Mere Christianity Book Three


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*Mere Christianity* C.S. Lewis
Through the Lens with C.S. Lewis
Johnson Ferry Christian Academy
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  • Mere Christianity Book Three

    1. 1. Through the Lens with C.S.LewisNovember 2012“the instrumentthrough which you seeGod is your whole self.And if a mans self is notkept clean and bright,his glimpse of God willbe blurred”
    2. 2. Mere ChristianityBook ThreeCHRISTIANBEHAVIOUR
    3. 3. Three Parts of Morality What is the purpose of the moral law? (45) Is it possible to maintain? Is it important to try? Why? What is the danger of considering oneself a person of high
    4. 4.  We focus on “fair play and harmony” and forget about internal harmony and the purpose of life. Why?  What IS the purpose of this life?  What would it take to really reform society? (46)  What is the implication of eternal life?  What are the three parts of morality then?“…think of humanity (47)as a band playing atune. To get a goodresult, you need twothings. each player‟sinstrument must be intune and also mustcome in at the right
    5. 5. the “cardinal virtues”Prudence (48) What has happened Temperance (49) to common sense?  What is one of the How does marks of a certain intelligence factor type of “bad man”? into prudence? Isn‟t it a good thing to make others give up what you choose to relinquish?  Is temperance limited to alcohol? What modern things tempt us to intemperate behavior?
    6. 6. Justice (49) What does “justice” include? What do we often use the word for instead?Fortitude (49)•Why is “guts” a good synonym forfortitude?•Why is fortitude important?
    7. 7. Being and Doing What is the difference between “doing justly” and “being a just person”? (49) What sort of people does God want? (50) How do we become that sort of people? Why are these virtues necessary in the eternal sense?
    8. 8. Social Morality  What is the job of every moral teacher? (51)  Why is it critical to consider culture in evangelism?  Whose job is it to apply the “golden rule?”“christianity…is meant for all men atall times and the particular programmewhich suited one place and time would
    9. 9. We have all departed from that total plan in different ways, and each of us wants to make out that his own modification of the originalWhat would the perfect Christiansociety look like? (52) plan is theWould YOU want to live there? plan itself…. (52)
    10. 10. HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU GIVE? (52)For many of us the greatobstacle to charity lies notin our luxurious living ordesire for more money, but inour fear---fear of insecurity.(53)
    11. 11. MATTHEW 6:25-34 LEST WE FORGET25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat ordrink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, andthe body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow orreap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are younot much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add asingle hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how theflowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that noteven Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is howGod clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is throwninto the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So donot worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shallwe wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Fatherknows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and hisrighteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore donot worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day hasenough trouble of its own.
    12. 12. Morality and PsychoanalysisPeople often think of Christianmorality as kind of bargain inwhich god says, „if you keep a lotof rules i‟ll reward you, and if youdon‟t i‟ll do the other thing…. iwould much rather say that everytime you make a choice you areturning the central part of you,the part that chooses, intosomething a little different fromwhat it was before. And takingyour life as a whole, with all yourinnumerable choices, all your life
    13. 13. Forgiveness Why is it so hard to forgive? How does one “hate the sin and love the sinner”? (67) How do we know it‟s possible? How does punishment fit with forgiveness?
    14. 14. PRIDEThe Great Sin
    15. 15. Did anyone think “ouch”?•How is pride the total anti-God state of mind?•How is pride essentiallycompetitive?•What does pride enjoy most.•How do you see this workingin contemporary culture?•How do you see thisinfiltrating the Church? “there is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in
    16. 16. When asked once, "How much money is enough money?" He replied, "Just a little bit more."John Davidson Rockefeller (July 8, 1839-May 23,1937)Industrial Tycoon, one of the „robber barons”, Standard OilPhilanthropist ,faithful tither (Northern Baptist), self-made
    17. 17. “…it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.” (70) Why? •Why can‟t the proud know God? •What is the test of pride? •Why is Pride the worst of all the vices? •What is Pride NOT?•Does God forbid because it offends Him? (71) •How does one acquire humility?
    18. 18. CHARITY Why are the poor the most charitable? And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the What is the purpose greatest of these is charity. of charity? 1 Corinthians 13:13 What is the essential element of charity? (73) How are charity and love the same thing? What is the greatest evidence of love? How does one develop charitable “feelings” toward others? (74)
    19. 19. "But the great thingto remember is that, THE IRRATIONAL SEASONthough our feelingscome and go, Hislove for us does not.It is not wearied byour sins, or ourindifference; andtherefore, it is quiterelentless in itsdetermination thatwe shall be cured ofthose sins, atwhatever cost to us,at whatever cost toHim."
    20. 20. Hope How does Lewis define “hope”? (75) How should this hope affect our actions every day? How does one train himself/herself to want that which cannot be seen? What is the purpose of earthly pleasures? How does one maintain a desire for the unseen and eternal? (76)
    21. 21. Faith “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and lovingWhat is wrong with this image? God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” – Pope John Paul II
    22. 22. What IS faith? 11 Hebrews Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. James 2 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. Romans 10 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
    23. 23. What is the purpose of faith? (78)Confident expectation based on reason, unaltered by emotion or imagination.
    24. 24. DoingandBeing What is the difference between “being” and “doing?” (80) What is one clear evidence of faith? (81) How does Lewis address works and faith together? (81)
    25. 25. Read Book Four “Beyond Personality”No presentationWrite a response to Book Four (2-3 pages)Art Project due 12 (W), 14 December (T/F): Create a piece of artwork that incorporates aquote from any book we have read so far. Must be4”x12” in digital form. This is the size for a Facebookcover/header. Post to the group AND email to me.( HOMEWORK
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