耶稣基督——究竟是谁?真的吗?
Jesus Christ: Who was He - Really? English

耶稣基督——究竟是谁?真的吗?
人们通常将耶稣与佛、孔夫子、默罕默德等人一同并列为“道德宗师”。大错特错,耶稣从未说过自己只不过是一个“道德宗师”。
在约翰福音中,耶稣说,“我就是道路、真理、生命,若不藉着我,没有人能到父那里去。”(John 14:6).


耶稣说自己是通向神的唯一道路,其它任何道路都是虚假的!耶稣在说谎?如果他说了谎,那他就不可能是道德宗师,不是吗?
但另一方面,如果耶稣说的是事实呢?如果耶稣真的是唯一道路呢?如果耶稣是唯一的道路、真理和生命,那么佛、孔夫子和默罕默德的宗教就是虚假的。如果你信仰其中任何一个,请慎重思考你的生命。


英国著名哲人C.S. Lewis,在对耶稣身份的讨论中写道:
"一个人仅仅是人,而说了耶稣所说的话,就不可能是道德宗师。他要么是个疯子——就像有人说自己是荷包蛋;要么他就是地狱的魔鬼。你必须做出选择,耶稣要么就是神的儿子;要么是疯子或是更糟的人。你可以把他当疯子置之不理;你可以向他吐口水,把他当魔鬼杀了;或者俯伏在他脚前称他为主为神。但却不要支持他是“伟人宗师”的谬论。他没有留给我们,也从未想留给我们那样的结论。"
C.S. Lewis所说的是:关于耶稣,就只有3个定义选择——但没有一个是“道德宗师”。


选择一:耶稣是骗子?

  • 如果耶稣真是骗子,这是多大的一个骗局啊!经历20多个世纪的基督教,数十亿跟随者,都被骗了!如果真是这样,耶稣显然不可能是一位“道德宗师”。为什么?因为他或许是历史上最成功的骗子!
  • 另外,世界宗教如印度教和伊斯兰教都承认耶稣是来自神的先知;佛教承认耶稣是伟大的老师。伊斯兰教义中,先知不可以撒谎。如果耶稣就自己的身份说了谎,那么被骗的就不仅仅是基督徒,数十亿其它宗教的信徒也都跟着受了骗!
  • 然而耶稣的生命和教导向我们显示了——他不是骗子。全世界也都承认这个事实,他们称耶稣为“道德宗师”。

选择二:耶稣是疯子?

  • 没有哪个疯子会被误认为“道德宗师”。整个公元纪年体系的建立是以耶稣的降生为中心。大多数医院和医疗机构使用十字架——耶稣的象征——医治的象征。时代杂志尊崇耶稣为“人类历史上迄今为止,最具影响力的人…”[TIME, Dec 6, 1999]
  • 所以,耶稣不是疯子。

选择三:耶稣说的就是真理

  • 事实上这是唯一可能的选择,再无其它选择。
  • 耶稣基督就是唯一的道路、真理和生命。所以,他不能被降低至“人类道德宗师”之列。耶稣是通往天国的唯一道路,因此智慧人寻求与耶稣的关系胜于同其他人的关系。

你将如何对待耶稣?
你可以将耶稣视作骗子、疯子而拒绝他;你也可以像多马那样俯伏在耶稣面前承认他为“我的主我的神!”但却不能仅仅将他视为不过是与他人并列的另一位道德宗师,他的身份远远超越了“人类道德宗师”。

Jesus Christ: Who was He - Really?


People often class Jesus as a "great moral teacher" on par with people such as Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed. This however is a great mistake. Jesus never claimed to be merely a "great moral teacher".
In the book of John Jesus says,
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
This is an exclusive statement. Jesus is saying that He is the only way to God; that all other ways are false! Is Jesus lying? If He was, He could not be a great moral teacher, could He?
On the other hand, what if He was telling the truth? What if Jesus truly is the only way? If Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only life, then the religions of Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed are false and if you are following one of them you need to think seriously about your life.
In discussing Jesus' identity C.S. Lewis, a famous British philosopher, wrote:
"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 a level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make the 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 on 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."
What is Lewis saying: When it comes to Jesus there are only 3 options - none of which is the "a great moral teacher" choice.
One option is that He LIED

  • If this were true then what a deception! Over 20 centuries of Christianity with literally billions of followers all deceived! If this were true then Jesus clearly could never be a "good moral teacher." Why? Because he would be probably the greatest liar ever born.
  • Furthermore, world religions such as Hinduism and Islam accept Jesus as a prophet from God! Buddhists accept Jesus as a great teacher. Islam teaches that a prophet cannot lie. If Jesus lied about who He was, then it is not only the Christians who have been deceived, but billions of other religions' adherents too!
  • Jesus' life and teaching however show that He was no liar. The world, too, recognizes this fact by calling Him a "good moral teacher."

Another option is that Jesus was INSANE

  • No one insane can be mistaken for a "great moral teacher." Jesus has the entire BC/AD dating system centered around His time of birth. Most hospitals and medical facilities use the cross – His symbol – as a symbol of healing. TIME magazine honored Jesus with the title of "single most powerful person... in all human history” [TIME, Dec 6, 1999].
  • Jesus was not insane.

He spoke TRUTH

  • This is actually the only possible option. There is no alternative.
  • Christ Jesus was and is the only way, truth and life. He therefore cannot be placed on the same comparatively low level as mere "human moral teachers." Jesus is the only way to heaven and so, the smart person will seek relationship with Him above all anyone else.

What will you do with Jesus?
You can either reject Him as liar and insane or you can, as Thomas, fall on your knees and acknowledge Him as "My Lord and my God!"  You can however not simply accept Him as just another great moral teacher. He is far more than that.

by 德明; Chinese by Gadfly

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