Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chronicles: The Silver Chair

We did it!! We finished Book #6, and as always, I have a few comments to make.

First, this book is a good representation of life on earth. Aslan gives two children (Eustace and Jill) a mission to accomplish and provides them with four signs in order to guide them along the way. Aslan tells the kids to repeat the signs often, so they wouldn't forget them. What a great metaphor for the scriptures- they are given to us to guide us in this life. We're encouraged to read them often, in order to regain perspective.  So every week, Matt and I would re-read the signs before beginning that week's chapters.

Secondly, my favorite part of the book is when the villain is trying to convince the children and their guide that Aslan and the world they come from doesn't exist. She points out that they only describe Aslan and their world based on metaphors, and that they could have just dreamed the whole thing up. The children start to believe her, until their trusty guide, Puddleglum, says: "Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things--trees and grass and sun and moon and starts and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That's why I'm going to stand by the play-world."

Sometimes our testimonies are questioned by those who claim that we can't prove what we believe in. They say it could all just be made up. Well, if that's the case, I have to say that my belief in the purpose of this life and the life after this one is a whole lot more encouraging than believing otherwise. Which is why, even if it isn't true, I'll stick to my "play-world."


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