If C.S. Lewis were to write a fantasy story about a culture like the one most of us live in — one like US — I predict there would be a section that says that religion is offensive, thus culture desires to censor it (at least some within the culture).

If his fantasy had talking beavers who were in conversation with two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve, it might go something like this:

Peter: “You know I’ve been told at work that I’m allowed to say “happy holidays,” but not “merry Christmas,” because I might offend people who are of other religions.

Mr. Beaver: (laughing out loud and spilling some of his coffee)

You know Peter, history teaches us that Stephen was the first Christian martyr.  In truth, however, he is second to Christ.  Long before Nero and the Romans had started killing Christians, the Jews were doing the job.  The fact is, Christians, like their Messiah, are constantly a threat to their preferred way of living.  For those who do not believe in His name, they are a constant offense to Christ.

If it is to be said more accurately, Christmas declares the coming of God on His terms, not those of man.  He is declared ‘God with us.’  He makes himself known to objects of His mercy (Rom. 9:23) both from the Jews and the non-Jews.

But Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.  Why not?  Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.  They stumbled over the ‘Stumbling Stone.’  As it is written: ‘See, I lay in Zion a Stone that causes men to stumble and a Rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.’

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.  For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.  Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.  Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes . . . if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 9:22-10:10).

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