Do you realize that John 3:16 is a warning as well as a promise?

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  1. mattheos profile image75
    mattheosposted 8 years ago

    Do you realize that John 3:16 is a warning as well as a promise?

    Most people accentuate the promise in John 3:16 "whoever believes in Him will...have everlasting life." But very few people recognize the warning..."For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him WILL NOT PERISH, but will have everlasting life."
    The warning is this: the only way to everlasting life is by believing in the Son. If you don't believe in Who He is, you will perish!

  2. JMcFarland profile image75
    JMcFarlandposted 8 years ago

    Its just another appeal to emotion, just like pascals wager, and it falls equally short of the mark.

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What do you mean by that?

    2. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      saying that everyone who doesn't believe what you believe is doomed to die (when everyone who has ever lived has died) is an appeal to emotion, just like Pascal's wager (which has been thoroughly debunked)

    3. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thoroughly debunked?

    4. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      thoroughly debunked multitudes of times by biblical scholars, historians and people who actually work in the field, yes.

    5. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      How so?

    6. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      how so what?  How has Pascal's wager been debunked?  Look it up.

    7. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am asking you. I want to understand your thinking on the matter.

    8. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I wrote a hub on it.  300 characters is not enough to even begin to describe it.  If you're interested in my thoughts on the matter, I'm sure you can find my hub on it.

    9. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have read your hub. How does this verse compare?

    10. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      it's an appeal to emotion just like the wager.  If you don't believe this you'll die - nevermind the fact that every person that has ever lived has died.  It's inevitable.  The hope of an unproven afterlife just fosters a desire to believe in more.

    11. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It speaks of a different death don't you think? It is comparing two opposites. Everlasting life vs perishing. John assumes his audience believes in God, he is asserting what he trusts to be factual. It isn't an argument. How is it similar?

    12. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Perish.  Is it or is it not a synonym for death?

    13. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It is, but it must be read contextually correct? What does the Greek say?

    14. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν Υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς Αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ᾽ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον.
      all the ones trusting in him would not perish, but have eternal life.

    15. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am most interested in perish. The word used. What is it?

    16. JMcFarland profile image75
      JMcFarlandposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Perish= After looking at many of the Greek words, I came to the conclusion that meaning in John 3:16, has to be the Greek word APOLLUMI. This word is used in Matt 5:29-30 and these verses there is some Hyperoble being used.

  3. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 8 years ago

    Yes, I know this. I have a Greek New Testament and it is clearly spelled out.

  4. calynbana profile image82
    calynbanaposted 8 years ago

    I think that it is just as important to acknowledge this warning as it is to realize the immensity of the promise. Many people seem to miss that point in the verse. I am not really sure if you are looking for more than a yes or no answer but yes I realize that it is a warning.

  5. TerryK81 profile image60
    TerryK81posted 8 years ago

    Without Christ and His Blood applied to us and our entire lives/nature daily, then we do great injustice to ourselves. Jesus paid it all; there is NOTHING we can do to make up because He bore our guilt and separation upon the Cross. We ACCEPT Jesus TO recieve His Life. Believing is knowing, loving, and DOING His Will. "All you gotta do is believe.." is total horse-crap: WHAT do u believe? SHOW it by living......Jesus did it.

    1. mattheos profile image75
      mattheosposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly! James tells us that even the demons believe, and they're shaking in fear of what's coming! No, there's something more that what we've "believing"

  6. SwordofManticorE profile image76
    SwordofManticorEposted 8 years ago

    I don't see a warning at all, because I know that every knee will bow and tongue confess that Christ is Lord.

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well then what does the verse mean? Why does it use apollumi?

    2. SwordofManticorE profile image76
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It depends on our works. Some works will be rewarded while others will be destroyed. The fire shall test and consume the bad works, yet those in the fire shall still be saved by it.

    3. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This is referencing submission and recognition of His authority as rightful King during His Millennial reign on earth before the Judgement (the second resurrection), which He did not receive before while on earth.

  7. renegadetory profile image96
    renegadetoryposted 8 years ago

    The separating of wheat from the chaff, sheep from the goats and walking along the narrow path versus the wide path that leads to destruction...

    1. SwordofManticorE profile image76
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The question is, who are the sheep and who are the goats? I believe that they are all Jews, the Christ believing Jew and the Christ hating Jew. And Christ seperated them just before the sieg of Jerusalem. But that's my belief.

    2. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      But the scriptures say "all nations" (Matthew 25:32) how could that reference only the Jews then?

    3. SwordofManticorE profile image76
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think it is important to remember that He was speaking to His diciples when He said this. Just before the sieg of Jerusalem started, they were celebtrating the feast of tabernacle, and all the jews gathered from all nations in Jerusalem.

    4. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The Greek word for nation here is ethnos (taken from Strong's concordance), and it means foreign (non-Jewish) race - gentile, heathen, etc.

    5. SwordofManticorE profile image76
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yet the Jews lived in these foriegn nations did they not?

    6. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm very confused... if this already happened, at what point has Christ already come "in His glory with all the angels with Him?"  This to me is referencing the second coming of Christ, a future event.

    7. SwordofManticorE profile image76
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This event has already happened when He put His enemies under His feet. This event happened AD70. He did not come back physically, He came back spiritually through the hearts and minds of all mankind. Besides Rev 15:4 contradicts hell.

    8. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      1 Cor 15:25-26 indicates that the enemy death will be put under His feet, and that has not yet happened. I don't wish to assume anything so I will ask, you don't believe Christ will return again, is that correct?

    9. SwordofManticorE profile image76
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      How can He return again, when He is already with us? Read John 21:15 to the end. He was hinting to Peter that John will still be alive when He returns. Matt 24 mentions that during the generation of that time will be His second return as well.

    10. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "All the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven..." Where in the history books is this amazing event written?

    11. profile image0
      Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think the "sheep" and the "goat" define two categories of people
      The rich and poor sort of speak. Jesus liked to help the poor, so see where I am going with this

 
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