Wednesday, April 09, 2008


This quote from CS Lewis about Jesus
is one of my absolute favorites.

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 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 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."
C.S.Lewis (Mere Christianity) 1898-1963


WayneDawg said...

Good one Roland!

That is also one of my all time favorite Lewis quotes. Mere CHristianity is one of my favorite books. I have just about wore out my copy from reading it over the years.

Anonymous said...

Hey Roland,

Love the quote, and CS Lewis is one of my favs as well. Question though:

What do you say of a person who confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior and believes in his death, resurrection, and atoning sacrifice. That confesses there is no other way to heaven but by Jesus. But, does not read the Bible as saying that Jesus IS the same as the Father? That the Father, Son, and Spirit are in fact separate entities and make up the "holy assembly" of Elohim that existed before the foundation of the world.

(No, I do not speak of myself.)

But to me, this person seems to be saying the same thing - but will not call any others the Father which Scriptures state is above the Son and the Spirit.

And I'll state my belief up front to be clear. The Father, Son, and Spirit are independant entities - each of which make up Yahoveh eloyhim. Eloyhim is a plural word and states up front that Yahoveh is more than one. But Scripture also states that Yahoveh eloyhim is One. Just as Jesus states that he and the Father are One.

Wonder Woman said...

TomAto, tomato...



PotAto, potato...

Same thing, said differently :)

WW :)

Craig said...

I agree this is a good quote. Something to point out is that everyone makes this decision whether they make it verbally or not. Jesus is really God in the flesh who died for our sins or a fake. By Him claiming His deity it forces people to believe him or not.

Anonymous said...

If I say I don't like the quote, then I am in the minority, so I'll just go ahead and say it. I like the quote. :")

McQ said...

Great quote. It's so true. Those people who say Jesus was a great man and teacher but only human don't know who he is.

Wes said...

One of my favorite Lewis quotes. Great meaning in few words.

Kinggame said...

All due respect to CS Lewis, but I disagree. People who treat others as they wish to be treated aren't considered insane. Those who love deeply aren't outcast. I suppose some would call turning the other cheek cowardly, but most people would say it's "being the bigger man."

Christ, as man or God, was no lunatic. I believe he was God, but if others do not, God bless them.

McQ said...

A good man who claims to be God and says that he is the only way into heaven would be considered a lunatic by those who did not believe him.

People like to paint a picture of Jesus as a good man and nothing more. But where do they draw this picture from? All of the eyewitness accounts of his life speak of his claims of deity, his miracles, etc. If you don't believe what He said, then you have to think he was a madman.

Roland said...

And to further what McQ said, if you think its okay for others to believe that He was just a great man, you're allowing them to live in a delusion and considering insanity to be okay.

Wonder Woman said...

Insanity IS okay?


Kinggame said...

No, it is not insane to just believe he was a great man. We have no videotape of the Messiah. We know His followers said He told us He was the way. Once again, I believe He was the Son. But the Bible is not perfect, even if He was.

Look not for division between beliefs, but for unity. "Do unto others," if you will. Common themes in Christianity and Buddhism aren't bad to note, they are good. Finding some common ground in the beliefs of Christians, Muslims and Jews is a positive, a huge one, and the similarities dwarf the differences. Our fellow Monotheists are even more important to embrace in this time when atheism and paganism are rebuilding.

The Christ said love thy enemy, and we find reasons to hate our friends.

Roland said...

No, it isn't insane to believe he was a great man.
But you are misunderstanding what he said about himself if that is all you think he is.
He claimed to be the God.
He didn't leave a doubt about that.
He did it several times.
A great man? Yes.
God? Most definitely.

AnneDroid said...

Hey, fellow CS Lewis fan... another great quote.

I've always liked it too. He was basically bad, mad or who He said He was.

Sherlock Holmes says something about if you've ruled out all other possibilities then whatever you're left with, however improbable, must be the truth. He clearly (well clearly to me, I appreciate not to everyone) was neither bad nor mad so must have been who He said He was.

I have lived the reality of it a long time now.