We had our first Seminary Abridged class last night, and it was so wonderful to be back in a setting of scholarly theological discourse. I love studying theology because it forces us to challenge our assumptions and the claims that the world makes; claims which might sound nice on the surface, but hold no water when pressed.
After coming home from this class, I was reminded of a C.S. Lewis quote about a misconception of Christ. Here are Lewis’ words:
“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 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 patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Jesus Christ was and is something entirely different from what anyone expected and he continues to confound expectations and social norms with his paradigm shifting message of hope and resurrection. We seem to often want to put God in a box small enough for us to understand, but the problem is that we cannot contain God, no matter what we try.
Christ wasn’t just a good moral teacher, he was and is the resurrected Son of the living God, and he will be with you as you go about your day today and until the end of time.
Have a wonderful week my friends,