Quite possibly the most recognized and cherished Bible verse. It certainly is the most quoted.
From an early age to my teens I went from house to house as a devout Jehovah’s Witness. I gave my spiel which was a rehearsed, scripted presentation. Offering their Watchtower and Awake magazines for a small contribution to cover the cost of printing. … Sometimes it was their Green Bible, The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures at a cost of a dollar. The householder was given the explanation that this Bible was translated to modern English, which is much easier to understand. But not to worry, it is exactly like the King James Version. Oh wow, I told that big story many times.
I began to notice their translation wasn’t the same at all as I entered my late teens. I had begun to doubt the religion that was inculcated in me from birth
In their translation of John, 3,16 a key word was changed. This scripture lays out what is necessary for our salvation. You could say the theme of the New Testiment is summed up in that scripture. So profound. Altering the words, actually manipulating them to support their beliefs….well, that is just wrong!
I can’t emphasize enough how thankful I am to have escaped from the clutches of the witnesses. Deprogramming my brain from their teachings was made possible through prayer. I went from a religion that is considered cultic to having a personal relationship with God!
John 3,16 KJV
For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever Believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3,16 NWT
For God loved the world so much he gave his only begotten son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him will not be destroyed but have everlasting life .