C.S. Lewis on Aslan’s “Other Name”


aslan1Those who roundly criticize Uncle Jack for all the extra-Biblical fantasy in his, The Chronicles of Narnia, have missed his point entirely. Take, for example, the following quote from, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, when the Pevensie children were about to leave Narnia for England the last time:

“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”

“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.

“Are—are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.

“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

It’s an allegory, folks. So what if it isn’t book, chapter, and verse from God’s Word. This excerpt from the last of his series is one of the sweetest gospel presentations I’ve seen. So lighten up, dear fundamentalist. Become Christ’s gospel in the flesh. You know what that means, don’t you? ”

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

(37) Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (40) On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

That’s what loving God is all about, not opinions about doctrinal purity, or who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys.” So, suck it up, critics; you may not be as smart as you think.

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2 thoughts on “C.S. Lewis on Aslan’s “Other Name”

  1. I always loved the Stories of C.S. Lewis Jim and could even understand their hidden meanings, they did not leave me wondering or guessing, do you think he was Dyslectic ?

    I believe there is only one Truth and that is God’s but our creativity can make it a reality when empowered by The Holy Spirit.

    When we have God’s Love, we keep all His Commandments, who wants to hurt someone they Love, so does God have to force us or cause us to suffer so we will, He is good all the time and all good things come from Him, He is Love and can do no evil.

    Jim would you try to force someone to Love and obey you and if you did would it mean very much to you, just so you know, I’m only responding to your Posts because you made me, I don’t really want to or care about what you have shared even though you are my Brother in Christ Jesus…. Wow how excited you must be now that I did respond.

    You are worth the time Jim, you are worth the effort , your not heavy, your my Brother! and I just love the way you respond to God’s Love in your life.

    Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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