Bk IV -- Ch 3 & 4
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Mere Christianity

Book IV
Ch. 3 - Time and Beyond Time

[Note:  This chapter was not one of the original radio broadcasts.]

Read C.S. Lewis's caveat in the first paragraph.  It's OK to skip this chapter if it doesn't help.  At the chapter's end, he observes that while learned Christians have tossed around these ideas, they are not in the Bible or any of the creeds.

  1. What aspect of prayer has caused trouble for some Christians? Have you wondered how (or if) God can tend to everyone simultaneously?

  2. Describe Lewis's analogy of an author with his novel to God with his creation. Where does the analogy break down?

  3. If our lives are pictured as a straight line that we experience in incremental steps, what is God?

  4. What does Lewis believe about God's attention to each one of us?

  5. How does having no history make God completely and utterly real?

  6. Does God's existence outside of time help in understanding the conundrum of foreknowledge and free will?

Book IV
Ch. 4 - Good Infection

  1. How does Lewis characterize the relationship between God the Father and God the Son:

    a. with respect to pre-existence in time, i.e. who came first? (Read Genesis 1:1 and 1:26 noting the pronouns.) 

    b.  with respect to essence?  (Read Hebrews 1:3; John 10:30 and 14:9.)

  2. What warning does Lewis give about substituting our words for the words of the Bible? When is it useful?

  3. The picture of a Father and Son connotes a relationship of love that other analogies lack. What insights do you gain from the following Scripture passages about:  

    a.   God the Father's delight in his Son - Matthew 3:17 and 12:18; Isaiah 42:1   

    b. God the Son looking up to his Father - John 4:34 and 5:30 and 6:38-40 and 17:1-5; Matthew 26:39

  4. How do people sometimes misconstrue "God is love"? What do Christians mean by the statement "God is love"? (Note: the phrase comes from 1 John 4:7-9, 16.)  How does the idea of the Trinity fit with "God is love"?  (We get a glimpse of the Trinity interacting in Jesus' prayer to God the Father in John 17, esp. v. 23-26.)

  5. How does Lewis explain the Third Person of the Trinity (i.e. the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit)? 

  6. What is the "good infection" to which the chapter title refers?


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