Let’s suppose the skeptics are right and Jesus was merely a profound teacher, a man in tune with deep wisdom. Maybe Jesus was simply a man who surpassed all others by His understanding of reality. Given that premise, try to imagine what He meant by these teachings- literally:
““For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”” (John 11:25-26)
Okay then, literally, what did the “best teacher” mean? Literally! Was what He said true? If not, why would He have had the cruelty or audacity to teach such things? And, if they are true, then what did Jesus mean by “believe in Me?” And the part about being the Son of God?
One last question: Why did Jesus ask His friend, “Do you believe this?”