I just finished reading The Weight of Glory by CS Lewis, and there was one passage that I absolutely had to share.

It is idle to say that men are of equal value. If value is taken in a worldly sense–if we mean that all men are equally useful or beautiful or good or entertaining–then it is nonsense. If it means that all are of equal value as immortal souls, then I think it conceals a dangerous error. The infinite value of each human soul is not a Christian doctrine. God did not die for man because of some value He percieved in him. The value of each human soul, considered simply in itself, out of relation to God, is zero. As St. Paul writes, to have died for valuable men would have been not divine but merly heroic; but God died for sinners. He loved us not because we were lovable but because He is Love.

And because He loves, that makes people worth loving. Amazing, isn’t it?


~ by wildeyedwonder on February 22, 2005.

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