Is the Lion safe? Some quotes from The Chronicles of Narnia

Some years ago I read The Chronicles of Narnia with my son. I was really touched by the stories. Recently I searched the Internet for some quotes from this book series. Here some some selected quotes.

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the beaver said to Susan concerning the Lion,

‘Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver. ‘Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe, but he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.’

It’s easy for us 21st-century Christians in the West to picture God in a way that is very different from the God in the Bible. But here I think C S Lewis has managed to aptly describe God through an imaginary figure.

In the last book in the series, The Last Battle, Lewis writes the following about the new world.

It was the unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed, and then cried:

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia so much is because it sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee! Come further up, come further in!”

I don’t know about you, but I identify with these words, “This is the land I have been looking for all my life…”

And of course there is this well-known quote that alludes to the death and resurrection of Christ (in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). Evil has been defeated. Hallelujah!

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.”

 

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C S Lewis on “literal” and “metaphorical”

When we come to the Scripture, we need to learn the art of understanding biblical literature. I came across the following recently (via a “friend”–not personal friend–on social media). It’s from C S Lewis’ Miracles. I think Lewis is right that somehow we get confused about what is literal and what is metaphorical.

The material imagery has never been taken literally by anyone who had reached the stage when he could understand what ‘taking it literally’ meant. And now we come to the difference between ‘explaining’ and ‘explaining away’. It shows itself in two ways. (1) Some people when they say that a thing is meant “metaphorically” conclude from this that it is hardly meant at all. They rightly think that Christ spoke metaphorically when he told us to carry the cross: they wrongly conclude that carrying the cross means nothing more than leading a respectable life and subscribing moderately to charities. They reasonably think hell “fire” is a metaphor—and unwisely conclude that it means nothing more serious than remorse.