Quotes of Author: Josh-mcdowell-and-bart-larson
I initially examined Christianity in order to write a book making a mockery of it… After extensive research, however, I discovered that Christianity is not a religion of men and women working their way to God through "good works." Nor is it obedience to a pattern of religious ritual. Rather, it is a relationship with a living God through His Son Jesus Christ. To my amazement, I was confronted with a person, not a religion. Here was a person who made staggering claims about Himself, along with profound claims on my life. Jesus was so different from what I had expected. Other religious leaders put their teachings out in front. Jesus put Himself out in front. Others would ask, "How are you responding to my teachings?" Jesus asked, "How are you related to Me?"
Reference: Jesus, a Biblical Defense of His Deity, Here's Life Publishers, Inc., p. 9.
Think of it. In order for God to atone for man's sin, someone had to subject Himself to death. Yet only one who had unlimited ability to atone for sin could do that, only a perfect man. He had to have unlimited ability to atone, because He would be shedding His blood for all humankind. He had to be perfect because God accepts only unblemished sacrifices. Who could do that? Only God. And God the Son shed His own blood for us (Acts 20:28).
Reference: Jesus, a Biblical Defense of His Deity, Josh McDowell and Bart Larson, Here's Life Publishers, Inc., p. 90.