Oh goody, I get an excuse to read The Screwtape Letters again. A student at church recently approached me about studying the book together. And I always learn something new each time I dive into this masterpiece.
The Screwtape Letters is a classic by C.S. Lewis. It is my favorite book of all time after the Bible. Although it is a work of fiction, I believe it to be an outstanding handbook on demonic and spiritual warfare. The language can be hard to read for modern readers. But it is well worth the psychological journey into the depth of despair that is the world of demons and temptation.
C.S. Lewis once said that The Screwtape Letters was the hardest book for him to write. The subject matter forced him into a dark world that caused him much concern. Demons respect authority, yet they desire to undermine it. Demons are smart, but they don’t really understanding the ways of God. Demons know that the best lie is always coated with some truth.
Well, I’ll share some of my insights as I come along them. The first concept is from the introduction. Lewis wrote, “Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar. Not everything that Screwtape says should be assumed to be true even from his own angle.”
With that bit of confusing advice, let the mental and spiritual games begin. Yes, Satan is a liar, and he’s really good at it. Just because you think something doesn’t mean the thought came from you or is indeed something you should be thinking. I believe demons like to plant lies in our heads like little seeds of death. We have to dig those things out by the roots or else they keep growing back. We feel guilty for being tempted when that is a normal part of life in this fallen world. Being tempted is not sin, giving into temptation on the other hand is wrong.
The problem is that a lie can become truth to you if you believe it or hear it enough. And just because you think something is true doesn’t make it so.
Oh, speaking of Satan as a liar. You’ve got to see this little video by LifeChurch.Tv called Satan’s Sex Ed. It is really funny and yet sad at the same time.