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Summary: You cannot be neutral about Jesus. You can admire Him or loathe Him. You can try to understand Him or have nothing to do with Him. You can listen to Him or ignore Him. The truth is that you will face Him one day, and what you have done with Him will decide where you will spend eternity.

Wherever Jesus ministered and taught, He either caused a riot or a revival. The work and words of the Lord Jesus Christ have affected lives, changed the course of history, made us face our mortality, make us grow up in terms of character, morals, thinking, and living, and for countless millions of souls who have trusted in Him to redeem them from the grip of sin, death, and hell, He is who He has claimed to be throughout the entirety of the Scriptures. The Holy Bible makes it as clear as a blue sky that Jesus Christ is God in the Flesh, who came to this fallen and wicked world to save us from our depraved behavior and evil ways. His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead gives us the opportunity to turn to Him, accept His gift of salvation from hell and eternal death, be forgiven of sins and made new creatures in Him who will be with Him in the everlasting New heavens and New Earth promised in the Scriptures.

C.S. Lewis, in his magnificent work "Mere Christianity" makes it clear as to where he stood when it came to the person and ministry of Jesus Christ : "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I am ready to accept Him as a great moral teacher, but I do not 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 a 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 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 moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

Viewpoints concerning the Lord Jesus range from the sacred to the secular. Some people claim that He never existed. That, quite frankly, is the ranting of a fool wallowing in his own ideological dung and mud. I believe what the Scriptures say about Him. I do not make this statement on what some skeptical minds would define as "blind faith", but through serious study, reading, inquiry, and examination, along with the leading of the Holy Spirit. By these means I have developed full faith and trust in Him, along with the mere existence of an orderly, rational, logical, exact, and precise scientific system that could not in any way, shape, or form be a collection of random molecules and cells somehow coming together at just the proper time in history. I cannot take the evolutionary hypothesis seriously when this and other factors come into play.

Jesus Christ has been the centerpiece of conversation and analysis for the past twenty centuries from individuals who have invested their lives in Him, both for good and bad purposes. His life and words are under severe and relentless attack today by everyone from atheistic scholars, biblical critics, media "hit pieces" from slanderous and deviant authors who are looking for a quick buck, as well as the ordinary individual who reads of these attacks and listens to critical venom on TV, the internet, radio talk shows, and watches films and programs that demean and degrade the name and work of Jesus and, not thinking for themselves, swallow the lies like a fish swallows a worm, and gets hooked by the forces of evil under the guiding hands of the devil himself.

Still, what Jesus did and said are the anvils on which the hammers of criticism and unbelief all break apart. Is it not unusual that if the Scriptures were of mere human thought that people would not even give it so much as a glance? If the Bible is just a "book of myths, fables, and legends", as declared by people who have probably never taken the time or effort to read it, then why do they even bother to react to it without going into a rage or fit when the topic is brought up? What gets people so upset about Jesus if He is just an ordinary man from an age long since past? Why do people get angry, vindictive, and bent out of shape about Him if He is just as the critics say about Him? Opinions about the LORD are part of the narrative found here in Mark 3:20-35 and the other verses listed.

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