"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1.) What are some ways the Christian gospel is perceived in our culture?
The perception in our culture about the gospel is like anything else our culture touches; it is distorted from the truth. Satan has done work in many places such as media and education that allows for further distortion of the true gospel. The Bible clearly states that some will not perceive the gospel correctly when looking at scriptures such as 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Romans 11:8. Because of this Christians are not well understood and are looked at as having to be perfect individuals if the gospel is right about who we are. Nothing could be further from the truth, we are not perfect and that’s why we need the gospel in the first place. Instead we are labeled as fanatical heretics who are wasting our time.
2.) What are some specific moral reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
There could be many reasons people reject the Christian gospel, but a few come to mind immediately that I hear. One would be due to the immediate or family influences that a person has. I work at a prison and an individual who happened to be a Muslim approached me various times with questions regarding the gospel. He did not want me to identify him to the other inmates as not being a Muslim, but he wanted to be saved. I advised him for his own safety he may be able to do that temporarily, but eventually he would no longer be able to deny Christ in his life in order to be saved. He had to profess his faith even to his fellow unbelievers. Fortunately he did accept Jesus as his savior, but he also transferred soon after. I do not know where he is today, but I do know that because he did not reject Christ he will not be rejected on judgment day. Many other reasons people reject the Christians gospel is due to a lack of understanding man’s fallen state. Our article we read to complete this post called The Gospel Message clearly points this out by stating, “The problem is that all people are born sinners and sin separates them from God.”
3.) What are some specific emotional reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
People often reject the gospel based on emotional reasons not because they think they are too good for the gospel, but often times because they think they are to unworthy of the gospel. They know all the good and bad they have done and when considering a person who has been a sinner all their life that guilt that Satan has bound them with weighs heavy on an unforgiving heart. That person needs to be told the truth about the gospel and how Christ doesn’t care what your current sinful state is; you can come out a clean Christian with a pure soul. A person may have been hurt so many times in their life that they can no longer trust anymore. That person needs to be explained to that Jesus never fails us and he is always there as a friend and father to comfort us in our times of need. All we need to do is accept him and call on him. He will walk with us daily by our sides. Jesus is always listening to our every call and care. He can not only be there for us, but can heal and mend wounds caused by hurt in our lives.
4.)What are some specific intellectual reasons people may reject the Christian gospel?
The main intellectual reasons people reject the gospel are far and wide. They are often as plentiful as there are words to explain them. This does not surprise me as the truth is often the target of skeptics and critics regardless of my view of the gospel. One of the biggest reasons that I hear is that we do not have any proof that Jesus ever existed. Another is that even if Jesus existed, he was only a man or great prophet with amazing knowledge. My answer to that is it is made clear by the gospel that either Jesus was God in the flesh as a man or a lunatic that just argued such. My evidence points to Jesus being the true God in the flesh and resurrected.
5.)What can Christians do to address these objections and better communicate the Christian gospel?
We can first start out by understanding what it truly means to be a Christian. We must be familiar with our text The Holy Bible. It contains many of the answers people seek in their objections to Christ and his gospel. They are not rejecting God because his word is not clear, but rather rejecting his call through his people because they lack the knowledge of it. Yes the Holy Spirit does his work in the hearts of man, but Christ’s followers are expected to be his hands and feet. This means we must get off our lazy backsides and do something about it. We must call out to our fellow people across the globe and tell them the truth regarding the gospel. We must become educated about the rejections in the world and make rebuttals for them. A good evangelist is a good salesman. Salesmen don’t focus on why a customer doesn’t want a product, but rather why a customer needs a product. Our world market needs our JESUS!