on a level with


"on a level with" appears to be a set phrase. I wonder whether it is correct to write it as "on the level with." Because if the man who says He is a poached egg, he has pointed himself to that/the level, rather than at an unspecified level.

Am I on the right track? (I am sure at all)

Thanks in advance


I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.”<...> 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.

-C. S. Lewis

-Sam Harris (Moral Landscape Page 108)
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