Drive-by Scripture: John 3:16

If I could have, the title would have been Drive-by Scripture Picture, John 3:16

But alas, this template doesn’t seem to allow for formatting in the title.

In any case, I don’t have anything witty or snarky or pithy to say today, so I’ll let God’s word speak for itself in the following graphic:



11 Responses to “Drive-by Scripture: John 3:16”

  1. April 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Darn. I can’t see the picture. Did you try the “” and “” tags? (without quotation marks, of course) to create the strikethru? I use typepad, and those are the tags I use to create a cross-out in my blog titles…

  2. April 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Darnit. The tags didn’t show. LOL They are (without spaces, of course) and

  3. April 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Dangit! roflmao. I may have to email this one…

  4. April 23, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    John 3:16, perhaps the most misunderstood passage in the entire Bible.

  5. 5 Deacon Blue
    April 25, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Black Diaspora,

    LOL…here I let a passage speak for itself without commentary for once, and you mentioned it’s one of the most misunderstood. Please feel free to share, since I didn’t bother with commentary on it.


  6. 6 Black Diaspora
    April 29, 2009 at 5:46 am

    “He gave his only begotten son.”

    One of a kind, or the only one He created? And if the only one created, what’s the point of believing in him to obtain “everlasting life”?

    It makes more sense to believe that the Son is one of a kind, which elevates us. And by that elevation we automatically obtain “everlasting life.”

    As long as we believe that the Son (as in Jesus) was the only one created, we continue to relegate ourselves to an existence both wretched, and undeserving.

    The solution: believe that you, too, are the Son, because God created only one of a kind, not ONE that was the ONLY one.

    We needed Jesus to model the sonship. Without his example, we’d still be trying to figure out our true nature. Jesus represented the True Nature of Man, all men (and women, too).

    Rather than elevate ourselves to Sonship, we continue to look at that passage as though Jesus was God’s ONLY Son, missing the point, and misunderstanding that the passage holds within it the remedy to restore that which was lost.

    The story of the Prodigal Son reiterates the message.

  7. 7 Deacon Blue
    April 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

    If I’m reading you right, I think we probably substantially agree.

    My take is that Jesus is the only son with a DIRECT and complete connection with God from the start, as well as being the only person to really and truly do God’s will on a regular basis and be willing to sacrifice himself for everyone and everything.

    We are all indeed eligible and welcomed to become God’s children. Many people minimize that potential or deny it entirely, but Jesus as I see it established the bridge between God and humans to repair a schism between us. Thus opening the way for us not to be servants but to be children. For God to have a family rather than worshippers/slaves.

  8. 8 Black Diaspora
    April 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “Thus opening the way for us not to be servants but to be children. For God to have a family rather than worshippers/slaves.”

    You DO realize that your position takes you out of mainstream Christian thought on this subject? Of course you do!

    “Many people minimize that potential or deny it entirely….”

    I’d like to see you blog on this. I’d like to see how many of your readers agree with your sentiment.

  9. 9 Deacon Blue
    April 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Maybe out of mainstream Churchianity…but it’s very Christian, since Jesus himself told us often enough that we were children of God. 😉

    Maybe I will post on this soon.

  10. May 10, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I agree this passage is largely misunderstood, but I don’t think for the reason given by Black Diaspora. There are many reasons John 3:16 is misunderstood, but the biggest reason is that people think it is a commentary on “how one gets eternal life.” Now, John (and Jesus in John) certainly had some things to say on that matter, but John 3:16-21 is an explication of John 3:15. After all, John 3:16 starts off “For…,” indicating that it explains something else.
    The thing it explains is John 3:15. And the focus in John 3:15 is not on the “everlasting life,” but rather on the “everyone.” Hence the “whosoever” in John 3:16 and the “all men to myself” in John 12:32.

    I’m not talking universalism here, but rather that John’s point is that now _EVERYONE_ (not just the Jews) have access to the Kingdom of God Jesus refers to when discussing things with Nicodemus earlier in this chapter. John is writing to Greeks after the Temple has already been destroyed as judgment upon the Jewish leaders, the people who “loved the darkness rather than the lifth because their deeds were evil. For everyone who who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed.” John 3:20 is an exact commentary on why the Jews rejected Christ [a recurring theme in John]. They rejected Christ’s commands because they did not want to do God’s will [John 7:17].

    I’ve written up a long blog on John 3:16 in the context of John’s gospel. You can find it
    on my blog.

  11. 11 Deacon Blue
    May 11, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I’ll check out your post and your blog as soon as I have a chance, Dave. In the meantime, thanks for sharing a bit here.

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