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Comparing Cats and Dogs (Or Christians)

C. S. Lewis was so far ahead of his time as a Christian thinker. The following excerpt from Mere Christianity 1952 expresses my deeply held thoughts on the problems sorting people of faith. I’ve been both castigated and celebrated for similar views.

Comparing Cats and Dogs

(The complexity of comparing Christians and non-Christians)

The situation in the actual world is much more complicated than that. The world does not consist of 100% Christians and 100% non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name:

some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so. 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. Many of the good Pagans long before Christ’s birth may have been in this position. And always, of course, there are a great many people who are just confused in mind and have a lot of inconsistent beliefs all jumbled up together. Consequently, it is not much use trying to make judgments about Christians and non-Christians in the mass. It is some use comparing cats and dogs… in the mass, because there one knows definitely which is which. Also, an animal does not turn (either slowly or suddenly) from a dog into a cat.  But when we are comparing Christians in general with non-Christians in general, we are usually not thinking about real people whom we know at all, but only about two vague ideas which we have got from novels and newspapers. If you want to compare the bad Christian and the good Atheist, you must think about two real specimens whom you have actually met. Unless we come down to brass tacks in that way, we shall only be wasting time.

Quotes from Mere Christianity, Part 84

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins: 2001) 208-209.

Jesus Christ Comments on the political climate of today

This nearly 2,000-year-old commentary by Jesus seems to be a valid observation of the rancor in the politics of today (no one’s happy):

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” Matthew 11:18-19

Like the right and the left in the United States today; when John the Baptist came on the scene, they said he had a demon because he eschewed eating and drinking as a pleasurable past-time.

Jesus, the public accused of the crime of doing what John the Baptist didn’t do. Interesting.

Billy Joel Quote on Originality and Mistakes

Don’t be afraid of mistakes, because the only original thing we ever do is make mistakes.
You can be taught how to do something perfectly right,
but only you can screw it up in your own inimitable way. – #billyjoel from Rolling Stone interview June 2017 edition 
#originality #beyourselfalways

Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky

Great thoughts on grace and the Gospel through the eyes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Kudos to the writer Tim Shey for his great depth of thoughts on these two writers and their stories. Worthy read.

The Road

Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910

Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010
16 August 2010

An excerpt from The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey:

Pages 140-142: “A.N. Wilson, a biographer of Tolstoy, remarks that Tolstoy suffered from a ‘fundamental theological inability to understand the Incarnation. His religion was ultimately a thing of Law rather than of Grace, a scheme for human betterment rather than a vision of God penetrating a fallen world.’ With crystalline clarity Tolstoy could see his own inadequacy in the light of God’s Ideal. But he could not take the further step of trusting God’s grace to overcome that inadequacy.

“Shortly after reading Tolstoy I discovered his countryman Fyodor Dostoyevsky. These two, the most famous and accomplished of all Russian writers, lived and worked during the same period of history. Oddly, they never met, and perhaps it was just as well—they were opposites in every way. Where Tolstoy wrote…

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