MereChristianity Book Review
InLewis’ Mere Christianity book, he asserts, “Whenever you find aman who says he does not believe in a real Right and Wrong, you willfind the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break hispromise to you, but if you try breaking one to him, he will becomplaining "It`s not fair" before you can say JackRobinson (p. 12).” The author uses the statement to criticizepeople who deliberately twist the set rules and regulations in orderto justify their wrong doing. However, if the same offended personuses similar rationalization to justify a wrong, they begincomplaining immediately, perhaps even before a person has alreadydone the mistake. In summary, the author claims that humans know whatthey ought to do to others, but they do not do the things they aresupposed to accomplish (Lewis 13).
Manypeople often offend others, mostly knowingly, but they expect theoffended persons to understand that they are humans and vulnerable tofalling into temptation. This implies they are eligible to beforgiven for the wrong things that they do if they apologize.However, these people complain and refuse to understand if they wereoffended in the same way they request for forgiveness once they dowrong to other people. I agree with Lewis’ assertion as I havewitnessed a similar case in the past.
Threeyears ago, our neighbor was a successful crude oil entrepreneur. Hiswife was a homemaker who had borne him two girls. He occasionallytraveled overseas or to distant places where he spent several days –allegedly doing business. However, rumor had it that he wasoccasionally spotted in luxurious hotels and beach resorts in thecompany of other women. The rumor persisted for a long time until heappeared on media as an angry mob was baying for his blood forsleeping with another man’s wife. A friend to the husband of thecheating woman had informed him that he had spotted his wife in arestaurant with a man who seemed like her clandestine lover.
Afterthe saga, the neighbor apologized to his wife who readily forgaveher. He promised to remain faithful and never to engage in suchembarrassing behaviors again in the future. For about five months,the husband appeared to have changed his behaviors. He arrived homeearly and occasionally took his family to family outings.Furthermore, he secured his wife a job as a social worker.
Ayear later, his wife received a call from a man who had fainted in alodging after taking drugs for boosting sexual performance. Since shewas off-duty and close to the scene of the accident, she drove to therestaurant with her personal car and no uniform. A few minutes afterpacking her car and rushing into the restaurant, her husband spottedhis wife’s car in the underground parking of the hotel. An hourbefore, she had informed him that she was had just arrived home fromgrocery shopping. He was furious that his wife was dishonest abouther whereabouts.
Hequickly packed his car and approached the parking attendant who wasjust coming from inside the restaurant. He pointed at his wife’scar as he inquired whether he knew where she could be. The attendantrespondent without hesitation that she was in the room with the roomwhere a man was experiencing a complication for using libido boostingdrugs. He did not wait for the attendant to inform him more detailsregarding the accident. He just asked for directions and rushed in asthe attendant called him to lock his car.
Althoughhe knew his wife was a paramedic, he would have expected to find herin uniform and an ambulance when she is on duty. He concluded thathis wife was cheating on him with the patient because she wasoff-duty and not in regular uniform. He pulled his gun and shot twiceat his wife before some people managed to suppress him, or evenbefore he investigated whether his wife was a philanderer.
Lewis’statement that humans know what they ought to do, but they do not doit reminded me of this incidence. He was caught in the act before,and his wife forgave him, but he almost killed her on suspicion thatshe was cheating on him. He expected his wife to understand that hewas a human and vulnerable to sinning, but he was not ready toforgive her in case she committed a similar mistake (Lewis 14). Thisis an example of double standards that Mere Christianity criticizes.
Lewis,C. Staples. MereChristianity.New York: HarperSan Francisco, 2001. Print.