That small church with a handful of cars that I mentioned earlier, is probably 9/10 times that small because the pastor in his way guided by God preaches that message. At the same time 9/10 times the big churches are big because they have taken all of that out and don’t even open their Bibles for a sermon unless it’s to abuse the message on stewardship when their PowerPoint presentation on giving money to the mission field crashes in the middle of a Sunday morning service. No, I’m not making that up sadly. First there is nothing wrong with PowerPoint presentations on a Sunday night service. Second, there is most definitely nothing wrong with giving money to the mission field, these people use the money to reach out and help communities all over the world, even in the States. Third there is nothing wrong with stewardship. Fact of life that churches have bills to pay too. But to have all of this abused on a Sunday morning means that the church is not founded on prayer and it does not put God first. Always put God first.
The Bible is not user friendly for people looking to feel good about life. Life sucks. It truly does, but life is precious. First there is never a situation that God will allow you to be in that you cannot handle. Ever. Second I have learned to love my life even when I am currently being bombarded by drama no one should “have” to go through or “deserve.” I don’t deserve salvation either but I have it. Life is not an entitlement program. If you are breathing, enjoy it. You are guaranteed one life but never guaranteed tomorrow. The Bible describes the only deity worshipped by man that gave cause and effect for any given situation and describes only two possible outcomes for the hereafter. There is only one way into heaven and only one way into hell. And it’s not about what you do or how good you are because you are not perfect and you can never make up for your sin or live a life that reaches God’s standard. And ignorance is never an excuse. I did not condemn you by writing this if you’re reading as a nonbeliever right now. You are already condemned and judgment is only to show you why you are after you die. Be grateful God is kind enough to do that. The purpose of the Bible and the gospel is to show you that you can go to heaven not based on what you do. But based on what He did!!! Christ is the only way into heaven. Rejecting Christ is the only way into hell. The only unforgiveable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. And you have opportunities to accept Him no matter how bad you think you are, He takes all that away.
Everyone is born with common or prevenient grace. This is the concept that everyone regardless of background or upbringing is receptive to the gospel as everyone already knows God. (Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah 31:3, Ezekiel 34:11, 16, Luke 19:10, John 6:44, John 12:32, Romans 2:4, Ephesians 1:13, Philippians 2:12-13, 1 John 4:19, Titus 2:11) Ignorance and doubt will not be excused.
You can trust the Bible. If you are unsure of the translation you can read John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
There are other translations that will take away from that message and it will be like nails scraping on a blackboard when you find them. I throw them out entirely and I don’t find them worth mentioning in here.