Could Jesus Have Been Mistaken?

Last week, I shared C.S. Lewis’s famous “liar, lunatic, or Lord” quote.  As long as Jesus claimed to be God, these are the only options we have about His identity.  I went on to show that, using the best scientific criteria for determining what’s historical, modern scripture scholarship is unearthing more and more evidence from the Gospels that clearly shows Jesus thought of Himself this way.  According to Lewis, this leads to the inescapable conclusion that Jesus can be none other than the Lord of All—He was too good to be a liar and too wise to be a lunatic. 

Who Did Jesus Think He Was?

Liar, lunatic, or Lord?  According to a famous quote by C.S. Lewis these are the only three choices we have about Jesus’ identity: 

Why Does God Allow Good?

Why does God allow good?  OK, I know it’s a ridiculous question.  But why?  We routinely—instinctively—ask why God allows evil.  Why don’t we ask the opposite?  Why do we think we should only experience good, and never evil?  Why do we expect that if there is a God, He would be good? 

Who Needs Forgiveness?

Hysterical as always, the Big Bang Theory series finale was also quite moving.  But the episode before the finale was, by far, the most powerful episode they’ve done in the twelve years the show’s been on the air. 

I once read a blogger who passionately implored people to “THINK!”  He admitted that the historical evidence for the Resurrection was very strong, perhaps even undeniable.  But, he asked: “Even with all this evidence, given everything we know about how the universe works, what’s more reasonable?  To believe a dead man came back to life, or to conclude that it’s all just some kind of mistake or misunderstanding?”   

One day, out of the blue, right in the middle of a Sophomore Religion class, one of my students raised her hand and in the sweetest way—as if she was sincerely concerned for God’s mental health!—asked: “Before creating us, was God lonely?”  Once the laughter settled down, I told her what a great question that is and launched into a brilliant exposition of the doctrine of the Trinity.  I seized the opportunity her insightful question gave me to explain how, through all eternity, God is never lonely because God is Three Persons in an intimate union of perfect love.

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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