What is the truth about John 3:16?

The ONLY Son of God?

In the King James Version of the Holy Bible, Jesus said in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." For many people, this particular verse is the main reason they want to be a Christian. Why not? As long as you believe in Jesus you get to live forever.

I personally have a problem with this verse because I strongly believe it has either been misinterpreted or Jesus never said it. Most people interpret this verse to mean that Jesus is the ONLY Son of God and this fact obviously makes him BETTER than everyone else.

Also, if you don't believe that Jesus is the ONLY Son of God and that Jesus is not better than everyone else, then you will not be allowed into Heaven and will most likely end up in Hell. This interpretation of John 3:16 is false in my opinion. Let me explain.

Jesus told us why he was here in John 10:10 when he said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Jesus came forth to tell us the truth about who we are and how we should think, feel, and act in order to live a life of joy and abundance.

Jesus was here to teach us that we are all divine beings like him. We are, in reality, Jesus' brothers and sisters. In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus told us he was not here to change the law of the prophets, not a jot or tittle, but rather he was here to fulfill the law. He was here to teach us who we are, what we are capable of, and how to think, feel, and act to be happy.

Jesus certainly believed the teaching you can find in Psalms 82:6 which says, "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." What does this verse tell you about your nature? You are a child of the most High, just as Jesus was a child of the most High. That's why Jesus was here. He wanted to make sure we all understood this amazing truth.

Jesus was teaching us about our divine nature in John 14:12 when he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father." Does it seem logical or reasonable for you to be able to do even greater works than Jesus if you were less than divine? No, of course not.

Therefore, when Jesus reportedly said in John 3:16 that God gave his only begotten Son, I believe this should be interpreted to mean that Jesus was telling us that he was perhaps the only child of God at that time who both understood the truth and was courageous enough to teach it. And, if you chose to believe him that you would have everlasting life.

The other possible explanation for this verse is that Jesus never said it. Instead, it was intentionally placed into the Bible by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 A.D to frighten people into becoming members of his newly formed church, which is now the Roman Catholic Church. In 325 A.D., Constantine commissioned the first Bible and served as its first editor.

At that time Constantine was the Roman Emperor and collected the taxes. However, he saw huge sums of money going into the coffers of a wide variety of religions operating in and around the Roman Empire at that time and Constantine wanted that church money too.

Therefore, Constantine decided it would be a wise and profitable idea to create his very own religion, make Jesus the focal point in his new religion, and simply make Jesus far more powerful and attractive than the spiritual head of any other religion. By throwing in the idea that the ONLY way to gain entrance into Heaven was to worship the ONLY Son of God who could ONLY be found in his new church, folks were simply afraid not to become a Christian.

Today, after accumulating tax-free funds since 325 A.D., for the past 1689 years, and building a worldwide infrastructure, and allowing the Rothschild Banking Family to handle their investments since 1823, the Roman Catholic Church is now, by far, the wealthiest and most powerful organization in the world. Many believe the leadership of Vatican City rules the world.


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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

Good question bwinwright !the problem we have here is how translation has been carried out by King James , as you have written and taken note.

But as an example if I was to say to you ,do you believe you have a Job ? What would that mean? The answer would be based on the actions you took to get it . Or to keep it. Belief in this verse means action is involve from the Hebrew and Greek terms, there is no imperfection in Jesus statement for he is the perfect image of the Heavenly Father , that was why he could be our perfect redeemer ,or pay for our ransom to keep living.

Another example of a King James flaw is at King James Version Mt 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? What it really says from the Hebrew or Greek version is Reference Bible Mt 22:44 ‘Jehovah said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies beneath your feet”’?

As an example that is like saying my mom said to my mom come here!

When really King Janes dropped the heavenly Fathers name. Not just here but over 7000 times ! He does admit to his name at Psalms 83:18

and about three more places.

Also understand most people are raised up on the King Janes because it is close to our language but there are many words that mean different then as we speak today. And has caused confusion in who we are talking about Jesus or his Father Jehovah!


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bwinwright 2 years ago from MJarietta, Georgia Author

Thanks for the information. I appreciate you.


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demonfort007 2 years ago from The Tropics, USA

John 3:161599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

16 [a]For God so loveth the world, that he hath given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth [b]in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

You have to go back to the beginning of Christs missionary. He also said He came to fulfill a law not to abolish it. Yet many "Christians" believe everything is open now because they are forgiven and that is not what it means. He came to fulfill one law and that was the marriage law. Gods children the Israelite had been cheating on God by worship of other false gods. In order to take them back He had to die first. So the only thing that changed was how we came to Him and the ending of animal scarifies because Christ was the lamb thus the ultimate sacrifice. Gods word still stands as with Ishmael and his descendants which are the muslims and were excommunicated for mocking. God made it clear at that time that Ishmael blood line would never inherit the kingdom of God., but not all muslims because clearly there are africans and whites etc that have joined the muslim faith. With this being said world in the since of John 3 is the planet being all were welcome to be saved. Therefore those who were not Israliets could be "adopted" into the family. Thus God gave his only begotten Son because He loved the world. Prior to this only the children of God could go to Him. He opened the door for all because He loved all of His creations. Despite what people think we were not all created at the same time and there were inhabitants on Earth prior to Adam and Eve which was a group of people not two people. If you go back to earlier bibles it use to read after the 7th day of rest THEN God created Adam and Eve. Thus after He created humans in their likeness and likeness does not mean exact just similarities. Which is why Adam and Eves children married from other towns and tribes. They were not the only people on the planet so there was no incest of any sort. Incest is forbidden by God.


