Wednesday, January 04, 2006

On Pride

How is it that people who are quite obviously eaten up with Pride can say they believe in God and appear to themselves very religious? I am afraid it means they are worshipping an imaginary God. They theoretically admit themselves to be nothing in the presence of this phantom God, but are really all the time imagining how He approves of them and thinks them far better than ordinary people: that is, they pay a pennyworth of imaginary humility to Him and get out of it a pound's worth of Pride towards their fellow-men. I suppose it was of those people Christ was thinking when He said that some would preach about Him and cast out devils in His name, only to be told at the end of the world that He had never known them. Any any of us may at any moment be in this death-trap. Luckily, we have a test. Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good--above all, that we are better than someone else--I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil. The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether.
~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (1952)

4 Comment(s):

At Wed Jan 04, 09:24:00 AM EST, Blogger Sandy said...

Wow! It just goes to show you, Mr. Lewis still speaks to us today! What a wonderful quote to start off my blogging experiences with! Thank you for the site! Just what I have been looking for. C. S. Lewis can really make sense in such a senseless world. He offers such inspiration!

At Wed Jan 04, 01:00:00 PM EST, Blogger Rit said...

Methinks this message is lost on many in the religious sphere. Mere Christianity ought to be required reading for those who are Christian (well, supplemental reading at least :) ).

At Wed Jan 04, 07:00:00 PM EST, Blogger Arevanye said...

Hi Rit! I agree. What's that saying? If you look down your nose at someone, your eyes are crossed and you look a fool?

At Fri Jan 06, 04:44:00 AM EST, Blogger MrKimi said...

I'm experimenting with ways to combat pride/arrogance in myself. I'll let you know if any of them work, but none of them have yet.

(Just in case that reads as an obscure joke: I am quite serious)


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