“Sometimes, the Gospel is a message that can seem confusing and cruel in its handling of ideas like original sin, blood sacrifice, and conscious endless torment. The Gospel can seem like bad news, instead of good news.
Originally the Gospel was an ancient political statement, a proclamation of a world order, specifically of the Roman Empire. The Gospel, the Good News of Jesus, was also a proclamation of a world order, but it was a proclamation of a new world, the Kingdom of God.
For the poor and the powerless, for many of us, the Gospel can often seem confusing and cruel, like bad news. But the Gospel of Jesus is good news, the Kingdom of God is here.”