Thursday, 1 October 2009


I like quotes.

Here's a good one from Mere Christianity - which I have just started reading.

"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair." - C.S.Lewis

This reminded me of an article I read on the dubious Ship of Fools website on the "ten worst verses in the Bible" the closing statement of which read as follows:

"It's an unedifying list, but we think the Bible can survive bringing these shadowy verses into the spotlight. It's not the all-or-nothing book that fundamentalists (atheist and Christian) say that we must either accept wholesale or burn. We need a view of the Bible that is nuanced enough to treasure its comforts and challenges, its classic stories and groundbreaking ethical wisdom, while facing the plain fact that some of it is unacceptable."

Some parts of the Bible are hard to deal with, but at the end of the day the Bible is not there for our comfort, it is there to reveal truth.

1 comment:

Dissenter said...

Amen brother.

I recently re-read Mere Christianity which I found very supportive as a new Christian at university in 1975 and am currently reading Lewis's collected letters for the first time. Amazing insights and humanity. Lewis is particularly good explaining why we need not expect to feel happy all the time, he suffered a great deal of inconvenience and discomfort during his life, Oh and the Dawkinses of his day hated him.