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He is the beginning And the end, But when we think of him , We say ,that’s backwardness . We say who is gonna choose boredom. We dread everyone knowing we are his servants now, we fear they will say we don’t know what life is all about. We fear they won’t invite us places or even share all things with us. We fear they will think us unintelligent, and foolish. We fear they will say we are ignorant . Yet we have an end. But then again, He forever Remains, The beginning and The End. He is the Ancient of Days, He was before days were, and he will be , when time is long gone.

It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose Him as an alternative to Hell: yet even this He accepts. The creature’s illusion of self-sufficiency must, for the creature’s sake, be shattered; and by trouble or fear of trouble on earth, by crude fear of the eternal flames, God shatters it ‘unmindful of His glory’s diminution’. Those who would like the God of Scripture to be more purely ethical, do not know what they ask. If God were a Kantian, who would not have us till we came to Him from the purest and best motives, who could be saved? And this illusion of self-sufficiency may be at it’s strongest in some very honest, kindly, and temperate people, and on such people, therefore, misfortune must fall.

The Problem of Pain by C S Lewis.