In John 6:44, did the disciples leave because God the Father chose to not “draw” them to Jesus?

Verse 44 – “No one can “come to me” unless the Father who sent me “draw” him, and I will raise him on the last day.” Some claim, the Father chose to not “draw” the disciples to his Son and that is the reason why many disciples left.

The Bread of Life Discourse defines 1 mandatory requirement in order to be drawn by the Father and obtain eternal life, and that requirement is to believe in what you have listen and learned from God. 45, 47

Many disciples did not believe:

  • Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe.”35, 36
  • “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 52
  • “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” 60
  • Jesus said, “but there are some of you who do not believe.” 64

Some believe verse 65 supports the theory that God the Father chose to not draw the disciples to his son?

Verse 65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

  • When Jesus said “for this reason” in verse 65, what is the reason?
  • In his own words, Jesus defined the “reason” in the previous verse (64). These verses are connected.
  • The “reason” is, the disciples did not believe in what Jesus was teaching that day. 64
  • When does the Father grant eternal life and draw people to his son?
  • Jesus explained this in verse 40: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

What does the word believe mean?

  • Believe means to accept as true; feel sure of the truth of.
  • To accept all that Jesus taught as truth is the definition of believing in Jesus.
  • To believe is to accept what Jesus commands us to do.

The New American Bible, Revised Edition

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