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A Comparison

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  • 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 replies on “A Comparison”

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?

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.

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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