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What does John 3:16 say?

Submitted: 4/17/2011
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Question: If you make 'should,' which is not an imperative, into 'will' or 'shall,' which are imperatives, then a person doesn't have a choice anymore. Once you believe Jesus is the Son of God, then you will always be saved without any more consequences for sin committed after one believes. 'Should' leaves a choice. 'Will' or 'shall' doesn't.

Answer: The choice has to do with whether or not we choose to believe in the Son of God. The word 'should' guarantees us that if we do choose to believe, we shall receive everlasting life.