"I think Jesus was a clever politician." (Lord,
Consider the 'Lord, Liar, Lunatic' logic tree that deduces Jesus could not have been
a prophet, a sage or even a clever politician. The 'Lord, Liar, Lunatic' logic
tree, coined by an English theologian named C.S. Lewis, reasons that Jesus could
have been only the Lord or a liar or a lunatic.
Let's start with a schematic diagram of the 'Lord, Liar, Lunatic' logic tree:
Unlike the founders of other religions, some
of whom claimed to be prophets, Jesus claimed
to be God who created the universe (see
John 1 and
Jesus' claim can only be true or false, so follow the arrows in the diagram to their theoretical possibilities:
If Jesus' claim is true, then Jesus is God - i.e., "Lord."
If Jesus' claim is false and He knew it was false, then He is a "Liar."
If Jesus' claim is false but He sincerely thought it was true, then He is a
There is no possibility other than
Lord, Liar or
Lunatic, is there? In particular, Jesus
could not have been just a prophet or a wise sage because sages and prophets don't
claim to be the Creator of the universe.
Given the unprecedented nature of Jesus' claim, Jesus can only be
one of the three logical possibilities:
So, the readers are invited to do their own research* and at the end of it
either condemn the claimant for being an outrageous
Liar, pity him for being a crazed
Lunatic, or worship Him as the
Lord Creator of the universe.
The one thing you cannot do is dismiss Him as just a sage or a
uniqueness of His claim precludes that possibility.