14 September 2011

Not an option

You can't say
"I'm ready to accept Him as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God."
 That's one thing you must not say. A man who was merly a man and said the sort of things Jesus did would not be a great moral teacher. He'd either be a lunatic- on the level with a man who says he's a poached egg- or the Devil from Hell.
 You must make your choice. Either this 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 on Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God.
 But don't come to Him with all that patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher.  He hasn't left that option open to you. He didn't intend to.

                                                                               -C.S. Lewis,
                                                                                 from Mere Christianity

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