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demonfort007 2 years ago from The Tropics, USA

John 3:161599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

16 [a]For God so loveth the world, that he hath given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth [b]in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

You have to go back to the beginning of Christs missionary. He also said He came to fulfill a law not to abolish it. Yet many "Christians" believe everything is open now because they are forgiven and that is not what it means. He came to fulfill one law and that was the marriage law. Gods children the Israelite had been cheating on God by worship of other false gods. In order to take them back He had to die first. So the only thing that changed was how we came to Him and the ending of animal scarifies because Christ was the lamb thus the ultimate sacrifice. Gods word still stands as with Ishmael and his descendants which are the muslims and were excommunicated for mocking. God made it clear at that time that Ishmael blood line would never inherit the kingdom of God., but not all muslims because clearly there are africans and whites etc that have joined the muslim faith. With this being said world in the since of John 3 is the planet being all were welcome to be saved. Therefore those who were not Israliets could be "adopted" into the family. Thus God gave his only begotten Son because He loved the world. Prior to this only the children of God could go to Him. He opened the door for all because He loved all of His creations. Despite what people think we were not all created at the same time and there were inhabitants on Earth prior to Adam and Eve which was a group of people not two people. If you go back to earlier bibles it use to read after the 7th day of rest THEN God created Adam and Eve. Thus after He created humans in their likeness and likeness does not mean exact just similarities. Which is why Adam and Eves children married from other towns and tribes. They were not the only people on the planet so there was no incest of any sort. Incest is forbidden by God.


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bwinwright 2 years ago from MJarietta, Georgia Author

Thanks for the information.


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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

In response to Mr D F again as respect any ones opinion, but what I do respect more is God's words written .in harmony with your post I do appreciate your using the bible to answer questions then just say what you think,because that has caused many divisions in religion.

In response to your post that I read I did have some concerns that a few things were misunderstood. Please with all due respect consider another meaning as posted that may be more understood.


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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

Galatians 3:24

So the Law became our guardian leading to Christ, so that we might be declared righteous through faith.

On Pentecost day of the year 33 C.E., the Law covenant came to an end and the “better covenant,” the new covenant, was inaugurated. (Heb 8:6-9) On that day God made manifest this change by the outpouring of holy spirit. The apostle Peter then explained to the Jews present from many nations that their only salvation now lay in repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ. (Ac 2; Heb 2:1-4) Later, Peter spoke of the Jewish builders rejecting Jesus Christ as the cornerstone and then said to Christians: “But you are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession.’”—1Pe 2:7-9.

After the Jews had a part in killing his son the words were at !King James Version Mt 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

No longer did they have a temple that would represent the true God Jehovah! In the way King David and King Solomon represented him on earth,Jesus appeared as the New King ,but his thrown would be stationed in the heavenly Realm .King James Version Joh 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.)

American Standard Version Joh 1:49 Nathanael answered him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art King of Israel.

Yet they killed him knowing he was a King and still is and holds the seat in heaven.

The old law was created for the purpose of appreciating the New law to come where we all are covered . Like and Insurance policy you have policies with some coverage (the old law testament) , then you have have policies with full coverage. Jesus death was a policy of full coverage for all humans to continue life in the New World under his administration in heaven.

You mention about Cain's wife . Well let's consider some important facts ,it is noteworthy that it was not until Moses received God’s laws for the nation of Israel in 1513 B.C.E. that intercourse between such close relatives was specifically forbidden.—Leviticus 18:9, 17, 24.

Remember Adam lived to be 930 years of age.

Nineteenth-century Bible commentator Adam Clarke speculated that God’s establishing a sign as a result of Cain’s fear came about because several generations of Adam’s descendants already existed—enough “to found several villages.”

That Cain married his sister or a later female descendant of Adam through the marriage of any of Adam’s sons or daughters is viewed by some societies today as unthinkable. This is usually because of societal taboos or fear of genetic defects. Nevertheless, F. LaGard Smith comments in The Narrated Bible in Chronological Order: “It is altogether likely that these first brothers and sisters enter into marriages with each other, despite the sense of inappropriateness which would be felt should that occur in following generations.”

Today, we are millenniums away from the perfection once possessed by our original parents. The effect that genetics and heredity have on us might not have been a factor for them. Furthermore, recent studies, such as one published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling, show that unions between first cousins face lower risks of having children with birth defects than is widely perceived. Reasonably, such issues would not have been a serious concern during Adam’s life span or even prior to Noah’s day. Thus, we can conclude that Cain’s wife was one of his female relatives.

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