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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Is Jesus a Liar?

Is Jesus a Liar?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably read books or heard people say that Jesus was a good person, a good teacher, but not the Savior of the world.  Of course, everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe.  But Jesus would not have been a very good person if He was a consistent liar.

When you read the Bible, you will find that Jesus was either a consistent liar, or the Savior of the world.  Here are just a few of Jesus’ words related by a number of different writers over more than 70 years.  

In Matthew 16:16-17, after Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in heaven.”  Clearly Jesus is claiming to be the long promised Messiah.  Is He lying or telling the truth?

When questioned by the religious leaders of His day in Mark 14:61-62, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"  Jesus replied, “I am.” 

John 4:25-26 describes a discussion Jesus had with a woman at a well in Samaria.  The woman said, "I know that the Messiah is coming.  When He comes, He will explain everything to us."  Jesus responded to the woman, "I who speak to you am He."
Jesus is blunt in John 6:46-47, “No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.  I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.”  Here Jesus claims to be the “one who is from God and has seen God the Father.”
In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

A conversation with a man to whom Jesus gave eyesight is described in John 9:35-37.  Jesus asked the man, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"  The man replied, "Who is he, sir?"  Jesus answered, “You have now seen him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you.”

During a feast in Jerusalem, Jesus said in John 10:27-28, “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.”  Who can give eternal life except the Messiah?

In John 11:25-26, Jesus said, “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.”
In a powerful declaration in John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  

The quotes I have listed above are just a very few of the declarations that, according to witnesses, Jesus made proving He was indeed the long promised Messiah.  Jesus’ claim is, in fact, the foundation of the Christian faith.  Accordingly, by logic, Christianity is not just another religion.  It is either a false religion, or it is the only true religion.  You cannot have it both ways.  Jesus is either the way to Heaven or He is a fraud.  Which is it?  You make the call, is He a liar or the Messiah, the Savior of the world?  Just remember, eternity is forever.

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