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The following discussion on morals is taken from C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.

He uses a ship analogy to describe how the secrets to a successful voyage provide lessons for our own journeys:

When a ship goes into the high seas, there are three questions it must answer:

1) How do I keep from bumping into other ships? Social ethics ( Relations with one another)

2) How do I keep from sinking? Individual ethics (how to prevent self-destruction)

3) Why am I out here in the first place? Essential ethics (why am I here?)

Lewis felt that, in general, people who are concerned with morality tend to concentrate most on answering the first question, which deals with our social relationships.

And to a lesser extent, there is some concern about getting one’s own “ship” in order.

However, he said that even though many consider how their own actions affect others, and some think about what needs to be changed in their own lives, few pause to wonder whether their ship is on the right course.

If we don’t give proper attention to that last question, we might have a fully-functional ship that navigates safely into the wrong port.

“Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them” (Is. 43:7)(NLT).


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