Why Believe In Jesus

Why believe in Jesus Christ?”. Or maybe even more fundamentally who was Jesus Christ?
Who was this man?
What are we to make of him?
If nothing else just curiosity should make us ask that. I mean there is by all accounts no human individual that has ever influence the course of human history like Jesus Christ did.
Whatever else you think about him, that much is true for better or for worse
He has changed human history more than any other single individual ever did… more than any other group ever did.
He founded the world’s largest religion and transformed the lives of billions of people so if nothing else just out of curiosity we should ask “What what’s behind all of this?… who was this person … what was he about? who could have pulled this off?
It is also a crucial question because if the bible is true everything hangs on your answer to this question. Who do men say that I am ? Who do people say that I am? If in fact the bible turns out to be true everything depends, ultimately all the questions of life are contained in this question.
What do we exist for?
What’s the purpose of our lives?
Why are we here in the first place?
How is life to be fullfilled?
How can we live life in a fulfilling way
How can I find happiness?
How can I find contentment in the midst of my very troubled world?
A little bit of peace?
They’re all found in the question Who was Jesus Christ?
I want to just outline five options
five possible responses and I think that they are exhaustively the five responses to that one can give to
this question,” Who was Jesus Christ?
Who was Jesus?
We know that his disciples claimed that he claimed He was superhuman and he was not just an ordinary man… not just in ordinary profit and was in fact the son of God.
He claimed to be divine in other words.
And it is a reasonable supposition, I think when you hear someone claim to be the son of god or claim to be divine to immediately suspect that maybe that person doesn’t have all their marbles and so one option as we confront the question of who was Jesus Christ is to suspect there may be
He was just one of these crazy people who believe that there God.
A couple questions present themselves with regard to this option. You need to seriously ask yourself this question:
Given what you know what you know about lunatics, given what you know about madmen, given what you know about crazy people and in our society you should know quite a bit because there are a lot of them around, could a lunatic speak the sermon on the mount? I mean, by all standards; even by those who oppose Christianity admit that the teachings of Jesus are among the most sublime and insightful ever given in world history. Could a lunatic or a mad man or a crazy person do something like that?
Could a madman or lunatic or a person who was crazy have the insight into human nature and the inner workings of the human heart and human mind that Jesus did? You see it throughout the gospels the way he penetrate through facades the way he gets to the heart of issues the way he calls out a person’s true colors. Could a madman or lunatic have done that? Could a madman a lunatic or a crazy person have demonstrated the kind of works and lived the kind of lifestyle that Jesus lived; having a love for those who are unlovable; reaching out to those who were lost, to those who are outcasts and to those who are ostracized; loving those that nobody else cared about? Could a madman or lunatic have done such a thing? Could a madman or lunatic have pulled off the miracles that he did; healing that hand on the Sabbath; healing the blind or all the other miracles recorded in the Gospels; the last one being that he rose from the dead. How does calling Jesus a lunatic explain all of that? His reputation was that of being untarnished, of being by all accounts loving, selfless and gracious. And that is something that lunatics just normally don’t have about them. The option of thinking Jesus was crazy, I think, is ruled out. There is no evidence to suggest he was crazy. All the evidence, in fact, is just the opposite.
So maybe there’s a second alternative. Another thing that we got a lot of in our culture is a lot of charlatans. People that use religion to make a buck. There’s a lot of dollars to be made in religion. There’s a lot of gain to be made in religion. A lot of fame to be made in religion.
Ron Hubbard, the founder of scientology, he went on record as saying the fastest way, the easiest way to get rich in America is a start your own religion. And so the science fiction writer did just that and wrote his “Dianetics” and died a very, very wealthy man. Well, maybe Jesus was someone like that. Maybe he was just doing some kind of tricks or some kind of magic to get people the follow him to get famous, to get wealthy. The world’s known a lot of charlatans. A lot of TV evangelists are in it for the money. They prey on gullible senior citizens. There’s a lot of new age channelers who happen to be called to Hollywood. Isn’t that interesting? And they channel Angels and lure metaphysical principalities and powers that they know not what. They speak these divine truths, they start their own religion in Hollywood because all these Hollywood people follow them. And it’s clear that they’re doing it because there’s a lot of money in Hollywood and lot of people who’ll believe weird stuff in Hollywood. What better place to start a religion? So maybe Jesus was just someone like that… maybe.
Again, several questions posed themselves. Seems to me that if Jesus was a charlatan, he would still be a historical figure. but he go down in history as being, one of the dumbest charlatans that ever lived. Because he didn’t go to Hollywood. He didn’t even go to the big wigs or the high society people. He spent his whole ministry appealing to the lower class, the ostracized, to the outcasts. And there’s no money there and even if they follow you, what kind of fame is that? I mean, you got a bunch of beggars following you. Would a charlatan do something like that? What kind of charlatan makes enemies with all the people that matter? Questioning those in powerful positions? Questioning those in authority? (to be continued)

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