(Part 1) C.S. Lewis: What Did He Really Believe About The Bible?

“I have the deepest respect even for Pagan myths, still more for myths in Holy Scripture.” C.S. Lewis “The Problem of Pain” Page 42 from a pdf format

C.S. Lewis who quoted this, claimed to be a Christian. His writings and books have a lot of influence in the Evangelical world. Many Christians quote him and believe that he was one of the best intellectual Christians of the 20th century.

Keyword: Myth

A story or an event that is invented, not real.

C.S. Lewis believes that the Bible contains myths. The Bible has no myths but is historically accurate, true in doctrine, and all of the events it describes. It is literal when the context demands it, and it is symbolic when the text says it is. Even though the Bible uses symbolism, the symbolism has a literal meaning behind it. For example: [Revelation 17:3] “3 So he carried me away in the Spirit to a desert. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and 10 horns.”

The woman, the seven heads, the scarlet beast, and the 10 horns are symbols which represent literal things, see below.

The woman represents a real city [Revelation 17:18]

The seven heads represent seven mountains where the city is situated and it also means seven kings [Revelation 17:9-10]

The scarlet beast represents an eighth king a.k.a, the antichrist [Revelation 17:11]

The 10 horns represent 10 kings who will rule with the antichrist by giving him their authority and power [Revelation 17:12-13]

Calling certain parts of the Scriptures [myths] is very problematic, especially when it is coming from a so-called Christian. If you are a Christian who reads his books, alarms should be ringing in your head. C.S. Lewis is very popular for a reason. In part 2, we will continue to look at Lewis’ other quotes that are even worse.

This is the end of Part 1.