September 11, 2014

Jesus: Simply A Good Man and a Moral Teacher?

People who do not believe that Jesus was the Son of God will often suggest that He was simply a good man and a moral teacher. Those who take that position would obviously agree that honesty is one characteristic of a good man.

Jesus claimed to be God. Was he lying? If so, He was not a good man. If He wasn’t lying, His claim must be true or He was deranged.

Moral people are truthful. Jesus claimed he could forgive our sins. Was that a lie?  If not, His claim must be true or He was insane.

Was Jesus a lunatic? Jesus spoke some of the most profound words ever recorded, and in those words people have found strength and comfort for two thousand years. No logical person can possibly conclude that Jesus was insane.

If Jesus was not a liar and if He was not insane, the only alternative is that He was the Christ, the Son of God…. as He claimed.

C. S. Lewis, a professor at Cambridge University and a former agnostic, said this:
“You can shut Him (Jesus) up for a fool, you can spit on Him and kill Him as a daemon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”