1. What are various ways the gospel message is perceived in our culture?
In today’s world, due to modernity, people have no problem in accepting gospel; they just don’t want to follow the message in it (Sam Chan, 2018). Those who do, they do it minimally. Other may perceive the gospel as intolerant and selective, while others may perceive it as offensive, especially when the gospel claims that there is only one way to heaven and yet in today’s culture, there is a wide acceptance that there are many ways to get to heaven.
2. What are some specific moral reasons people may reject the gospel message?
Moral reasons why people may reject the gospel includes; having either seen too much hurt and oppression or experiencing it, then wondering why it all happened and yet God could have prevented it all from happening, others is due to the past and modern forms of slavery which God has allowed to happen, others for not knowing what it means, while others is because it does tell the truth about our lives and at times it proves difficult for us to accept the truth. Others may have alternative faiths which may make them reject the Christian gospel. It is also seen as restrictive and out of touch with culture, while others it is because they find it to be being forcefully imposed on them.
3. What are some specific emotional reasons people may reject the gospel message?
Some emotional reasons why people may reject the gospel include; during emotional periods in life like when a loved one dies, one may reason that their prayers went unanswered, when people do not understand God’s unconditional love, while others are due to heartbreaks and social pressures, while others are being angry with God due to loss.
4. What are some specific intellectual reasons people may reject the gospel message?
This is mostly when the gospel at times does seem to be farfetched (Carl E. Braaten, 2008). Others are because they are of the view that it is illogical to believe in something that you cannot see while others are due to the fact that there is little room for science in the gospel teachings and thus some of the claims made in the gospel seem to have no scientific explanations making them appear unreal.
5. What can Christians do to address these objections and better communicate the gospel message?
They should explain to the people what the true gospel teachings are and their meanings. They may also have to be, in their presentations of the gospel, more intentional. The same message but has to be delivered in a unique style or way for it to reach specific minds and hearts of specific individuals. They should preach to them in a loving way for them to open up to the truth, be diligent and patient in their preaching of the gospel and their actions to speak louder than their words, for the gospel to get a wider acceptance.