FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD? By Sanusi Olawale Ibn Abdulwasii
FOR GOD SO LOVE THE WORLD?
Among Christian salvation preachers, John 3:16 is a common verse. If you are vigilant, as a non-Christian, you might have come across a small blue-covered portable Bible, which always contain just the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. It is being shared by the “Gideons international” or something similar. The first few pages of this Bible translated John 3:16 in many languages. The Chinese, Korean, Indian, Spanish and many more including of course, the Arabic language. I remembered how my mates then do run to me; not for anything special, just a favour of hearing the Arabic version from an Arabic reader.
Only Allah guides, I would have fallen for them. Maybe I would be somewhere shouting on top of my voice now, “Jesus Loves You”. I remembered how my English language teacher then used every opportunity to preach in the class, when all was required of her was to just teach what the curriculum says. If you are a Muslim, you might have come across them preaching to you too, for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.
The main bone of contention here is the “world”, as we have known over times that the anonymous John, the writer of the book of John is either unknowledgeable of the old testament, or probably suffered amnesia, if not, Israel was the First born of Yahweh (Exodus 4:22-23), Ephraim was another first born (Jeremiah 31:9),first born vs first born, which is the original first born please?
David was also begotten (Psalms 2:7), Solomon was his son too (Samuel 7:13-14) so how Jesus came hundreds of years later to become the only begotten son is what Evangelists, apologists and Pastors need to find answer to. And surprisingly, Satan is even described as another son of God in the old testament.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
According to Wikipedia, the title “Son of Heaven” i.e. 天子 (from 天meaning sky/heaven/god and 子 meaning child) was first used in the Western Zhou dynasty (c. 1000 BC). It is mentioned in the Shijing book of songs, and reflected the Zhou belief that as Son of Heaven (and as its delegate) the Emperor of China was responsible for the well being of the whole world by the Mandate of Heaven. This title may also be translated as “son of God” given that the word Ten or Tien in Chinese may either mean sky or god. The Emperor of Japan was also called the Son of Heaven (天子 tenshi) starting in the early 7th century.
While I leave “them” to argue with Wikipedia, let me go into the main matter, “the world”. This word mentioned in John 3:16 is actually a misrepresentation, as the word can be conveniently used for another purpose without distorting the necessary information the verse might want to pass across. Just like a loving wife, who saves her husband’s phone number as “my world” which does not mean the whole universe but her just husband who is everything to her, “the world” in John 3:16, also mean the Israelites. I can prove it, just do yourself the favour of reading to the last letter!
The world translated as the world in the verse is the Greek work “KOSMOS”. Let me first take you through the possible meanings of this word.
KOSMOS can be defined as:
1. an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
2. ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts’, as the ornament of the heavens. 1 Pet. 3:
3. the world, the universe
4. the circle of the earth, the earth’s
5. the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family
6. the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ
7. world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly.
The whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ
8. any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort; the Gentiles as contrasted to the Jews (Rom. 11:12 etc);
of believers only, John 1:29; 3:16; 3:17; 6:33; 12:47 1 Cor. 4:9; 2 Cor. 5:19
From the above meanings, the word KOSMOS could also mean a particular people, as stressed by the eight definition above.
My point can be further proved using English dictionary.
” a division or generation of the inhabitants of the earth distinguished by living together at the same place or at the same time”
“a distinctive class of persons or their sphere of interest or activity”
“a part or section of the earth that is a separate independent unit”
The above are extracts from the meaning of “WORLD”, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/world
Now that it is very clear that the word could mean a set of people and not just the entire globe, let us proceed.
“For God so loved the world”, if the world here is not the entire universe, where exactly is the verse talking about? Let the bible speak!
“I have loved you,” says the LORD But you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD “Yet I have loved Jacob
Who is Jacob? Simply Israel!
Because He loved your fathers, He chose their descendants after them and brought you out of Egypt by His presence and great power
But because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your fathers, He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Is there any biblical verse that stresses Yahweh’s love for any other nation more than Israel? Simply None!
So where am I going to? If the word KOSMOS could mean a particular set of people, and Yahweh had always loved Israel (while he hated other nations, because there is no other verse that says God loved the world like he loved Israel), then the verse is explicitly taking about the Israel and not the entire world as Bible thumpers want us to believe. Jesus himself confirmed this when he clearly said…
“I WAS ONLY SENT TO THE LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL” (Matthew 15:24).
Jesus said the above simply because he didn’t want to help the Canaanite woman; of course she did not belong to Israel. This is the biblical Jesus some preachers tells us loves us? I am not an Israelite, you can keep the love to yourselves.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
What did Jesus just say here? Is there a translation error here?
ESV:And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
NIV:He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
AMP:And He answered, It is not right (proper, becoming, or fair) to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.
Commonsense is needed here. Who is the child here and who is the dog? The Israelites are the children according to Jesus and the non Israelites are the dogs. Which bread is Jesus talking about here? The divine healing the Canaanite woman was begging for and obviously the preachings of Jesus.
Couldn’t Jesus have healed the woman if she was an Israelite? Why did he not want to heal her by not giving what is good for the children of Israel for the dogs (non isrealites)? And Yahweh sent his son to the “world” to save us all? A big joke!
In another part of the new testament, Jesus explicitly warned the disciples…
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
And Yahweh loved “the world”, that he sent his only begotten son to us? Oh please… it is not funny anymore!
The symbolism of the number twelve (the exact number of the disciples) is self-evident. Jesus made clear a relation between the old covenant people represented by its twelve tribes and the people of the new community represented by the twelve apostles, with the latter taking precedence over the former (Luke 22:29-30). The ancient nation of Israel had begun with the patriarchs, the fathers of the twelve tribes. The new Israel, the spiritual descendants of Abraham, began with the twelve disciples. They were the new covenant counterpart to the twelve patriarchs. They formed the transition group between the past and the future, between the ancient people and the new community. And yet, the message is for God so love “the world”?
And the same Jesus…
9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.
11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
Jesus prayed for the disciples (which presents the twelve tribes of Israel) and not the whole world, for Jesus would remain in the world (Israel) no more. And somebody here in Nigeria is still sweating under the sun preaching for God so loved the world? Don’t be deceived!
Please do not die except you are a Muslim, No Islam No paradise. know Islam, Know Paradise.
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