John 3:16: For God so hates the world, that he will condemn billions to eternity in hell, for the single crime of failing to bow down and worship unto him.
Why do so many Christians find such inspiration from John 3:16? I think, to most, it reads like this, “For GOD SO LOVED the world… blah blah blah” – The emphasis is on the words that God so loved, as if to say God is tightening his grip and gritting his teeth and straining to provide as much love as he can to his undeserving people. Well, at least to a few people. Well, at least to the few people that waste their lives worshiping him.
Read the whole verse. “…He gave his only begotten son…”. Is that all? Is that all God gave up in exchange for saving the souls of all humans that ever lived? I think that is a tiny sacrifice. I would easily trade my child, my only child, whom I love as dearly as any parent has ever loved any child, if that sacrifice would save the souls of all people, or even most people, for all time.
And what’s more, God got his son back. In perfect condition. So God really sacrificed nothing. And God knew he was going to get his son back, right? After all, God knows everything. So God knew that he could save the souls of all his faithful and give them everlasting life by having his son spend a measly three days in hell. And when, like God, you live an eternity, three days must seem like 3 seconds would to us.
Not much of a sacrifice, is it?