C.S. Lewis on Mini Me


Screwtape expounds on God’s purpose for us, as opposed to his own, infernal purpose:

To us (demons) a human is primarily food; our aim is the absorption of its will into ours, the increase of our own area of selfhood at its expense. But the obedience which the Enemy demands of men is quite a different thing. One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself—creatures whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct. (The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis)

Mini Me and Dr. Evil

If you didn’t get my title’s allusion, I sincerely admire you. But the idea is useful, as it suggests God’s attitude toward us, compared to that of Satan. Now, don’t get all offended by my comparison of Dr. Evil to God. Actually, it’s a great illustration of Man (Dr. Evil) wanting to be God. The Eternal One has no use for us to complete or otherwise fulfill him. He doesn’t want or need anything from us; he’s all he needs, perfectly self-sufficient. He created us to be the voluntary recipients of his love, because he is love. He knows that our true, lasting happiness depends on our fulfilling our destiny: becoming like his Son Jesus, his perfect expression. Thus, he wants us to become his, “Mini Mes.” (I know that’s a stretch, but it makes a valid point.)

Elsewhere in this blog I’ve stressed the fact that God isn’t the celestial Warden that most people think. The truth is quite the opposite; he’s the Divine Parole Board, who’s one goal is to free us from our voluntary incarceration in the prison of sin so we can go home once and for all.

I said, “voluntary incarceration,” because God delegated to us the final choice* of which path we will walk: the path of disobedience, toward the fiery pit reserved for the devil and his demons, or the path of obedience, toward his own abode that we call heaven.

*   Some will dispute this based on the doctrine of God’s Sovereign Election, but in the final analysis, both are true. That, however, is a discussion for another time. The enemy hates congenial disagreement, much preferring to fuel our doctrinal disputes with prideful self-interest. Godly people agree to disagree on this and many other interpretive points of doctrine.

 

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