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John 3:16 Ad Airs Unexpectedly during Super Bowl
The Christian Post ^ | Feb. 07 2011 | Nathan Black

Posted on 02/07/2011 2:15:55 PM PST by wmfights

Millions of Super Bowl viewers got a dose of Scripture Sunday night when a Christian group’s John 3:16 commercial was unexpectedly aired.

Just before the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers game, the 30-second biblical spot popped up to the surprise of football fans in Washington, D.C. It also aired in Birmingham, Ala.

Within those hours, the Look Up 316 website that the commercial advertised drew so much traffic that it was difficult to load the web page.

“The LookUp316.com website hit totals are soaring ...,” Larry Taunton, executive director of Fixed Point Foundation, the group behind the ad, tweeted.

The commercial was rejected to run nationally by Fox Sports for containing too much “religious doctrine” and for being too offensive.

Notably, the commercial features no preaching but simply encourages curious viewers to look up John 3:16.

In the television ad, a group of friends are watching a football game in a living room. They cheer when one of the players on defense tackles his opponent. Then a closeup is shown of the defensive player’s eye black where he has painted “John 3:16.” One of the viewers asks his neighbor what that means. After the neighbor shrugs, the viewer offers to look it up for them on his cell phone.

The commercial concludes with “LookUp316.com: A Message of Hope.”

For curious viewers, the website offers a simple explanation of the verse’s meaning, starting from why the world isn’t quite right to Jesus Christ giving his life for everyone and him being the only hope.

Well aware that more than 100 million viewers tune in to the Super Bowl game and that the special commercials are an event in itself, Fixed Point Foundation sought to use that platform to share “the most important message the world has ever heard.”

“Few people have the chance to say something truly meaningful. And, more often than not, that opportunity is wasted,” the Birmingham, Ala.-based organization said. “Even our biggest media and cultural event, the Super Bowl, is chock full of million-dollar clutter. Massive amounts of money are spent talking about trivial things – like beer and potato chips.

“What if you used that opportunity to do something great?” That is, say something meaningful.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The mission of Fixed Point Foundation is to promote a confident Christianity in the public square by fortifying the minds of Christians and challenging the faith of skeptics.

The Packers defeated the Steelers, 31-25.


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“Few people have the chance to say something truly meaningful. And, more often than not, that opportunity is wasted,” the Birmingham, Ala.-based organization said. “Even our biggest media and cultural event, the Super Bowl, is chock full of million-dollar clutter. Massive amounts of money are spent talking about trivial things – like beer and potato chips.

“What if you used that opportunity to do something great?” That is, say something meaningful.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16


1 posted on 02/07/2011 2:16:01 PM PST by wmfights
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To: wmfights

Despite the efforts of the P.C. Crowd (otherwise known as commies in denial), somehow this commercial did air, though in limited areas.

Good for them.


2 posted on 02/07/2011 2:21:58 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: wmfights

Fox refused to air that commercial during the Superbowl. Did a couple of local TV stations run it? That seems to be the implication of the article.


3 posted on 02/07/2011 2:22:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: wmfights

Very nice, though I do wonder how Christians would have felt had it been about some verse in the Koran?


4 posted on 02/07/2011 2:28:18 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Cicero

Fox decided not to air it NATIONALLY. That did not preclude any REGIONAL OUTLET from airing it. Some of them did.

The word ‘unexpectedly’ in the title is misleading.


5 posted on 02/07/2011 2:28:23 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: wmfights

No religion allowed, but hedonism is welcomed.

My favorite story about John 3:16 was when Paul Bear Bryant had his first season at Alabama. Some wag put up a sign:

John 3:16
Paul 12:0


6 posted on 02/07/2011 2:29:37 PM PST by the_Watchman (Healthcare reform was never about health.)
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To: Netizen

Does it appear in the Koran?


7 posted on 02/07/2011 2:30:13 PM PST by porter_knorr (John Adams would be arrested for his thoughts on tyrants today!)
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To: wmfights
I think I would rather have seen that ad than the annoying schizophrenic local car salesman. (He's a screamer on every ad except his Cadillac dealership. For that he puts on a suit and talks calmly about the benefits of owning a Cadillac.)
8 posted on 02/07/2011 2:31:22 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: wmfights

No amount of censoring can EVER stop the timeless Truth of the Creator. NONE!


9 posted on 02/07/2011 2:31:43 PM PST by tflabo
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To: porter_knorr

huh? I think you need to reread my post. lol

I asked how Christians might have felt had the commercial been about some verse from the Koran. Somehow I doubt that John 3:16 is in the Koran. *rolling eyes*


10 posted on 02/07/2011 2:33:25 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen
Very nice, though I do wonder how Christians would have felt had it been about some verse in the Koran?

Depends on what verse, regardless to whether it was the Koran or the Bible.

