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of evil to one who is striking at the root." -
Henry David Thoreau
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Criteria for the Good News Being Good Enough

"Why search for the truth, if it isn't going
to be good enough when you find it? Or why build a
house in a neighborhood that you don't want to live in?"

1.  Must it not be understandable?
2.  Must it not be rational, scientific or sensible in that it does not violate the facts?
3.  Must it not be logical and consistent?
4.  Must it not be reasonable by relating to a wonderful purpose?
5.  Must not any process involved be easy and pleasant?
6.  Must not any process involved be affirming with evidence?
7.  Must it not be personally and corporately effective?
8.  Must it not be good personally as well as corporately?
9.  Must it not have a payoff or reward that is quick enough and big enough to get us really enthused and motivated to commitment?
10. Must not any purpose, plan, and values involved transcend any merely cultural differences and be universally acceptable to the point of causing unity?
11. Must it not set us free from fear, set us free to worship and to live by inspiration, not by obligation?
12. Must it not offer us tangible, biological, emotional, psychological and spiritual salvation?
13. Must it not offer us the complete sustenance and enhancement of life by the fulfillment of every humane desire and need, and then offer us more by way of surprise?
14. Must it not offer us a destiny of dignity, and supremacy through equality?
15. Must it not offer us a conception of a creator that we just wouldn't want to live without, even if we could?
16. Must it not be to surpass it in goodness unimaginable?
17. It must not have any down side; we already have that.

So, here are the three major aspects of the Gospel:

1. The nature, character, purpose and values of the Originator are totally and only human.

2. This is the centerpiece of the Gospel, that we are being offered imminent immortality.

3. This is the capstone of the Gospel, that we are being offered equality through supremacy.

One way to look at what Jesus did and said is to see that he laid his own earthly life on the line to try to tell us that we have infinite value and worth, NOT that we are miserable sinners and intrinsically inferior and that he needs to stand in our place to make us worthy. Can we really believe this, when our whole experience with reality is subjection to relentless indifference?

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