Compare These Verses

John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Matthew 10:34-37

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law —
36     a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.


What a contrast!


3 responses to “Compare These Verses”

  1. Understanding the cross demands faith and then you may go to the Abrahamic Blood Covenant God made with Abraham. God fulfilled both parts, His and Abraham’s part.

    In short, God sent His only Begotten “Son” to pay the blood price for us because “all have sinned and gone astray” and according to the covenant agreement-see Genesis chapter 17.
    For the unbeliever I would recommend a flash back to the movie Men in Black where bugs from another galaxy put on human suits so they can live amongst the humans.
    God created a flesh suit for His Word (Jesus Christ) because the payment requires blood of which the Father had none (God is Spirit) in order to pay the price for our having broken the covenant with God.
    Hence, the crucifixion. Jesus laid down His life and to then pick it up again being God in the first place. There you have a simpleminded version of it.

    • First of all, I have no way of knowing a covenant was made so this is totally a faith issue. I have no way of responding to that right now because it has no meaning to me. Except to say that it is immoral to make your children pay the debt for the sins of their fathers – in this case, Adam the father of the human race.

      Next, there is no other way to pay for sins than bloody human sacrifice? God is the one who comes up with the rules to the game – he couldn’t think of anything less barbaric? If you see creation as a blank slate, God went from creating a beautiful paradise universe to a complete disaster, including human sacrifice. Talk about a botched plan coming from a perfect God.

      Lastly, I just can’t logically square this: God conceives himself, prays to himself, cries out to himself on the cross, kills himself, raises himself from the dead…This makes no sense. Even if it does, there is still no debt paid for our sins – he loses nothing in the end.

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