It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday! Today’s crazy Bible verse is arguably the most cited verse in the Bible.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
That sounds nice, so why am I listing it as a crazy Bible verse? If you dig deeper into this verse, it makes no sense whatsoever. Let’s start with God. God is supposedly the creator of all. He supposedly knows all and is all-powerful. God supposedly knows everything that will ever happen in the future. That’s what Christianity tells us. God supposedly has the power to come in and change this for good with the snap of his all-powerful finger. Yet he sends himself down as a mortal man. This shows his love? Hardly. Showing love would have meant not allowing evil to enter the world. Yet God allowed evil to enter the world immediately. God created evil. You don’t get credit for fixing what you caused in the first place.
Let’s now look at the ‘Son’ part. He gave his son? Hardly. First of all, his son is himself, so he hasn’t given anything. Secondly, Jesus is supposedly on this world for what, 32 or 33 years? The Bible only focuses on the last couple of years of Jesus’ life. Does Jesus suffer some? Sure, for a bit. But this is God we are talking about! There was no need for any of this. Even if we account for the suffering, Jesus suffers for a year or two and then joins his father (one and the same) back in who knows where. This is nothing compared to the suffering the people of the land have faced from God their entire lives! This is nothing compared to the suffering a child with bone cancer faces.
Now let’s look at the ‘believe’ part. This verse tells us that all we have to do is believe and we have eternal life? What about good deeds? This verse suggests you get eternal life for believing and nothing else. Someone could murder and rape children for 80 years, but if they profess their love to Jesus one minute before death they get eternity in heaven. Really? Sorry, not buying it. I’ll admit I don’t believe in any type of heaven. When we are dead, we are dead. That’s it.
John 3:16 is an example of a New Testament verse that everyone loves. However, if you go beyond face value and critically think about what this verse means, it’s not a loving verse. It simply shows that God is demanding more hoops and hurdles for you to get through in a life of suffering that he caused. Remember that God created evil. Says so very clearly in the Bible.