C. S. Lewis and God's Pursuit of Man

"The Irresistible and the Indisputable are the two weapons which the very nature of His scheme forbids Him to use. Merely to override a human will ... would be for Him useless. He cannot ravish. He can only woo." -- C.S. Lewis C. S. Lewis presents a picture of God's pursuit of man as active, aggressive, complete yet not coercive. For Lewis, the pursuit of man revolves primarily around the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. In addition, Lewis argues for an internal component of pursuit built into man by his Creator. Furthermore, Lewis addresses the problem of a sector of society for whom God's pursuit seems entirely ineffective. He provides two outstanding lines of argument based on man's "dusty mirror" and his freedom of choice. Thus Lewis lays out a thorough case for a perfect pursuit without violating man's freedom of choice.

Christ's redemptive work is the clearest and most perfect element in God's plan for attracting man unto himself. The fall of man in the Garden of Eden left him estranged from God, lost and unable to find his own way back. If man was ever to find his way back to the Father he required God's leadership and direction. Lewis eloquently captures the essence of the dilemma and the mission of Christ when he states that:

"...we need God's help in order to do something which God, in His own nature, never does at all -- to surrender, to suffer, to submit, to die. Nothing in God's nature corresponds to this process at all. So the one road for which we now need God's leadership most of all is a road God, in His own nature, has never walked.... But supposing God became man—suppose our human nature which can suffer and die was amalgamated with God's nature in one person -- then that person could help us."

Christ's redemptive works are the bridge that re-connects man with his estranged Creator. This is clearly the significance of Christ's famous words, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me" (John 14:6).

[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]