Major Paper: C.S. Lewis and his Theology on Jesus
‘What are we to make of Christ?’ There is no question of what we can make of Him, it is entirely a question of what He intends to make of us. You must accept or reject the story,” (Lewis, 8).
C.S. Lewis was a man who believed in Jesus, the Trinity, and making it known through his actions and his words that changed Christianity and its theology as a whole.
In the beginning of his journey, C.S. Lewis believed that God was one big mystery. Jesus was not in the picture, and God was just some foreign name. Like many of us, we can approach God as an unopened present hidden in a closet. If we take a peek, we will see that it is there. If we do not, we will not know unless we hear about it. There are times when you think about checking it but do not. There are also times you take a peek and forget about it. But sometimes, you check it, open it, and get excited- really, really excited, but we do not know whether or not we should open it. He struggled with Atheism as much as he did Christianity. He chose to stick with what he wanted to know more of- Atheism. Lewis had a lack of belief in the existence of Jesus of God or any of it. One day, everything changed.
Lewis wrote in Surprised by Joy, "I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere.... God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous,” (37).
Unscrupulous, meaning having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair (Webster), his view on God was lacking and skewed. He wanted to continue his young life being an Atheist even in the midst of knowing God had his hand on his life whether he wanted to admit it or not. Our culture can relate to this more than we think it would.
Like many others, Lewis had his own struggles about Jesus, the church, and what it all meant (if anything). When asked at age eighteen what his religious views were, he called the worship of Christ and the Christian faith "one mythology among many,” (Christian Reflections, 87). There were many theories of different things about gods and God and how the earth came to be, and there still are. However, there must have been something out there if there was this much hustle and bustle around religion and Christianity. He had to go searching, he had to go seeking.
Lewis believed that if you were to seek God, you would find Him. God was everywhere. Just like us, his call was coming and he had no place to hide. Finally, after some time, Lewis knew it was time to come ‘home’ and admitted that God was God and He sent his Son to die on the cross. In Surprised by Joy, Lewis tells us about his feelings when he could no longer deny God’s existence to himself:
"You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet....