“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 a man who says he is a poached egg – or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool 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.” –C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis’s famous “trilemma” confronts those who affirm the moral teachings of Christianity while distancing themselves from Christ’s more difficult declarations about His deity, man’s sinfulness, and the narrowness of the path to salvation. Jesus’ famous “Golden Rule,” is enthusiastically embraced in postmodern society while his other teachings are widely rejected. Accustomed to defining their own reality, postmodernists pick and choose from Jesus’ teachings as if He offered them some kind of spiritual smorgasbord. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is selected as a delicacy, while “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me” is rejected as distasteful.

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