Is it possible that Jesus really was just a good moral teacher? The majority in our world would have no issue with saying Jesus was a good moral teacher but how many good moral teachers have made the claims of Christ? Was it not the religious, moral teachers of the day that hated him most? Jesus claimed to be the Son of God (Matt. 27:43). He said he had authority to forgive sin (Matt. 9:6). He claimed that no one would take his life away but that he would lay it down on his own accord and raise it up (John 10:17). C.S. Lewis helps us view this idea logically:
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus]: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't 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 a level with the 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 and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to" (Mere Christianity, 52).
Grace upon grace,