I bet you didn’t know this, but protestants have their own apocrapha.
Okay, not exactly, we just like to quote C.S. Lewis. A lot.
It doesn’t really matter that he lived in the twentieth century and that he didn’t personally hang out with any of the apostles because he was born way after they were all martyred.
It doesn’t matter because he was a really, really smart dude.
People can call you and I stupid if they want, we’ve had our share of moments.
But this Clive Staples cat? He was on faculty at Oxford. He hung out with J.R.R. Tolkien and wrote awesome things like Mere Christianity, teaching us that he knows words that we do not and that atheists don’t have all that bright minds on their side.
When he says something smart, we like to remember it, storing it in our useful facts jar in our brain unit and pulling it out at dinner parties and on social media gatherings.
Here’s a few you may want to use:
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen—not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.
It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst.
You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
I know you were waiting for that last one. That one has to be the most quoted. There’s a million more of them, give or take, but we love to quote that dude.
He’s a good dude to quote.
But quoting him doesn’t really prove anything either.
It doesn’t prove that we’re smart or well read or that what he said was true or that we have a great relationship with God.
Quoting Scripture doesn’t really even do that.
In the end, it’s between you and God that you know Him, that you depend on His Word.
Quoting the Word of God doesn’t prove anything about you, but living the Word of God is a pretty good indicator.
Have you ever tried to prove you’re smart by quoting someone smarter than you?