There are many apparent contradictions in the Bible. However, these "contradictions" exist when one does not read the Bible
objectively and / or the reader lacks adequate Bible knowledge. With this example, we'll learn how we can work out these
1. Study these two verses presented by the apostle John. Underline the apparent contradiction.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be
saved through him. (John 3:16-17, ESV)
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but
only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and
shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father
raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. For the Father judges no one, but has given
all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not
honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.
He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:19-24, ESV)
3. What are your observations of John's statement: "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who
sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life."