Good news

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Gospel: #2: good news

Hello, Lightworkers:

We are going to do our Bible Study about the Gospel of John. Here is some basic info, to get us started.

The word “gospel” in Greek (the original language of the New Testament) means “good news,” while the literary genre of gospel combines biography (i.e., the story of a life) with a missionary tract, i.e. persuasive rhetoric, intended to inspire and convert others. The audience is meant to embrace the spiritual message of the gospel as “good news” — hence, the name of the genre.

This point merits some consideration. Whether or not we agree, in the end, that the gospel is “good news”– after reading through all the Gospel accounts in the New Testament (i.e. Mark, Matthew, Luke, John)–still it is remarkable that the New Testament puts right up front its claim to be “good news”.

Spirituality, as I see it, is not intended to be dour, gloomy, or guilt-inducing, nor somber, solemn, sobering. Although there are struggles, spirituality can give joy, peace and freedom -in its essence.  Joy may be like a fountain (see John 4), a bubbling up of life: ebullient, effervescent, and infectious.

Why else write this story, – or  a spiritual tract of any kind – unless it will be “good news,” the realization of hopes, a solution, a source of celebration?

Hope your day is full of joy and good news!

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