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Monday, March 29, 2010

Lord, Liar, or Lunatic


I was talking to someone the other day and we got on the topic of religion. He spontaneously decided to enlighten me on his socioeconomic view of the importance of Jesus and what he feels is the way to look at it. This person closed his directionless and merit less synopsis with the following statement: “Jesus was a good man”. While this statement can be true at first glance it encompasses so much that the statement is false once you dig into it. I propose that Jesus has to be one of three very different people. He is either who he said he is, Lord of Lords. He was not who he said he was and was just trying to pull a fast one using some ancient prophecy and slick PR, a liar. Or he was a certifiable nut job who actually thought he was who he said he was and just happened to be in the right place at the right time, a lunatic.

If he was who he said he was then “good man” does not really cover it. We are talking about a man who routinely insulted the leadership of his day. This same man opened a industrial strength can on a group of merchants selling goods in front of the temple. I have the burning feeling that if I did those things I would not be called a “Good Man”. The police report would probably call me the perpetrator. But if Jesus was God in man form those actions become logical and proactive to helping people see the truth. Even if that is true I doubt that the people in attendance to those events were describing him as “Good”. Messiah or Wacko would better summarize the comments being made.

Jesus being just a man makes him a violent, critical, and crazy liar. Not good by anyone’s standards. Having said that lets define “good”. For the social definition that is implied we have to go with the following definition.

Good: Adj. Well-behaved; obedient

The Jesus of the Bible was not well behaved.

In his ministry time he: Destroyed an entire herd of pigs, Kicked over tables and merchants in front of the social center of the town, Worked on the Sabbath (Big NO NO), defied the laws of physics and chemistry, and claimed to be a deity. Well behaved? If you follow the Bible he was holy and obedient to his mission but that obedience demanded that he not behave in the definition of society. I close by asking was Jesus a good man? NO! He was Lord, Liar, or Lunatic, It is ultimately up to each man in his heart to decide which one.


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