For God so Loved the World...?

Hope Johnson Hope Johnson
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The most popular verse in the Bible, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This verse also, is the verse people use most often to make themselves feel guilty.

Most people take this verse to mean that God gave his separate son, Jesus as a sacrificial lamb for the rest of us sinners. This is the interpretation that humans at the time naturally took to be the correct interpretation because they did not have “eyes to see” or “ears to hear."

Perhaps if one comma was omitted, and one word was added, it would help people understand the meaning of this verse, like this

“For God so loved the world that he gave to his only begotten Son…”

Still, there are a couple of terms that need to be defined to help with understanding the mystical meaning of this verse.

Firstly “the world” is not the world we are dreaming and taking to be reality. If God loves a world where his only Son comes to die, that hardly makes God loving. It makes God vengeful and scary. What kind of father would give death to his son?

Truly, God gave his only Son the real world, which is like God and like the Son he created in his image.

The world God gave to his only Son does not include death, disease, conflict or anything else that speaks to vengeance.

The world we perceive is not created by God, but made up by a mind that’s confused about its own identity.

Second, “only begotten Son.” God has only one Son, so who the heck do you think you are? The idea that Jesus is a separate Son that God created apart from you and me is just an excuse to find yourself guilty and hold yourself out as an image in a dying world.

Because you secretly and mistakenly believe that you separated yourself from God, you have chosen again and again to uphold this world as the one God created, thus keeping you in ignorance of the world that God actually created for you, and which world is your true inheritance.

To undo this world of sin and death, and accept your true inheritance takes believing in the God of Love instead of the false god of fear.

Are you open to this reinterpretation now? If so, you have already changed course and your mind is set in the direction of Reality.

If not, no worries. You are still on the path to Reality. Your path just includes some more guilty meandering in dreams of dis-ease and death, until you change your mind.

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