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Chapter 1 - The Westboro Lie Laid Bare

This is a refutal to Westboro Baptist Church's entry of their claim about John 3:16: http://www.godhatesamerica.com/common/html/john316.html

Chapter 1 - The Westboro Lie Laid Bare

Chapter 1 - The Westboro Lie Laid Bare
I would have rebuked Westboro Baptist Church more thoroughly but it seems that the WBC website has fallen under a DDoS attack, thus hindering me from doing so.

I have however managed to get this entire statement from one of WBC's sister websites(http://www.godhatesamerica.com/common/html/john316.html).

The note uses the following Scriptures;
John 3:16
2 Peter 3:16
John 10:11,26
Acts 13:48
Romans 9:13
Romans 9:11

From these Scriptural references, Westboro Baptist Church claims that God hates people before they were even conceived, and that the popular belief concerning John 3:16 is a lie.

1. Westboro Baptist Church statement concerning John 3:16 is that the word "world" is translated from the Greek word "kosmos" meaning "the world of believers."

While they are indeed correct concerning that the Greek word for "world" is "κόσμος"(kosmos), they are however, incorrect concerning its meaning based on context. Let's take a look on the many meanings of the word "κόσμος"(kosmos).

primarily "order, arrangement, ornament, adornment", is used to denote:
(a) the "earth"
(b) the "earth" in contrast with Heaven
(c) by metonymy, the "human race, mankind,"
(d) "Gentiles" as distinguished from Jews, e.g., Romans 11:12,15, where the meaning is that all who will may be reconciled;
(e) the "present condition of human affairs," in alienation from and opposition to God,
(f) the "sum of temporal possessions,"
(g) metaphorically, of the "tongue" as "a world(of iniquity)," James. 3:6, expressive of magnitude and variety.

Westboro Baptist Church claims that based on its context, it means "the world of believers." But if we were to put that into the verse of John 3:16, it would not make sense...

"For God so loved 'the world of believers' that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Here is a list of reasons to why that verse does not make sense once fitted with THAT definition:
(1) Once fitted with WBC's definition, the verse will imply that some believers can go to hell.
(2) Once fitted with WBC's definition, the verse will imply that one can believe and not believe at the same time("...that whoever believes in Him..."), which does not make any sense. And it can also refer us back to reason #1.
(3) Once fitted with WBC's definition, the verse would contradict with the following verses:
* 2 Peter 3:9
* 1 Timothy 2:4
* Ezekiel 33:11
* Matthew 20:28
* Ezekiel 18:23,32
* John 3:17
* 1 Timothy 4:10
* Titus 2:11

(*Those verses alone should disprove Calvinism)
So in order for that verse to make sense, you would have to use definition "(c)" for the word "κόσμος"(kosmos).

(c) by metonymy, the "human race, mankind,"

"For God so loved 'the human race' that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

There we go, that makes a whole lotta sense than WBC's definition.

2. Westboro Baptist Church uses John 10:11,26 to support their belief that not everyone gets a chance to believe and that Jesus supported this belief.

This is false due to the following:
(1) In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus illustrates through a parable that many are called, thus having chances to believe, but few actually choose to seize that chance.

(2) In 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4; Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 20:28; Ezekiel 18:23,32; John 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:10; and Titus 2:11, we learn that the Lord's desire is that EVERYONE be saved. And since that is the case, why would the Lord withhold chances for people to believe?

So John 10:11,26 has no reference to WBC's claim that "not everyone gets a chance to believe."


3. Westboro Baptist Church uses Acts 13:48 is also used by WBC to support their Calvinistic belief. However, using what we have learned previously, we learn that Acts 13:48 states that all those who had been called to believe chose to seize that chance.

4. Romans 9:13 and Romans 9:11 are used by WBC to support their claim.
However, "hated" in Romans 9:13 is an idiom where the opposite is used to express a lesser degree. For example, Genesis 29:30 says Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, but the next verse (literally translated) says that Leah was hated. What Paul was saying is that Esau was not the object of God's electing purpose.

So with that being said, Westboro Baptists Church is nothing but a cult that disguises themselves as Christians. I can say this on behalf of every Christian on the planet:

I rebuke you, Westboro Baptist Church, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for what you do and for committing what is described in 2 Peter 3:16.

To those who have read this far, the Bible is NOT a piece of house decoration*. It is a book which teaches you about the Lord. A Bible is no good if you let it sit there and collect dust. And how can you expect to know about the Lord if you refuse to study the Bible?

*(I see a lot of people use the Bible for such a thing.)

So with that being said, for those who have read this, I would like to encourage you to read and study your Bibles and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.


References used:
"NKJV Study Bible, Second Edition" by Thomas Nelson, Inc.;
"Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words" by W. E. Vine and Merrill F. Unger;

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