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The Screwtape Letters – A Message for Us All

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There can be little doubt in anyone’s mind that for the past two years we have been living through unprecedented revelation of the evil that has permeated sections of our societies and many of us have realised the real battle is between good and evil.

The likes of Klaus Schwab, and many others who follow his lead, are making all sorts of deals with the devil.  The Screwtape Letters provides warning to those who strive for or support evil while at the same time encouraging those who strive for good – the devil devours his own, once he has had his way with them, he disposes of them with callous and casual indifference.


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The Screwtape Letters, a book by C.S. Lewis published in 1942, is constructed as a collection of letters from one devil to another, Screwtape and Wormwood, concerning the corruption of a human soul. While Screwtape repeatedly tells Wormwood to avoid talking about specific historical events of any kind, it is clear that the patient is living in England during World War II.

In one sense, the “antagonist” in the book is God, whom Screwtape calls “the Enemy.” From the perspective of the reader (who presumably sympathises with good, not evil), the antagonists are Satan, Screwtape, and Wormwood, the devils who try to corrupt the patient’s soul.

Fear is a liar:

“We want him to be in the maximum uncertainty, so that his mind will be filled with contradictory pictures of the future, every one of which arouses hope or fear. There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy [God]. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.” – The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Devil is subtle and cunning:

“Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves…I do not think you will have much difficulty in keeping the patient in the dark. The fact that ‘devils’ are predominately comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.” – The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Republished from LitCharts

The novel consists of 31 letters written by a devil named Screwtape to his nephew, a young devil named Wormwood. The author, C.S. Lewis, notes that he has no intention of explaining how he came to acquire these letters.

In the early letters of the book, Screwtape responds to the news that Wormwood is busy trying to tempt a young man, the patient, to move away from God—the Enemy, as Screwtape calls him—and embrace sin. Screwtape gives Wormwood advice on how to influence the patient in various small ways, thereby encouraging the patient to move away from God and toward “Our Father,” Satan.

Screwtape advises Wormwood to prevent the patient from thinking whenever possible, since reason will only encourage the patient to accept Christianity with greater fervency. Wormwood should try to prevent the patient from thinking about the history of Christianity, and instead influence the patient to focus excessively on the ugliness and imperfection of his peers and of family, especially his mother. In this way, Wormwood can encourage the patient to focus too exclusively on vice, imperfection, and the material realm, and reject piety, perfection, and the abstract moral realm.

Wormwood reports to Screwtape that a war (World War II) has broken out in Europe, prompting Screwtape to send Wormwood a series of letters on fear, violence, and bravery. Screwtape explains that war can be good or bad for the devils’ cause. It’s good in the sense that it fills people with fear and makes them turn to sin and sensual pleasure, but it’s also bad because it encourages people to think seriously about death, and therefore behave morally. Screwtape explains to Wormwood that whether the patient becomes a patriot or a pacifist, if he is extreme in his beliefs then his behaviour will be sinful—extremism of any kind, except extremism for God, is a sin.

Wormwood writes to Screwtape, proud that the patient is “losing his religion.” Screwtape angrily reminds Wormwood that people are always moving between periods of depression and disappointment and periods of happiness—unfortunately, periods of depression are actually good for God, because if people can continue to worship God during this time, then it makes them nearly impossible to corrupt in the future. Screwtape adds, grudgingly, that God loves humanity and wants them to be rewarded for their virtue in Heaven. He also notes that modern European society has an irrational prejudice in favour of the new and of fashion—this encourages people to abandon Christianity simply because it’s old-fashioned, a great help to devils.

Screwtape learns that the patient has befriended a married couple that regularly mocks Christianity and celebrates the importance of progress. Screwtape tells Wormwood to use this development to his advantage: he should encourage the patient to spend more time with the couple, until the couple’s beliefs gradually become his own. Screwtape warns Wormwood that although he is successfully corrupting the patient, he must be careful not to corrupt him too quickly, for fear that the patient will realise that he is sinning and return to the church.

In his next letter, Screwtape reveals that Wormwood has failed to corrupt the patient—in fact, he has allowed the patient to return to the church. Wormwood allowed this to happen, Screwtape angrily explains, by letting the patient experience pleasure. Pleasure, Screwtape shows, is always dangerous for devils, since God is its creator. While some kinds of pleasure can be sinful, it’s only sinful because of the quantity of pleasure being demanded.

There is a lull in the war in Europe, filling the patient with fear and anxiety. During this lull, Screwtape addresses a wide variety of questions Wormwood has raised about humanity, virtue, and sin. Screwtape notes that humans corrupt themselves when they become “connoisseurs” of churches, and also notes with amusement that the Church of England has torn itself apart with hundreds of petty debates. He makes a thorough study of gluttony, concluding that it is just as gluttonous to fuss over small portions as it is to insist on large portions. Finally, Screwtape writes Wormwood a series of letters on the difference between love and lust, concluding that a weakness of modern European society is that is conflates these two things. As a result, millions of young couples marry out of lust, or, even worse, out of the mistaken belief that love is the only reason to marry someone. In reality, Screwtape writes, a marriage requires loyalty, respect, and hundreds of other virtues to work properly. Screwtape expresses his exasperation with the principle of love, noting that the goal of all beings is to fight and compete with other beings.

