Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Learning in Wartime

Lewis asks why we spend all this time learning when there is a war going on amongst us.  He later answers by saying that  “Good philosophy must exist, if for nor other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”  We educate ourselves so that we can defend our faith against attacks within and without the church.  We have to remember that some heathens are vey intelligent philosophers, and we must be able to defend ourselves against these people. 

Another reason that I think it is good that we are educated is that learning about God’s creation is learning about God.  A Christian goal is to know God, and we can learn about who God really is by studying the world around us.

The Bible says, "Whether ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."  When we are in a war we should put everything we have into fighting that war, whether spiritual or physical.  We have been blessed to be at College right now, and we should put everything we have into our education, because that’s what God calls us to do.  He placed us here so we should learn to the best of our ability.

Something that Lewis pointed out that I liked a lot was when he talked about how after his conversion his life did not really change.  His activities did not all of a sudden become “sacred” after his conversion.  This made me feel a lot better, because I have always felt that my life need some huge change in order to praise God.  I now better realize that my mindset is what matters.  If I do even the most trivial things in God’s name, I am still praising God.  It is not necessary to expect a revival, because we can praise God just as well in our daily lives.

I also like how Lewis explained that there is no middle ground, between doing a work for Christ or against Christ.  All our actions are either God-glorifying or sinful. Lewis says “All our merely natural activities will be accepted, if they are offered to God, even the humblest: and all of them, even the noblest, will be sinful if they are not.”  This simply says that everything must be done in God’s name or it is a sin.  

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