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Theological Themes In The Chronicles Of Narnia Religion Essay

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Published: Mon, 5 Dec 2016

Four siblings, Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy, were evacuated from World War2 to Professor Digory’s country house. There was a huge wardrobe in one room of his house. The adventure began when four siblings pass through the door of a mysterious wardrobe into Narnia held captive for a hundred years under the spell of the White Witch. Lucy was the first to enter Narnia. When she returned the others do not believe her story of Narnia. But Edmund entered Narnia too. Finally, however, all four siblings passed through the magical land. Three of siblings joined forces with talking animals who are faithful to Aslan(Turkish for lion) [1] , the king of beast, creator of Narnia. Edmund, however, turned betrayer and went over to the White Witch’s castle. Aslan paid the terrible cost of Edmund’s betrayal by sacrificing his life to save the Edmund’s life. With Aslan’s sacrificed on the Stone Table, the power of magic was broken. Narnia was freed since Aslan’s resurrection. The creatures that the White Witch had turned to stone were freed by Aslan. The four siblings spent several years in Narnia, growing up into young adults and reigning as kings and queens during Narnia’s Golden Age. Eventually the four siblings returned to their own world.

The Theological Themes

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- is well known book in the world. The Author C. S. Lewis tells several theological themes through this book. This essay will discuss the theological themes of The Chronicles of Narnia.

First of themes is the temptation. When the White Witch met Edmund, she tempted Edmund with Turkish delight. It was so delicious for him so he wanted some more. She asked for him, “Son of Adam, I should so much like to see your brother and your sisters. Will you bring them to me?” [2] 

When Edmund had Turkish delight, also he had greed. He tried to bring his family and revealed the plan that Aslan is gathering army. Because he wanted get some more Turkish delight and also wanted to be a prince. That’s results, he was trapped into the prison and Aslan was died. The bible says, “Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death (James 1 : 14-15).” One of the problems with sin is addictive. [3] It separates us from God. So, how can we overcome temptation? The bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).”

Second of themes is the spiritual gifts. Father Christmas brought gifts for each of siblings. Peter got the sword and shield. Susan got the bow and quiver of arrow. And Lucy got a diamond bottle of healing cordial and a dagger. [4] “These gifts are tools that will help them fulfill their calling and face the challenges.” [5] Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to each one of us. “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7).” “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines (1 Corinthians 12:11).” Each one of Christians have own special spiritual gifts from God.

The last of themes are suffering and resurrection. Aslan is a redeemer. Jesus suffered and died on the cross for our sins. The results, we were freed from sins by his the redemption. Moreover, he resurrected from the death and fulfilled the covenant. Aslan is very similar as Jesus. First, he died on the Stone table for Edmund who betrayed him. Secondly, he resurrected from the death and he set free those the White Witch has held captive and turned to stone. [6] The last one is that the Bible tells us, “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:22-24).

In conclusion, there are several theological themes in the Chronicle of Narnia. However, this is not a bible story but fantasy story that based on the author’s theological faith. I received impression through the author. Because, every Christian have faith but they don’t express their faith. However, C. S. Lewis expressed his faith through his gift from God that is writing. The more application of gifts is, the better gifts will have.

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