63. Whoever believes
It is written in the Gospel:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.” John, chapter 3, verse 36
The key phrase is: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” We receive eternal life by believing in Jesus. Jesus enlightens the journey to the Kingdom of Heaven as soon as we allow him to.
This is more troubling: “Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life.” It’s honest: “Whoever disobeys (refuses to believe)”. Not the one who does not believe, but the one who refuses, who will not believe.
A person may not seem to believe and walk with Jesus without noticing it. But the person who refuses to believe in Jesus sets out. He goes on without him.
The last part of the sentence is difficult to read: “Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.”
From a dehumanized point of view, God may seem angry, vengeful (wrath) but from God’s point of view, he is Love. What seems to be God’s anger is rather our lack of love and our rejection of Love.
To refuse God intentionally is to place ourselves before evil and let it make fun of who we are. Then, we think wrongly that God is the reflection of this evil.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Refusing sin, Normand Thomas