11 posted on 02/07/2011 2:34:03 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: wmfights

On Thursday, a Jeopardy question about “valleys,” stumped all three contestants. Alex looked stunned and said, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” and then shook his head.


12 posted on 02/07/2011 2:34:33 PM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: UCANSEE2

Fox channel 5 in Washington, DC ran it. It was clever.


13 posted on 02/07/2011 2:35:42 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: porter_knorr

In case you still don’t get it. My point was that had the commercial used a verse out of the koran, the Christians would be wailing and gnashing their teeth, screaming for boycotts! lol


14 posted on 02/07/2011 2:36:04 PM PST by Netizen
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To: UCANSEE2
Depends on what verse, regardless to whether it was the Koran or the Bible.

One that denigrates other faiths, of course.

15 posted on 02/07/2011 2:37:25 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen

This isn’t a muslim nation and the only way to salvation is Christ.


16 posted on 02/07/2011 2:53:10 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

This is a nation founded on the principle of being allowed to practice the faith of your choice, which is why the documents say things like Creator, or God instead of Jesus.


17 posted on 02/07/2011 2:55:22 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen

This isn’t a muslim nation.


18 posted on 02/07/2011 2:58:04 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Muslims are allowed to practice their faith are they not?

The founding fathers were careful to not promote one faith over another. Many had fled their homelands for that very reason.

This is a nation founded on the principle of being allowed to practice the faith of your choice, which is why the documents say things like Creator, or God instead of Jesus.


19 posted on 02/07/2011 3:02:40 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen
I asked how Christians might have felt had the commercial been about some verse from the Koran. Somehow I doubt that John 3:16 is in the Koran. *rolling eyes*

Great question!

Christians should embrace the challenge and calmly show how the koran is wrong.

20 posted on 02/07/2011 3:03:12 PM PST by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Netizen

Would that have pleased you?


21 posted on 02/07/2011 3:06:56 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Netizen
The founding fathers were careful to not promote one faith over another.

No. They did not favor any flavor of Christianity over another.

Islam is a form of government that is not conducive to freedom. It includes sharia law. The founders would NOT back an opposing form of government that is tyrannical. And they opposed a theocracy which is what islam is.

This is not a muslim nation.

22 posted on 02/07/2011 3:07:40 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Cicero

Many of the commercials during the superbowl, in years past, were aired by local stations and promoted local businesses.

Not sure if that is still true but sounds like it might be.


23 posted on 02/07/2011 3:10:02 PM PST by Carley (ARAB STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN AMERICA'S LEFT)
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To: trisham

Nope, just wanting people to admit that they wouldn’t have like it had the shoe been on the other foot. I get tired of reading posts about a natural disaster that hits some area of the world and its God’s doing as long as its not a Christian area. when its a Christian area that gets hammered then Saran did it. LOL

And yes, some twit on FR actually said that!


24 posted on 02/07/2011 3:10:06 PM PST by Netizen
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To: wmfights

http://lookup316.com/


25 posted on 02/07/2011 3:10:36 PM PST by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: DJ MacWoW

I never said the founders would have supported sharia. They made sure that no faith was given prominence. They were inclusive.


26 posted on 02/07/2011 3:12:05 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen

Wow. Imagine that. I suppose it must be tiring for you to have to put up with all of the twits here on Free Republic.


27 posted on 02/07/2011 3:13:31 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Netizen

Islam is a form of government. It is a theocracy. The Founders would not have allowed it to compete with their Republic.


28 posted on 02/07/2011 3:15:13 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: trisham

Remind you of NS?


29 posted on 02/07/2011 3:17:22 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: All
John
Chapter 3
 
16
For God so loved the world that he gave 7 his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
 
And the footnote:
7 [16] Gave: as a gift in the incarnation, and also "over to death" in the crucifixion; cf Romans 8:32.

30 posted on 02/07/2011 3:19:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: DJ MacWoW

NS?


31 posted on 02/07/2011 3:21:45 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Netizen

How would you have felt if the ad had said to kill all infidels?


32 posted on 02/07/2011 3:23:06 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG; Netizen
How would you have felt if the ad had said to kill all infidels?

The poster would have been fine with that since "They made sure that no faith was given prominence. They were inclusive." Don't you know that they have the freedom to get on TV and yell "Death to the infidels!"

It seems that PC nonsense even infects FR.

33 posted on 02/07/2011 3:28:37 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Netizen
Really? Some "twit" actually said, "Saran did it?" Really?
34 posted on 02/07/2011 3:29:01 PM PST by Timmy
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To: deks
Thanks for posting the link.

FWIW, I think Christians are waking up and realizing it's up to all of us to evangelize not the other guy.

35 posted on 02/07/2011 3:41:11 PM PST by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Netizen

No, I got it, I just thought it was a bizarre question.

I suppose “we” would do what we always do when we disagree with something - file it, write about it, debate it, ignore it.


