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“Jesus Christ was a great moral teacher and a prophet, but not God. He can, however, co-exist with other religions as an enlightened, pious figure.”
Have you heard something like that before? That statement absolutely CANNOT be true, for the simple reason that Jesus strongly implied that He was God…for if He was wrong about that, then how on Earth could He have been a great moral teacher or prophet? If he lied or was confused about who He was, that would make Him a very misguided, false teacher at best, and a complete lunatic and deceiver at worst.
Did He really claim to be God? John 14:9 is pretty hard to refute:
Jesus said to him, Philip, have I been with you all this time, and still you have no knowledge of me? He who has seen me has seen the Father. Why do you say, Let us see the Father?
Other verses that report His assertion:
If you had knowledge of me, you would have knowledge of my Father: you have knowledge of him now and have seen him.
30 I and my Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to send at him.
32 Jesus said to them in answer, I have let you see a number of good works from the Father; for which of those works are you stoning me?
33 This was their answer: We are not stoning you for a good work but for evil words; because being a man you make yourself God.
Here, the Jews had no doubts that He was claiming to be equal with, and was posturing Himself as, God.
He clears up any lingering doubt regarding a peaceful co-existence with other religions in John 14:6:
Jesus said to him, I am the true and living way: no one comes to the Father but by me.
Sometimes, pretty notions sound like truth…like the agreeable statement that Jesus can be integrated with other religions – but it only requires a second thought to see clearly that He 1) cannot co-exist with other religious paths, because He claimed to be the only way, and 2) cannot be just a great teacher and prophet, because He claimed to be God.