Podcast Episode 34 – Advice From C.S. Lewis About Aging (The Screwtape Letters)

In this episode, I take a deeper dive into yesterday’s discussion about aging and the affect it can have on the mind and body.

In the classic book, “The Screwtape Letters”, C.S. Lewis is a literal devil’s advocate.

He writes about a mentor devil named Screwtape who is training a unger devil, Wormwood, on the way to steal souls from God and bring them to Hell.

It’s a classic, fascinating book. Lewis says it was his hardest book to write because he had to think like the Devil and it dirtied him.

I read verbatim Chapter 28 in which Screwtape is telling his mentee, Wormwood, to protect his target, a man whose soul he is trying to steal, at all costs from a sudden death.

It is much easier to steal a soul when man is faced with a long, monotonous life. Either adversity or prosperity offers hope, for the Devil that is, in moving the target away from God and closer to Satan. Prosperity, in fact, is superior for the tempter of Hell because…

Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it’, while really it is finding its place in him.
So inveterate is their appetite for Heave that our best method of attaching them to earth is to make them believe that earth can be turned into Heaven at some future date by politics or eugenics or ‘science’ or psychology, or what not.

We close with the most glorious song “One Thing Remains” by Kristian Stanfill.

 

Hope you like this episode.

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