Is God safe?

In C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, the Pevensie children are confronted by two talking beavers, Mr. Beaver and Mrs. Beaver, who hide them from the White Witch’s forces. While hiding, they share with them a prophecy, that two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve will save Narnia from the endless winter that engulfs the land and remove the White Witch from power.

While the beavers are with the children, they also discuss the Christ-like figure, Aslan. It seems that after being gone for generations that Aslan is on the move once again. This prompts curiosity in the Pevensie kids, and leads them to ask whether Aslan is a man. What follows is this exchange:

Aslan a man? Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the woods and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh!” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”


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