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There’s no denying that Jesus made some audacious claims. He asserted that he had the authority of God, that he was one with the divine, that no one could get to God except through him. It’s easier to focus on Jesus’ warm-and-fuzzy statements—such as the commandment to love one another—but we can’t ignore his more scandalous proclamations. Ultimately we find ourselves faced with three options: Jesus was a liar, he was a lunatic, or he was telling the truth. Learn more about Jesus’s claims here.
Rosalind: Jesus makes some really difficult claims if you think about it. You know, we all want to think of him as a great teacher or a really smart guy, great insights into human nature. The problem is Jesus also claimed things like being one with God on having the authority of God to forgive sins.
Patrick: Jesus made audacious claims like that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one can come to the Father except through him, right. Well, this is scandalous. Are you kidding me? This person who was a carpenter’s son…
Bobby: Jesus said that, you know. You can’t get around his own words. In the Gospel of John he said Abraham, who had died a thousand years ago, “Abraham rejoiced to see my day, he saw it and was glad.” Those religious folks around him said, “Hold on, you’re not even 50 years old and you’ve seen Father Abraham,” and Jesus responded, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was, I am.” In saying that he took that most sacred Hebrew name of God for himself and the people responded correctly, they picked up stones and were ready to kill him.
Rosalind: They clearly understood what he was saying. Can’t have these kinds of crazy statements being said in juxtaposition with all this good stuff without thinking this person’s a nut.
Jonathan: We then have to respond to that claim. The only response is that I think that we can really think of are one that he was lying; that this great moral teacher, philosopher, was tricking us, that he was lying to us. I find that incompatible with the tenor of his teachings in his life. Two, he was a megalomaniac. Megalomaniacs think they’re God. Their character is very different than Jesus’s character. Megalomaniacs are power hungry; Jesus laid down his power. So if he’s not lying and he’s not crazy, he’s got to be telling the truth.