“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing
that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as
a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.
That is the one thing we must not say. 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 the level with
the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the
Devil of Hell.
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.”
~~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity