No ordinary people

Thank you C.S. Lewis for stating so eloquently one of the awesome responsibilities of being made in the image of God –

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal… It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit–immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.

The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis, pp. 14-15


2 Responses to “No ordinary people”

  1. A very interesting quote and view from Lewis, especially when it is written in 1941. biased or unbiased? subjective or objective? It’s academically interesting to analyze…hehe

  2. I really love this passage from Lewis. He is very good at making the eternal life clear (whether that life leads to glory or damnation), and his gift is clarity.

    He disarms you by seeing the difficulty – he takes the questions seriously, instead of many other unsatisfying answers that seemed to solve the issue merely by rephrasing it, or answering a different question altogether.
    And he was good at taking questions that seemed only tangentially related to salvation/Christianity (the existence of the animal soul, the possibility of extraterrestial life) and turning them back upon the truth that God exists and is sovereign.

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