He was “brought up in the Protestant Church of Ireland, but as a teenager he said he lost his faith – turned off by boring church services and the problem of evil in the world.” This is a biographical statement about C. S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia.
Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland. He converted to belief in God in 1929 and became a Christian in 1931. His mother died of cancer when he was only ten, and his father never recovered from her death. The death of his mom led Lewis to believe “that the God he encountered in church and in the Bible his mother gave him was, if not cruel, at least a vague abstraction.” He left Christianity and became an atheist, but later reconsidered “his belief in a universe without God.” Through his association with certain people as well as reading a lot of books he came back to not only believing in God, but believing in Christ.
This last bold type phrase is key. Lots of people believe that there is a God. Far fewer believe in Jesus. So, what is the difference? He was much more than a historical figure who lived a sinless life. Jesus is God’s only begotten Son, as it says in John 3:16. He was God in human flesh. After a short time upon the earth, Jesus proved that he was and is God by rising from the dead. (See my article on www.tblfaithnews.com, “The Resurrection is the Earmark of a Real Christian”). Jesus also fulfilled over 300 prophecies in the Bible. (Read my article posted on this blog, “The Odds of Jesus Being God in the Flesh”).
I John 5:11-13 in the New Testament says, “…that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life…believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”
This is the Jesus that C.S. Lewis came to believe in. What about you? Have you come to believe in Jesus for your salvation?