I’ve been going out to two local colleges here in Vancouver trying to share the Gospel and using a spiritual survey to begin the conversation. I’ve been able to present the Gospel to lots of guys, but I’ve also gathered some interesting information about what people here believe.
- Of the 32 people surveyed, only three did not believe in a god. However, most of them claim to know little to nothing about Him.
- 69% of people believe in an afterlife. Of the 22 that do believe in an afterlife, only 5 were sure they were going to heaven. Even among them, most weren’t sure why they would get in. Almost everyone I have talked to has little to no hope in what happens after they die.
Jesus is the heart of the gospel, but almost no one knows who He is or why He’s important.
I talked to a Chinese-Canadian guy who is not a believer but has some Christian friends. He asked me a question which he assumed had no answer: “If God wanted to forgive people, why did he have to go through all the trouble of sending his son to die?” He had asked his Christian friends this same question but got no response.
Why did Jesus have to die?
This question seems so basic to the Christian faith that it does not need to be answered. We already know why Jesus died. Jesus died for my sins. But what do we mean by “for my sins”? The best place to look, as always, is the Bible.
But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
God judges and punishes sins. As a righteous judge, He would not let my sins or any other sins go unpunished. Just like Adam and Eve, my sin earned death. (Gen. 2:17, Rom. 6:23) But God wanted a relationship with us – so He had to pay for sins Himself. Jesus died as a substitute to take the punishment we deserved. That is the good news that every one of these college students needs. Who do you know that needs this Good News?