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And What Of "hateth His Life In This World Shall. . ."?

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Posted by Joseph on November 10, 2003 20:44:25 UTC

You didn't complete your interpretation.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal."

Actually, your "A=B" logic would more accurately go something like this: 1: die = bear fruit, 2: love life = die, and therefore: "If you love your life you will die and your dying will bear fruit."

I find this interpretation rather lacking. First, everyone dies, it's not a privilage (certainly Jesus knew this); second, it seems to go against the broader teachings of Jesus. (More on that later).

Still though, not to split hairs, it's an interesting interpretation, no doubt.

In general loving your life has nothing to do with bearing fruit. . . certainly not good fruit. Many morally corrupt people love their lives. (Though this, i know, is not what we are debating now.)

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