Now imagine that the gallery is opened to the public. Everyone comes and
looks at this record of your life - your family, friends, work colleagues;
everyone that knows you. How would you feel? Honestly? Would you be
comfortable? Would you feel ashamed? Would you be able to look people
in the eye? There would be plenty that you wouldn't want people to see.
That type of stuff is what the Bible refers to as sin. Mark 7:20-23
comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of
men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All
these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "
Have a look at this presentation for an explanation of sin and the answer to
Coming back to Jesus’s incredible claims about himself, the first thing that
we might say about Jesus is that his claims were false and he knew it, in
which case he was a liar. Jesus’ claims about himself were so central to his
teachings, however, if they were lies then he can hardly be deemed a great
teacher. If Jesus set out to systematically deceive people about who he was
and how their sins were to be dealt with, then he was among the worst
teachers that have ever walked the earth.
Alternatively, the second thing that we might say about Jesus is that his
claims were false and he didn't know it, in which case he was a lunatic. If
Jesus believed that his claims about himself were true, and they weren't,
then he was a delusional egomaniac. If an ordinary person believes himself
to be God incarnate, then that person is, put quite simply, insane. Again, if
this were the case, if Jesus taught that this is who he was and was
mistaken, then he was as bad a teacher as there has ever been.
Finally, the third thing that we might say about Jesus is that his claims were
true, in which case he was, and is, Lord. If Jesus believed that his claims
about himself were true and they were, then Jesus was not only a great
human being, but was also God on Earth.
This type of approach is sometimes referred to as the "Trilemma". There are
three options about Jesus: Lunatic, Liar or Lord, to call him just a "good
teacher" is not an option. This is covered well at the following Trilemma