Is Jesus God or Just a Poached Egg? (audio)

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Apologetics

poached-eggs-aThe word “religion” carries with it many overtones – mostly negative in our culture. Religion is often considered merely a private affair with no place in the world outside the individual. The motto of the day is “If it works for you, that’s great.” But Christianity is not just some collections of teachings and saying that we apply to make our life better or to help us cope. It is not some story to convey a greater truth. Rather, Christianity is rooted in history, in the person of Jesus Christ.

Christianity arose in Jewish soil 2000 years ago because of the life, death, and resurrection of one man, Jesus. If Jesus is not real, if he is a myth, then there is no Christianity. The word Christianity literally means “Christ follower.” So if there is no Christ to follow, there is no Christianity.

But if Jesus did exist (which he did/does), and if he did radically change the world (which he did), then you should investigate this man. You should know what he claimed and what others claimed he did. Was he just a good teacher? Did he claim to be God? In the audio from a class I recently taught, I argue the following things about the man Jesus:

  • Jesus was a person of history as recorded in the Gospels, the New Testament letters, and other sources outside the Bible.
  • Jesus’ followers (via their writings about him and their teaching in the church) claimed that he was God, that he performed miracles, and he rose from the dead.
  • Sources outside the New Testament documents confirm these were the claims about the person of Jesus.
  • Jesus’ moral teachings surpass that of any other man, as nearly all the world would agree.
  • Jesus’ life was characterized by kindness, compassion, and love, especially for the downcast, broken, and poor.
  • Jesus claimed divinity.
  • If Jesus claimed to be God, he is either a liar, a lunatic, or he is truly Lord. But can a man who taught such supreme moral good be the world’s greatest liar? Or could the man who lived with such consistent goodness and resolve be a lunatic? Certainly he must be Lord.

To quote C.S. Lewis: “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 was 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 a 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.

Here is the audio from the class:

To download an mp3 version, click here.

Jordan Tong

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