“Just a good man?” he echoes.
“Yes,” you reply, “a good teacher and godly man, sure, but he can’t be God.”
“Well, that’s an interesting idea. Jesus claimed to be God multiple times and was nearly stoned for it at least twice12! Many of his followers, such as Thomas3 and John4, referred to him as God. The Christians of the early church worshiped him as God. So if he actually wasn’t, can we still say he was just some good moral teacher like Buddha or Confucius?”
“I don’t see why not,” you answer him.
“For one, because he would have been a liar. Are liars good teachers and godly people? Hardly. And the only other option if he wasn’t actually God is that he was insane, which some people even accused him of while he was on earth5. As C.S. Lewis put it, Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. No other option really fits.”
“Well then, what else did Jesus say?” you ask. Go to page 17.
1 – John 8:58, 2 – John 10:30-31, 3 – John 20:28, 4 – John 1:1, 5 – John 10:20