Saturdays with C.S. Lewis: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

C.S. Lewis has a way with words that cut to the heart. He speaks plainly, but powerfully. In a concise bit of logic Lewis reminds us that the claims of Christ leave very limited options for us in our response. Who do you say Jesus is? Does that correspond to who He said he was? While this argument has been retold many times since Lewis set the stage, read his words anew and allow them to challenge you.

“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 the 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 human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Your fellow worker in the field, Adam


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