“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,…Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.”
— C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters )
Drug addicts don’t wake up one morning and suddenly decide that they will become so addicted to drugs that they will throw away everything to get another high. They usually start out with “just this one time”. Then the addict changes to “just one more time” and the unfortunate keep adding just one more time it till they are willing to do unthinkable things just to get the next high.
Many sins start out really small, committing sins that can easily be rationalized away by most. I am sure many affairs have started out “I am just thinking about my hot secretary, it isn’t like I am touching her, and my wife will never find out.” I am not saying that every small sinful thought will turn into a life shattering event, but it can. We all commit these “little” sins from time to time. We can’t help it. It is human nature, but the closer we draw to God the chances of this happening gets smaller. In an age where our culture is calling good things bad, and bad things good focusing on God, Family, and the duties of the church are increasingly important. They will help you avoid the safest road to hell.
Note: by hell I am not just referring to the place where sinners experience judgement, but an earthly hell that we experience when our life falls to pieces.
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
— C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)
In order for evil to be more then just a bad flavor, that someone else may like there has to be an absolute standard. If we let people choose what is good and what is evil what are we to say to people like Jeffrey Dahmer who did unspeakable things to little boys? He did not think he was doing evil. If individuals can do terrible evil, and think they are doing something good can be so terribly wrong can we really be justified in saying that individuals get to decide what is good and what is evil? If it is up to the individual to decide such things what can we say to the people who think they are good little serial killers?
How about societies, do they get to decide what is good and evil? Most of the world at one point believed that slavery was OK, but now they don’t. Since society at one point thought slavery was good, does that mean it was good? No slavery as it is typically thought of was never good. No matter what society used to say.
If both society, and individuals can be terribly wrong about morality where does it come from?
I will talk about this more in part 2
To learn more I suggest reading
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
― C.S. Lewis
“I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of my life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.”
– C.S. Lewis
“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.
C. S. Lewis