Friday, March 13, 2009

Trilemma - Lord, Liar or Lunatic

In my sermon this weekend (Jesus-Source of Grace and Truth, John 1:1-18), I quoted C.S. Lewis (Author of 'Chronicles of Narnia) on what is now popularly known as Lewis' Trilemma about Jesus. It's reproduced here. For further reading, go to

He himself was an agnostic but when confronted with the claims of Christ, he said the following:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of thing 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 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 up with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

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