Normally on this blog I focus on issues that should be of interest to skeptics, people who are not convinced that God exists or that Christianity is a belief system to be taken seriously. Today I’d like to instead discuss Christianity directly. Lately as I’ve read the Bible some interesting themes have popped out, particularly in the book entitled 1 John.
To those who are skeptical about the Bible, please feel free to remain skeptical. I’m just going to consider what 1 John seems to teach. You need not necessarily believe, with me, that the teaching of 1 John is in fact true. Let this be an exercise in exploring the essence of Christianity, whether or not it happens to be true.
Arguably, 1 John was written by an early Christian leader to a church (or churches) who were facing a worldview threat from Gnosticism, “a religious mysticism that pirated Christian motifs to propagate an understanding of salvation based on esoteric ‘knowledge’.” Unfortunately, two millennia later many professing Christians still misunderstand salvation along gnostic lines. [Read more…]