. Only when God shares a part of himself with us, is when we are able to do this. Therefore, God became man, who was also God, so that he could share himself with us. This could only be done, though, if he died, and He could only die if He were human. The author explained that this is the way He paid our debts for us. This is why he is the perfect penitent. He lends us a little of his reasoning power and puts a little of his love in us which is how we love one another. And by doing this, we are able to overcome the power of the

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