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Statutory Directives from Uncle Screwtape


I wrote this letter on behalf of Screwtape to Wormwood for an online class ‘The Literatures of C.S. Lewis.’ and later published it in my blog.

My dear Wormwood,

I was very disappointed after I went through some lines of your last letter. You seemed to be wasting a precious time in vain. Now is the time to strike the Patient’s mind when he is focused out on the Enemy. Having said, I also strictly caution you not to make any hasty move either. Watch out his every thought and action and discern his motives. Be careful in your excitement. As I have mentioned early that the gradual degradation of human animal’s spirituality is good for us and it best works in our favor.

Your Patient certainly knows how to use the modern technologies in the market. The Enemy’s two-legged animals have proved how much gifted they are from the Enemy by setting their feet on the moon. Their intelligence is not always good for them too. Some of these have already demonstrated that they also could be our helpful agent to wage war against their own race. At present, some are posing a threat to world due to weapons of mass destruction. But then people are developing new concepts and tools to promote invisible web on the air called “World Wide Web” or generally internet.

We want more confusion so that doubt will rule over the ninny Patient. But there is also a great risk too that might open his eyes to see his inward spiritual state and outward response to his action.

The latter tool is accessible to even children worldwide. No other tool will be more effective than that. Your Patient is very familiar with it. However, he has learned to handle it in a proper manner recently. Thus, the Enemy has sidelined us from the Patient’s interest.

You, however, ought to change the strategy of your manipulation of your Patient. Otherwise, he could be a grave threat to our plan. Then, you know the consequence that you’ll have to bear. First, make him stop reading the Enemy’s book called the “BIBLE.” Rather, help him to do more research online for his spirituality than reading the Word and obeying the Enemy. By doing this, he’ll find more complicated and unreliable resources that some of our agents have championed. We want more confusion so that doubt will rule over the ninny Patient. But there is also a great risk too that might open his eyes to see his inward spiritual state and outward response to his action. So, you must divert his attention from that kind of resources, and lure him to fix his eyes on the conspicuous advertising banners. Do not get freaked out when you see gorgeous young women on the internet, lest; he will know your purpose and cease to be a wishy-washy man.

Second, influence him and take him into your confidence before you make another move. Make him believe that browsing internet to watch beautiful women is not sin, since he meets dashing and charming women every day. Keep it in mind that these revolting creatures of the Enemy can be easily attracted by skin-deep beauty of their opposite sex. Now, use every coherent argument, if needed, as weapons to persuade him to watch semi-nude pictures of women. Remind him of his past heydays how much he enjoyed going to beach and basking his back in the sun glaring at those beautiful women in bikinis. Find out if he finds any difference between those women in bikini on the beach and other women in bikini on the internet. If he feels comfortable with it, you are half done.

Finally, know the weakness of these stubborn animals. Now, hit the spot! Persuade him to visit the forbidden sites that contain exclusive pictures and videos. You must not retreat until you make sure that his mind is totally absorbed in whatever he is watching in the sites. You have to treat your Patient very well and be very cooperative at this point until he moves toward the slippery slope of any form of addiction where it be porn or whatever. The open gate of our Father Below in the Hell will be wide for him if you can guide him to now other levels – dark pit of adultery or fornication from where he can never come out.

Your affectionate uncle

SCREWTAPE


 Characters' Guide

Screwtape – Senior devil

Wormwood – Screwtape’s cousin, a protege

Enemy – God of the Bible

Patient – a new believer

Two-legged animals – humankind

Father Below – Satan; ruler of the hell

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Biblical Nuggets: The Belt of Truth – An Armor of God


Armor of God

In his Epistle to the church in Ephesus, Apostle Paul exhorts the church to be fully armored with spiritual weapons to fight spiritual battle with satan everyday (Ephesians 6:10-20). Belt is one of the armors believers are must to have. The belt of Truth must be girded around the waist because a soldier cannot secure his sword without a belt. There will be no place to put his sword around his waist (6:14a). In the Roman world, even when a soldier is not carrying all other weapons, he must be girded with his belt readily. So do believers have to have this belt of Truth in all circumstances.

