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Who is Jesus Christ?
Over the centuries people have variously declared that Jesus was a great prophet or religious leader. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was in fact the Son of God, come to earth in human form (incarnated) to offer salvation to all humans who choose to follow Him.
CS Lewis, the author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was a practicing Christian. He wrote this about Jesus' identity:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.'
That is the one thing we must not say. 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 the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon 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. He did not intend to.” (Mere Christianity)
Lewis made it very clear that he believed Jesus was definitely not a madman! Rather, he believed that Jesus was the Son of God, Saviour of all humanity.
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