Should Bible truth be sugarcoated, dumbed down, blunted? Is the Bible too harsh? Are some concepts like hell too offensive to be used today? Do we need to be “more caring” than God’s Spirit was?
Jesus brought “grace and truth.” (Jn 1.17 NAS). He spoke in high, lofty terms. At other times He used plain, simple, every day illustrations from nature and daily life.
Some churches today are sugarcoating gospel truth. They want to make it more user friendly. Some do not preach on hell as that might be offensive. Some Christian groups dodge disciplining their members in immoral lifestyles. How is this different from the way unsaved people live? No wonder the world calls some churches hypocrites.”
A good place to begin is with a high view of God’s holiness. Holy, almighty God dwells in unapproachable light. No one can see His face. He is pure, pristine, spotless, far above us. An exalted view of God should produce high behavior on our part. A low view of God brings careless, low down living.
Teaching about hell serves the purpose of confirming that God is holy. He is Judge. He will follow through on His promises to punish sin. Hell is proof that God respects a man’s freedom to reject God.
- Jesus brought “grace and truth,” not grace and sugarcoating. (Jn 1.14,17). He did not water it down.
- “speaking the truth in love” (Eph 4.15).
- good doctors, caring physicians, give the patient an honest diagnosis of his condition. Jesus did no less.
Read Jesus’ words below:
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt 14.31 NAS).
“And many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.” (Matt 24.11 NAS).
“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matt 25.46 NAS).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jn 3.3 NAS).
“He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, I have no husband”: for you have had five husbands,and the one whom you have now is not your husband, this you have said truly.”” (Jn 4.16-18 NAS).
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” (Matt. 24.37 NAS).