C.S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity (p. 52, 53):
“I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him (Jesus): ‘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 moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to
We are faced then with a frightening alternative. This man we are talking about either was (and) is just what He said or else a lunatic or something worse. Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”
Then I saw this video, and was saddened. I’m sad that so many people are following the claims of these men. To accept that these men are Jesus, you must deny that Jesus said many would come claiming to be the Christ, but that we should not believe them. We would also have to ignore that Jesus was humble when he came and verified his claims by performing great miracles.
What it comes down to
I am ever grateful for C.S. Lewis’ quote above. This is the great test by which we can judge whether a claimed messiah is true or not. These false messiahs are either great liars and con men, or they are absolutely out of their mind. Jesus was neither, he was and is Lord, and I must worship him alone as such.
Update: June 16, 2010 9:00 AM | This program airs tonight on the National Geographic Chanel at 9.