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What are some ways the Christian gospel is perceived in our culture?
The fact that there are several worldviews in our culture influence the ways that individuals perceive the Christian gospel. The Naturalism worldview believes that God does not exist. If God does not exist and all that does exist is due to natural causes, the Christian gospel which requires supernatural beliefs would be deemed untrue and not accepted. The Pantheism worldview focuses on reverence of the universe instead of a personal God. They believe that there is an ongoing cycle of life that ultimately ends with nirvana. The Christian gospel stating that once you die you can have eternal life in heaven would be perceived as false teachings. Even the worldview of Theism which believes that only one true, personal God exists contains differing beliefs. Some believe that it is through works that you secure your salvation. Others believe that there are only chosen individuals that will spend eternity in heaven with God and not all believers will be accepted. I am so thankful that ALL who believe will be saved. (Romans 10:9, NIV)
What are some specific moral reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
Morality, or the distinction between right and wrong, is a struggle for many. The Christian gospel contains an open invitation to all, no matter what their sins may be because we all have sinned (Romans 3:23, NLT). I have known people who have truly struggled with the concept that someone who has committed heinous crimes can be just as welcomed by God as someone who has not. For a Pantheist, the gospel would be difficult to morally accept because of their belief that you continue to be reincarnated and that your future state is directly influenced by your current deeds. The gospel offers forgiveness and salvation simply by accepting and believing who Jesus Christ is and what He did for you.
What are some specific emotional reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
The strongest emotional reason that I have encountered regarding the rejection of the Christian gospel is the question of, “If God is a loving God, then why does He allow bad things to happen?” The presence of suffering and pain does not mean that God does not love us. It was during those times where I personally struggled with something that I leaned most on God. God loves His children and has a purpose for their lives. Personal tragedies do not represent personal judgments. “The presence of suffering in the world should remind us all that we are sinners in a sin-cursed world and also prompt us to tell others about the salvation available in Christ.” (Ham, 2006, p. 338) God did not create pain and suffering. He is the Abba Father; the devil is to blame for the bad.
What are some specific intellectual reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
The Naturalist would reject the Christian gospel because, “The basic tenets of naturalism are that science is the source for what can be known and what does and does not exist. Only that which can be known through the senses exists.” (Weider and Gutierrez, 2014, p. 63) The fact that a perfect being was born of a virgin (not naturally possible), lived a perfect life (no one is perfect), was crucified and rose again three days later (not medically possible) to pay the price of your sins and provide a path to eternal salvation (death is the end) isn’t something that a Naturalist could accept. It would require the belief in supernatural things. Without faith, many of the stories recorded in the Bible are difficult to intellectually understand and accept. Jonah and the whale, Noah and the ark, Jesus feeding the thousands, and the parting of the Red Sea – to name a few.
What can Christians do to address these objections and better communicate the Christian gospel?
It is important that Christians learn about other worldviews and religions so that they can address objections accurately and have the ability to communicate the gospel in a way that will impact personally who they are sharing with (1 Peter 3:15, NIV). “Understanding the differences in worldviews can also aid in evangelism. When a Christian meets a non-Christian and they know and understand the framework of where the non-believer is coming from (worldview), it can help the Christian know how to share their faith using the appropriate approach with love and care.” (Weider and Gutierrez, 2014, p. 76)
Ham, K. (2006). The new answers book 1: Over 25 questions on creation/evolution and the
Bible. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
Weider, L. & Gutierrez, B. (2014). Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the
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1. What are some ways the Christian gospel is perceived in our culture?
There are many different way people perceive the Gospel. People can get offended when you mention that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Some live by every word of the Bible living a very Holy life. Some like to take bits and pieces of the Bible and apply it to their lives. There are several different religions claiming to be the only one that is correct. Even though the Bible is the oldest and most accurate book about God. Some people don't even believe at all. Some perceive the gospel as just doing good and loving people. Some say all you got to do is believe.
2. What are some specific moral reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
People say that I have seen too many people that believe and God and they all got divorced, died or had some kind of tragedy happen to them. They base being a Christian on other peoples experience and just settle for the way they are.
3. What are some specific emotional reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
People as kids that grew up in church gets hurt by family or friends and they say if they claim to be a Christian and act like that then what is the use. I don't want to turn out like them so there must not be a God. God is loving and would never act or hurt people that way.
4. What are some specific intellectual reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
People have the same issue as the Jews did when Jesus came to them on a donkey instead of a chariot. Jesus was not wearing a crown or kingly apparel. He was a plain ordinary man. The Jews rejected him because of what they saw and not for who he was. He done many miracles and they still rejected him claiming he insulted them by claiming to be God. He healed on the sabbath and forgave sins which the Jews considered blasphemy. People today they can not believe in Jesus because they can not see him they want physical evidence not what is written in the Bible. There a saying seeing is believing. This does not apply to Jesus we do not have to see him physically to know he does not exist.
5. What can Christians do to address these objections and better communicate the Christian gospel?
I believe we as Christians need to become friends with people. Take them out to coffee or a meal. Become their friend and allow them to trust you and get to know you better. Tell them your testimony. The word of God talks about in 1 Thessalonians 5:14 about admonishing one those who are idle. and cheer up those with discouragement and weakness and to be patient with everyone. Also we can not be afraid to speak up when needed. Don't hold back and shy away if asked a question about the gospels. Study and pray more often and be prepared to share the gospel with others.
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