Monday, January 31, 2011

The Core Corruption

The moment you have a self at all, there is a possibility of putting yourself first- wanting to be the center-wanting to be God, in fact. That was the sin of Satan: and that was the sin he taught the human race. What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could 'be like gods'- could set up on their own as if they had created themselves-be their own masters-invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history-money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery-the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
-from Mere Christianity

1 comment:

  1. Great book (I *heart* C.S. Lewis)- great excerpt. And terribly true.