Lesslie Newbigin writes:
Once the gospel is preached and there is a community which lives by the gospel, then the question of the ultimate meaning of history is posed and other messiahs appear. So the crisis of history is deepened (The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989], 122, paragraphing mine).
The advance of the gospel deepens the crisis of history. Newbigin's explanation here is fascinating. Before people are confronted with the gospel, we are unaware of the right question to ask. The gospel intrudes with both the question and answer, however, the answer is only an answer to those who believe.
Even if the answer is not embraced, the question is still the…