Thoughts on the Words of C.S. Lewis – Like Judas or like John?


C.S. Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. He is probably best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, but he wrote numerous other works, including The Problem of Pain from where the quotes in this series were taken.

“Offences must come, but woe to those by they come; sins do cause grace to abound, but we must not make that an excuse for continuing to sin. The crucifixion is the best, as well as the worst, of all historical events, but the role of Judas remains simply evil.”

At the school where I used to teach there was a Bible teacher in the high school that drilled into his students a passage from Romans. He would quote the first part:

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (Romans 1:1)

They would respond:

God forbid. (Romans 1:2)

He not only taught them the scripture, but he lived before them in a way that showed he believed God’s word. He also works with inner-city ministries and preaches, carrying that message of forgiveness wherever he goes.

There is and always will be sin in the world. No matter how the dreadfulness of sin is used for the good of God’s glory, we do not have a license to sin. Instead, we strive to obey God’s prescription for life.

C.S. Lewis also said,

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.”

Think about that.

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