Book one under right and wrong tries to bring out the fact thatmorality exists in the world; he gives an instance of where two nationsdisagree over treaties, one nation says that there is no treaty then later onclaims that a certain treaty they want to break is unfair. If there is anunfair treaty that means there is also a reverse which is a fair one, whichthen implies there is right and wrong. People normally disagree based on their opinion on a certain moralissue and not on the fact that there is indeed existence of standard measure ofmorality. The rule about right or wrong was called the law of nature, whichtoday refers to gravity, matters of heredity or the law of chemistry. The lawof nature is such that human beings can in no way go against it, while that isnot true because what the ancient thinkers meant to refer to is the Law ofHuman Nature.
This is the law that govern man. Humans have a choice to uphold or violate this law and we are allguilty of breaking it at some point. The law describes what humans ought to doeither to be good or to be bad. The moment we are caught violating the law,start to give excuse which is an indication that deep within us we know thereis the law.
Some people claim that the idea of doing what is right or wrong islearnt from education; Lewis explains, if that was the case then that wouldmean that it could be made different if the parents wished to. The moment wesay one thing is better than another it clearly shows that there is a standardto it, one closely meets the standard than the other. If we want to know if there really exists a controlling power overthe universe then we must know that just as the architect of a house is not adoor or a window, the maker of the universe cannot live with us only within us.In book two, Lewis says that it is wrong for Christians to thinkthat other religions are wrong but then states that there is only one answer toa math problem though other answers might be close. The issue that brings major division amonghuman beings is the issue of religion: Christians who are the majority and therest who compose of the minority. Some people such as the Jews, Muslims andChristians believe that there is good and evil and God rewards good over eviland he is the maker of the universe: the pantheism believe that God is beyondgood and evil such as the Hindus, they add that everything in the universe isGod. He explains that if a painter does a good painting, he does notbecome the painting but merely put his thoughts and imagination to make a goodpainting. God made up the world and anything in it.
These differences lead us to ask that if Godis so good, how anything in the universe can be wrong. But if we say theuniverse has bad things in it, it means we are comparing it to something wecall right. Since wrong exist then it means there is a being who controls thegood and the wrong and he has given us free will. This means Christians havebeen given the right to choose but in the end it has consequences and rewards.Book three explains to us how people see God as one who is alwaysfollowing them around to catch them on the wrong. He mentions that it is betterto have laws that keep us in check rather than to have vague ideas. Though wecan never manage to be perfect, there are rules we must conform to though thereare no ideals when it to moral issues. Morality guides both our righteousnessand how we interact with each other, for Christians it is to guide our path tosalvation.
There are three thingsinvolved in morality, harmony with others, harmony within ourselves and withour creator. He states that one must always do good and be a good person whichare two distinct ideologies. We are more than the sum of our actions, the morewe do something good the more it becomes part of us and vice versa. Christ wants us to be harmless and wise with a mature brain, but Godwill not love you any less if you had a less sensible brain because he made youthat way but you must use the senses you have fully.According to the message in all the four chapters it is evident thatLewis is just trying to explain what Christianity is, who God is, What Godlikes and what he thinks God expects of his people. He does not have anyconcrete evidence of what he is saying rather, he is just giving his opinionand theories. He tries to simply explain his thoughts on the whole concept ofChristianity with the simplest way possible by breaking it down into foursections.According to the teachings of Lewis, and the fact that he hasexplained the existence of good and evil, it is therefore safe to say that Godlikes what is good and detests evil.
We cannot live oblivious of the fact thatif we do wrong we will get punished for it since there is an alternative to dogood and live a life of piety. By worshiping Christ, Christians can be able toexperience the life of Christ and become sons of God and go to heaven. Inheaven people lose their earthly personality and unite with others to love andworship God: he equates this to the way the human body various organs thatunite together to function and keep one alive.It made sense to me that as much as living a perfect life can bechallenging it is very possible if we want to. It involves what one doesinternally and externally i.e.
to self and to others. Christians must be readyto sacrifice the human desires and their way of life to get to sainthood and goto heaven. Christianity is not like an automatic button that one presses andturns to a perfect, nice and loving person, they have to consciously changetheir life and agree to follow the morality law. They have to exercise their free will to choose how they behave andreact to things around them.
Lewis ends by telling people not to be afraid ofsalvation, they should allow themselves to lose their individuality and be onewith God since that is the only place where one can lead a fulfilling life. It has helped me to understand that I am also not perfect as aperson, Christian life is one that continues to evolve and will only achieveperfection in heaven. To otherChristians it offers me a reason to understand why they behave the way they doand that is because God gave us free will. They all have to keep working onthemselves every day, choose to do good, choose to believe that God exists sothat they purpose to stick on the path to salvation.
What will change in my life is the fact that I will be moreconscious about my actions and aim for perfection. I know by my actions only Iwill remain sinful and my mere obedience is not enough to please God. Throughmy power of free will, I will choose to believe in Christ and he will make meperfect.
It has also taught me to live a life of chastity and once I getmarried, I will be loyal and respect my partner and also remain married tilldeathI will also maintain faith that my good morals will lead me to beingaccepted in heaven. Then I will be praying and worshiping and reading the bibleso that I have a constant reminder to remain focus to the high calling in JesusChrist.