Was Aslan created to be like God?

C.S Lewis was the writer who wrote the series of books ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’. And in these books is a lion called Aslan, who is the ruler of Narnia.

After reading the books and watching the films, there is always one thought on my mind and I’m sure other people think the same. Was Aslan created to be like God?

I decided to carry out some research on why C.S Lewis wrote the book and if he had deliberately linked the story with Christianity, this is what I found…

It may surprise readers who imagine that Lewis set out from the beginning to re-tell the Christian tale to find out that Aslan, the Christ-like lion, was not even thought of until some way into the story. Then, as Lewis put it, he “came bounding into it” and brought with him all the ideas Lewis needed to finish the book. – BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/people/cslewis_1.shtml)

Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tale as an instrument, then collected information about child psychology and decided what age group I’d write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out ‘allegories’ to embody them. This is all pure moonshine. I couldn’t write in that way. It all began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn’t anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord. – C.S Lewis

So when C.S Lewis first started writing ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’, he had no intention to make this book into a re-telling of the bible. The element of the idea had merely come into play without C.S Lewis realising it,

So the answer to my question is no, Aslan wasn’t created to be God originally. The idea had pushed its way in. But let’s face it, the fact that Aslan sacrifices himself to save the people of Narnia has a MASSIVE link to the Crucifixion story. And I for one love the fact that the stories has some element of Christianity in it!


My Story: Josh’s Life…

Hey people of Christian Corner! So…Chloe asked me to share ‘my story’ with you!

You might notice my writing style is quite different from Chloe’s but I hope that’s not too much of a shock for you.

I’m Joshua Oliver Matthew Price, aged 17 (although I frequently feel like that’s untrue as I have enough wrinkles and grumpiness for being 47!) and live near Brighton, Sussex.

The story I’m going to share today is very personal and not something I often tell anyone…let alone make public to the world! But…hey, I hope it help you in some way!

I was born in Canterbury, Kent to my parents and lived in Herne Bay, Kent! My mother was, and still is a teacher and was still at uni when she had me. Two years later came along my sister…Alanna Hetty Jade Price (or Hill, at the time! More on that later).

To my understanding my parents, but mainly my mum, went to a Church Of England Church. I, of course, don’t remember anything from that age. Now, somewhere around this point my father left. As a result my mother struggled financially, having two young children was a challenge I’m sure!

My Mum remarried when I was 8. We moved from Herne Bay to Sussex where I now live as my step-dad couldn’t find a job near by.

Until that point in the story I can’t actually remember essentially anything. I’ve totally blocked it out as it was traumatic and I simply don’t have access to those memories any more. Hence my lack of detail!

I attended the school where my mum worked as a teacher and I cried 3 weeks straight as I had no friends.

I then went to secondary school and got into my swing a little. Putting my past behind me…and accepting my step-dad like my real father.

It was after moving that I started attending The Kings Church Mid-Sussex. That church has been SO good to me over the years and it’s a pleasure to still be there and be helping in every way I can. At this point in my life I still was not thinking for myself and really having any interest in God or religion.

It was in year 8 or 9 that I was told my father had killed himself. This was something I reflect on in a strange way although I am unhappy about that as I would have liked to meet him…it didn’t really affect me as I had never had a relationship with him. 1 thing I did know was that I hated him.

I passed over that quickly and started to get into my science…starting my blog in 2012 and podcasting along side that. I found a real interest in science and god and the theory and creationism and the big bang and learnt lots…caused lots of havoc and made a semi-successful podcast which was in the iTunes top 10 Science and nature podcasts for a week or so.

At that point I knew I was Christian and it was my personality and I understood the meaning and had concluded that God was the logical answer.

As I’ve changed over the past year and had a crazy year at that: dropping out of college, doing various jobs, interacting with lots of people, I’ve matured lots and reflect positively on my experience.

Just now am I having a real relationship with God and Jesus as I feel like I struggled to accept him as a father because that was a figure whom I could not relate to.

So there I am! That’s me! I’ve always been a ‘Christian’ but only in recent years have been able to accept what that really means for my life.

If you want more of me…usually less deep and more funny…then please check my daily blogging out: http://www.joshua-price.com and tweet me: @joshuaprice01

As I say to my followers: I love you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

If you have any questions or what support or guidance on whatever on anything I’ve mentioned please get in touch!