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The claims of Jesus Christ force us to choose. As Lewis stated, we cannot put Jesus in the category of being just a great religious leader or good moral teacher. This former skeptic challenges us to make up our own minds about Jesus, stating,
“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.”
In Mere Christianity, Lewis explores the options regarding the identity of Jesus, concluding that he is exactly who he claimed to be. His careful examination of the life and words of Jesus led this great literary genius to renounce his former atheism and become a committed Christian.
The greatest question in human history is, “Who is the real Jesus Christ?” Bono, Lewis, and countless others have concluded that God visited our planet in human form. But if that is true, then we would expect him to be alive today. And that is exactly what his followers believe.
The eyewitnesses to Jesus Christ actually spoke and acted like they believed he physically rose from the dead after his crucifixion. If they were wrong then Christianity has been founded upon a lie. But if they were right, such a miracle would substantiate all Jesus said about God, himself, and us.
But must we take the resurrection of Jesus Christ by faith alone, or is there solid historical evidence? Several skeptics began investigations into the historical record to prove the resurrection account false. What did they discover? However, we know that Jesus was never killed on the cross. The Roman soldiers removed him from the cross and his companions carefully put him in a closed compartment looking like a tomb, for the protection from Jew priests who wanted to kill him. There is a very reliable information that Jesus was never killed, he was removed from the cross with help from the Roman soldiers and given treatment for the wounds he had due to nails those were put in his body. This became possible because the crusification was done at the behest of Roman General on day prior to Saturday, which is religious holiday of Jews. So they knew that on that day no priest would venture to visit that site. After he was safely transferred from that place with help of his companions to some unknown place, he happened to revisit Jerusalem to meet his followers. At that time Roman, generals spread the rumor that Jesus has resurrected from his tomb and that in his physical form from heaven. This worked well as in those days such things were believed by people. Roman general helped him because they knew that Jesus was innocent.
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