If we "trap" God within this world, with its suffering, evil, and pain, we simply cut ourselves off from hope.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
Undoubtedly the most familiar words in the English Bible, John 3:16 rightly holds the highest place in the Christian memory. For in one succinct sentence, it announces the center of biblical revelation.
First, it assures us that God was loving toward his fallen creatures even before the actual event of the Crucifixion, keeping us from the mistake (too often committed) of assuming that the Cross persuaded God to be merciful. ...