Wormwood writes Screwtape a letter in which he points out a contradiction in Screwtape’s reasoning—if God loves humanity, then how can it be true that the goal of all beings is to fight with other beings? Screwtape revises his own opinion, worriedly begging Wormwood not to show his letters to the “Secret Police,” which is responsible for punishing devils who commit heresy. Screwtape explains that God does not love humanity—on the contrary, his love for humanity is only a smokescreen to disguise his true, mysterious plan—a plan that no devil has ever understood.

In the following letter, Screwtape illustrates the fallacy in the patient’s belief that he is entitled to “free time.” On the contrary, the patient owes everything to God—his talent, his intellect, his body, and his time. Thus, it is sheer foolishness to suppose that one “deserves” anything at all. Screwtape speculates that God wants humans to reach the point where they can be aware of their talents and abilities, and yet also be fully aware that they owe everything to God.

Screwtape learns from Wormwood that the patient has fallen in love with a Christian woman, someone so virtuous that she makes Screwtape physically ill, and causes him to transform into a giant centipede. Screwtape smugly tells Wormwood that Wormwood’s attempts to report Screwtape to the Secret Police have failed, and that Wormwood faces a horrible punishment if he fails to corrupt the patient.

Now that the patient is with his lover, and is meeting her educated, Christian family, Screwtape advises Wormwood to appeal to the patient’s vanity and desire for the new. Modern humans, he explains, have an irrational desire for new things and fashions—this desire is ridiculous, he concludes, because new things aren’t inherently good or bad. When the patient begins courting his lover, Screwtape advises Wormwood to make the young couple think of love and nothing else. In this way, Screwtape explains, they will sacrifice their own happiness for one another’s sake, meaning that in the future, they will come to resent each other.

The war commences, and the patient is shipped off to fulfil his “duties.” Screwtape warns Wormwood that the patient could die in a state of virtue, before Wormwood has a chance to corrupt him. In general, he notes, humans are too afraid of death and too fond of life. Life and experience are good for devils, because over time, people begin to despair and become more prone to sin. Ironically, civilisation values people who have had long lives and many experiences.

As the air raids on the patient’s community begin, Screwtape contemplates how to corrupt the patient. Wormwood’s goal, he writes, should be to encourage the patient to love his community and therefore hate all Germans. But this is difficult, since Wormwood runs the danger of encouraging the patient to feel more love and therefore be a more virtuous person. In the same way, Wormwood could encourage the patient to feel cowardice, but this would result in the patient feeling humility and therefore moving closer to God. In general, Screwtape admits, devils have a very difficult job—no matter how hard they try, mankind has a way of embracing faith and piety.

In his final letter to Wormwood, Screwtape greets Wormwood with false warmth and explains that the patient has died in an air raid. In his final moments of life, the patient “saw God,” and realised that no evil could ever corrupt him. Screwtape admits that he has no idea what God is trying to accomplish by loving humanity, and that he doesn’t know what awaits the patient in Heaven. He even expresses his desire to learn what lies in Heaven. Screwtape reminds Wormwood that he feels “the same love” for Wormwood that Wormwood feels for Screwtape. In the end, he reminds Wormwood that the penalty for failing to corrupt a human is being eaten alive—and Screwtape himself will be the devil to eat Wormwood.

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shakespeare's sister
shakespeare's sister
6 months ago

The world is full of people who don’t think. Why has the gov allowed millions to be poisoned? Do you think it’s all a mistake? As such, what do you think is their goal? Why have they built huge new ‘prisons’? Why are they “updating the ‘law” to be “more in line with modern thinking”? Why is the prime scum saying people will need a ‘booster’ in august? Why are they doing ‘research’ in ‘bio labs’ all over the world? Why are all the soldiers being poisoned? Why are they collecting your dna? Why are they surrounded 24/7 by armed mercenaries? Now think what you do know. You know that the ‘vaccine’ is a poison designed to destroy the victim’s immune system. You know that the gov has been developing poisons to kill people with various dna traits. You know that there are a percentage of people who will never willingly take the poison. You know that the gov themselves aren’t poisoned. You know that the immigrants aren’t poisoned. You know that the gov want you dead. So? What would you do next in their place? They’ve already changed the law to allow them to lock you up in their new ‘prisons’ as a ‘public health risk’ if you’re not poisoned. No one will give you a single thought once you’re inside. All of these ‘prisons’ have built in incinerators. First, the internet will be whitelisted to ‘protect you from foreign attacks’ (so that no one knows what’s going on anywhere). Then they’ll start rounding up the unpoisoned and sending them to the ‘prisons’ to ‘protect everyone’ (where they’ll be killed). At the same time, they’ll release whatever ‘bio’ poison they’ve created to kill all the poisoned (who have no immune system left to protect them), and tell them that the unpoisoned have ‘developed’ some new greek letter that they must be ‘boosted against’ in order to survive. Those among the poisoned who won’t take a ‘booster’ will be sent to the ‘prisons’ as a ‘public health risk’. This will all happen before the coming winter, because all the ‘prisons’ (killing centres) are built, because all the soldiers (the only ones who would have fought back) are now poisoned, because all the mercenaries are now in place (to protect them), because your replacements (the immigrants) are now here, because the west is now bankrupt (and so cannot afford to pay you), because too many people are waking up to the truth (and such people will become ‘difficult’), and because it’s this year or never for those that will genocide you (and replace you with immigrant slaves). They’ve already murdered millions. They’ve already poisoned billions. Do you think they won’t kill you? Do you think you can stop them with words?

