December 23, 2011

 

The Way

 

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 patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.

 

C. S. Lewis

 

they claim equality of all ways

Mohammad as worthy as Buddha

Gandhi as worthy as Smith

all as worthy as Christ

who, if merely man,

was far worse than all

who, if Son of God,

is worthy alone

 

nothing more can we say

 

knowing that He stood

where we stand

He can only be God

or something worse