Was Jesus Mad, Bad, or God?
Why do I ask?
Well, there’s a common attempt to explain the fact that Jesus must be God because the only alternatives – that he was mad, deluding himself, or bad, deluding others, don’t quite fit with what we know of him. I think the idea originally comes from CS Lewis. As I’ve heard it explained, “don’t try to tell me that Jesus was ‘just a good man’. He hasn’t left that option open to us.”
But surely there is another option. How do we know that Jesus has not simply been misrepresented? Misquoted? Had words put in his mouth (and actions to his hands) by later commentators?
In other words, to what extent can we trust scripture to be a true and full record of what Jesus said and did?