Bk IV -- Ch 5 & 6
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Mere Christianity

Book IV
Ch. 5 - The Obstinate Toy Soldiers

  1. Why did the Son of God become a man?

  2. What are some of the characteristics of the natural life in each of us?

  3. Why is the natural life (bios) opposed to the spiritual or uncreated life (zoe)?

  4. What sort of "earthly career" did Jesus choose?  Consider Hebrews 2:9-10 and 14-15.

  5. a.  What is the difference Christ makes to the whole human race?   

    b.  What must we as individuals do?  What do we not have to do?

  6. C.S. Lewis concludes by listing the various ways that Christians have tried to express what Christ did. They are different expressions, yet all true and all based on Scripture. Try to match the references to each statement.

    a.  Christ died for our sins.                                   
    b.  The Father has forgiven us because Christ  has done for us what we ought to have done.  
    c.  We are washed in the blood of the Lamb.  
    d.  Christ has defeated death.        

    John 1:29
    1 Corinthians 15:3-4
    1 Corinthians 15:20-22
    1 Corinthians 15:54-57
    2 Corinthians 5:21
    1 Peter 1:18-19
    1 Peter 3:18
    Hebrews 4:15

Book IV
Ch. 6 - Two Notes

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

C.S. Lewis prepared these remarks for a BBC publication The Listener in which he attempted to answer questions sent in by members of the radio audience.  Producer Eric Fenn did not feel Lewis's remarks "hit the right tone" so they were not published in The Listener at that time. 

  1. a. What is the easy part of Lewis's answer to the question: "If God wanted sons instead of 'toy soldiers' why didn't he beget them at the outset"?    

    b.  Try to summarize the hard part of the answer. 

  2. How does Christianity view human individuals? Are the people in our study group more like a dozen pennies or more like a nose, an ear, or lungs? Why?

  3. Why should we not try to turn our children or neighbors into people exactly like us? 

  4. Christianity teaches that human beings are like organs in a body. (See 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.) Trying to make people all the same leads to ______________________. Trying to make people forget they all belong to the same organism leads to      ___________________________.

  5. Lewis cautions against the temptation of saying one error is worse than the other. Why?

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