Understanding the Correlation between Evangelism and Purpose

Evangelism isn’t about the spread of religion. Rather, it is the attempt to help others understand the mysteries of creation; the purpose of life.

 


 

In my previous post, I shared that not all who subscribes to another faith will be condemned. I concluded that God had personally met people residing outside of Israel in a time history that predates Jesus Christ. Because God looks at the heart rather than one’s outward appearance, God judges the heart based on the witness of their conscience. Hence, we conclude that not all who profess to be Christians can attain salvation (ref: Matthew 7:21-23, NIV). Likewise, not all who subscribes to another faith will be condemned.

Now, with this revelation, we unwittingly opened a can of worms. People who do not understand might begin asking, “why bother to evangelize when those God predestined will be saved no matter what?” Or, “why believe in Christ when there’s a possibility I wouldn’t be saved?” Or, worse, “why go the extra mile to cause uneasiness to other people groups by spreading the gospel knowing that the chance of salvation is slim?”

As logical as all these questions may be, I think they’re but centered on the self? In all of these questions, the sovereignty of God is never acknowledged.

I think it is still important to evangelize. And by evangelism, I do not mean the deliberate forcing-of-religion-down-others-throat talk. Rather, I’m looking at open discussions and conferences that unravel the inner workings of the universe; debates about faith, religion, science, and humanities.

Why?

Because the Truth isn’t a religion. The “Truth” that Christ preaches is the ultimate Truth behind the entire workings of the universe. It is the righteousness of God whom people sought but couldn’t find. In replacement, they sought their own and did not submit to The Truth (ref: Romans 10:2-3, NIV).

Evangelism isn’t about the spread of religion. Rather, it is the attempt to help others understand the mysteries of creation; the purpose of life.

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
— Romans 10:14-15, NIV.

If the Truth is the purpose of living, then the failure to help others understand this mystery is to intentionally deprive others off the chance of finding what they’re seeking (ref: Amos 8:12, NIV). If Christ is the Life (John 14:6, NIV), then the failure to help others understand the mystery of God is to intentionally deprive others off the right to Life. And if our calling is to be ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21, NIV), then the failure to evangelize is the intentional wastage of time God has so graciously given us.

I’m thankful that in my previous post, Robert (blogger of https://roberlain.wordpress.com/)  reminded me that God judges not only what was done, but what will be done had we known the Truth. In his comment, he mentioned that Sodom would have repented if the Truth (accompanied by miracles) was proclaimed and performed among them (ref: Matthew 11:20-24, NIV). Now, if cities that God deemed un-savable in the Old Testament can repent and “remain to this day” if the Truth was preached to them (ref: Matthew 11:23, NIV), how much more should we go out and share this Truth with existing ones.

You see, understanding the Truth puts everything in perspective. I touched on this topic on the post “Purpose of this blog”. But in a nutshell, understanding the Ultimate Truth behind the workings of the universe will put our lives into perspective and give meaning to the time we spend on earth.

We do not just worship any god. We worship the Creator of all things.
We do not just live a normal life. We have a purpose.
We do not just pro-create. We are the heirs of eternal blessings.
We do not just die. We return to be One with God.

We evangelize, not to grow the church. We evangelize because we have the treasure that others’ are searching for but couldn’t find.

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One thought on “Understanding the Correlation between Evangelism and Purpose”

  1. This is an excellent article.
    I hate religion, and I believe that God hates it too. Jesus Christ did not come to the world and die for us on the cross to make a new religion. He came, as you say, as the Light, which is just another way of saying he revealed for us the true reality of life and death.
    The eternal God is Love, as it is defined for us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. What this means is that Love is the way that endures forever and sustains forever. Separate yourself from Love, and you invite decay. Sin is like salty water in the machine of life. Love is like oil that makes the machine run smoothly. The life and death of Jesus Christ perfectly illustrates the Love of God in action in the life of a human person. To walk as Jesus did is to walk in harmony with eternity.
    This Love is as you say independent of religion. It is a universal constant of eternal life. It is the core of all divine revelation.

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