In the Bible, “world” often means “fallen human culture”

Especially in the writings of the apostle John, the term “world” tends to refer not to geography but rather to “the system of fallen human nature.”  These are the words of Karen Jobes, as in:

But “world” in John’s writings is often used to refer not to the planet or all its inhabitants, but to the system of fallen human culture, with its values, morals, and ethics as a whole.  [emphasis added]

via Triablogue: The savior of the world.

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