I think the whole notion of being saved—of becoming a Christian—is offensive to a whole lot of people when it is properly understood. It’s no bother at all when it’s a sanitized version that fits in nicely and can sit on a shelf somewhere, like a Bible that’s rarely read but, you know, available if the mood were to strike. Like that.
What makes salvation offensive? Why is the topic of salvation off-putting when it comes up?
And, is the potential for offense the reason I don’t bring the topic up all that much? Am I afraid that somebody might be irritated with me?
Maybe the reason I keep it to myself is because I don’t really believe in the whole package, namely, that everybody spends eternity someplace and, namely, that the someplace is binary and that, namely, that there’s heaven and then there’s hell and, namely, that the difference between the two places is even greater than the difference between life and death.
Salvation, when properly understood, includes and probably starts with the concept of sin. And not sin in the general sense but sin in the individual and person manifestation. It really is offensive to consider that I or you or that other guy is a sinner and deserves what we’ve (including me) got coming to us.
Sinners need a Savior. Jesus is the Savior of sinners. I was and still am one, my offense not withstanding. It hurts to admit it; it heals to accept Jesus’ saving help.