“I was abducted by an alien gospel,” writes Dieter Zander. “…a gospel concerned only with how to deal with sin and death, with wrongdoing and its effects. We've got the past covered — past sins are forgiven. We've got the future covered — heaven when we die. But what about the present? Life, our actual daily existence, is strangely absent from [the modern] version of the good news.”
Jesus' clear, authoritative, and powerful messages cut to the heart of
reality…amazing the crowds and infuriating his adversaries. On one
occasion, the Gospel of Luke records an incident where certain teachers
of the law asked why Jesus would befriend “sinners” and
“tax-collectors.” The reply of Christ pierced the heart of those
teachers who had shirked their responsibility to care for such people:
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come
to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
William Carey was a typical eighteenth century Englishman: he had a
wife, a few children, a small shoemaking business, and what most people
would have said was a predictable future.
But William had one thing that few others in his era shared. He had a
desire to proclaim the gospel to nations that had never heard of Jesus
Christ. Specifically, he felt God wanted him to begin a mission in
Many religious people seem content to live in a state of “Churchianity” rather than Christianity.
While Christianity calls people into a living, dynamic relationship with
their Creator, Churchianity marries its adherents to a set of religious customs
and traditions. Christianity is a relationship built on the highest imaginable form of
love — Churchianity is an empty life consisting of Sunday religion and
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is really the cornerstone of Christian theology. Without that historical event, faith in Jesus is unwarranted. If His body is rotten in a grave, the Christian faith is a sham. Over the centuries, Christians have experienced the power of the risen Christ in a personal sense, and they've defended the historicity of the event using powerful logical and historical arguments.