Wormwood’s patient did “wake up” from his spiritual drift and, for the time being, he slipped through his fingers. What do you notice about our culture in which pleasure can be a divine aid and a devilish snare?

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3 thoughts on “The Screwtape Letters | Letter Thirteen

  1. A pleasure can start out as this great gift that we may feel is deserved and from God. We may thank him for this gracious gift but we can take it for granted and even get angry when it stops. This gift may even continue and we may begin to think that we don’t need God and go our own way.

  2. God has made things for us to enjoy. 1 Corinthians 6:12-13 and 1 Corinthians 10:23 are summed up this way “all things are permissible but not beneficial, all things are permissible but I will not be mastered by any”. I’ll remind you of one more of my clichés “when a good thing becomes a God thing, it became a bad thing’.
    Pleasure for our culture is leaning far too strong toward worship. Which creates shallow people and people that lack seriousness. Even the atheist Nietzsche who believe we’d become supermen was concerned for our future that rather than supermen we’d lose aspiration and settle for some low level of happiness (pleasure).
    In our culture we have access to a tremendous amount of pleasures and can be carried away by them rather than keeping them what they are – a simple enjoyment.

  3. In our culture Pleasures are made to seem like a priority. Everyone “needs” the newest iPhone or name brand clothing item. But it’s materialistic. We will not die with anything we accumulate physically on earth. Where we find true fulfillment and belonging is becoming who God designed us to be.

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