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Christian Truths in the Screwtape Lettters by C.S. Lewis Essay

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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a book of thirty –one letters in which a retired, senior demon named Screwtape coaches his newly educated nephew, Wormwood. Wormwood is quite troubled when it comes to tempting his “patient.” Nevertheless, he need not fear because faithful uncle Screwtape has offered his services. A unique character featured in the letters is, “The Enemy.” This character refers to God, the natural enemy of Satan. Of course Satan is referred to as “Our Lord.” In the letters, and Wormwood and Screwtape try their very best to please Satan and bring him glory. Although the book is written from the demons’ perspective, Lewis naturally uses it to highlight important truths of the Christian faith. “The patient or the human…show more content…
“…Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do our enemies will, looks ‘round a universe from which every trace of him seems to have vanished, and ask why he has been forsaken and still obeys” (Lewis, 39). What truths are you looking at if you have never come to know that truths of the Christian faith? Clearly the entire story’s focal point is demonic, literally. Joanie Riche writes, “It has helped me gain an understanding of how he forces of darkness try to undermine joy and truth” (Riche). That is exactly what the dangerous duo is trying to prove. That they can push this poor human to such limits that he/she will forget that God ever played a positive factor in their lives. These are real things that happen to people. Once devout believers suffer a trial—then suddenly and all together, the mere thought of the gospel is ridiculous. It is a harrowing truth. Many people are raised to be unbelievers. It does not matter to these devils, they are going to hell either way. In contrast, the Enemy holds a prominent position in the novel whether evident to most or not. “No temptation has overcome you that is not common to man, God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Screwtape often tells that the Enemy
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