All Things Denote There Is A God

All things denote there is a God. The brutality and suffering and waste and beauty and peace and dynamic order of Nature are all signposts to God’s being.

C.S. Lewis did not make up Aslan the Lion as a Christ figure out of whole cloth. From ancient times the lion had been a symbol of lordship and power and, even, specifically, of Christ, who is the Lion of Judah. The lion also represents terror and horror, and in this aspect the lion also symbolizes Christ and the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom.

Seeing lions as symbols of Christ opens up new meaning in old scripture stories. Take Daniel in the lions’ den. The message now is that if we cry to God for help He will stop even his own mouth.

Christ is also symbolized by the snake. Yet he promises the apostles that they will take up serpents without hurt. The fierce omnipotence of God is made harmless by belief.

Scripture and tradition give is the Millennium image of the lion laying down with the lamb. This represents peace. But the lion and the lamb are also boty symbols of Christ. So the image also tells us that the Millennium is the time when Christ work is finished, when justice and mercy are reconciled, and when all His purposes and attributes are fulfilled within one great whole.

Christ is also symbolized by a goat. Could it be that the sheep and goats of which Matthew speaks are those who have taken on Christ’s identity in following him (the lambs) and those of whom Christ has taken their identity, or at least their sins, as a scapegoat?
 

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About Adam Greenwood

The Greenwoods--Adam Hartley and Sara Elizabeth--live with their daughters in Portland, Oregon. Adam Hartley Greenwood comes from a line of several Adam Hartley Greenwoods, going back to William Greenwood and his wife Ann Hartley who joined the church in Liverpool during the 1840s. The Greenwood line settled in northeastern Arizona, near the White Mountains. Adam is related to most any Mormon from Nutrioso, Springerville, or Eagar, AZ, or Luna or Ramah, NM. Adam particularly cherishes the memory of Jacob Hamblin, the peacemaker, and Elijah Carter, the half-Choctaw orphan boy who grew up to be Sheriff, dying in the line of duty. Adam is also descended from the Williams of Mesa, AZ, and through them from Abraham Hunsaker. Sara Elizabeth descends on her mother's side from Willard Richards and Lot Smith, and also has ties to northeastern Arizona. On her father's side she comes from several generations of Presbyterian missionaries to China and Japan.