And that, by the way, is perhaps the most important difference between Christianity and all other religions: that in Christianity God is not a static thingâ€”not even a personâ€”but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance. We must think of the Son always, so to speak, streaming forth from the Father, like light from a lamp, or heat from a fire, or thoughts from a mind. He is the self-expression of the Fatherâ€”what the Father has to say. And there never was a time when He was not saying it. Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could â€˜be like godsâ€™â€”could set up on their own as if they had created themselvesâ€”be their own mastersâ€”invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human historyâ€”money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slaveryâ€”the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. Strictly speaking, there are no such things as good and bad impulses. Think once again of a piano. It has not got two kinds of notes on it, the â€˜rightâ€™ notes and the â€˜wrongâ€™ ones. Every single note is right at one time and wrong at another.
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