Happiness | and a bit of science

When it comes to foresight and hindsights, C.S Lewis could be what borders on uncanny with his insights. As he displayed in much of his book, Mere Christianity.

On happiness

“What satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could “be like gods”—could set up on their own as if they had created themselves—be their own masters—invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

-C.S Lewis, “Mere Christianity”

C.S Lewis compiled a series of radio broadcasts he was invited to make during the darkest days of WWII from 1942-1944. The result was his classic book, “Mere Christianity.”

Here he addresses mankind’s age old sin of trying to become his own sovereignty, his own god. Specifically man’s self-conceited thinking of finding happiness within his own sphere, of his own making. Lewis calls it a “hopeless attempt.” And so it is. All evidence bears witness to this fact. His list of end results is of course representative and not complete or exhaustive. Here in 2018 we can add many more results to that list ending in hopeless contrivance, born of fruitless thinking.

It’s telling how the more man’s inventions to replace God fails, the more man adds to the list. The desire to do away with God has become manic and desperate in his frenzy to supplant Him and say “NO God!”

Science, for example, is a gift born of God’s generous bestowal of gifts to man with the ability to reason, explore and discover. And through science much of life on earth in many ways has been improved and sufferings lessened; leading toward a sense of happiness and peace. But how much, really? Technology has reduced laborious task and time consuming labor. But increase happiness? No more than temporary at best, being it provides a placebo with increasingly diminishing returns.

However, in his scurrying to shout louder, “NO GOD!” man contrives to replace God with “science.” Not pure science but a faux science fraught with political purpose, diminished reasoning and increased self-conceited imaginings. And sold at the market place of public opinion as “science.”

Can you imagine going to a hardware store and the salesman trying to sell you a hammer while calling it a “carpenter?” Or saying you need a plumber, but having a pipe wrench pushed on you and it being called a “plumber?” A hammer can’t replace the carpenter and a pipe wrench can’t replace the plumber. They are merely the tools, not the craftsman. And just so, science cannot replace God. It is merely a tool at best, and only when wielded by a knowledgeable and honest craftsman. A true and honest person of science, not a fantasy purveyor of “scientism.”

Otherwise just add it to C.S Lewis’ list of “hopeless attempts.”

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather against the Lord and against His Anointed One. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’ The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.”     Psalm 2:1-4

-g.w.

 

 

 

 

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