Friday, August 8, 2008

Evidence that Demands a Verdict: Chapter 7

This chapter deals with C. S. Lewis's "trilemma" - whether Jesus Christ is a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. Recently introduced into this has been a fourth option (making it a quadrilemma?), legend. But, given the evidence in chapter 4, this isn't feasible.

1. Who is Jesus? Impossible for Him to be only a great moral teacher. Also impossible to separate the Man from His teachings.
2. Is He God? He claimed deity. This claim is either true or false. If it is false, and He did know that it was false...
3. Was He a liar? If so, He was a hypocrite, had a demon, and was a fool because His claims got Him crucified. If, on the other hand, He didn't know that His claims were false...
4. Was He a lunatic? If so, He couldn't have been part of the straight-monotheistic Jewish culture. His demeanor was calm - not feverish, overly enthusiastic, or wild.
5. LORD. John 20:31.

3 comments:

steve martin said...

He was exactly who He claimed He was.

The Son of the Living God, and thereby God Himself...in the flesh...given and broken for you!

(reminds me of communion...funny thing...)

Hannah J said...

Hmmm...I wonder why!

By evidence-based faith we see His identity. Thanks, Steve.

steve martin said...

Jesus asks Peter, who do you say that I am? Peter says, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God."

Then Jesus says, "blessed are you Simon bar Jonah, for flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in Heaven."