As we come to the end of The Magician’s Nephew, we find out what makes evil so tempting. The witch, who knew that Digory’s mom was sick and dying at home, promised Digory that if he would take the forbidden fruit back to his mother instead of back to Aslan, she would be made well again. He resists the temptation and ultimately is faithful to the lion which is clearly a good thing.
However, he is still very concerned about his mother’s illness. He worries that he could have made her well, but Aslan highlights an important characteristic of evil that very few people think about.
“Understand, then, that it would have healed her; but not to your joy or hers. The day would have come when both you and she would have looked back and said it would have been better to die in that illness.”
Evil often times brings about the result we desire. That’s the tempting part. There is a saying that nice guys finish last, and it seems to be experientially true. When someone cheats another person, the cheater is the one who ultimately seems to benefit. They are the ones who actually get what they want.
The major assumption however is that the things that we want are really the things that will benefit us. We assume that we ultimately understand our own well-being better than anyone else.
However, we don’t always think about these things reasonably at the time. We want what we want, and we will do whatever it takes to make that happen. We would even do things that we know are wrong because we think that the good results are more important than doing the right thing.
This is entirely opposite of the Christian worldview. Christians are called to do that which is right regardless of the consequences. We have testimonies of many Christians who were persecuted for their faith, and many of them ultimately died for doing the right thing. They died for spreading the gospel around the world.
I have a feeling that most of them did not desire to die in the way that they did. I imagine that most of them would have preferred to continue living. It might have seemed better to deny Jesus Christ and bring about the result of staying alive.
They had a higher commitment though. The desired doing the right thing and following God over the evil that could have helped them live more comfortably for the short-term here on earth.
Digory ultimately demonstrates this commitment as well. To most other people, it would seem counterintuitive, and it might even seem heartless. In fact, that is the angle that the witch tries to attack him from. She threatens the death of his mother unless he went against what Aslan said.
Even though he was tempted, he held onto what he should have and delivered to the forbidden fruit to the lion. That’s what we need to do as well.
 CS Lewis, “The Magician’s Nephew” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 2255-2257, Kindle Edition.