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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.