I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else. ~C.S. Lewis
I am writing my second book right now, and I tried to write it without God.
It is a book about masculinity, and I thought that I could appeal to a broader audience if I wrote it without beating the drum of the gospel of Jesus Christ over and over again. I could not do it. I did not feel a judgmental glance from God or any pressure whatsoever to stay within the Christian section of the bookshelf. I just couldn't do it.
It was like the lights turned off. I couldn't see anything about masculinity; I couldn't even see myself. My worldview has been so molded by my faith that it is hard to see without it.
Scripture tells us so much about human nature and the way things work. It helps us embrace our dignity and understand our depravity. When our lives smash into the rocks of disaster, the Bible offers the hope of a larger story where good wins in the end. But there is more. Scripture offers the payoff of the story. From cover to cover the Bible points to Jesus, our savior, friend, and redeemer.
Seeing the world in light of Christ is seeing the world clearly, as it is. Seeing the future in light of Christ is seeing the future as it should be, with tears dried up and the glory of God exploding with rays of joy. God's narrative is coherent, clear, and perfect. It is an adventure worth living and a death worth dying.
It is through these lenses that I see the world, and I realize when I take them off all looks dim. It's probably best to keep them on.