The 50th Anniversary of the Death of a Great Man
November 22, 2013
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Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of a very influential person, C. S. Lewis. I know, it’s also the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, but it could easily be argued that C.S. Lewis has left a far greater and more profound mark on human history. Lewis was a great thinker and writer of both fiction and non-fiction. His most famous fiction was the Chronicles of Narnia series that began with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. His most famous non-fiction book was Mere Christianity. His writings have influenced countless millions to come to faith in Christ and to deepen faith in Christ. An interesting side note; Lewis himself was led to a faith in Christ through his friend J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings.
What follows below is probably his most famous quote. It challenges people to think clearly and logically about Jesus Christ.
“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.”