On Happiness (and a bit of science)

On happiness

“What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could “be like gods”—could set up on their own as if they had created themselves—be their own masters—invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

-C.S Lewis, “Mere Christianity”

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C.S Lewis compiled a series of radio broadcasts he was invited to make during the darkest days of WWII from 1942-1944. The result was his classic book, “Mere Christianity.”…

Here he addresses mankind’s age old sin of trying to become his own sovereignty, his own god. Specifically man’s futile thinking of finding happiness within his own sphere, of his own making. He calls it a “hopeless attempt.” And so it is. All evidence bears witness to this fact. His list of end results is of course representative and not complete or exhaustive. Here in 2015 we can add many more results to that list ending in hopeless futility, and born of fruitless thinking.

It’s strange how the less man’s inventions to replace God works the more man adds to the list. The desire to do away with God has become manic and desperate in his frenzy to supplant Him and say “NO God!”

Science, for example, is a gift born of God’s largesse to man of ability to reason, explore and discover. And through science much of life on earth in many ways has been improved and suffering lessened; leading toward a sense of happiness and peace. But how much, really? Technology has reduced laborious task and time consuming labor. But increase happiness? Not so much.

However, in his scurrying to shout louder, “NO GOD!” man tries to replace God with “science.” Not pure science but a science fraught with diminished reasoning and increased futile imaginings, and sold at the market place as “science.”

Can you imagine going to a hardware store and the salesman trying to sell you a hammer but calling it a “carpenter?” Or saying you need a plumber, but having a pipe wrench pushed on you and it being called a “plumber?” A hammer can’t replace the carpenter and a pipe wrench can’t replace the plumber. They are merely the tools, not the craftsman. And just so, science cannot replace God. It is merely a tool at best, and only when wielded by a knowledgeable and honest craftsman.

Otherwise just add it to C.S Lewis’ list of “hopeless attempts.”

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather against the Lord and against His Anointed One. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’ The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” Psalm 2:1-4

-GW

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