Excuses Against Hope
If it works for you that’s fine, just don’t push your beliefs on me” This is a type of Preference Excuse.
I don’t really receive these arguments any longer, it’s not because people don’t have the excuse today, but because the Gospel is now explained clearer so the lost person comes to understand the danger he is in. The excuse generally comes from unbelief, to him Christianity is a crutch that is as good as any other crutch, ‘if it works great, if not, O well try something else’.
The position held is SUBJECTIVE. Things about Jesus are like Ice-cream, some like one flavour, others like Buddhism! There is not a thought in the mind that what you are referring to is “True for all people at all times”!
The Gospel is to be preached as an absolute not a preference, do not allow it to be treated subjectively. The reality of an eternal state after death MUST be understood as a present reality in which all people will experience, in one way or another.
“and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement” (Hebrews 9:27)
The Bible’s telling of Judgment and hell is as an OBJECTIVE reality, not a preference claim. The objective existence of both is not predicated on a preference.
Whether people believe in Judgement and Hell will not change its reality, they either exist or they do not exist and what we prefer has no bearing on it. I heard a young lady once say, “well I don’t believe in hell, so I’m safe”. The poor girl thinks that what ever she believes comes true.
Be clear when you share the good news of the Gospel, not only that Jesus “is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk 19:10), but most importantly that “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov 14:12 & 16:25).
The matter is far too important to treat timidly.