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Not Safe, but Good

In a series of books called The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis created a fantasy world to teach lessons about the Christian faith. Narnia is a land full of obstacles and opportunities, battles and betrayals, dangers and deaths — just like our own. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the future of Narnia is balanced on the lives of four children, boys and girls who must find inside themselves the courage and the faith to work alongside Aslan the Lion.

Aslan is one of the best fictional representations of God. In the course of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the character Susan asks Mr. Beaver the question of whether Aslan the Lion is safe. “Safe?” replied Mr. Beaver. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you” (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Collier Books, 1950, 75–76). Aslan the king can also be seen as a representation of Jesus Christ, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David” Revelation 5:5). Jesus is not safe, but he’s good.

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