Thursday, May 26, 2011

Every sin is the distortion of an energy breathed into us...

Today's C.S. Lewis quote is:  
Every sin is the distortion of an energy breathed into us...
As the Creator and Sustainer of our lives, God "breathes" into us energy and life-sustaining power.
"For by Him all things were created,both in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible . . . all things have been created by Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."  Colossians 1:16-17, see also, Romans 11:36, and John 1:3-4, 10.
God will only breathe into our lives good things, although at times it may seem like what is being breathed into our lives is not good.  We begin to doubt.  We begin to question God's fairness, justice, or goodness.  We wonder if God really has our best interests in mind.  Such thoughts are natural, but they are a distortion of God's character,  His goodness, and His love.  When we act on such thoughts, we are acting based on a distortion of our Creator and Sustainer, that is, the energy that breathes into us.

This is easy to intellectualize and comprehend. It is much more difficult to understand in such a way that it resonates deep into our souls.  If we truly were capable of never doubting God or distorting His character, we would not sin. True faith is when I do not completely understand our see what God is doing, yet I trust that He is working on my behalf.

I believe, however, that C.S. Lewis's point was that as we sin, it saps energy out of us. It does so on two levels.  First, the guilt from our conscience gnawing at us.  Second, there are always consequences to sin.  As we deal with the guilt and consequences, energy is sucked out of our lives, energy that God would rather use living "abundant lives."

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