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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Going Back to God

Ever wonder what it really means to repent? There is a lot of intense language involved:

"Now what was the sort of 'hole' man had got himself into? He tried to set up on his own, to behave as if he belonged to himself. In other words, fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.  Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realising you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor - that is the only way out of our 'hole'. This process if surrender - this movement full speed astern - is what Christianity call repentence. Now repentence is no fun at all. It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie. It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years. It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death. In fact, it needs a good man to repent. And here comes the catch. Only a bad person needs to repent: only a good person can repent perfectly. The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it. The only person who could do it perfectly would be a perfect person - and he would not need it.

Remember, this repentance, this willing submission to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chose: it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like. If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back. I cannot happen."
- C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

*emphasis added

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