How Different is Our Moral Judgement From God
God is wiser than us so his judgement on many things will be different than ours, including good and evil. If this is taken to the extreme where what we think is good God thinks is bad and vice versa we would only follow God because of fear. We could easily fall prey to a form of devil worship. To escape this dilemma, Lewis draws on his own experience. He used to not have a good sense of right and wrong when he got together with a group close friends. Their judgement of good and evil was different from his and over time he followed their example and became much better of a person. The new judgments never entered the mind as mere reversal, but they connected with his own ideas of good and evil and slowly changed them over time. As you change you can see the ideas are more like "good" than your previous ideas but they are connected to your previous ideas of good by threads. We can tell that God is there when the change is accompanied by shame and guilt. When you come across divine ethics and it differs from your own you know which way you need to go.
I don't think I quite understood what he was trying to pitch there. I don't know why a good God would show up because of shame and guilt. Also, his example of a person shifting to be good works both ways, if a good kid is constantly surrounded by bad kids he can be corrupted in a similar way as he has described here.
Divine goodness is not different from ours as black and white, but more like a child's first attempt at drawing a circle is different from a perfect circle. It is different but completely recognizable.
When we talk about the goodness of God, we usually mean to say love, and by love we mean kindness or the desire to see others happy. But we can't simply ask that god wants to see us happy, this is more of a grandfather, but we have a father in heaven.
Interesting analogy, I'm following this for now.
Love is more than mere kindness, we would rather see people we love suffer in a good situation than be happy in contemptible and strange modes.
I'm trying to follow his logic and here is what I came up with, suppose I had a child and he was happy but doing something that might land him in jail or killed. I would rather stop him from doing it and be unhappy than have him be happy but likely wind up in jail or dead. I would prefer him be unhappy than keep going down his current path.
God's love is naturally unique and it is difficult to talk about as it doesn't compare to anything very well, still, we can try to discuss it by analogy. One analogy is an artist with his sculpture. We are to God something he has painstakingly created and he cares for his creation. The biggest weakness in this analogy is the work of art is not sentient. A second analogy would be man with beast, either a sheep or a dog. God wishes us to be trained as we train a dog. It might go against the dogs nature, but it will live longer and be healthier and it will be something we can love. Another good analogy is a father's love for his son, the father wants the best for his son and wants to guide him to be a good man. The final analogy is the love a man has for a woman. The church is the lord's bride. When we say God loves man, we really mean it, he has a consuming desire present in deep love.
An interesting take on what god's love means. I thought he painted a pretty good picture there.
Is God's Love Selfish?
Lewis says that one critique of the description so far might be that God's love is selfish and therefore very different from what we think of as love. He will address that criticism here.
This didn't really come to mind for me as I was reading his description, I'm guessing before he wrote this he had debates and this was a common criticism. Or perhaps I have missed something.
Basically God is complete so he doesn't need anything from us, so he can't be selfish. He lives in a different realm so he can't get anything from us anyway. Also, he is not a separate being like a child is from a parent, so he can't misunderstand us and make a mistake.
Well that's chapter 3. A little light on things to comment on compared to previous weeks, although maybe that's good, my previous posts were pretty long. Next week Chapter 4: Human Wickedness.
Also, you might have noticed I moved this to Tuesday since I started following another book along with someone else's blog, which I am going to do on Thursdays.