Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Aslan and the fear of God

You won't find many better descriptions of what it feels like to fear God than what CS Lewis says about Aslan, the great Lion, the Christ-king of Narnia. This is one of my favourite passages from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

"Aslan is a lion--the Lion, the great Lion."

"Ooh!" said Susan, "I'd thought he was a man. Is he--quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."

"That you will, dearie, and no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver, "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."

"Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.

"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King I tell you."
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