Lunatic, liar, or Lord. This trilemma, trademarked by C.S. Lewis, is what we must consider when contemplating the identity of Jesus Christ. He was either mentally ill, a compulsive liar, or exactly who he said he was. There are no other options. We must, on our own, decide who Jesus Christ was in order to define our faith and create a strong foundation for our routes. This is what I hope for you as we begin our journey on this blog together. I encourage you to ask questions, to debrief my cases, and to think deeply about whatever it is you belief.
How could a perfect God and a corrupt world coexist? Why would God send people He loves to a mysteriously sinister place, Hell? How is it possible that miracles contravene the basic laws of nature? Doesn’t Darwin explain the origination of life on Earth flawlessly? Who is Jesus Christ, and why did he plead guilty if he was innocent? Are there historical facts that support the Resurrection? What if God doesn’t even exist? Do we have any “secular” texts that confirm the stories in the gospels?
These are all great questions, regardless of what you believe. Perhaps you have wondered them at some point in your life as I have. This blog is just a collection of thoughts about those questions. There will be no finger-pointing and no assumptions. It is time to take a logical perspective on theology, to compare secular and sacred history. I promise to lay down all of the facts for you. I will not leave out inconstancies or counter-examples.
As I answer questions, I beg you to judge the case of Jesus for yourself. Do not go off of what your parents think, your friends think, you pastor thinks. Discover what is it that YOU think. In order to do this, you must be open-minded and fair. You cannot overlook evidence you don’t like. Come into each blog entry without expectations or suppositions. It is only in this fashion that you will be challenged to grow.
I encourage you to “thoughtfully consider the credibility of the witnesses and my sources, carefully sift through testimony, and rigorously subject the evidence to common sense and logic” (Strobel 18). More than anything, ask questions and make comments. Tell me if you don’t agree. Tell me if something challenges you! Speak up for yourself, and we will all become more intelligible.
I’m excited to learn with you!