“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'” – Mark 16:15
What is the gospel? Well, to a student who’s been bombarded by different churches, especially prosperity-fixed churches on YouTube. I’m unsure what is the gospel. I’ve watched a few videos from Stephen Furtick, Craig Groeschel, Joyce Meyer & her view on tattoos… Now, I’m not saying they only preach about God wanting to bless us, which is true, but the Bible never refers to physical, tangible blessings, only spiritual blessings(Eph 1:3). Later in my journey with God, I stumbled upon the intellectual giants: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, A.W. Tozer, even the master himself, George MacDonald(Lewis’s & Tolkien’s lecturer).
The Gospel has been badly tampered with since 1968 – the death of C.S. Lewis, since then my late grandmother had felt a dramatic spiritual decline. She had a strong spirit, who never gave in to physical temptations, she would always say, “The Lord does not tempt, it is the devil who tempts(James 1:13 paraphrased).” The Bible is the only book that claims to be God-breathed(2 Tim 3:16), meaning it comes from an infinite deity claiming to be the Logos behind all creation. While mere humans who have finite bodies trying to fixate the Bible so that we don’t have to feel offended.
Finally, I’ve reached the main point. The Gospel is the Good News our Lord, Jesus Christ. I would sum up the Gospel with help of my favourite verse from the Bible, John 3:16.
For a Judging & also Loving Father so loved the world in need of a saviour, that He willingly offered His son, that whoever believes in Him with all of his/her heart, soul, mind & strength should not pass through eternal torment, but have eternal life.
God who is just as loving in the Old Testament, as He is Judging in the New Testament, loves His people so much that He would lay down His life as a ransom. From the start of creation, He knew mankind would choose otherwise, because of the devil’s schemes. So God created a plan in seconds, this can be proven in Gen 3:15 where God confronts the serpent(the devil),”I will put enmity between you(the serpent/uncle Wormwood) and the woman(Eve), and between your offspring(the devil/Screwtape) and her offspring(Jesus Christ himself); he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
I hope this (first attempt) blog gives a little bit of clarity on what the Gospel is mainly about & encourages you the reader to read the Bible, more in detail.