Does your God have rough edges?

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I’m currently reading C.S.Lewis’ Letters to Malcolm. In letter 14 Lewis discusses the nature of God. The following quote I found very striking and challenging. It’s worth reading slowly, carefully, and meditatively:

“That, by the way, explains the feebleness of all those watered down versions of Christianity which leave out all the darker elements and try to establish a religion of pure consolation. No real belief in the watered versions can last. Bemused and besotted as we are, we still dimly know at heart that nothing which is at all times and in every way agreeable to us can have objective reality. It is of the very nature of the real that it should have sharp corners and rough edges, that it should be resistant, should be itself. Dream-furniture is the only kind on which you never stub your toes or bang your knee . . . Servile fear is, to be sure, the lowest form of religion. But a god such that there could never be occasion for even servile fear, a safe god, a tame god, soon proclaims himself to any sound mind as a fantasy. I have met no people who fully disbelieved in Hell and also had a living and life-giving belief in Heaven.”

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