As always, this is not a book report. Rather, it is an opportunity to discuss some ideas that stuck with me while reading “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis.
Devils and Angels
“The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis entered my world, because of a friend who challenged me during a debate on religion. At the time, I called myself agnostic and I told my friend that nothing was settled, and I was still searching for some sense of proof in either direction. This book was sold as a life-changing read that would pull me closer to God. In the end, it didn’t, but it did provide a compelling read focused on a conversation about the potential tools at the disposal of the devil as he seeks to lure us away from belief. This conversation was insightful and gave me something to think about, but it didn’t prove the existence of God nor did it fill me with missing faith. So, the search continues, but not without a final thought.
Why Do We Need Hell?
Over the years, I have thought a lot about hell since I am apparently heading in that direction for my sheer lack of faith. I have often wondered if hell is a man-made constructed tool built to lure people into believing. If there is no way to punish, would anyone believe in heaven, God, and the afterlife? I tend to think without some ability to hold people accountable far fewer people would believe. This begs another question; Do people believe because they truly want to be in the presence of God or do they believe because they are fearful of torment? The push and pull of this question is fascinating and one I never tire of discussing. So, as mentioned above, the search continues.
Be good to each other
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