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What did Jesus mean when he said he was no part of the world in John 17:16?


Asked by dgall3 at 1:07 PM on Oct. 30, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Being OF the world means taking pleasure in worldly interests, pursuits, standards and ways of thinking. The world views sin as 'normal' or even 'good' in some cases--God sees sin as deserving of death. Totally opposite mind-sets.

    Answer by Lexylex at 5:49 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Because Jesus was God in a man's body. He was sinless and pure. The "they" He was referring to were Christians that chose to follow Him. They were not of the world anymore because they had received forgiveness for their sins and in God's eyes were pure.

    Answer by Laura2U at 6:28 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • John 17:13-19 The Message
    Now I'm returning to you.
    I'm saying these things in the world's hearing
    So my people can experience
    My joy completed in them.
    I gave them your word;
    The godless world hated them because of it,
    Because they didn't join the world's ways,
    Just as I didn't join the world's ways.
    I'm not asking that you take them out of the world
    But that you guard them from the Evil One.
    They are no more defined by the world
    Than I am defined by the world.
    Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
    Your word is consecrating truth.
    In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
    I give them a mission in the world.
    I'm consecrating myself for their sakes
    So they'll be truth-consecrated in their mission.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 4:01 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • John 17:16 Those who believe in Christ are not of the world, meaning that they have an entirely different nature (see 3:3–8), including different heart desires, different fundamental goals, and ultimately a different God. The common saying that Christians are “in the world but not of the world” is not found exactly anywhere in Scripture, but the idea is true and is taken from 17:15–16.

    Answer by Gal51 at 11:20 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • @NefDaGoddess

    eye rollingI've researched your claim; it is at best laughable and at worst a straight up lie.


    Answer by Gal51 at 11:22 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • DUH, it means he is really an alien....

    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:06 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • He doesnt exist...The 'story' of jesus and all his existance was taken from the egyptian texts of Horus....Christianity has so many fairytales incorporated into the bible..and the most followed preachers/pastors are rlly pimps in disguise...making millions off of sheep followers...smh

    Answer by NefDaGoddess at 1:13 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

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