John 3:16 is always cited as support for "God loves everyone," but of course, the verse does not say these words. Below is the full passage that shows the context of this oft-referenced verse:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent hot his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved... 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten God. 19 And this is the condemnation that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.20 For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Notice that the verse does not say, "God loves everyone." It says that whosoever (not every person, but those that believe, however many they be) believeth should not perish but have eternal life. Verse 15 is always conveniently left out of the equation when this verse is quoted because it is restrictive and does not suit the purpose of "god love's everyone." "For God so loved the world" refers to the fact that Jesus was speaking to a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews (John 16:1) who believed that only the Jews were saved to the exclusion of the rest of the world. John 3:18 and 19 clear up any question about the matter. It says that he that does not believe is condemned already and that even though light (salvation/Jesus) has come to the world (the whole world, not just the Jews), men love darkness (sin/Satan) rather than light, because their deeds are evil. This does not sound like "God loves everyone" but a pronouncement on the evil of man even when presented with the possibility of salvation.
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