The other day I wrote a bit about what I have been reading - the book Lilith by George MacDonald. Some say that this is his greatest work. Most say, "Who in the world was George MacDonald?" Well, he was a 19th century author who had a great impact on the life and writing of C.S. Lewis, and also J.R.R. Tolkien. As I said in the earlier post, he is considered by them and others to be the first to write in the fantasy genre, - at least in modern times.
Okay, so what is MacDonald trying to communicate to his readers in the book Lilith?
Well, I think that he is basically preaching the Gospel to us. He is using the story of Lilith's rebellion and eventual redemption as an example of how a soul is saved. The original creation, degenerate because of sin, is regenerated, and evil is undone. Lilith, who was once enslaved by the shadows, is now overcome and set free by the light.
Pretty amazing, actually. This Augustine quote is appropriate, I think.
"Thou hast prompted him, that he should delight to praise thee, for thou hast made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee. "
- The Confessions of Saint Augustine, Book One, Chapter I
Below you will find what I think is a key quote from Lilith, p. 202. We generatlly think of God changing a person, and He does, of course. However, isn't it more like God restores a person when they believe in Christ? We become who we were meant to be all along. We do the things that God prepared for us to do.
We do not need to fear putting our trust in Christ. When we are found by Him, we find our real selves, too.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Lilith, p. 202
"Had he not made you," said Mara, gently and slowly, "you could not even hate him. But he did not make you such. You have made yourself what you are - Be of better cheer: he can remake you."
"I will not be remade!"
"He will not change you, he will only restore you to what you were."