This is the third post in a series based on John Maisel’s lecture and book “Is Jesus God?” Click here to receive your free download of this resource.
As I shared last week, what you choose to do with Jesus Christ today is the most important decision you will ever make.
It is more important than your ideology. It is more important than your career. And it is more important than the mate you choose. If Jesus is God, then you must decide what to do with that information. If he is not God then we should have nothing to do with him.
C.S. Lewis, formerly a professor at Oxford University, was an atheist who later became a Christian. In his writings, Lewis emphasized that one cannot be neutral with Jesus Christ.
“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 is 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 a 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.”
I hope that when you have finished this series, you will not continue to say that Jesus was just a good man.
If you wish to be honest in the interest of intellectual integrity, you cannot assume neutral ground. Jesus is either God or He is a liar. You may conclude that Jesus is not God and choose to dismiss Him, but as Professor Lewis said, please do not say He was just a good moral leader.