I shared these negative reactions below, because they illustrate how emotional and pissed-off people can get when they are confronted with a gospel that takes the Trinity and the Incarnation seriously.
The gospel IS genuinely offensive, and it’s worth taking note of WHO gets offended by it. Not egregious sinners. Not even egregious Bible paraphrasers. The gospel is offensive to religious people who think it’s extremely important for them to have ‘figured everything out,’ and who therefore are threatened by any indication that maybe they have more thinking to do.
Jesus calls people to repent (metanoia: “to rethink your thinking”). As I struggle with the ways I have made idols out of my own concepts and doctrines, I begin to understand why people crucified him for offering them a new way of thinking.