Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?
Jesus [said], “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!” John 14:6-7
How would you react to a guy who stands up at your sales meeting and shouts that he’s god, that he forgives sins, and that he will die and rise from the dead? You’d probably take him aside, try to calm him down and inquire about his meds! Yet that’s what Jesus claimed. Is He a liar? If He’s a liar, then He is a hypocrite too, since He preached honesty and integrity. Read again, John 14:6-7 and see what Jesus claimed about himself; Jesus [said], “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!”
Perhaps Jesus is “Looney Tunes,” you know, nuts. If your roommate said she was a polar bear, you would think she’s crazy. Jesus claimed to be something greater—God. But if Jesus was crazy, then why are people still following Him after all these years? Plenty of two-bit messiahs attract followers for a few years, but for more than 2000 years? Not likely.
Once again, C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity says it best here, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I am 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. 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 teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”