36 posted on 02/07/2011 3:45:43 PM PST by porter_knorr (John Adams would be arrested for his thoughts on tyrants today!)
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To: DJ MacWoW; 353FMG; Netizen
It seems that PC nonsense even infects FR.

FWIW, it is a good question. Most Christians are not taking the time to learn how to respond to muslims. It's not as hard as most think.

Islam like all pagan religions does not have a Savior. muslims never know if they will go to heaven or not. They hope they will but no matter how much they've fought for islam they don't know. It would be great to see them open themselves up to a public debate. They rely on intimidation and force because they don't stand on truth.

37 posted on 02/07/2011 3:49:03 PM PST by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Netizen

I guess some group would run a counter-ad. It’s a free country. Moslems are welcome to run whatever kind of ad they want and we are welcome to counter their lies with the truth.


38 posted on 02/07/2011 3:53:30 PM PST by rabidralph (...Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.--Penny Chenery, Owner, Secretariat)
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To: wmfights

Islam is a form of government wrapped in religious terms.


39 posted on 02/07/2011 3:53:35 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
You're absolutely right. It was created with a sword and only thrives where freedom is denied.
40 posted on 02/07/2011 3:56:59 PM PST by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: trisham

Sometimes. I usually ignore them, but then they persist. So, sometimes I point out that if its a natural disaster in the states then its a natural disaster in other countries, too.


41 posted on 02/07/2011 3:59:11 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen; trisham

There’s no such thing as a “natural” disaster. The earth was condemned when mankind fell from grace.


42 posted on 02/07/2011 4:06:15 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Islam is a form of government. It is a theocracy. The Founders would not have allowed it to compete with their Republic.

The Founders wouldn't have allowed it to have any more sway than say Christianity. They didn't like Theocracies period. Not Islamic nor Christian.

"In a letter to John Adams, written August 22, 1813, Jefferson says:

"It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticism that three are one and one is three, and yet, that the one is not three, and the three are not one.... But this constitutes the craft, the power, and profits of the priests. Sweep away their gossamer fabrics of fictitious religion, and they would catch no more flies" ([Thomas Jefferson, to John Adams, Aug. 22, 1813 Jefferson s Works, Vol. IV, p. 205, Randolph's ed.] )."

John Adams Letter to François Adriaan van der Kemp (16 February 1809)
I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. If I were an atheist of the other sect, who believe or pretend to believe that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization.

John Adams Letter to Thomas Jefferson (4 November 1816)
We have now, it Seems a National Bible Society, to propagate King James's Bible, through all Nations. Would it not be better to apply these pious Subscriptions, to purify Christendom from the Corruptions of Christianity; than to propagate those Corruptions in Europe Asia, Africa and America! ... Conclude not from all this, that I have renounced the Christian religion, or that I agree with Dupuis in all his Sentiments. Far from it. I see in every Page, Something to recommend Christianity in its Purity and Something to discredit its Corruptions. ... The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my Religion.

Makes perfect sense when added to the van der kemp letter! Jesus was Jewish and preached repentance and keeping the Commandments.

"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State."(-letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT -- "The Complete Jefferson" by Saul K. Padover, pp 518-519 )

U.S. Constitution - Article VI Section 3
3. The senators and representatives before-mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/art6.asp)

I think you'll find that a lot if not most of the Founding Fathers were Deists.

43 posted on 02/07/2011 7:35:55 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen
We are a Christian nation. We have never been a theocracy. That's a strawman from the left. The same with the Deist nonsense. I have no use for your lefty rhetoric.

Have a nice evening.

44 posted on 02/07/2011 7:45:23 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW; Netizen

We are a country founded on Judeo Christian principles. I suspect it could easily be proven that most in this country fail to live up to even the least of those principles today. Sad but true.


45 posted on 02/07/2011 7:51:54 PM PST by dubyagee (Thrilled to be here...)
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To: dubyagee
I suspect it could easily be proven that most in this country fail to live up to even the least of those principles today. Sad but true.

Gotta agree with that. The moral compass has cracked and broken.

46 posted on 02/07/2011 7:55:31 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

At least I backed my post up with FACTS.

You have a nice night too. ;)


47 posted on 02/07/2011 8:02:05 PM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen

I’ve debated people like you before. I have facts and links. The truth is why waste my time. It won’t change your opinion. And you certainly won’t change mine. What’s the point? I don’t engage in futility.


48 posted on 02/07/2011 8:15:25 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Timmy

Don’t take Saran lightly.

He’ll wrap it all up and not move.


49 posted on 02/07/2011 8:24:26 PM PST by rbmillerjr (I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Mitt Romney....none.)
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To: Netizen

“I think you’ll find that a lot if not most of the Founding Fathers were Deists. “

Prove it. I enjoy watching people twist about stating the untruths they’ve heard in public school.


50 posted on 02/07/2011 8:30:36 PM PST by rbmillerjr (I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Mitt Romney....none.)
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