Monday, March 20, 2006

C.S. Lewis quote

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C.S. Lewis

Below are some helpful explanation to the above C.S. Lewis quote. This explanation is not written by he himself but by some other christian. Hope it will help you understand this C.S. Lewis quote.

The first sentence can have a double meaning:
1 - Seeing the sun rising is obvious and that is why he believes in Christianity: because it's obvious to him.
2 - This can also be a definition of what Christianity is: Belief that the SON has risen.

The overall underlying message is that we each view the world (reality) based upon our preconceptions. Just like by the sun's light you see the world, so by the light (understanding) of Christianity you see everything else (non-physical or metaphysical).

The sun opens our eyes to the reality of the physical world around us.
The Son of God open our eyes to the reality of the spiritual world around us.

So C.S. Lewis was saying he didn't believe just because Christianity is obviously true. Rather, he believes because of the truth that Christianity allows him to see.

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