My wonderful thirteen year old son suggested the subject and some of the content of this post. It fits so well with some of my recent posts.
Some people who regard themselves as being spiritual think that the Christian gospel is just too simple to bother with, or to consider that it could possibly be true. They are looking for something a lot more meaty, mystical, multifaceted, multifarious and mumbo-jumboidated. If there was a God, they reason, he would be so deep and profound that we would all have to be younglings or padawans of some great and groovy Master or combination of enlightened ones, probably for decades, in order to sufficiently learn the ways of the “man upstairs”, and even then, no-one would be able to say for sure what he, or she, or it was like: it would all just be, well, up in the air.
The apostle Paul eloquently predicted such times as these in his letter to Timothy:
“…the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV).
Numerous philosophies, religions and pseudo-Christian cults are providing those very teachers. They are confusing, complicating, blurring, bending, and blocking the way to Life.
My son, with wisdom that many adults will never have, said that the concept of a loving Creator God fits perfectly with the concept of a simple to understand gospel: a loving God would make the way to Life easy to find. This, says my son, is another evidence of the validity of the Christian gospel.
God is not wanting to erect or sustain barriers of confusion or difficulty: he wants us to find him and to find the way to eternal life easily:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
I’m not saying that the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Almighty One is simple, but what I am saying is only what the Bible teaches:
“God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Bible teacher Vernon Mc Gee sometimes says that “God puts the cookies on the bottom shelf so that everyone can reach them”. Yes, that is what a loving Creator-God would do.
It’s Easter. Easter is an easy to understand love-letter from our eternal Father.