Jesus commanded that we go into all the world and preach the gospel. The exact meaning of gospel is given in 1 Cor. 15:1-4,
“Now I make known to you brethren, the gospel which I preached to you…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . . “
Our Savior knows what we need and He says everyone needs to hear the gospel and also how to respond to this good news. The New Testament is filled with passages that tell how one receives Christ as their personal Savior.
The term gospel is found ninety-nine times in the New American Standard Bible and ninety-two times in the NET Bible. In the Greek New Testament, gospel is the translation of the Greek noun euangelion (occurring 76 times) “good news,” and the verb euangelizo…Bible.org.
The Gospel message gives us God’s plan to save a lost and dying world.
Several religions claim to teach that Jesus is God’s Son, but these are not going into the world and preaching the gospel. In looking at each, I went to their official website and searched for the key message of the various religions of the world. Here is what I found each faith or religion emphasizes foremost. Which are preaching the gospel? I find that only Christian churches who hold to the Bible as the COMPLETE and INERRANT Word of God share the gospel.
Mormon – “The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion and abiding by its precepts helps us draw nearer to God.” Mormons have 13 principles they teach in addition to Christ. Mormons study the Bible along with the Book of Mormon and the teachings of Joseph Smith. They have much written in addition to saying they believe the Bible. Some of their writings contradict the Gospel.
Hindu – “Hinduism, the world’s oldest religion, has no beginning–it precedes recorded history. It has no human founder. It is a mystical religion, leading the devotee to personally experience the ‘truth’ within, finally reaching the pinnacle of consciousness where man and God are one. Hinduism has four main denominations–Saivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism.” This religion has nothing to do with Christ, The Father, the Holy Spirit, the Bible or the gospel.
Jewish – Orthodox Judaism believes that both the Written and Oral Torah are of divine origin, containing the exact words of God without any human influence. Rambam’s 13 Principles of Faith are an excellent summary of the core beliefs of Orthodox Judaism. Jews accept the Old Testament (Covenant), but reject the New Testament (Covenant) and therefore reject the gospel.
Buddhist – Buddha taught three universal truths: 1. Nothing is lost in the universe 2. Nothing changes in the universe 3. Law of cause and effect or karma. This religion has nothing to do with Christ, The Father, the Holy Spirit, the Bible or the gospel.
Jehovah’s Witness – On their site the JW’s say they go out to do three things. The number one goal of the “witnesses” is to glorify and make known the name of Jehovah. This is listed first on their website. To get a complete listing of what they believe and practice takes many years of study and meetings and their message has changed repeatedly over the years. They practice henotheism because they believe that Jesus is a secondary ‘god.’ They do teach people to follow Jesus and make disciples of all people and teach them to obey the commandments, but they also teach that Jesus must not receive worship and that the Holy Bible has errors and omissions. Therefore, they have a New World Translation published by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society that has replaced all other translations. In this book, changes from the original have been made that fit the Watchtower doctrine. Of course they claim this was what Yahweh, whom they call Jehovah, wanted all along. They have numerous Watchtower publications which are read alongside the Bible. They do present the gospel on their site, however, when they have told about Christ death, burial, and resurrection, rather than quoting the scriptures that tell us how to receive Christ by faith, they add this paragraph: “The publishers of this magazine invite you to learn more about Jehovah, the true God, and about his Son, Jesus Christ. Jehovah’s Witnesses in your community will be happy to assist you. You can also receive helpful information by visiting our website…” Salvation by grace through faith in Christ and His redemptive work has been omitted.
Islam – Among the blessings and favors that God has bestowed upon humanity is that He endowed them with an innate ability to recognize and acknowledge His existence. Muslims believe that Jesus lived and was a prophet, but they accept Mohammed as the prophet to be highly revered. They have changed the death of Jesus to say that He had a substitute and they do not teach the gospel.
Christian Church – Christians teach that Jesus’ coming was foretold by the prophets. Christians believe that Yahweh, sent His only begotten Son into the world to be a ransom for sin and to usher in the Kingdom of God. Christ Jesus was born to a virgin girl named Mary who was betrothed to a man named Joseph. Before they came together, the Holy Spirit of God overshadowed Mary and she was found to be with child from the Holy One. The name Jesus means “God with us.” Jesus lived a perfectly sin free life and died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him by faith. Christians receive Christ in repenting or turning away from sin and self-righteousness and accepting by faith that Christ sacrifice is sufficient. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than religious practices. Christianity teaches salvation on the basis of trusting Christ and being redeemed by grace through faith in His redemptive work on the cross and His resurrection. A relationship is then made possible because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Christians accept the Holy Bible as the sole book whereby God has revealed Himself to mankind.