Summary from Book “Mere Christianity” God

from Book “Mere Christianity”


Accordingto Lewis (3), there is only one God. He has only one begotten son,Jesus Christ. Lewis divides all the people who believe in God intotwo groups, according to the God they believe in. One group believethat God is good and beyond evil. This group believe that some thingsare good while others are bad. However, they associate God with thegood things. They also believe the wiser you are, the less thelikelihood of defining something good or bad. Further, this group ofpeople believe that as one goes near a divine point, the distinctiondisappears. On the other hand, the second group believe that God isgood and righteous. This God favours one side that is, he loveslove, as well as hates hatred. This God expects human being to behavein one way that is good and righteous.


Christiantradition claims that reality defines truth and false. Itsfundamental task is to define which claims are true and which arefalse. Defining claims helps Christians to come to terms with thereality, as well as live successful life. However, human race has twoodd things. First, human beings are haunted by ideas that they opt tobe practising, which are decency, fair play, law of nature, andmorality. Secondly, they are guilty by the fact that they do notpractise these ideas. Taking an example of a stone and a tree, onemay say that they are not perfect. For a person who wants to use thestone for construction, he or she may urge that the stone is in bador wrong shape. In addition, he or she may say the tree is a bad treesince it does not fulfil his or her desires. However, in reality, thestone and the tree are not bad only that they are not convenient toserve the purpose of the user. According to Lewis (10), human naturelaw are real, and are not created nor made up by human beings. It islike math with a universal constant that is reality.


Lewisstates that “outside of Christ,” there is no salvation. Hefurther states that there is only one sacrifice for sin and onemediator between man and God (Lewis, 52). Nevertheless, only God canmake a decision about those people who have never heard about God.According to Christians, any good deed they do come from theChrist-life that lives inside them. They believe that God makes Hispeople good because he loves them rather than God love his peoplebecause they are good. Generally, the love of humanity is not good.If a person leaves out justice, there is likelihood of breakingagreement, and eventually faking evidence for the sake of humanity.At the long run, the person becomes cruel and treacherous.


Moralorders are commonly in good people’s minds, and they givedirections to the way of living. They prevent a breakdown, friction,or a strain in the running of a human machine. At first, the moralorder seems to interfere with the natural inclinations, buteventually human being cope with them. Morality is concerned withthree things fair play and harmony between individuals, harmonisingthings inside an individual, defining the purpose of individuals.Nonetheless, morality is affected by poverty, war, lies, and graftleading to disagreement about morality.


Inany religion, comfort is something that one cannot obtain bysearching it. Conversely, one should search truth to find comfort.All the religions, including the queerest, have some truth in them.However, as much as Christians are confined with God, they do notknow many truths. For instance, the truth is, Christians do not knowabout the future, they do not know whether they are other ways theycan get saved apart through Jesus Christ. The truth that they knowis, right actions do not build internal character if they are donefor the wrong reason (Lewis, 30). There are two sets of truth fordifferent groups of Christians. The first set states that goodactions are all that matters while the second set states that goodaction are only done with a motive.


Lewis,C S.&nbspMereChristianity.S.l.: HarperCollins, 2009. Internet resource.