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Was Jesus just a good teacher?

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” Luke 18:18-19

            Jesus certainly said many things that society quotes as good practical teaching, such as “Loving our neighbor as we love ourselves” or “Do unto others as you would want done to you.” And while we like the nice things he said, we forget the divisive things Jesus said.

            Jesus taught that his teaching would divide families.

Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:51-53

            Jesus taught that he could forgive sin.

You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:46-48

            Jesus taught that he was God.

Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” John 8:54-56

If Jesus was a good teacher, you have to accept all of his teachings. A good teacher is only “good” if everything he says is true.

If you call Jesus good and true, then you must accept his divisive teaching and all those things he taught that basically said he was God.

Teachers teach about facts, figures and concepts.  Jesus taught about life then lived those ideas.  He forgave.  He died for sins.  He healed and resurrected.  That's much more than just a teacher. 

We must accept his words, but don't neglect his actions that prove he is God.