Sunday, June 12, 2011

Daily Thought: The Moral Law

"There is none of our impulses which the Moral Law won't sometimes tell us to suppress, and not which it won't sometimes tell us to encourage. It is a mistake to think that some impulses--say, mother love or patriotism--are good, and others, like sex or the fightint instinct, are bad. All we mean is that the occasions on which the fighting instinct or the sexual desire need to be restrained are rather more frequent than those for restraining mother love or patriotism. But there are situations in which it is the duty of a married man to encourage his sexual impulse and of a soldier to encourage the fighting instinct. There are also occasions on which a mother's love for her own children or a man's love for his own country have to be suppressed or they'll lead to unfairness towards other people's children or countries. Strictly speaking, there aren't such things as good and bad impulses." ~ C.S. Lewis; The Case for Christianity (pg. 9)

6 comments:

Liane said...

This reminds me of 1 Peter 5:8 "Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [ in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour."

Maybe some of it has to do with the wisdom to know what is applicable in which situation.

Alan said...

Good post. Thank you, and God bless you.

hannahrose_8 said...

Great quote!

Candy said...

For everything there is a season.

melanie said...

awesome post!!

colemichael18 said...

"Our fight is not against flesh and blood"
"Our citizenship is in heaven"
"Love your enemy."

All of our New Testament examples lived these out. Look at HOW they lived and you will see it does not line up with much of what is commonly accepted now as proper impulses for Christians.

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