Saving a Skeptic

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Even as a child, Clive Staples Lewis (C.S. Lewis) demonstrated unusual intellectual abilities. In particular, he was fascinated by fairy tales, myths, and ancient legends. Born on this day in 1898, he developed these interests, eventually becoming Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University.

As an intellectual, he found it difficult to believe the Bible or the claims of Jesus. But, in 1929, after a long struggle, Lewis became a Christian. And for the rest of his life he was a vocal advocate for the truth of Christianity.

In his book, Surprised by Joy, he described how he finally “gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed.” He described himself as perhaps “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” But Jesus changed his life.

Knowing the change that had taken place, he compared himself to the Prodigal Son. But, at least, the Prodigal “walked home on his own feet.” Lewis felt that he was a prodigal who was “brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape.” Yet God was merciful and kept after him.

It seemed hard to believe that a hardened skeptic like Lewis could become such a powerful witness. But it really happened!

Do you know people who are living in sin or resisting God? Don’t give up on them. Keep praying and witnessing. Show them God’s love.

And be confident of this: If God can save someone as violently opposed to Christianity as Paul, or as reluctant as C.S. Lewis, He can save anyone.