We’re here to look at John 3:16, of the most searched Bible passages in the world.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.John 3:16
Some consider this verse to be the core of Christian doctrine. But what does it mean? Is our Divine Creator exclusive? Does our Creator have a “home team” that he really focuses on and is hands-off about the welfare of millions of people doing their best to follow the precepts of the different non-christian religions they were raised in, and the principles they were taught? What does “believing in him” really mean?
The most admirable humans are those who care about and help people regardless of their race or religion or background. For God to be God, his Love has to transcend all the kinds of love and kindness that we could muster as finite humans. God is the source of unconditional love, not exclusivity. Divine love is looking at the intentions of a person’s heart rather than their intellectual beliefs.
Yes, we’ve lost the meaning of what “believe in” really means. If you believe in a cause, you don’t just think about it or talk about it. You live it. Jesus was all about action. He is the “way, the truth and the life” because he modeled a life of healing, forgiveness, compassion, courage, and integrity, and to “believe” means to live that same kind of life. People can live the life that Jesus taught, even if they have never heard of him, because God has provided the basics for developing all those admirable qualities in all religions.
Living a life of sincere goodness is what connects with God and heaven. In the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25, Jesus said that those who reach out to help others in need are also doing that action for him. He doesn’t mention a need to think certain ideas about him, but instead to reach out to help others in order to enter heaven. Jesus’ life “shows us the Father,” demonstrating that it is people’s hearts and intentions that God is concerned about, rather than their outer actions, doctrines and circumstances.
In this episode, we unpack how Divine Love is not exclusive, that action is true belief, and we’ll take a look at what following Jesus’s example really means.
You can continue your study with our News From Heaven episode How to Become an Angel.
And for extras on this topic from the offTheLeftEye team listen to the related Inside offTheLeftEye podcast episode: Connecting to God’s Love and Attending Spiritual Weddings.