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“Jesus was a great moral teacher and I was suggesting that somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist if he had known what we know today.”

Quote from Richard Dawkins.

This is an odd statement for a couple of reasons. Dawkins often accuses believers of accepting a faith for which there is little or no evidence. Considering that the life of Jesus is one of the primary proofs for Christianity it is surprising to hear Dawkins affirming his existence in such categoric terms: as both intelligent and a great moral teacher.

Then there is the inference that intelligence and knowledge leads towards the acceptance of atheism, and that if Jesus had our knowledge he would have rejected the very idea of a God. But Jesus does not fit the script Dawkins assigns to him. Jesus said and did many things that demonstrated his divinity. He was threatened with stoning, challenged, arrested and put to death because of the charge that he a mere man made himself out to be God. One of these charges was based on the claim that he, Jesus could forgive sins. It was an established religious fact for the Jews that only God could forgive sins.

JOHN 8 v 57–59

“So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am." Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.”

Jesus had blasphemed and said as clearly as could be stated that he pre-existed someone who lived two thousand years before the birth of Jesus. He went beyond that by claiming the title I AM! This by any definition is a statement of a being who is eternally present. A claim validated throughout the New Testament. Jesus said that he and his Father were one, and that to have seen and heard him was to have seen and heard the Father. Throughout scripture the designation Father is a clear reference to Almighty God. New Testament writers affirms this belief, including the belief that Jesus was the creator of the world and beyond that the universe and therefore by inference, also the creator of intelligence.

Now look again at the opening statement.

“Jesus was a great moral teacher and I was suggesting that somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist if he had known what we know today.”

If he was as intelligent as Dawkins thinks then it would be paradoxical if as the creator of this world he should be an atheist. Since if he was what he said and implied he was then he clearly knows as much as we do, perhaps even a little bit more. And yet despite that knowledge he somehow retained his belief in a Creator. A God whom we, his creation, could get to know and even form a relationship with; one so close it resembles that of a parent for a beloved son or daughter.

Jesus was not an atheist, and yet he knows all things according to his own testimony and to those who knew him best and testified as eye witnesses. Therefore Dawkins to be consistent should say what he must mean, and that is that Jesus was mad and delusional. Come on Richard Dawkins, come out and say it, be consistent, follow the logic of your remark to its obvious destination.

Or are even you afraid to take such a step?

Dawkins and Jesus!