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Repentance

Ok I couldn’t help but to post this blog.  After reading and rereading Mere Christianity, this has to be one of my favorite parts.

If you don’t have time to read whole thing, skip to last little part…wow.

Man is not an imperfect creature who needs improvement;  he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.  Laying down your arms, surrendering, say you are sorry, realising that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor.  This process of surrender is what Christians call repentance.  Now repentance is no fun at all.  It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie.  It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years.  It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death.  In fact, it needs a good man to repent; only a bad person needs to repent; only a good person can repent perfectly.  The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it.  The only person who could do it perfectly would be a perfect person— and he would not need it.

Remember, this repentence, this willing submission to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chose;  it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like.  If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back.

If you are interested in reading material for Christians, read Mere Christianity by CS Lewis.

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