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May 1, 2009

LIAR, LUNATIC, OR LORD

When I hear people say Jesus was a good moral teacher-a wise man, I’m saddened and frustrated by the lack of logic. It is intellectual lukewarmness. When this world refers to Jesus, all reference is based on Scripture or speculation and assumption about Scripture, so I think it’s fair to ask who He claimed to be. Josh McDowell covers this subject in his book More Than A Carpenter. Also, C.S Lewis summed up the emptiness of making such a claim as “Jesus was a wise man, a moral teacher.”:

“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 said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a 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.”

If Jesus did not rise from the dead, if He wasn’t God in the Flesh, the Son Of Man and the Son Of God, then we have fallen into the pit of insanity.

Most of us know the implications of our Faith. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19(NIV), explains it:

And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

Jesus claimed to be the only way to salvation. He claimed to forgive sins. And until the moments before his crucifixion, the question was Is HE or Is HE not. Is he claiming to be He?

” ‘If you are the Christ [messiah],’ they said, ‘tell us’. Jesus answered, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son Of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.’ They all asked, “Are you then the Son Of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” ” Luke 22:67-70 (NIV)

If Jesus wasn’t who He said He was, then he was NOT a moral teacher but a liar lying about hating lies.