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Postby Guest » 16 Mar 2006, 15:04

Towards the end of the last battle when Emeth met Aslan and Aslan told him something about how emeth had been true in faith with his Tash that he was ok with him. Did that symbolize that it did not matter what emeth believed, but that he was true in faith to his religion so he can go to heaven?
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re: Tash

Postby carol » 16 Mar 2006, 18:16

No, Aslan said that Emeth had been serving Tash in error, but that the service he had pure-heartedly given to an evil demon was meant to have been given to Aslan. And Aslan, who knows more than we do about people's hearts, accepted that worship and service for himself instead.
Lewis was not suggesting that we just need to be sincere in our beliefs. He was saying that in the case of someone who has never met Jesus, God knows the full story about the person and how they have responded to what they did know. In theology we call this God's Sovereignty - He is the ultimate authority and can make decisions that may sometimes surprise us.
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Re: re: Tash

Postby Stanley Anderson » 16 Mar 2006, 18:48

carol wrote:No, Aslan said that Emeth had been serving Tash in error, but that the service he had pure-heartedly given to an evil demon was meant to have been given to Aslan. And Aslan, who knows more than we do about people's hearts, accepted that worship and service for himself instead.
Lewis was not suggesting that we just need to be sincere in our beliefs. He was saying that in the case of someone who has never met Jesus, God knows the full story about the person and how they have responded to what they did know. In theology we call this God's Sovereignty - He is the ultimate authority and can make decisions that may sometimes surprise us.


Indeed, it is sort of like what Narnia and Aslan are like in general. As Sven quoted from a Lewis letter to answer another question in this forum:

Lewis wrote:"What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?"


We might equally wonder, as we do about Emeth, if Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, and all the others, were not worshiping a "different Christ" when they recognized Aslan as Lord. But of course they were not, as far as they had gotten along.

BUT... had they later insisted on continuing to look to "Aslan" and refused to find him by another name in our own world, as he commanded them to do at the end of -- is it Prince Caspian with Peter and Susan, or Dawn Treader with Edmund and Lucy? can't remember or look it up at the moment -- they would have been just as guilty of idol-worship as if they had set up altars to Tash instead.

Aslan, in grace, met Emeth where he was (and it happened to be post-stable in the story), but had Emeth then continued (if it were possible at that point) to follow Tash, even with equal or greater goodness of intent and action, he too would have "turned away from" and been turned away by Aslan.

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