Jesus said in John 3:16, "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." Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17:9b "...I pray not for the world,...." Please help me to understand [in "non-technical" terms please ] what would at first glance seem to be an apparent contradiction. I KNOW that there are no contradictions in God's Word, but I'm having a little problem reconciling these two passages. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.