What is truth?

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17


 

Picture source:

Lexham Press. Logos Bible Software Infographics. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2009.

The Book of Job and the Implication for Understanding My World


Prasha Maharjan.

Recently finished reading the book of Job, I have gleaned two significant principles from it and their implications for understanding my world, God’s operation in it, and for my work and ministry.

1. RIGHTEOUSNESS DOES NOT GUARANTEE BLESSING IN THE WORLD

This is one concept that I gleaned from my study of the book of Job. It is unquestionable that Job was a righteous man not only in the sight of people but of God too. Just like Job, many of us think that we are too good for anything bad to come upon us. We apply the simple principle of retribution in our life as though God had set on stone that he would do that. This is a very simple principle that many Christians adhere to. Those who have relied on this principle also have been easy to backslide. Having become a Christian and with a renewed body and spirit, we may be living a godly life and expect good things to happen. The life of Job shows very bluntly that this expectation is not always met. We honor God by living holy lives yet God is not bound to bless us on that basis.

As Christians, we are called to live a holy and righteous life depending on the Spirit of God. In spite of our godly choices, we may face unfortunate circumstances. However, we are in no position to question God’s authority and sovereignty. We are too small to understand God’s ways and his purposes. Our perspective is too narrow to understand his perspective.

2. SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS REAL

The topic of spiritual warfare is not a hot topic among Christians. Many Christians are living without a conscious knowledge that war between God and Satan is ongoing. The moment we accepted Christ and allowed the Spirit of God to dwell in us, our war with Satan had begun. He is continually attempting to snatch us away from the grip of God. He does that through the material world that surround us, through the lies that gratify us, and often times through success that blinds us. This warfare is even fiercer among Christians with a lifestyle of ministry and evangelism.  Satan does not want to lose any soul to the kingdom of God.

Spiritual warfare may not be as dramatic as in the book of Job where Satan has challenged God, and God has Job as his prop. Spiritual warfare in this day and age nonetheless is still prevalent. The war with the principles of darkness is not a dated issue. It is real.

Both these principles that I gleaned from the study of Job gives me a biblical understanding of the world that I was devoid of before I became a Christian and studied the life of Job. The idea that righteous must be rewarded and evil be punished is a common and popular concept in most religions. If this does not happen, they find logic to get around it. In Hinduism, the good and prosperous life that one has is due to the good life he lived in his previous life. If anything bad should happen, he is still paying for the evil he did in that life.

Biblically, God made us in his image. We still have a portion of him that desires to do well and be good. Yet, the fall has distorted that image. Sin has affected us and the world. Hence, after receiving Christ there is a continual battle between the flesh and the spirit. Since we are the workmanship of Christ made for good works we strive to do good works, but Satan tries to work in our flesh. This is the spiritual battle.

Many times in ministry I have fallen in this trap of boasting that my prayer for a certain person is going to bring about miracles or that my righteous move will certainly please God and he will move a human heart to work in my favor. Too many times I have been disappointed with this attitude because that is not how God works. My Christ-like love and concern for a non-Christian will not always be rewarded by his coming to Christ. Neither will such love and concern move my Christian friends to live a revolutionary Christian life. The book of Job teaches me that just like Job suffered regardless of his righteousness, I will suffer in some measure. This is where the spiritual warfare comes into play as well. When I fail to win people over to Christ, Satan will make me feel defeated and doubt God’s power. I have struggled many times when my efforts have gone fruitless and found doubting God. Indeed, I have learned in my walk with God so far that Satan loves it when we feel defeated. This is the time I look at God and seek his strength and not feel completely defeated. God has his higher and better purposes that I cannot relate to or fathom.

As a Christian, I know that we have one life to live and eternity to face. The good or evil choice that I make now may not necessarily affect my present life but it does affect me in eternity. Thus, I do not stop doing good works because I do not see the results now. I certainly should not expect righteousness to be awarded. A righteous living is a not a choice, it is a command that we live regardless of blessings.