“All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Greatest Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
Tonight I concluded The Chronicles of Narnia as I finished reading The Last Battle to my daughters before bed time.
I love how C.S. Lewis pictures the last battle, death, and eternity. He once again reminded me of my short little life on planet earth, and how I am to live for a much bigger story than these ‘shadowlands’
My girls squealed with delight each time a character from the past books was brought back into the last book. I love how my daughters’ faces light up each time Aslan comes on the scene. I love how C.S. Lewis writes each chapter with a cliff-hanger which always prompts my daughters to plead, “please just read a little bit more! Please, please, please!”
However, if there is one book in the series that I had sharp theological disagreements with Lewis, it was this one. In this book you see a kind of universalism that is espoused by him. You see a devout follower of the false god Tash given entrance to Aslan’s country simply for his sincere devotion to Tash – and then he’s told that whatever good he did for Tash was really for Aslan, and whatever bad was done was really for Tash.
This creates so many theological problems and biblical contradictions, that I hardly have time here to confront. Simply put, the Bible repeatedly calls people of all times, in all places, to repent and turn from their idolatry, and to turn to the truth found in Jesus Christ… I could go one at length, but instead I will simply quote two passages from Scripture:
Acts 4:12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Romans 10:13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Apart from this theological misstep, the rest of the book was great…. But for me, I am soured by the error.