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October 1st, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Quote John 3:16 for an oil change

(CNN)–"For God so loved the world, He gave a giant discount on an oil change," is not exactly how John 3:16 goes in the New Testament, but that is the interpretation one Texas businessman is using.

CNN affiliate KTVT reports customers can get a steep discount if they recite John 3:16.

KTVT reports the idea comes from Plano, Texas businessman Charlie Whittington, who owns Kwik Kar.

There has been some push back from some customers but Whittington is sticking by his religiously minded discount.

“If I’m standing for what I believe, so be it,” he told KTVT. “Bring it on.”

One Dallas attorney who spoke to the station said the discount appears to be within the law.

“The study of the Bible has many rewards. I’m not sure that God intended a lube discount to be among its many riches,” Andy Siegel told KTVT.

John 3:16 has been a standard bearer in simply explaining the Christian message.  The reference is routinely painted on placards and waved at sporting events.

In the Gospel of John, the King James Version recounts Jesus telling Nicodemus the pharisee, "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."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Texas • United States

soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Name*Ruyan han

    Oil chamge

    January 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  2. Matthew Seymour

    Poor news – Syria's 'mutilation mystery' deepens...

    December 15, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  3. george

    im going to open an Atheist burger store and anyone who can point out any logical fallacy with religion or supernatural beliefs will get a free small fry, but I think I might make a that a 2 week promotion as you don't even need to research religion to find a flaw, I would be giving out all my fries, I wonder if this car service guy would be okay with that? Probably not like most people who force their belief through tactics like this, he would try and shut me down for sure.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:31 am |
  4. Mark from Middle River

    This, I take it is the comment you are having a bit of confusion with. The statement clearly does not challenge someone to “prove” or “disprove”. If you are like the Westburo Baptist church and take everything as a challenge, than that clearly is on you. Some folks, such as yourself and Pat Robertsons and even the late Bin Laden, I guess feel that their Faith and views can not exist while others are holding opposing views. As if it diminishes their view if there is the existence of opposing views. If this is the statement that you are seeing it as a challenge...do you see how you only took up one side? If that quote was making that a challenge to Atheist then then it would have been doing the same to the Faithful? Since I am a Faithful, why would I make such a quote?

    October 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  5. Mark from Middle River

    Well seeing how I am cool that Atheist, Muslim, Jews, Hindus and others might hold different views how do you hold that as childish? Heck, I am a G.W. Bush Republican that voted for Clinton. If anything the mark of maturity is to know that I can be 100% that I am right in my view but, I can respect that you feel that you are 100% in what you believe. For me that is cool. I do not need you to convert to my way of Faith for me to be happy. This is where folks like you start to scare some of us, both Faithful and those not of Faith. Now, I would like to convert you to finding a path to a peaceful coexistence with those who are not like you, but that is for another time. 🙂

    October 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
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