As the early church boasted rightly, the message of Jesus is both simple enough for a child to paddle in and deep enough for an elephant to swim in.
The gospel is not speculation but fact. It is truth, because it is the record of a person who is the Truth.
A basic trouble is that most Churches limit themselves unnecessarily by addressing their message almost exclusively to those who are open to religious impression through the intellect, whereas…there are at least four other gateways – the emotions, the imagination, the aesthetic feeling, and the will – through which they can be reached.
For the Christian church…. to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally uninteresting.
If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.
Approach the Holy Gospels from the side of trust and love, and not from that of distrust and unchristian doubt…. Depend upon it, FAITH is the great primary requisite for the right use of the Gospels.
If you believe in the Gospel what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.
When the Gospel began its course in this world, it was not at all to be expected that it would found a religion among other religions. On the contrary its first hearers were shaken by it in their pious convictions, customs, and practices. They were thrown into conflict with their elders, teachers, and synagogues. Therefore they could, if they became disciples of Jesus, be killed or be expelled from the community. Whoever does not grant that such a battle is described in the New Testament and whoever does not personally become involved in this battle has not grasped the real origins of Christianity.
Men may for a time be hearers of the gospel, men may for order’s sake pray, sing, …. but if it be without joy, will not that hypocrisy in time break out? Will they not begin to be weary? Nay will they not be as ready to hear any other doctrine? Good things cannot long find entertainment in our corruptions, unless the Holy Spirit hath changed us from our old delights to conceive pleasure in these things.
He, being God, became man in all things like us except in sin, and he proclaimed very clearly that he had come to give the good news. The news was peace to all of good will and this is something that we all want – the peace of heart. And God loved the world so much that he gave his son – it was a giving: it is as much as if to say it hurt God to give, because he loved the world so much that he gave his son. (in her Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech)