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December 27, 2015

What did Jesus Christ say about Himself?

Is Jesus Christ a Legend, Lunatic, Liar, or Lord and GOD?

In his famous book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes this statement, "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 make 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. Jesus could only have been one of four things: a legend, a liar, a lunatic--or Lord and God.

There is so much historical and archaeological evidence to support his existence that every reputable historian agrees he was not just a legend. If Jesus were a liar, why would he die for his claim, when he could easily have avoided such a cruel death with a few choice words?

And, if he were a lunatic, how did he engage in intelligent debates with his opponents or handle the stress of his betrayal and crucifixion while continuing to show a deep love for his antagonists?

Christ said he was Lord and God. The evidence supports that claim. Here are some of the key claims Jesus made about himself.

The Claims of Jesus

1.Christ claimed to live a sinless life

Jesus could look at a crowd of people angry at His claims to share God's nature and ask, "Which of you can point to anything wrong in my life?" Even more amazing is that none of them could give a reply! No human being has ever lived a sinless life, except for Jesus Christ.

John 8:28-29 say, "So Jesus said, 'When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”

John 8:46-47 say, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

2. Jesus Christ claimed to be the ONLY way to God

Not one of several ways, but the one and only way. Not to teach the way, but to be the way to God. Nobody has ever made claims like that before and backed them, but Jesus did through his love, balanced life, and miracles.

John 14:6 says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me."

Matthew 11:27 says, "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him."

Note: No other world religious leader, such as Buddha, Confucius, or Mohammed ever made this claim.

3. Christ claimed to have shared the glory of God in Heaven

Jesus claimed to have pre-existed the people he spoke with. The apostle John--who shared bread with Jesus--wrote in
(John 1:1-5) that Jesus was with God in the very beginning, and that "all things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being."

John 17:5 says, "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."

This is a claim distorted by groups like the Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses.

4. Jesus Christ claimed to be able to forgive sins
One of the reasons that the Jewish leaders were so angry with Jesus was his continual practice of forgiving people's sins. The religious leaders understood clearly that since sins were rebellion against God Himself, only God could forgive sins.

Luke 5:20-21 say, "When Jesus saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven.' The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, 'Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?'"

Luke 7:48-49 say, "Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven.' The other guests began to say among themselves, 'Who is this who even forgives sins?'"

5. Christ claimed to be a Heavenly king

Luke 22:69 says, "But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."

Luke 23:1-3 say, "Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, 'We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.' So Pilate asked Jesus, 'Are you the king of the Jews?' 'Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied."

John 18:36-37 say, "Jesus said, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place. You are a king, then!' said Pilate. Jesus answered, 'You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.'"

6. Christ claimed to be able to give everlasting life
Jesus didn't just tell people how they could find everlasting life, or deepen their own life experience. He actually claimed to give life himself.

John 6:40 says, "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

John 6:47 says, "I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life."

John 10:28-30 say, "I give [my followers] eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."

John 11:25 says, "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die...'"

7. Jesus claimed that He would die and come back to life

John 10:17 says, "Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

John 12:32-33 say, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.' He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die."

John 16:16 says, "In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."

Luke 18:31-33 say, "Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, 'We are going up into Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.'"

8. Christ claimed that He would return again to judge the world

Matthew 24:27-30 say, "So as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man... At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory."

Matthew 25:31-32 says, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep and the goats."

Mark 14:61-62 say, "Again the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?' 'I am,' said Jesus. 'And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'"

December 24, 2015


1.Muhammad said his God, Allah, does not love those who reject Islam. (Qur'an 30:45, 3:32, 22:38)                      

Jesus said God, Jehovah, loves everyone.  (John 3:16)

2. Muhammad said, "I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" (Muslim 1:33)

Jesus said, "He who lives by the sword will die by the sword." (Matthew 26:52)

3. Muhammad said women should be stoned for adultery.

Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7)

4. Muhammad said it was permitted to steal from unbelievers. (Bukhari 44:668, Ibn ishaq 764)

Jesus said, “Thou shalt not steal.” (Matthew 19:18)

5. Muhammad said lying was permitted. (Sahih Muslim 6303, Bukhari 49:857)

Jesus said, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” (Matthew 19:18)

6. Muhammad owned and traded slaves. (Sahib Muslim 3901)

Jesus neither owned nor traded slaves.

7. Muhammad beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys. (Abu Dawud 4390)

Jesus beheaded no one.

8. Muhammad murdered those who insulted him. (Bukhari 56:369, 4:241)

Jesus preached forgiveness. (Matthew 18: 21-22, 5:38)

9. Muhammad taught, "If then anyone transgresses the prohibition against you, Transgress ye likewise against him." (Qur'an 2:194)

Jesus taught, "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5:39)

10. Muhammad said Jihad (war) is the way Allah elevates one's position in Paradise by a hundred fold. (Muslim 4645)

Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God" (Matthew 5:9)

11. Muhammad had 13 wives and kept sex slaves. (Bukhari 5:268, Qur'an 33:50)

Jesus was celibate.

12. Muhammad slept with a 9-year-old child.  (Sahih Muslim 3309, Bukhari 58:236)

Jesus did not have sex with anyone, including children.

13. Muhammad ordered the murder of women. (Ibn Ishaq 819, 995)

Jesus never harmed a woman.

14. Muhammad said, "O you who believe!  Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness." (Qur'an 9:123)

Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5) 

15. Muhammad ordered 65 military campaigns and raids in his last 10 years. (IbnIshaq)                                         

Jesus ordered no military campaigns, nor offered any approval of war or violence.

16. Muhammad killed captives taken in battle. (Ibn Ishaq 451)

Jesus never took captives, and never killed anyone.

17. Muhammad encouraged his men to rape enslaved women. (Abu Dawood 2150, Qur'an 4:24)

Jesus never encouraged rape, and never enslaved women.

18. Muhammad demanded captured slaves and a fifth of all other loot taken in war.(Qur'an 8:41) 

Jesus said, "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve."  (Matthew 20:28)                                                                                                                    
19. Muhammad was never tortured, but tortured others. (Muslim 4131, Ibn Ishaq 436, 595, 734, 764)

Jesus suffered torture, but never tortured anyone.

20. Muhammad said, "And fight them until there is no more persecution and religion is only for Allah."  (Qur'an 8:39)

Jesus said, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44)

21. Muhammad blessed the brutal murder of a half-blind man. (al-Tabari 1440)

Jesus healed a blind man. (Mark 8:28)

22. Muhammad ordered a slave to build the very pulpit from which he preached Islam.  (Bukhari 47:743)

Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. (John 13:5)

23. Muhammad said the greatest commandment is, "Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause."  (Muslim 1:149)

Jesus said the greatest commandment is, "Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself."  (Matthew 22:34-40)

24. Muhammad demanded the protection of armed bodyguards, even in a house of worship. (Qur'an 4:102)                                                                                       
Jesus chastised anyone attempting to defend him with force.  (John 18:10-12)

25. Muhammad died fat and wealthy from what was taken from others in war and
demanded from others in tribute.

Jesus demanded nothing for Himself. He died without possessions.

26. Muhammad advocated crucifying others. (Qur'an 5:33, Muslim 16:4131)

Jesus was crucified Himself. He arose from the dead.

27. According to his followers, Muhammad had others give their lives for him. (Sahih Muslim 4413)

According to his followers, Jesus gave his life for others. (John 18:11 and elsewhere)