Saturday, April 06, 2002

God's Not a Party-Pooper-Chris Burgwald's got another keeper, on Morality and Happiness. Go and read the darn thing, it's good. I was reminded of a passage in C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, which you should read if you haven't already. In chapter 22, Screwtape is writing to his junior demon Wormwood-
He's a hedonist at heart. All those fast and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a facade. Or only like the foam on a sea shore. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure and more pleasure. He makes on secret; at His right hand are "pleasures for evermore."... He's vulgar, Wormwood. He has a bourgeois mind. He has filled His world full of pleasures. There are things for humans to do all day long without His minding in the least-sleeping, eating, drinking, making love, playing, praying, working. Everything has to be twisted before it's any use to us. We fight under cruel disadvantages. Nothing is naturally on our side.
The proscriptions in the Bible aren't there to keep us from pleasure, they are their to direct us to greater pleasures both here in this life and in eternity. There are plenty of fun and fulfilling things to do that aren't sinful.

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