Today we will explore a very basic principle of apologetics: Lunatic Liar, or Lord. I like to add Legend to the list, for it to fits within this theory. This looks at the possibilities of Jesus’ story of being God’s son here in human form.
Theory: In this example, Jesus is just a crazy person that actually believes that He is God in human form but actually is not; He is merely a man.
Let’s play with this a little bit. OK so Jesus is just plain crazy. I am not an expert on crazy, despite what my friends say, but what do you think the chances are that a crazy person could live a sinless life? When Jesus asked ‘Which of you can convict me of Sin?’ and no one spoke, I would say that is near impossible for someone who is not in their right mind to pull off. That would be very hard to do indeed; especially when you have twelve people following you around all day observing you.
Speaking of the twelve disciples, do you not think that they would have noticed that this guy is crazy? Can you imagine what they would have been thinking if they would not have witnessed Jesus’ greatness for themselves? They would have had to have been a bit nutty themselves to follow him if He was crazy. When was the last time you saw a group for thirteen crazy people managing to go down the street and not get arrested or in their day stoned to death! When they witnessed Jesus making the blind see and the blind guy comes back going “Um…Jesus….it didn’t work…” they would have had a clue that Jesus was not all that He said He was.
Perhaps Judas was the only one that figured this out and came to his senses, but then why would he hang himself? If this was true, he did the correct thing and turned in a blasphemer.
It is so impossible for Jesus to have led the life He did and do the things He did if He was Crazy.
Theory: Jesus was a liar. He knew that he was not the messiah, but he just chose to say it to gain some fame and popularity.
This one is even harder to believe. Again how hard would it be for someone who knew he was not the son of God and lying about it to live a perfect life? And when it came to the crucifixion, don’t you think He would have piped up in there and said “Didn’t mean it! It was all a joke!” but He never did, instead He prayed for them. Think about it! A liar, with only self pride as motivation for making up this lie, is willing to be put to a very torturous death to maintain His lie. Not going to happen!
But let’s say he actually did manage to pull that off; how did he fool the disciples into believing it? Were they in on it too then? If so, don’t you think one of them would have cracked when they were being put to death or before they got to the point that Judas hung himself?
Bah, not a chance that no one would have spilled the beans when they were being tortured, so I am writing this one off and fiction too.
Theory: Jesus was merely a great man and teacher, however, during the years that followed his life the stories grew and he became a god through legend.
While this very subject is coming up in a ‘The Bible’ post, I will be happy to give a bit of a preview. Well simply it is just not true. The books of the bible and the first church began to form within a handful of years after His death. Yes, I did say handful, not decades or centuries. There is great time evidence that shows some of the first letters that became the gospels beginning to surface in churches and gatherings within three to five years after the crucifixion. The actual gospels were written in the decades to follow as the disciples traveled to spread the word. Even in those decades, the people who knew Jesus, and even those enemies of Jesus, that would have boldly stood up and debunked any legendary aspects of the gospels.
Did you know that the authoritative biography of Alexander the Great was written 500 years after the death of Alexander? 500 years! It is considered to be 100% accurate! Wow, that is some fine research! Funny thing is that we can accept that, but can’t accept books that were written 10-30 years later that were based on letters and information that was produced within 3-10 years after His death.
Well…I have run out of options. Jesus was not a crazed lunatic, a self promoting liar, or merely a legend created over time. No, He is none of those. So what’s left? Oh yes, LORD!
It has been nearly 2000 years since His death and no one has been able to prove anything different! Don’t you think that if someone would have found the proof that Christianity is off its rocker, that it would be the biggest news on the planet? 2000 years and nothing!
Guess we really only have one option then…
In His love,