I am reading C. S. Lewis book : Surprised By The Joy .
My morning reading while eating breakfast .
The book tells the story of his journey to Atheism and later accepting Christianity .
An interesting read giving deep insight to this great Christian writer .
This morning ,I reached a section that applied to our generation so well ,that I had to share it today .
We live in the age of the self help book , and the self help TV show .
The Dr. Phil show , Oprah , Dr Oz and on ,and on —–
And they have their own books .
They all have a way that they say will uplift you beyond your wildest dreams .
I would think that the largest book store in the country ,would not have the shelf space for all this knowledge.
Lewis made a statement that we all should take to heart :– — ” I had no conception of the amount of nonsense written and printed in the world .”
“New ” , “Expanded” ,”Updated” .”Revolutionary”.
All words to show that the author is “up” with the new generation on thought .
” Hey –This man has the answers to ALL my problems “
“I am going to lead my life by this man’s book “.
I remember a bunch following Jim Jones ,because he “had” all the answers .
Didn’t work too well for them did it ?
At this point in Lewis life ,he was on his way to seeing the light of the Cross .
He was a learned man . Highly educated .He read all the classics .
But his next statement stunned me because it exposed how easily we can be influenced by “education” .
Let’s remember Jim Jones here : Lewis stated — ” I regarded Yeats as a learned ,responsible writer : WHAT HE SAID MUST BE WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION .
And here is the rub for us as Christians : there are more book about the Bible than there are Bibles in most homes and book stores .
I am not throwing stones ,since I have several shelves of books about the Bible myself .
The problem comes when we give more credence to these books that we do our God’s Holy Word .
Let’s think about exactly who we are letting influence our lives .
The Bible has stood the test of time .
It has never had to be “expanded” “updated” ,or “new” .
It will never fail us —-100% trustworthy .
We don’t have to get a recommendation from Oprah’s book of the month club .
Our Bible blesses our lives daily as Dr Phil will never be able to do .
Bottom line — Try every spirit .
Some will bless you .
Others will curse you and set you on a path to destruction .
Blessings your way !!