READERS>> How could anyone not believe the awesome news that Jesus is the savior of ALL mankind?
ME>> A good question. Opponents voice reasons that they do not believe Jesus is the savior of all mankind. However, if you agree with the Biblical, rational, and historical proofs in the Optimism Out of Control book you may wonder how anyone could possibly not believe! The good news is so clear! Following are a few reasons to remind us to be merciful to those who doubt.
- Traditional Christian understanding, that most of humanity is eternally damned, has a majority following. It can be very difficult to break from majority opinion.
- Even adults are impacted by peer pressure. Concluding at variance with one's religious community may result in difficult social repercussions and even rejection.
- Suggesting that the Greek word "aion" is better translated as "age", "entire", "life", "whole", or "unbroken" sounds suspect. Seekers may feel unqualified for Greek studies.
- Most think that after death you go to Heaven or Hell. However, very few know that Hades is temporal, while the Lake of Fire is the final judgment for fallen angels.
- Biblical Restorationist fellowship can be very difficult if not impossible to find. Furthermore, few want to join a movement without a local presence.
- True Christian faith will never stand as a peer with the religions of the world. True Christian faith stands alone as radical stance by definition and so has a high cost.
- Salvation granted through the free will choice of Jesus Christ appeals strongly to the natural man. However, super-natural new birth is required to see otherwise.
These are just a few reasons why many find it difficult to believe that Jesus Christ is your savior, my savior, and the savior of all mankind.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
Jude 21-23 (NASB)