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C. S. Lewis on Faith, Feelings, & a Chapter a Day

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What’s the condition of your faith?  Is it strong and sound?  In his discussion of the different dimensions of faith in his classic, Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis says:

“Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.  For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes.  I know that by experience.  Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.  This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway.  That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off,’ you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion.  Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.

The first step is to recognise the fact that your moods change.  The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day.  That is why daily prayers and religious reading and church-going are necessary parts of the Christian life.  We have to be continually reminded of what we believe.  Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind.  It must be fed.” (pp. 123-124)

Oh, what wisdom there is in this short passage.  It might be summarized in these three takeaways:

  1. Feelings are not a reliable spiritual guide; our “moods” will of necessity be up and down, and will often cause us to question what we have otherwise believed for good reason.
  2. Faith must be trained and fed daily in order to be robust and healthy.
  3. Reading, meditating on, applying, obeying, and praying in response to a chapter of Scripture a day is a time-tested, proven way to feed and nurture your faith.

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Yours for a Stronger Faith,

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