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!