God Likes Matter

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There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.

–C. S. Lewis,
Mere Christianity

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God’s good gifts

“All the creatures of God are good, if they be received with thanksgiving.” This text shows, that what God has made is good. Now eating, drinking, marrying, etc., are of God’s making, therefore they are good. Yet . . . the primitive fathers are against this text: for St. Bernard, Basil, Jerome, and others have written far otherwise of the same. But I prefer the Text before them all.

–Martin Luther, Table Talk

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