[quote=cardenio]No, no, I mean… If Jesus was just a human, he would be entitled to sin. Maybe entitled is the wrong word…
If I went around telling everybody “Hey, be nice, and by the way, I’m God,” you can separate it. Listen to me when I tell you to be nice, don’t listen when I say I’m God. No great teacher is perfect as long as he is only human. MLK, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, they probably all said some things that people disagree with. When you look up to a saint, you don’t say “I want to be like [name of saint] entirely, faults and all,” you say “I admire [name of saint]'s good qualities and want to attain them.” Nobody is entirely consistant in his teachings. Why, then, if Jesus is just a good man, should we expect him to be consistant?
The idea that Jesus would be perfectly consistant is deifying him. See–
“Jesus was inconsistant, therefore he was a lunatic” doesn’t make any sense. No just-man has a complete idea of everything, and his philosophy and teachings should evolve and grow as this just-man’s understanding grows.
Maybe a just-man Jesus could have thought “I’ll tell people to be nice and maybe if I can get a following, they’ll think I’m God, and haha power power power!!!”
You kind of answer you’re own question there…the point is Jesus IS God therefore He is not just-man…and scripture shows his consistency - the very consistency you claim no just-man would be capable of - as proof of His Truthfulness.
C.S. Lewis, by raising the point the way he does, gets the reader to reach the appropriate conclusion. There’s no real way around it.