Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 11, 2014

John 3:16

“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

Why doesn’t verse 17 say, “And whoever does not believe in him shall burn and writhe in the eternal flames of hell!”? It is notable that the New Testament mostly uses positive promises. Jesus does warn of judgment, even severe judgment. Fire is used to refine metal. But he only issued those warnings when necessary. His main message was not, “believe in me, or burn in hell!” For God wants all “people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4

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