A Comparison

Cross Necklace

  • Jesus Christ died so that you may not per­ish but have ever­last­ing life.
  • Jesus Christ died so that who­ev­er believes in Him may not per­ish but have ever­last­ing life.

One of these is an absolute truth, is bib­li­cal, and should be preached always.

The oth­er is only con­di­tion­al­ly true, yet it is so often preached as if it were an absolute truth despite it’s unbib­li­cal nature.

Can you guess which is which?

4 thoughts on “A Comparison”

  1. By def­i­n­i­tion of the word ‘may’ I would pro­pose both to be true. By def­i­n­i­tion it can be used to express a pos­si­bil­i­ty, per­mis­sion, con­tin­gency, or a wish / hope. In the lit­er­al gram­mat­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tion of the both state­ments both are inher­ent­ly true. How­ev­er, if we apply a more nar­row­ly qual­i­fy­ing def­i­n­i­tion of ‘may’, then you may have a point. But which def­i­n­i­tion of ‘may’ are we to use?

  2. Clear­ly, the first one is con­di­tion­al. It is only true if the “you” being addressed is one who “believes in Him”.

    Since the sec­ond one spec­i­fies “who­ev­er believes in Him”, it is true.

  3. Nei­ther is tech­ni­cal­ly a bib­li­cal expres­sion, since ‘may’ can denote uncer­tain­ty ‘will not’ or ‘should not’ is more bib­li­cal- and any­thing express­ing uncer­tain­ty with regard to the sal­va­tion of the saved is un-bib­li­cal. So umm, c.) none of the above?

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Rick Beckman