Sharing the hope of a better future may be a more effective way to nudge people toward Jesus than threatening them with the prospect of judgment. Fear of hell may work for some, but the message of hope of heaven, to say nothing of a better future here on earth, is more likely to connect to the hearts of most postmodern people.
I seldom try to scare people with hell or entice them with heaven. I simply offer them Jesus. I want them to fall in love with him, not just use him to avoid the one place in favor of the other. He said he was “the way” to the Father, not just the way to get to heaven. Our gospel is Jesus.
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends