It is true that we have these real experiences with God, and when we turn to Theology, we are turning to something less real. Sailing the Atlantic ocean is a different and much more real experience than looking at a map of the Atlantic, but there are two things we ought to remember about the map:
- The map was put together from what the "hundreds and thousands of people have found out by sailing the real Atlantic." So it is an accumulation and collection of all those different people's real experiences which were just as real as your single experience.
- If you want to actually go anywhere specific, "the map is absolutely necessary."
- Jesus is the Son of God
- Those who place their faith in Jesus can also become sons of God
- Jesus' death saves us from our sins
Lewis says the most shocking statement of Christian Theology is the claim that man can become a son of God by attaching himself to Christ, but in order to really understand this, we must first understand the difference between 'begetting' and 'making'.
To "beget" is to bring into existence something of the same kind as yourself: