Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Conversion Entails Spiritual Change

"If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man’s outward actions—if he continues to be just as snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before—then I think we must suspect that his “conversion” was largely imaginary; and after one’s original conversion, every time one thinks one has made an advance, that is the test to apply. Fine feelings, new insights, greater interest in “religion” mean nothing unless they make our actual behavior better; just as in illness “feeling better” is not much good if the thermometer shows that your temperature is still going up."

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 207


  1. I am working with a "Christian" who doesn't believe In objective morality, the inerrancy of scripture, he even says that there's f'ed up s$#t in the bible in reference to OT punishment for homosexuality, if I'm not mistaken. I think he is an old earther and is in that what's true 4 me might not be true 4 you crowd.

    1. I, too, deal with such a "Christian" on a regular basis. Two, actually, though one I've pretty much chosen to disregard totally due to his less than Christian antics. I guess there's at least one in every crowd. Just the same, I take a less than Christian joy in yanking his chain with facts and Scripture. Challenging them to defend their counter-Christian beliefs never results in their use of Scripture to do so.

      I've been dealing with mine for over a decade now. There's a great deal of animosity that's grown between us. Many have written the guy off. I use him to improve my methods of relating Scripture, since he is always putting that to the test with his less than Scripture-based positions.

      I wonder if yours and mine are the same dude?

    2. I doubt it. I'm talking about someone I worked with at rural king. Although now I can't even remember his name. We have a high turnover rate there. Most people dont last more than a few months.