Feb 12 2010
On the bottom of all Forever 21 shopping bags in the seal there is a bible verse. “John 3:16″ to be exact. Being Jewish I had no idea what it meant until I googled it. Apparently this has been going on for quite a while. I think it is pretty messed up for that to be printed on a shopping bag. Not everyone believes in Christianity and it isn’t right. It is a reflection of the owner’s Christian faith. The clothing at Forever 21 can be nice and conservative but a lot of it is borderline slutty. Does the owner take that into consideration?
John 3:16 (chapter 3, verse 16 of the Gospel of John) is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Christian Bible, and has been called the most famous Bible verse. It has also been called the “Gospel in a nutshell” because it is considered a summary of some of the most central doctrines of traditional Christianity:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.– John 3:16 (KJV)
Apparently this isn’t the only inconspicuous printing of this bible verse. More after the jump.
We all know about Tim Tebow but there are even more:
* The phrase “John 3:16″ is very short and can be written inconspicuously in out-of-the-way locations. In the U.S., the In-N-Out Burger chain prints it on the inside of the bottom rim of their paper cups, clothing chain Forever 21 prints it on the bottom of their shopping bags, and Tornado Fuel Saver prints it on the box.
* The citation can also be printed in large letters on small signs. Some people (such as the Rainbow Man) display the reference at sporting events, seeking the attention of fellow fans, the staff controlling the venue’s giant video screens, and if the game is televised, the television audience.
* Florida Gators’ 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow had this printed on his eye black during the 2009 BCS championship.
* Various real and fictional characters have parodied the phrase by substituting their own name for “John”, or pretending that the verse says something else. A prominent example includes Stone Cold Steve Austin who rose to fame following his version, “Austin 3:16″.
* Video artist Paul Pfeiffer, who specializes in video installation works, created a piece called “John 3:16″ in which he digitally edited footage from a basketball game so that the ball always stays the same size in the center of the frame.
* “John 3:16″ is the title of various songs, including Wyclef Jean and DJ Muggs on Muggs’ Soul Assassins album; Method Man on album Preemptive Hype Vol 6; and Katiejane Garside on The Ventriloquist.
I had never noticed any of these except for Tim Tebow. This bothers me A LOT as I know it does other people. Religion is something that you don’t argue with people about. It is your belief whatever you choose to believe in. It is wrong to be putting bible verses on things without people knowing. Not cool!
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