Comment: Hey Ralph,

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Hey Ralph,

I too, am no fan of organized religion. Jesus however, is much more than a prophet. The problem with saying that we accept Jesus to be a prophet, or even a great teacher, is what he taught and prophesied. Jesus prophesied His own death and resurrection, and He taught a standard of living even more strict than that which is found in Mosaic law.

Jesus the prophet, claimed not only that he was the Son of God, but that He was pre-existent with God, in fact, that He was God himself. Forgive me for borrowing an argument from C.S. Lewis, but believing Him to be a "prophet" is not an option that Jesus left to us, should we decide to take Jesus at His word that is.

Jesus, was either a liar of the worst sort, intentionally deceiving those who had put their trust in him, at the cost of their lives no less, as all the disciples but John would eventually die for their faith, and even John spent the last of his days in prison. Or, He was a lunatic, along the lines of someone who considers himself a poached egg (Lewis' analogy, not mine) because in fact, He did claim to be God, and exemplified His claim by taking it upon himself to forgive sin, to change the laws of God (applying a stricter standard), etc. Therefore, as Lewis so correctly observed, prophet is not an option.

There is however, a third possibility, that He was and is exactly whom He claimed to be, none other than the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As to the nature and divinity of Christ, you will have to answer this question for yourself. But the beauty of the proposition, is that Christ is alive and well and more than ready to provide an answer to all who sincerely seek Him.

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα