January 31, 2008

Dear Wormwood

Just a little background before inserting the quota from Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, I'll preface it by explaining a few things:
  1. This is a quote from a letter written by Uncle Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood. They are workers of evil in this book.
  2. "The Enemy" or "He" is God.
  3. This particular letter is about how best to tempt humans so that they are won for the "Father Below".
"He cannot 'tempt' to virtue like we do to vice. He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there, He is pleased even with stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."

I L-O-V-E allegory!!

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