posted on Dec, 10 2014 @ 12:08 AM
So, in my 23 years of being a Christian, I have never actually given the Gospel to someone who has never heard a clear presentation thereof.
I did this for the first time tonight, and would just like to share.
Feel free to troll the thread if you must, but know that I won't be attempting to respond or backup my position or defend doctrines or the Bible. I
just wanted to put this out there to plant or water a seed :
We have to establish some groundwork first. The key is faith, so let's start at the beginning :
Most people believe in the idea of a creator of the universe. Life is just too coincidental and amazing for most people to deny that.
Romans 1:20 :
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power
and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Now I'm not going to go through all of Genesis with you, I just want you to understand that everything was created by the spoken Word of God.
Now. If God is powerful enough to SPEAK the universe into existence, surely he has the power to preserve his Word.
The discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947 confirmed that we still have the same Old Testament as they did at Jesus’s day. The survival of
thousands of New Testament manuscripts confirms that the New Testament writings were also providentially preserved. The question among textual
scholars is not whether some words are missing, but which variant readings, in a few minor cases, are the correct ones.
In contrast, few copies have survived from nearly every other classic book, such as Caesar’s Gallic Wars or Herodotus’ Histories. While copies of
major portions of the New Testament survive from documents dated around AD 300, most other classic books survive in copies no older than around AD
So that's 2000 years at least, that the Word has been preserved. It had also been preserved from 1500 years before that, when the Jews were doing
their thing. By that, I mean the first 5 books of the Bible : Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
These books have been preserved just about word for word for over 3500 years.
Can you name another book or manuscript that has withstood the test of the time in the same fashion that the Bible has?
Jesus Christ made an amazing prophesy about this preservation of His Word: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass
away” (Mark 13:31; also Matthew 24:35). He believed that God’s Word is indestructible (“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than
for one tittle [small mark in Hebrew lettering] of the law to fail” Luke 16:17).
Now, the next thing we need to understand is that Jesus Christ was not only the SON of God, he WAS God, manifest in the flesh :
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Now this is the same "beginning" spoken of in Genesis 1:1
So we can see from scripture that Jesus IS God, and is pre-eminent, and everlasting. The Bible is the preserved, written Word of God.
Here, we need to get into some of the bad news :
God the Father, who resides in Heaven, is a holy God, and cannot be in the presence of non-holiness. Literally, he is so magnificent and perfect that
an un-holy being would be wiped out by his mere presence.
Remember, this is the God that SPOKE the universe into existence.
So the bad news is this :
That sinners don't inherit eternal life. They're un-holy, and cannot be in the presence of God the Father in Heaven. Here are some scriptures just
showing that EVERY man is a sinner :
Romans 3:23 :
For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:10 :
As it is written, there is none righteous. No, not one.
Romans 6:23 :
For the wages of sin is death., but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:14 :
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:8 :
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
So then, the next step is to recognize that you're a sinner, and don't deserve eternal life. Most people aren't adulterers or murderers, but
EVERYONE has lied.
Now it's time for the GOOD news, or the Gospel. (Gospel literally MEANS, "Good News")
The Good News is this :
That God loves us, and He WANTS for us to have eternal life. The thing is, He also highly values free-will, and will NOT FORCE anything upon
So here are some scriptures that tell what is involved in obtaining eternal life :
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Corinthians 15:3
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was
buried and that he rose again the 3rd day according to the scriptures.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.
Verily verily I say unto you, he that believeth on me, hath everlasting life.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Now, the important thing about all of this is that Jesus literally lived a PERFECT life, WITHOUT SIN. Which was possible for Him, because He IS
It is not possible for a normal man to live an entire life without sin.
So basically, Jesus came to earth, and preached ...continued in next post