I could well believe that it is God's intention, since we have refused milder remedies, to compel us<br/>into unity, by persecution even and hardship. Satan is without a doubt nothing else than a hammer in the<br/>hand of a benevolent and severe God. For all, either willingly or unwillingly, do the will of God: <br/>Judas and Satan as tools or instruments, John and Peter as sons.
Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? <br/>For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back. All my life the god<br/>of the Mountain has been wooing me. Oh, look up once at least before the end<br/>and wish me joy. I am going to my lover. Do you not see now?
If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: <br/>think of it as a place for correction and it's not so bad. Imagine a set of people all living in the same<br/>building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison. Those who think it a hotel <br/>might regard it as quite intolerable, and those who thought it was a prison might decide that it was<br/>really surprisingly comfortable. So that what seems the ugly doctrine is one that comforts and strengthens you in the end. The people who try to hold an optimistic view of this world would become<br/>pessimists: the people who hold a pretty stern view of it become optimistic
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that<br/>people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral<br/>teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God. That is the one thing we<br/>must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus<br/>said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a<br/>level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the<br/>Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the<br/>Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a<br/>fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His<br/>feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising<br/>nonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open <br/>to us. He did not intend to.