I wanted to take some time to flesh out a few comments that took place on the post Is Jesus the Only Way?.
Within the comments, I noted C.S. Lewis’ viewpoint that when it comes to Jesus, we have very few choices in the matter: either Jesus is a crazy person, on the same level as the person who says he is a poached egg; He is a devil of hell and should be condemned; or Jesus really is the Son of God, like He claimed.
To quote C.S. Lewis himself: “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.” (Mere Christianity)
Our friend Mr. Lewis is correct. There is no way anyone could ever safely say that Jesus was simply a great moral teacher.
But why? What is so wrong with that? Jesus did make great claims regarding life and morality and how we should treat each other. So why can’t we just say He was a great moral teacher?
Because, to quote Mr. Lewis again, “He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
And this is true. Look at some the crazy things Jesus said:
“I and the Father are one.”
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.”
“I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me, though he is dead, yet shall he live.”
These are just some of the radical statements about himself that Jesus made. You can’t ignore them. The Gospels are filled with them.
To ignore these statements He made and yet accept every other thing He said would be completely irrational and quite careless.
“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 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 patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
So, tell me: how do you view Jesus?