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"Why search for the truth, if it isn't going to be good
enough when you find it? Or why build a house
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Criteria for the Good News Being Good Enough
05/12/2019

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 reasonably easy and rewarding?
6.  Must not any process involved continue to be affirming with evidence?
7.  Must it not be personally and corporately impactful?
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 fostering unity?
11. Must it not set us free from fear, set us free to worship in our hearts and to live by inspiration, not by obligation or fear of punishment?
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 intrinsic 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. It must not have any down side; we already have that.

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

1. This is the framework of the Gospel, that 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 so 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? Only IF we understand the issues and see that the demonstration of his life, death and resurrection is a reasonable and elegant basis!

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