How do you understand the Gospel? Is it “Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”?`So many Christians today think of the Gospel as “Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” It is true that He loves us (John 3:16) and it is true that He has a wonderful plan for our lives (Deut 28:1-13). But it is also true that all of these things, love, happiness, and wonderful life can be found in other religions and philosophies as well. The Bible even says there is pleasure in sin for a moment (Hebr 11:24-26). So if this is your understanding of the Gospel, and how you present it to others, you will be disappointed when people from other faiths say “I am very happy where I am so I dont need Jesus.” If people are satisfied in their sin, they will never see their needs for Jesus, and the Bible is brutally honest when it says sin has pleasure for a moment (Hebr 11:24-26) We need to stop trying to “sell” Jesus as a quick fix solution that will improve our lives.
To understand the Gospel we have to understand how Yehovah (God) can be found in many different religions and philosophies around the world. The God of the Bible is not limited for it says so in Romans 1:19-21 how Yehovah has made Himself known to all who are alive today. When a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Muslim, an atheist or a Jew finds contentment and happiness in their religions, but they are not doing anything sinful they have found Romans 1:19-21. Experiencing Romans 1:19-21 will never reconcile you to Yehovah, but it can bring pleasure for a moment and even pleasure to such an extent that you will never see the need for “Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”
Regardless of what we believe in or where we live on this earth, all human being have one thing in common. At one time in our lives, we decided to sin. Nothing forced us to sin; we made that choice because we wanted to even though we knew it was wrong. The first time you told a lie you knew it was wrong, nothing within you forced you to do so, you wanted to tell that lie, and that makes you responsible for your sin. The Bible defines sin as disobedience to the law of Moses, and it says in James 2:10 if you have broken one commandment you are guilty of breaking them all. You cannot be reconciled to Yehovah through a mental acknowledgment of His existence, by worship, by prayer, good deeds, and even Torah obedience. So even though a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Muslim, a New Ager, an atheist or a Jew finds contentment and happiness in their faith, and sometimes in their sin, they can not and will never be reconciled to Yehovah. If they die without a living active faith in Yeshua and what He did for us at the cross, they will never inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5) and they will never inherit eternal life (John 3:16, 1 Cor 6:9)
The Gospel is not “Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” that is not what the Bible says.
The Bible says the Gospel is the following:
Yehovah expects you to obey the law of Moses, (1.John 3:7, 5:3) but you failed at this (Rom 3:10-12), you committed spiritual adultery, and Yehovah divorced Himself from you (Numbers 5). Right now He is not your God but because you are living in sin and the devil has become your god (John 8:44-45) The Bible says it is easy to obey the law of Moses (1.John 5:3) so it seems to be easy to return to Yehovah. Nobody in their right mind wants the devil as their god. But the law in Numbers 5 in the Bible says it is an abomination for Yehovah to accept you back as His people and become your God just on account of your obedience. So even though it is easy to obey the law of Moses, He cannot take you back as His people and become your God again. His law forbids it. The only way for you to come back to Yehovah as His people and for Him to be your God is by Him dying a physical death. (Romans 7) When He as our husband died for us on the cross, He became free from the demands of the law in Numbers 5 and could legally accept us back on account of our obedience. But we have to become free as well from the demands of the law in Numbers 5 to be able to legally come back to Him. So if we will believe He died for our sins, we will die with Him by faith on the cross, and we will both be free from the law of sin and death in Numbers 5. This is why we have to show our faith by obedience to the law of Moses, and if we do He will accept us as His people again, and He will be our God again. (2. Cor 5:11-21). But this is also the reason why it is so dangerous to willfully sin after coming back to Him by faith in the cross and obedience to the law of Moses. Sin is adultery, and if He is willing to forgive us our adultery and die a physical death to make it possible for us to come back to Him, we will have only one opportunity to be forgiven and reconciled to Him. Should we choose to commit adultery again, He will not forgive us.
Regardless of a persons faith or lack of faith, nobody can deny they have at one time in their lives sinned and broken the law of Moses. No religion or lack of religion can offer reconciliation to Yehovah expect Biblical faith that shows itself in repentance from sin and obedience to the law of Moses.
This is why it is so important to have a correct biblical understanding of the Gospel.