On what basis did GOD SO LOVE the world?
The world of mankind had been condemned to death by God's curse in Eden!
God viewed mankind as "dust on the scales". God poured out plagues and curses and even drowned the human race in a flood because they did not meet his standards.
On what BASIS did God so Love the world?
On what values contained by man, the sinner?
What possibly JUST cause is there for God to LOVE what is repugnant to him?
The scripture in JOHN 3:16 is the most famous and frequently used boiler plate advertisement for Christianity. But, IT MAKES NO SENSE!
Think about this for a moment.
If man has so little merit that one infraction in Eden can condemn AS YET UNBORN humans to suffer and die as sinners---WHAT HAD CHANGED about the human condition by the time Jesus arrived?
Either man is worthy of death or man is not.
Man has value or is valueless.
For God to view mankind as wicked, sinful, imperfect and dying INDICATES GOD'S VALUATION system.
Yet, this selfsame God supposedly set aside his own value system in order to LOVE the world of mankind. HOW SO?
Please don't throw the word "mercy" out here and expect it to answer this question. It doesn't.
Do you know why?
There is no rational or just basis for the "love" of man or the "mercy". All men are sinners and the wages of sin are death. THIS IS GOD'S VALUE SYSTEM at work from beginning to end!
Even God can't contradict his own values!!
In a court of law the only mercy from a judge or jury comes from EXTENUATING circumstances such as lack of intent to commit harm or accidental homicide or mental illness.
The same conditions which appear to condem man in the case of Noah's day apply in Jesus' day.
There is a quirk here. There is an illogic. There is a gaping hole you can fly a Boeing through.
I ask again. ON WHAT BASIS can God be said to "LOVE THE WORLD" ?
If mankind was "guilty" and worthy of death, then, JUSTICE requires the guilty to pay for their own crimes.
It is the opposite of JUSTICE to let the guilty off and punish the INNOCENT.
This would be a kangaroo court at work and a rigged jury. It would be a travesty of justice.
Yet, this is EXACTLY how God's values appear to work in Salvation!!
Man is the sinner and does NOT pay.
Jesus is perfect and sinless and DOES pay.
LOVE? On what basis?