Daily Encouragement: Day 248

From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 248

CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A PATENT MEDICINE

From Christ’s fullness we have all received,
and grace upon grace.
For the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
(John 1:16–17)

Your word is truth.
(John 17:17)

Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Him.
(John 14:6)

In matters of religion, spirituality, faith, or God, many people claim that it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere and don’t hurt others. If I held such an emaciated view of God, I seriously doubt that I would bother with “religion” at all. On Sunday mornings, I would sleep in at the “Church of the Inner Spring” and hear sermons by Pastor Pillow.

My real interest in Christianity is in whether it can fulfill its promises—and what Christianity promises cannot happen unless Christianity is true. As C. S. Lewis put it:

Christianity is not a patent medicine. Christianity claims to give an account of facts—to tell you what the real universe is like. Its account of the universe may be true, or it may not, and once the question is really before you, then your natural inquisitiveness must make you want to know the answer. If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be: if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all.*

*From Lewis’s essay “Man or Rabbit?” in God in the Dock.

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