Penn Jillette wants me to share the gospel with you. He is an atheist, but he reminded me that you, even if you are not a Christian, still have a soul, and that should matter to me. It does. I know that you’re probably tired of hearing religious people cram religion down your throat. I’m sorry that other Christians, or myself, may have gotten it wrong and tried to present anything but what matters most toward you. So, in an attempt to clear things up here’s the gospel in simple terms and with some simple definitions to help clarify things.
The gospel is simple. So simple a child could understand and believe it: Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, rose the third day (read it in the Bible – I Corinthians 15:3-4). In doing so He satisfied God’s requirement of justice for sin. Sin that you and I have committed and that separates us from God (read it in the Bible – Romans 3:23-24). In doing so God extended His love and grace to the whole world!
What is Grace?
Grace is the unlimited, unmerited blessing of God due to the totally adequate work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Lets break that down because that sentence is like a t-bone steak, and it needs some dissecting to get to the good stuff. Grace is unlimited: that means that even Adolph Hitler, had he believed the gospel before death could be saved. It means I don’t have to worry about out-sinning God. It means that I don’t have to worry about losing my salvation. It means I can rest in God’s grace. It means having knowledge of eternal peace with God. Grace is unmerited: it means that I can’t earn it, I can only believe the gospel and receive it. It is like a birthday present from a total stranger that is a check for a million dollars. I didn’t earn it, it is a gift! Since I didn’t earn it, I don’t have to work to keep it – its a gift. Blessings of God is a bit tougher to describe because it has to do with relationship with God. Blessings is not just stuff, it is the reception of God Himself into our lives (God isn’t against stuff, its just that He doesn’t only operate on the earth – Ephesians 1:3 tells us we’ve been blessed with every heavenly or spiritual blessing – read it in the Bible). The totally adequate work of Christ on the Cross: this means that Christ’s death on our behalf was satisfactory to God so that when God looked at Christ and those who believe the gospel and are therefore identified with Christ he was satisfied and could have awesomely intimate relationship with them. This is why Ephesians 1:4 can tell us that we’re holy & blameless (read it in the Bible). Christians are not perfect on the earth, but before God they have been declared holy and blameless as He is holy and blameless.
God wants a relationship with you. Belief is a simple act, but you know it comes with consequences. Once you have responded to the gospel – in either belief or unbelief – you know that that decision will come with ramifications. I encourage you to ponder the gospel message. Eternity is a long time to be wrong. I have personally spent hours and hours of my life studying to make sure I’m not putting my trust in absolutely insane, highly improbable truths. Instead I have found the Bible, God’s book of love, to be True and the source of truth. Hell is not described as a great place to be, it is described as a place with weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is described as a lake of fire. I don’t want to pass up this opportunity to ask you to read the verses quoted and ask yourself where you will spend eternity.
Think About It
I don’t agree with Penn’s reflection on God, that He doesn’t exist. But I ask you to consider this: I’m not trying to con you, I don’t want a notch in my Bible cover, I don’t expect to get “Jesus Points” [instead of brownie points or merit badges], but I really care about you. If you’re reading this it means something to me, you mean something to me. Ask questions in the comments, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or IM me (if you need that information I’ll email it to you) and we’ll discuss this. I’m not looking for fights, so if you think you’re going to find that here, you’re at the wrong URL, but I am being genuine because I want you to be there with me in heaven in awe as God reveals more of Himself to us for eternity (read it in the Bible).
Consider putting your trust in Christ to make you right with God rather than trying on your own. To do so just pray and be really honest with God about your failure to meet His standards of perfection, trust Him for His work through Christ on the cross, and rest in the assurance that you’re adopted into His family. Then consider finding other Christians who can help you learn about the Bible – I’ll be the first volunteer.