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
Reply to  shakespeare's sister
6 months ago

Good comment Shakespeare’s sister. I suspect you will like this -, Clive Maund is as sharp and visionary as ever –

https://www.clivemaund.com/article.php?id=6093

Hunter
Hunter
Reply to  shakespeare's sister
6 months ago

Hunter Biden getting ready for the beach with his kid:
https://web.archive.org/web/20220320013206/http://82.221.129.208/1/.tm3.html

Looks innocent to me, why is it censored in record time?

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Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
6 months ago

Talking of the evil the world has been through, Clive Maund is as sharp and visionary as ever – some extracts to tempt you –

“… while the public’s attention is diverted to the Ukraine, with wall to wall media coverage of Covid being suddenly replaced by wall to wall coverage of Ukraine, the Globalists are furtively and rapidly advancing their digital currency and total surveillance society agendas. The general public, who are by their very nature gullible, ignorant and stupid, have now been furnished with the perfect hate figure on which to focus their venom …”

“Most European countries are vassals of the Hegemon and will happily “shoot themselves in the foot” to gain the approval of their Master across the pond. The most notable examples of this are Britain and Germany. Britain likes to talk about the “special relationship” it has with the US, which largely boils down to ritualized boot licking by Britain, perhaps the most cringeworthy example being the Blair – Bush relationship”

“If The Great Reset Part 1 is the Covid Agenda and The Great Reset Part 2 is the Ukraine war then what will be Part 3? That’s a good question and the answer is that it will probably be a major cyberattack”

“Then, when the internet is reopened you will need a username and password to access it and also evidence of vaccination with access being denied to anyone unvaxxed or classed as a dissident”

https://www.clivemaund.com/article.php?id=6093

Don’t savage me for posting this. It is an opinion piece, and like all opinions, you may agree or disagree, but he has the right to say it.

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mcc
mcc
6 months ago

I always admired this work but had difficulty with the bit that decries political pamphlets, meetings etc. I think spreading the word politically is a vital part of the spiritual battle we’re in at the moment . Making people aware of what we’re up against. We both need supernatural help and we need to shift for ourselves as well.

bill
bill
Reply to  mcc
6 months ago

What battle? They’re doing what they please and you’re doing nothing. A strange kind of battle. More like a murder.

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Vickie Matthews
Vickie Matthews
6 months ago

we forget that satan is the father of lies/deception. We also forget that he is patient. Now the time is coming to his end, he is desperate to entrap as many as possible. Also that the seeds satan sows grow way beyond our imagination! After God was thrown out of school other areas were affected. The Feminist movemnent was not scriptural and God did not support it. Many say it was for equal pay. No, it was the woman wanting to be a man. first by taking his role that God created him to do. It brought about homosexuality. If a woman and a man could interchange in roles why not homosexual and transgender into the other gender? It brought acceptance of sexual immorality. As in the screwtape letters lust and love were confused. Feminist changed marriage and family life. No longer do moms truly raise their children as they are no longer keepers at home/ guards of the home. They are bored by being home with their children. Men are weak and don’t want to support the family and both lack faith in being obedient to the LORD! Satan welcomes in places where God and His Instruction are not followed. God created family, satan created daycares, godless school/colleges and nursing homes. Also with artifical birthcontrol and “being fixed” which is nothing more than destroying what God made good, women didn’t want children. Thus abortion to where states now want to murder babies up to 28 daysafter birth. How about the 2 greatest commandments? Love God and love others. The children and elderly have been forgotten. As homosexuality came out of the closet, so the children and elderly were put in. Today not only has the 2 greatest, the 10 commandments but the 613 commandments found in Genesis -Deuteronomy. Including Deuteronomy 22:The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
This goes beyond mere clothing but the very understanding of what is a man and a woman and what they are created and called to. But we have been corrupted in though today where the Supreme Court nominee can’t describe what is a woman because of her “wokeness”. Not awake but very very deceived and corrupted because the church has sold out and too afraid to speak the Word of the LORD. there is the principle of what you sow you shall reap. Well here we are as it says in the Bible
Isaiah 3:12  O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them.O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray,And confuse the direction of your paths.
Proverbs 25:26 (NASB77)
26 Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
May we repent and become true witnesses and disciples of the LORD and live and speak His WORD! May God help us!!!

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