Evil | Humility | Pride | Sin

C. S. Lewis makes a very interesting comment on shame in The Problem of Pain, where he is admittedly speculating. In the chapter on Human Wickedness he is dealing with some of the fond illusions we have about man’s wickedness, one of which is that mere time cancels sin. If we can just separate ourselves by a year, or two, or better ten, from our wickedness, it somehow no longer exists. But Lewis reminds us that God’s perspective about time is not necessarily the same as ours. He says: “All times are eternally present with God. Is it not at least possible that along some one line of His multidimensional eternity He sees you forever in the nursery pulling the wings off a fly, forever toadying, lying, and lusting as a schoolboy, forever in that moment of cowardice or insolence as a subaltern? It may be that salvation consists not in the cancelling of these eternal moments but…

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