LIAR, LUNATIC, or LORD?
C. S. Lewis posed this question in his book “Mere Christianity” and it fuels the debate we find in our Twenty-fourth Episode as we continue with “Life’s Meaning & Purpose: an in-depth study of the Gospel of John.”
In part 2 of Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis’ writes, “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.” We find this dilemma in our lesson for this week as the people and the religious leaders debate over who Jesus is; with some believing, some unsure of what to make of Him, and some rejecting Him to the point where they pick up stones to kill Him.