“Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The phrase “believes in him” doesn’t digest well in our day of self-sufficient spiritual food. “Believe in yourself” is the common menu selection of our day. Try harder. Work longer. Dig deeper. Self-reliance is our goal.
And tolerance is our virtue. “In him” smacks of exclusion. Don’t all paths lead to heaven? Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and humanism? Salvation comes in may forms, right? Christ walks upriver on this topic. Salvation is found, not in self or in them, but in him.