Jesus' Claims

It is generally agreed that Jesus was an amazing human being. But that is not why he was crucified or why people have tried to eliminate all trace of him from the face of the earth since his death, resurrection and ascension over two thousand years ago.

Jesus was crucified because he made the most amazing claims ever made by a human being.

CS Lewis summarised the situation when he wrote:

"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 be either 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 patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."      ~   C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, MacMillan, 1960, pp. 40-41

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