08 September, 2008

Jesus the Great Teacher of Morality

Luke 9:18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"

We often hear the claim that Jesus Christ was a good teacher and that he taught people to be kind, loving, responsible, and tax paying citizens. We often hear that he was a great fighter for injustices and poverty in the world through his goodness and caring persona. Of course, it is true that Jesus was a good teacher, a fighter for injustices, and a loving leader- but what about those who say that is ALL that Jesus Christ was? How should we respond to one that claims Jesus was only a good teacher? Of course, we begin, as good Presbyterians with our presuppositions, the Bible says that Jesus is more than a good teacher. Then what?

Well, today I was reading __________ and he had a great quote by CS Lewis that answers this acusation in a wonderful way. 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 the 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.


Michael Dewalt said...

that is great! love it brother!!!

Daniel Ritchie said...

Great quote.

Droll Flood said...

"Well, today I was reading *blank*"
-You don't know who it is?

"But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher."
-Christ wasn't well-receiving of this "good teacher" treatment.

Nathan Eshelman. Living a life unto the glory of Jesus Christ. said...


Mark Driscoll's Vintage Jesus.