Jesus said: “Who Do YOU Say That I Am?”
Is Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah, the One and One ‘Son of God’ that came into this world to save all humankind from a fallen nature? The Holy One spoken of by the prophets Moses, Daniel, Isaiah, and others in the Torah and Old Testament. Or was He something else? Perhaps just a great teacher, like so many others? Where does the evidence point? You must decide.
Jesus said things and made claims that NO OTHER PERSON IN HISTORY said or did. One of the most famous philosophers and defenders of the Christian faith, C.S. Lewis, had this to say:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Jesus was either a lunatic, a liar, or Lord. You must decide which. Most everyone agrees He was not crazy; in fact, He has been described as the sanest person who ever lived. And no one has even accused Him or being a deceiver or liar.
Was He, and is He, the Lord, the “Son of God” and “Son of Man”, who He claimed to be? If He is, then everything rests on what you make of Him, and plan to do as a result. He said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. (John 14:6). Now this is an outrageous statement. Other prophets and so-called “holy men” have been great moral teachers, and have claimed to show “the way”. Take Buddha, with his teaching on following the 8-fold path. Or Mohammad, delivering his teaching in the Quran. Or Confucius, on right living.
But Jesus did not say “I am pointing out the way”. He said “I AM the Way“. He said that there is no other way to everlasting life. None. Either you take me, or nothing. There is no other “Door” to the sheepfold. I am not one of “many” messengers from the Father. He said He was the “Light of Life”.
He was and is claiming to be the only way to the Father of all creation. the Almighty God. But how did He validate these claims? By healing thousands, as foretold in the scriptures. By raising the dead to life. By calming the stormy seas. No other “holy man” compares. None. Zip. Zero.
So is He, or isn’t He? Consider the evidence, then answer from your mind, but also your heart.
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A little background on C.S. Lewis:
Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11138.Mere_Christianity