Made For Another World

J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, had a tremendous impact on C.S. Lewis. Tolkien, a devout Catholic, really pressed upon Lewis the truths of the Christian faith, and in doing so, challenged Lewis’ atheism, especially when it came to justifying joy and the longing of the human soul for something far greater than what he had experienced up unto his conversion. 

C.S. Lewis, years after being pressed upon by Tolkien, said this,

A man’s physical hunger does not prove that that man will get any bread: he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man’s hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body by eating, and inhabits a world where eatable substances exist.

In other words,

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

How true Lewis’ words ring. There is an innate longing for something far greater than this world has to offer; something “other;” something transcendent. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He {God} has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” God made humanity for His eternal purpose, and only God can fill our desire for eternity. Our hearts are “desperately sick” (Jer. 17:9) and in our sinfulness, we try to find joy and satisfaction in everything other than God; sports, family, addictions, business, etc. But that sort of happiness is only momentary; it is soon on to something else, something that we perceive will satisfy us better. Solomon, who had riches, success, prestige and power, said all things were “vanity” because none of those things fully satisfied. This is why he said, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

A square peg cannot fit into a round hole; and neither can anything of this world fill our desire for something that is greater than this world: God. It is only through a personal faith in Jesus Christ that one can have an everlasting relationship with God, and therein, our hearts be fully satisfied and our longing for something greater fulfilled. To reiterate Lewis’ point, if we find ourselves with a thirst that cannot be quenched, a desire that no experience in this world can satisfy, it is because we indeed are made for another world.

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