Life Force, Life Coach or Lord of Life

C.S Lewis from “Mere Christianity”

“One reason why many people find Creative Evolution so attractive is that it gives one much of the emotional comfort of believing in God and none of the less pleasant consequences. When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is a mechanical dance of atoms, it is nice to be able to think of this great mysterious Force rolling on though the centuries and carrying you on its crest. If, on the other hand, you want to do something rather shabby the Life-Force, being only a blind force, with no morals and no mind, will never interfere with you like that troublesome God we learned about when we were children. The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch in on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen?”

Believing in a Life Force is a convenient way to tame our god. To have him there when we need him, but basically run our life our own way, because, after all, don’t I know best how to do me?

Maybe not.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our[a] joy complete.

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:1-10

God is God, not some impersonal force. He has revealed himself as a Father, THE Father, Father of his only son Jesus, and adoptive parent to all who will come to him. He is not convenient. He is not malleable. He is not shush-able. His way of living is unbending because HIS way of living is to live the best possible life for me, to become the best possible version of myself is to live submitted to him.

It isn’t a popular view, that doesn’t make it wrong. It isn’t an easy way of life, but it is the best way of life.