By: Robby Gallaty– “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) is probably the most controversial statement ever made. As you encounter the Jesus of the Bible, you get to a point at which you draw the conclusion C. S. Lewis did in his book Mere Christianity:
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 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
This is one of the most spectacular ways Jesus is entirely set apart from the other religious systems and figures of history: His moral teachings are absolutely inseparable from His claim to be God. As we learn more about Jesus, we’ll be forced to make a decision, and that decision will probably look like Lewis’s trilemma. We’ll have to conclude that (1) Jesus was a lunatic, (2) Jesus was a flat-out liar, or (3) Jesus is exactly who He said He was.
Excerpted from Robby Gallaty, Knowing Jesus Bible Study. © 2016 LifeWay Press. Used by permission.
Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. He is also the author of Unashamed: Taking a Radical Stand for Christ, Creating an Atmosphere to HEAR God Speak, and Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples.
- C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, in The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics (New York: HarperOne, 2002), 50–51.