Liar, Lunatic or Lord.

Liar, Lunatic or Lord.

C. S. Lewis did not think people should be allowed to call Jesus a nice teacher. Lewis believed that He was either a liar, a lunatic or the Lord.

Unbelieving critics have dismissed this as a classic case of a false alternative. They prefer to call Him whatever they want.

Some Christian writers think that Lewis was too simplistic or a bit naive.

I think that we ought to think again before giving up on Lewis’ challenge. The people who were first confronted by Jesus’ claims debated Him just as Lewis would have wanted.


When Jesus appeared at the Feast of Tabernacles, the people were divided about Him. Some said He was a good man (John 7:12). Other said that He was not a good man but deceived the people. (7:12).


Later, some of them told Jesus that He was demon-possessed when He challenged them about their desire to kill Him (7:20).


Jesus said that the living water of the Spirit of God would flow out of all who believed in Him. After he said this some people in the crowd said that He was the Messiah, the Christ (John 7:41).

Liar, Lunatic or Lord

I think Lewis was right and we should not allow the good man response to stand unchallenged.

How often do you let other people say that Jesus was a good teacher and nothing more?

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