It Ain’t Easy Being Eaten By A Demon

Friday with Screwtape 9 (series)

In speaking of the “troughs and peaks” of the spiritual life, Screwtape explains to Wormwood how God uses the troughs more than the peaks to draw men to Himself in relationship. At this point in the letter, Screwtape has diverged slightly to explain how the goals of God for humanity and the goals of Satan differ.

To us a human is primarily food; our aim is the absorption of its will into ours, the increase of our own area of selfhood at its expense. But the obedience which the Enemy demands of men is quite a different thing. One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself–creatures whose life, on its miniature scale will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; he wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct