The gospel is the highest value from which all others emanate. The gospel is the good news that the love and power of God has penetrated history in the person and work of Jesus Christ in order to redeem and renew the world. It is the work and record of Jesus (rather than our own) that makes possible our relationship with God. His power releases us from the trap of religion (the misconception that we can’t be acceptable unless we perform) and from the trap of irreligion (the misconception that we can be happy apart from God).
"I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep sh**. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins on the cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to defend my own religiosity." - Bono