We Have Cause to Be Uneasy
“In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth – only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.” Page 32
Lewis draws this segment of his discussion to a close by pointing us to our need to recognize there is a great, good mind behind the universe. This great mind has to be good, let we would not have the Moral Law in place within ourselves. And as a result, we have to admit that this great mind hates much of what we do, for we are constantly ignoring the Moral Law to do what we want to do ourselves.
I like how Lewis paints a very clear picture, using logic to point to the existence of God. And he points out that Christianity can explain these things, and how God Himself is able to fulfill the requirements of the Moral Law that we are incapable of fulfilling. For someone to argue against this after they have been on track with him thus far in the book, and to forge their own way would be foolish. We desire progress, and that will require us to draw closer to our goal. If understanding life is our goal, then this is the way to go. And if one is going the wrong direction, they are wisest when they admit their confusion, and change their course. And lest you find yourself believing that Lewis is arrogant to make these claims, he states very clearly that there are many more in this world more qualified and have more authority than he to explain God.
I look forward to seeing where Lewis takes this next branch of the argument in Book Two: What Christians believe.