I’m in the midst of reading C.S. Lewis’s phenomenal book, Mere Christianity. If you read at all, it is well worth reading this. It’s been giving me one A-ha moment after the other.
I have the pesky habit of highlighting important passages in non-fiction books. In this one, almost everything’s highlighted—to a degree that the unmarked parts stand out more than the marked ones.
What really hit home with me was his chapter on Pride, one of the seven deadly sins and in Lewis’s eyes, the greatest of all. More than any other vice, pride is the devil’s sneaky way to inflate our egos and tell us that we’re better than everyone else.
This element of competition, says Lewis, is what makes pride so pernicious. Greed will make you crave more than you already have, but pride will make you crave more than your neighbor has.
“We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking, there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest."
This enmity can even be found in spiritual life. Whenever you feel better than someone else—even holier than someone else—it’s your pride talking. Whenever you feel especially powerful, it’s your pride talking. Because pride wants and delights in having power. Power/control over others, power/control over your life, power/control over matter.
You see where this is going. The entire Law of Attraction movement—you could say the entire New Age movement—is all about power and control.
Sure, it disguises itself as self-empowerment and feels really, really good.
Who doesn’t like to hear that they’re an incredibly powerful creature?
Who doesn’t like to hear that they’re a “co-creator” (the slightly humbler version) or like a god... that, in fact, God the Almighty doesn’t exist and that we humans are the manifestation kings and queens that, once awakened to their full potential, make the universe go round?
Remember, pride is what made the devil the devil.
Lucifer, the greatest of God’s angels, refused to do what was expected of him because it was beneath his dignity.
It was what Satan whispered into Eve’s ear in the Garden, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of [the tree of the knowledge of good and evil], your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
Being like God is what Satan has promised mankind throughout the ages. It’s what he promised Eve and it’s what he’s promising us today in the form of worldly power, magick, spellwork, and the Law of Attraction.
Here’s what Lewis has to say about this:
“It is a terrible thing that the worst of all the vices can smuggle itself into the very centre of our religious life. But you can see why. The other, and less bad, vices come from the devil working on us through our animal nature. But this does not come through our animal nature at all. It comes direct from Hell. It is purely spiritual: consequently, it is far more subtle and deadly.”
I’m not all that far along on the road to humility myself, so this is where I stop giving you advice about achieving it. But C. S. Lewis says the first step is to realize that you’re proud. I’d say the second step is to get a conversation with God going and ask Him to help you develop greater humility. I’m sure He’ll be happy to oblige.
Here's the link to this amazing book again, in case you want to read it.
If you're anything like me, I know that you, my fellow Manifestation Kings and Queens, are impatient to see results. Aside from the question, "How do I manifest that special person?" the most frequent question I get is, "How long is it going to take until I see results?"
A year ago, I would have answered this question a lot differently than today. Then God gave me a swift kick in the butt—on November 4, the day after the US election where I ran for the office of Vermont State Representative (and lost)—and reminded me of the importance of acknowledging that He is in charge.
Instead of "manifesting" by the power of your own will, utilize the power of His Will... and wait for the good things He has prepared for you. You won't know the day or the hour, but if you listen and show a willingness to work with God, He will likely give you something much greater than what you asked for.
Just remember that obedience is a big, big part of this. As Steven Furtick shows in this video, not every one of God's requests is convenient to follow, but if you just roll with it, He will bless you beyond measure. And your ultimate reward is literally out of this world.
Most people know C.S. Lewis as the author of the famous middle-grade series, The Chronicles of Narnia, but he was also the writer of several nonfiction works, among others on theological questions.
In his 1952 book, Mere Christianity (highly recommended and extremely enjoyable to read), he talks about what was back then probably the most trendy thing: the theory of a "creative life force" as the first cause of, well, everything.
[I] mentioned only the Materialist view and the Religious view. But to be complete, I ought to mention the In-between view called Life-Force philosophy, or Creative Evolution, or Emergent Evolution. The wittiest expositions of it come in the works of Bernard Shaw, but the most profound ones in those of Bergson. People who hold this view say that the small variations by which life on this planet 'evolved' from the lowest forms to Man were not due to chance to to the 'striving' or 'purposiveness' of a Life-Force.
