I ran across this post the other day, and it struck me that this girl doesn’t really have a very clear understanding of what C.S. Lewis was trying to say.
Yes, sin is sin, but he’s not trying to say it’s not. He’s making the distinction between two parts of every human being…the “Animal Self’ – that is, the part of us that acts on instinct (going in search of food and drink, sex/intimacy, companionship, shelter, etc.). This part (to my way of thinking) is not INHERENTLY sinful, but it can BECOME sinful if we do not put these instinctual wants and desires under the control of the Holy Spirit.
And then there’s the “Diabolical Self,” which (again, as I understand it) is our SIN NATURE. It is INHERENTLY evil. It is the part of us that (thanks to Adam) has gone against God from the beginning. But (thanks to God and His free gift of grace through His Son, Yeshua) even though Adam ruined it for us all, Yeshua’s perfect obedience and perfect sacrifice made it possible for us all to be righteous in God’s sight (Romans 5:12-21).
Our instincts don’t blind us to the truth of who we are and what we need, but our own prideful, spiritual self-righteousness can. I think that’s Lewis’s point (and, indeed, Yeshua made a similar point in Luke 18:9-14). But, thank God, we can put to death both the Animal and the Diabolical Selves by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Excerpt from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
“The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither. “
Me Thinking Out loud:
C.S. Lewis makes the comment that there are two forces with in us trying to make their dominance known. They are the Animal Self and the Diabolical…
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