Skeptics, Atheists and Non-Theist have some explaining to do when it comes to the emotional response to the Gospel. Imagine a scenario where a co-worker confides in another co-worker, who happens to be a Christian, that they are having troubles at home. So the Christian invites the co-worker to church. The co-worker reluctantly goes and upon hearing the Gospel finds themselves at a crossroads of belief and doubt. Let’s say for the moment that the co-worker pushes past the doubt and puts her trust in the Gospel being presented to her. At that moment, which is the start of the journey of faith in God, is where I believe is the most misunderstood by the Atheist, Skeptics and others. The Atheist and others say it is just psychology, all in our minds, perhaps, but why does the Gospel still have this kind of impact? Why does when a person learns that their sins are forgiven create such an emotional response? Why have we not said, what sins? This emotional response has been happening for thousands and thousands of years. For example Luke 7:36.
Luke 7:36-3936 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
If you hang around church long enough you will notice that the people who have an experience like the co-worker in our scenario leave church knowing that something happened, something is different. Keep in mind that the problems that the co-worker were having at home have not been solved, yet there is change. There is now hope where dread was, forgiveness where bitterness was. If a person like in our scenario keeps themselves connected to the source of the forgiveness, by reading their bible and abiding in the source of their hope and forgiveness, they will thrive. Its guaranteed.