to find a better translation of the rule of virtue from the abstract into the concrete than the endeavor so to live that Christ would approve our life.
When to this we add that, to the conception of the rational skeptic, it remains a possibility that Christ actually was a man charged with a special, express and unique commission from God to lead mankind to truth and virtue, we may well conclude that the influences of religion on the character, which will remain after rational criticism has done its utmost against the evidences of religion, are well worth preserving, and that what they lack in direct strength as compared with those of a firmer belief is more than compensated by the greater truth and rectitude of the morality they sanction.? See also Ullmann, Sinlessness of Jesus; Alexander, Christ and Christianity, 129-157; Schaff, Person of Christ; Young, The Christ in History; George Dana Boardman, The Problem of Jesus.
4. The testimony of Christ to himself ? as being a messenger from God and as being one with God.
Only one personage in history has claimed to teach absolute truth, to be one with God, and to attest his divine mission by works such as only God could perform.
A. This testimony cannot be accounted for upon the hypothesis that Jesus was an intentional deceiver: for
(a) the perfectly consistent holiness of his life;
(b) the unwavering confidence with which he challenged investigation of his claims and staked all upon the result;
(c) the vast improbability of a lifelong lie in the avowed interests of truth; and
(d) the impossibility that deception should have wrought such blessing to the world, ? all show that Jesus was no conscious impostor.
Fisher, Essays on the Supernat. Origin of Christianity, 515-538 ? Christ knew how vast his claims were, yet he staked all upon them. Though others doubted, he never doubted himself. Though persecuted unto death, he never ceased his consistent testimony. Yet he lays claim to humility:
<401129> Matthew 11:29 ? ?I am meek and lowly in heart.? How can we reconcile with humility his constant self-assertion? We answer that Jesus? self-assertion was absolutely essential to his mission, for he and the truth
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