Non-condemning love

john_3_16_bumper_stickerIt’s bumper sticker Sunday next Sunday, AKA Trinity Sunday. John 3:16 seen frequently on bumper stickers clues me that this Gospel is one of the best loved and most motivating passages in Christian scripture. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might … have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him. But does this glowingly positive Gospel contradict itself when the very next sentence says that those who do not believe in him are condemned? No. The Johannine Gospel’s context for condemnation is the will of persons who decide to reject the light. The consequence of willful refusal to live in the light like pouring concrete over our God given inner eye — our ability to experience the revelation of God’s love in the kingdom on earth now or later in the kingdom of heaven. It is not God but the actions of the person that condemn. God remains non-condemning love!

– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia

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