No other purpose

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“This is the whole of Christianity. There is nothing else. It is so easy to get muddled about that. It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects – education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects – military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden – that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time. In the same way the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.”

– From Mere Christianity, A Year with C.S. Lewis – Daily Readings from his classic works

One thought on “No other purpose

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear Fr Milovan, for giving this passage by C. S. Lewis an opening in your blog. May it help others to understand Who our faith is about and what exactly His object is.

    Though he was not canonically an Orthodox Christian, we can find many, many things this modern Anglican church father has written that can only bolster and extend our faith, and extremely few things we could honestly find fault with. His writings have been for many the turning point, away from false religion and towards true religion and Orthodoxy. That’s what they were for me.

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