Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daily Thought: Freewill is Necessary for Love

God created things which had free will.  That means creatures which can go either wrong or right.  Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot.  If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad.  And free will is what made evil possible.  Why, then, did God give them free will?  Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.  A world of automata—of creatures that worked like machines—would hardly be worth creating.  The happiness which God designs for  His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water.  And for that they must be free.

C. S. Lewis, A Year With C. S. Lewis, HarperSanFrancisco (2003), p. 57

2 comments:

Mrs C said...

LOVE IT! This is how I see the Lord's love for us - it makes so much sense yet is so easily misunderstood.

(by the way, I read every day - every post! I am just a terror at posting and it has been a LONG time! keep up the good work, love the blog!!)

Paul Steele said...

Thanks Mrs. C for reading. I am glad that my postings are a blessing to you.

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