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Don Stewart :: What Are the Different Ways in Which Jesus' Claims Can Be Viewed?

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Don Stewart
The New Testament records Jesus making some astounding claims about himself.

His Claims Could Have Been Legendary

It is theoretically possible that Jesus never made the claims about Himself that are record in the New Testament. This would make the New Testament claims about Jesus as legendary.

If He Made The Claims, Then They Were Either True Or False

If Jesus actually made the claims about Himself that are recorded in the New Testament then His claims were either true or false.

If Jesus Claims Were False Then We Have Two Choices

If the claims of Jesus Christ were false, there are two basic choices. Jesus either did know they were false or He did not know. There are no other options.

Jesus Could Have Been A Liar

First, He knew that he wasn't really God's Son, but made the claims anyway, then Jesus would have been a liar.

Jesus Could Have Been A Lunatic

There is also the possibility that Jesus made the claims about Himself thinking they were true when actually they were not true. This would make Him deluded or a lunatic.

A Final Possibility: Jesus Could Have Been Lord

The final possibility is that Jesus made the claims about Himself as recorded in the New Testament and His claims are true. This would make him Lord.

Summary

The New Testament records that Jesus claimed to be more than a mere man - He claimed to be God himself. There are four possibilities with respect to Jesus' claims. They could be legendary - He never made the claims Himself. Jesus could have been a liar. He could have been deluded or a lunatic. The last possibility is that He could have been Lord.
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