C.S. Lewis, one of the most prolific Christian writers of the 20th century, often explored the nature of obedience, faith, and the relationship between humanity and the divine in his works. Here are some thought-provoking quotes by C.S. Lewis on these subjects:
"I was not born to be free---I was born to adore and obey."
"Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live."
"Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self."
"[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way."
"Obedience is the key that opens every door."
"Obedience is the road to freedom."
"Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality."
"If you ask why we should obey God, in the last resort the answer is, 'I am.' To know God is to know that our obedience is due to Him."
"A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery."
"When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch."
"You do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but you have lost love because you never attempted obedience."
"I think He made one law of that kind in order that there might be obedience. In all these other matters what you call obeying Him is but doing what seems good in your own eyes also."
"We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules: whereas He really wants people of a particular sort."
These quotes beautifully encapsulate Lewis's thoughts on the intricate relationship between faith, obedience, and the human spirit's journey with the divine.