I have been trying to come up with good metaphors and analogies to help my kids get the Gospel better. I find that it seems to work a helluva lot better than using philosophy:
The Good News is that salvation is the sun in the sky, not a distant star found by following the map of the law.
The Good News is that life is not a test, it is a art show. The choice we have as artists is between letting the image of God inside us shape our works of art or rejecting all order for our own style and inspiration. Our works will be interesting to many, but Christianity teaches us that only God’s works will be glorious in the end.
The Good News is salvation is 1+1=2 not E=mc^2.
The Good News is that salvation is an easy answer, not a tricky question.
The Good news is that salvation is pure joy, not mere contentment.
The Good News is that we don’t have to know anything to see salvation, we simply have to open our eyes and look.
I would love to hear any critiques of any of these analogies, and — especially — any analogies that have helped you understand or explain the Gospel.