By Caitlin Chodakowsky

Aslan: not tame but good


"Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more.

When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death. And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again." – C.S. Lewis

In anticipation of meeting Aslan the mighty lion, Lucy asks Mr Beaver whether he is "safe" in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

"Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you," Mr Beaver promptly responds.

Lewis' intentions for his well-known story of Narnia reflected his own strong beliefs in God and Aslan's character was modelled on the person of Jesus Christ.

Throughout the story it becomes clear that Aslan is a powerful figure, the King of Narnia, who lays down his life for Edmond and later rises from the dead and defeats the power of the White Witch. Sound familiar?

Based on the idea that Aslan symbolises Jesus and thus God, it is interesting to consider what Mr Beaver has to say about his character.

Aslan is not "safe" – in other words he is not a tame lion – but that does not stop him from being good.

Sometimes, whether Christian or not, we have a tendency to approach (or ignore) God as if He were a kitten with a lot of love to give and little else.

The reality is that God is powerful and untamed like a mighty lion that we should treat with humble respect and awe.

Jesus explained this boldly saying, "I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of people. They can kill the body, but after that they can do nothing more to hurt you. I will show you the One to fear. You should fear God, who has the power to kill you and also to throw you into hell. Yes, He is the One you should fear (see Luke 12:4-6)."

That might sound harsh but Jesus gently adds to this saying, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (verse 6-7).

It is clear to see what C.S Lewis was saying through Aslan the lion, God should be feared because He is powerful and has the ultimate authority but we can also have confidence that He is good and can be trusted if we come to Him humbly.

Rather than view God like a kitten, see Him for the lion that He really is. At the same time remember that He created us, knows us personally and wants to have a loving relationship with us if we would only turn to Him.

How awesome would it be to know the all-powerful God of the Universe and to let Him fight your battles in life? Don't wait another day. Get to know Him. He is not safe, that is He is not safe if we treat what He has done for us with indifference. He is good, and that is illustrated for us in that He gave what was, and is, most precious to Him that we might come into a right relationship with Him.

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