Faithfulservant said:Apollumi is the greek word for perish in the verse John 3:16
Whether it is be to destroyed or to lose... either way you lose.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
- to destroy
- to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin
- render useless
- to kill
- to declare that one must be put to death
- metaph. to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell
- to perish, to be lost, ruined, destroyed
- to destroy
- to lose
The Spirit of God might be speaking to some through this verse John 3:16.. I cant in all conscience patsy it down because I believe that is adding and taking away from the word of God.
I personally take the bible literally I know that some choose not to.. Thats their choice.
Just a point here. John 3: 16 was read by people after it was written (circa 150 ACE/AD). However it applies to all of mankind. It did not say, only those who read this. Nor does it place a condition upon man to do this or that or else perish. John specifically states that God sent His only Son that man not perish. It is an act described of God (this is what He did, for our sakes). That is "literally" what John tells us, God "literally" did, in order to "literally" save man. I see no room for alternative interpretations on this point, however, it does not say if one does not accept what is written here, one will perish. There was no condition placed on the act, nor was there an expectation that all of man would jump for joy and follow the Son.
It was a narrative of what occured and why it occured.