Genesis … the roots of the gospel

When Christians are witnessing, should they just stick to the New Testament where the life and saving work of Jesus is discussed, or would including parts of the book of Genesis be helpful? Regardless of what witnessing material is used, a number of basic truths need to be explained to a non-Christian. The diagram here is based on a common type of gospel tract.1

Gospel tract

After acknowledging that there is a creator God who loves us, a person must accept that they are a sinner separated from God by their sin. However, many people are reluctant to take this second step. Some people believe that right and wrong are relative, so God will be satisfied if they do what they believe is right for them. Others believe in a ‘Santa Claus’ God who bestows blessings on everyone.

Many people claim that behaviours like selfishness, lying, and cheating to get ahead in life are not sin but merely part of our nature, since mankind evolved through the ‘survival of the fittest’. Many others believe that they are ‘good enough’ to be accepted by God. And so on.

My personal experience

The difficulty often faced by ‘good’ people is illustrated by my parents. They were honest, hard-working, loving, and caring. Our home was harmonious and safe. My parents made sacrifices to give my brother and me a far better education than their own. My parents were frugal but not miserly and our genuine needs were always met. They unselfishly gave up their own interests while my brother and I were young, choosing instead to help organize activities in which we were involved. Family holidays were extremely enjoyable and educational.

My parents prepared us for later life by teaching both of us skills inside and outside the home. They sent us to Sunday school to reinforce the good moral values of our home. They were ‘good’ parents and ‘good’ citizens, so surely they were good enough for God?….

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