THINK ABOUT THIS: Lord, Liar Or Lunatic?

“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 must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

So what say you?

Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here: https://hillfaith.blog/about-hillfaith-2/

6 thoughts on “THINK ABOUT THIS: Lord, Liar Or Lunatic?”

  1. I would submit a fourth L. Literary Creation. The Jesus of the bible is a literary creation, perhaps based on a Jewish reformer zealot that got killed for his efforts to bring the news back to their God and incite rebellion against an occupying Rome.

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      1. Any of the People contemporary with the life time Jesus lived, and eyewitnesses rather than just reporting what they heard second hand years or even decades and centuries after the fact?

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  2. I’m guessing you are already familiar with Bart Ehrman, who is not a follower of Jesus but is recognized by advocates on both sides of the debate as a solid scholar. Among much else, here’s what he says in “Did Jesus Exist” about the basic facts of Jesus related in the New Testament:

    ““These are all Christian and are obviously and understandably biased in what they report, and have to be evaluated very critically indeed to establish any historically reliable information. But their central claims about Jesus as a historical figure—a Jew, with followers, executed on orders of the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius—are borne out by later sources with a completely different set of biases.”

    Josephus, the Jewish historian, was born about the time of the crucifixion, but it’s reasonable to think he had opportunity to talk to people who were contemporaries of Jesus. He talks about the execution of James and notes that he was Jesus’ brother, and he notes at another point that Jesus did many “surprising deeds,” which may or may not refer to the miracles.

    But you can’t simply dismiss the New Testament authors as fable writers. Paul wrote much of the New Testament, including key doctrinal books like Romans, and he was a contemporary of Jesus and, of course, claimed to have encountered him, post-Resurrection, on the road to Damascus. Don’t forget Peter, who also wrote a significant part of the New Testament. And Matthew, Mark and John were disciples who spent three years with Jesus, while Luke claimed to have interviewed many contemporaries of Jesus.

    Are the Gospels reliable and accurate accounts of Jesus? I think J. Warner Wallace, the cold-case detective responds in this video in a much more comprehensive and succinct manner than I can here, so I invite readers to watch and think: https://youtu.be/EB-t4FsxS8s

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