Gospel leaflet

From How Christianity Works, by David Porter, © 2024


God designed and created the material that automatically became the universe.
Hence God is constructive: a maker and a fixer.So he must love us.
But God will need to be both: a person who inspires change in us, and a Judge.
†††††††††††††† For Heaven would not be Heaven for many of us
†††††††††††††† if the rest of us went there remaining as we are here.

Hence God had a Son, Jesus, by a woman.
And, when Jesus was grown up, he was drawn to those whoíd done wrong & knew it.

never people to stop doing wrong.
Except for one man, for whom doing wrong would have made him suffer further, John c5 v 1-14.
The account of the woman caught in adultery (John c8 v1-11) is not in the earliest manuscripts, so I reckon itís forged.

He only ever:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† proved he was God
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and accepted them.

†††††††††††††† They then:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† spontaneously changed
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Luke c19 v1-10†† Luke c7 v36-50.

†††††††††††††† (Jesus did lecture the Ďreligiousí, but to no effect.)

Later, Jesus was executed, in our place (and, later still, rose from the dead).
†††††††††††††† This wasnít only Godís enemies winning (or so they thought).
†††††††††††††† This was also Godís way of putting all of us right with himself,
†††††† †††††† of forgiving us all.

†††††††††††††† Only then was God able to give his Holy Spirit to everyone (note: Holy).
Godís Holy Spirit is Godís Power, Godís muscle, how he himself does things.

†††††††††††††† However, only those whoíve accepted Jesusí sayings
†††††††††††††† (forgive everyone, love your enemies, love everyone, etc)
†††††††††††††† will also accept help to do them, namely from Godís Spirit.

†††††††††††††† Only those whoíve accepted the Son also accept the Spirit.
†††††††††††††† The Spirit makes no sense to unbelievers.John c14 v16-17

Jesus was spat on, blindfolded, and repeatedly punched,
flogged with a flagrum (multiple whip, with heavy sharp bits),
had a crown of the Euphorbia milii plant (1 inch thorns) shoved on his head
then crucified:
†††††††††††††† knees bent so thigh muscles tire
†††††††††††††† so near-horizontal arms take the weight and tend to dislocate & lengthen
†††††††††††††† so breathing becomes hard and blood-oxygen decreases
†††††††††††††† so breathing tries to increase and heart rate increases
†††††††††††††† so you only last a few days.

Why did the Father, and especially the Son, want to go through all that?
Because thatís how much they wanted, & still want,
to have a loving relationship with you.

You are not lost.You are found.


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