October 27, 2017

C. S. Lewis wrote the following in his book, Mere Christianity. “Jesus [. . .] told people that their sins were forgiven. [. . .] This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin. [. . .] 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 a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. 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 patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

There are those who argue Lewis put together a straw argument leaving out other options like perhaps Jesus was simply mistaken and we don’t have an accurate record of what he truly said.

In reality these arguments are not new. In fact Jesus Himself addressed these as recorded in John 10:22-38. As part of the discussion between Jesus and those who opposed Him, He said, “Do you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ to the One the Father set apart and sent into the world, because I said: I am the Son of God? {37} If I am not doing my Father’s works, don’t believe Me. {38} But if I am doing them and you don’t believe Me, believe the works. This way you will know and understand the Father is in Me and I in the Father.”

There are others verses where Jesus directly claims to be God’s Son and indirectly infers it. Lewis’ claims related to Jesus being a great moral teacher are often twisted to say he was a great teacher. The issue of the morality of what Jesus said cannot be ignored. This was in fact the challenge of His opponents.

There is significant evidence that would suggest Jesus was not mistaken about His identity as claimed by His opponents. As to the question of the reliability and trustworthiness of Scriptures. That argument is not something new. It distills down to what we chose to believe. There is according to Josh McDowell more than enough evidence to determine in a court of law that Jesus was who He said He was.

Whether we say YES to the relationship with Jesus is our choice as He said in John 10:37-38. We need to realize our choice does determine our destiny. You cannot sit on the fence as to who Jesus really is.

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