The Gospel is a term used within the Christian faith that means Good News. It represents what Jesus did for all human beings on the planet. The Good News is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died so sinners could be forgiven for transgressing against God.
God created Adam and Eve who then fell out of relationship with God due to their disobedience and rebellion against God when they ate from the Tree of Life in the Garden. Not only did they eat from the tree, they hid from God due to their guilt and when confronted by God they refused to accept responsibility by passing blame.
With Adam and Eve, being the first human beings, falling out of relationship with God , all of mankind is born outside of a relationship with God, into a sinful nature. All of mankind inherently lives in rebellion to a holy and righteous God who hates sin. Because of sin, all of mankind has God’s wrath upon them.
God loved us so much He sent his son Jesus, to take the punishment we all deserve for sinning against Him. Jesus willingly allowed himself to be crucified, murdered on our behalf so we would not have to face the penalty for sin which is Hell. Being eternally cast away from God into a place originally reserved for Satan and his demons. Jesus essentially paid our fine so we could have a way to be reunited with a holy and perfect God. A God who due to his Holy, pure, perfect and righteous nature, can not be in relationship with sinfulpeople.
To receive this gift of salvation that God so graciously gives, one must repent and put their trust in Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus alone. That is the only way anyone can be saved.
The Good News.
The message that Christians want the world to hear is God’s message to the world. That despite their sins, despite their past, despite their current sinful battles God loves to save sinners! Christianity is the only religion that has such an offer. An offer that says you don’t have to work off your debt. You don’t have to earn your way into God’s favor and kingdom. An offer that says you can’t earn your way so don’t even bother trying. An offer that says God Himself will change your heart to love Him and hate the sins you used to replace Him with. An offer that says to come as you are, broken and sinful and do not waste time trying to clean yourself up first because you simply can’t clean enough.
Grace Not Works
Contrary to popular belief, Christianity is the only religion that is not self righteous because it states none of us are good, none of us are worthy, non of us have our own righteousness to walk into God’s kingdom as if we have a right to. As if we can debate or state our case to the creator. Every other religion causes one to attempt to earn their way never knowing if they’ve earned enough. Every other religion practices self righteousness because it puts the onus on the person to work them-self to worthiness, or to some sort of higher spiritual plane to become closer to God. Christianity says you can’t earn enough. To prove it, one just has to test them-self against a few of the 10 commandments which is God’s standard of righteousness. The only standard that counts. And it only takes 1 sin to become a sinner regardless of when the sin was committed.
What it really means to love.
The greatest way for a Christian to express their love for non-believers is to share this Good News. Not sharing it only expresses the opposite which is hate. It is the duty of every Christian to share the Gospel as we were also lost, wicked, rebellious and sin-loving people until God saved us. The true reality is, God loves to save people just like that.
1.Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
(Putting yourself before God breaks this commandment too.)
3.Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
(Saying OMG or using God’s name in a way that does not give reverence breaks this one.)
6.Thou shalt not kill.
(Jesus stated even having hatred in the heart breaks this one because God looks at the intention of the heart, not just our actions. Intention, preceeds action.)
7.Thou shalt not commit adultery.
(Sex out of marriage means sex with someone who is not your spouse. That breaks this one too.)
8.Thou shalt not steal.
(Even illegally downloading music or movies. God does not care about the value of the object stolen.)
9.Thou shalt not lie.
(The color of the lie does not matter. White, black, blue or red. Lying is lying.)