Replace "Life-Force" with "The Universe," and it's pretty much the same. (He also goes on to discuss whether God is ultimate goodness in the meaning of softness and concludes that He can't be, but I encourage you to read that for yourself.)
I was going to write a short treatise here about the history and evolution of the New Age beliefs that eventually led to the creation of "The Universe," but I hit the wrong button and all my writing disappeared (coincidence?), so I'm saving that for another post and another day.
Suffice it to say that this "tame God," who doesn't demand anything and doesn't want anything from us, other than to be happy and enjoy life however we see fit, came out of a long tradition of mediumistic communications with "disembodied spirits." And those, as I've said before, cannot be trusted.
Let me make this clear: At one point in my life, I was a huge fan of channelers and "messages from the other side." In my twenties, I used to dream of being a famous channeler of "advanced masters" and conveying messages of earth-shaking importance to mankind... until I had some eerie experiences of my own and then did some research and realized that all of these messages have demonic origins. No exception.
So this fluffy, cuddly God-type being called "The Universe" is just an attempt—and quite a clever one—by the enemy to obfuscate the fact that the real Creator of the universe is a person who is neither cuddly soft nor non-judgmental nor uber-tolerant.
Merciful, yes. Fair, yes. Loving, yes. But more like the fathers of old who laid down the law in their families and who didn't think twice about spanking their kids when they misbehaved.
And the line, "You can have anything you want" is one of the greatest deceptions ever. So be careful what you wish for and how you go about it.
The best way is to pray to God and Jesus (and if you're Catholic, the Holy Mother) for the things you need, instead of just going ahead and manifesting whatever you feel like. Aside from the fact that you'll get stopped out at some point, you'll also get yourself into a precarious situation, soul-wise... and trust me, that's the last thing you want.
I wish you many blessings—in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
I just watched a Christian YouTube video called, "There Are Strange Things Happening in This World." One part of the narrative really hit home with me... and I figured it's something you need to hear too. Here is the quote.
There is a lie that the devil tells us, which I believe to be the biggest and most dangerous lie that many people fall for. And the lie he tells you is, 'You've got time.' You. Have Got. Time.
Let that sink in: At any given moment, we are one second away from Heaven or Hell.
I know that, especially if you're under 30, you may feel invincible, like nothing could ever happen to you. After all, you're much too young to die. (Here's a secret: You will still feel too young to die once you're 40, 50, or 60.)
Not to be morbid, but an undiagnosed brain aneurysm or blood clot in your arteries could knock you dead within a second. You could get hit by a bus, fall off a footstool and break your neck, trip over the cat, or choke on a piece of chicken salad.
We don't like to think about it, but death is part of our story—and it can come early and at unexpected times. If you were to die in the next five minutes, do you feel confident that you'd "gotten right with God"? Where do you think you'd end up—paradise or the fiery pit?
Most of the time, we'll push any thought of dying out of our mind. We're so terrified of our own mortality—particularly if we haven't gotten right with God yet—that we'll do anything to distract ourselves and to stave off the inevitable.
In a recent dinner conversation with friends, we came up with the thought that the modern trends of life extension biotech and transhumanism are outcrops of atheists' desperate urge to live as long as possible, whatever it takes. They'd even be willing to "upload" their brains into mobile computers or have their heads cryogenically frozen to be "revived" 50 years later. (As if their minds/souls were trapped in that chunk of meat and still be there in 50 years.)
Devout Christians, on the other hand, usually don't fear death; as they get older, they even welcome it, looking forward to be united with Jesus. What a difference in long-term outlooks that is.
Here's my assessment: You don't have time. In fact, you don't have a minute to lose. And even if you don't die right now, every moment you spend in vain self-absorption apart from God is a wasted minute that you will have to account for eventually. So do yourself a favor and get started now.