Screwtape Lost and Found - Over Six Billion People can be Wrong
This fictional essay is part of a series inspired by C S Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Over six billion people can be wrong looks at how the Enemy, with over six million demons against him, endures in this modern world despite the overwhelming odds. A case of blasphemy is closely looked at, the conclusion being that battles are won but the war continues. More
This fictional essay is part of a series inspired by C S Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Each essay seeks to respond to the satirical concepts laid down by Lewis, and to twist them around a little. Lewis was once an atheist and died a Christian. This author was born into Christianity and lives as an atheist.
Over six billion people can be wrong looks at how the Enemy, with over six million demons against him, endures in this modern world despite the overwhelming odds. A case of blasphemy is closely looked at, the conclusion being that battles are won but the war continues.
In this contemporary world the battle of wills between Demons and the Enemy is intensifying. NO quarter WILL be given. As to when their battles began, none on the Demon’s side really knows. They’ve been thrown into them since their own beginning, as the Enemy has willed it. When a human is born, the battle over flesh and blood, over mind and body begins. But it seems unfair that the Enemy, just one solitary non being, has to contend with an ever increasing Demon population. What? Already six billion and still counting! That’s a lot of Demons, and they bring with them unimaginable complexities. How can the Enemy deal with an ever growing pulsating organism? A growing world population codependent with their Demons, and going about their lives oblivious to the battles raging within them. That is unless they recognise their conscience. Oh the chaos! And yet, and yet, the Enemy appears to cope. And it is the strangest thing how it copes; for the Enemy is that perfect absent father, so unconditionally yearned for, so near and yet so far.
People seek him here, they seek him there; they seek him everywhere. What a lovely cliché. They seek him in churches, in governments, in prayer, in books; even beyond the boundaries laid down by death. Sworn at, sworn upon; cried out for during sexual ecstasy. They seek him, they seek him. The Enemy is nowhere and everywhere. He is beyond the infinite universe. He is Alpha and Omega, the One. He is a perfect circle - its beginning and its end, and there is no way in, except through blind faith. He is before the before, and after forever. By the Enemy’s great absence is He so profoundly present. This is what bothers Demons the most. Because on the other hand people know Demons are as real as the Enemy. They say “we’ve all got Demons”. Demons, the unlovely scapegoats, the trident ramming devils of mythology, the possessing spirits; known as the ultimate accused; the ones that make people do it. Demons have tried to demystify themselves in every way possible. There’s climate change, politics, economics, street graffiti; the list goes on. And yet, it is the Enemy that shines most! Demons bring tears through real suffering; the Enemy brings tears through imagined joy! All Demons think that He, the Enemy, is the less powerful; but why is everyday human life, thought of as the doorway to Heaven, not the vehicle for Demons to also pass through?