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First New Testament epistle of John, countering docetism

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How does one test the spirits and identify false preachers?

The Word of God says, Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1) Many ...
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Is 1 John 5:7-8 (the Comma Johanneum) a Latin corruption?

Is the biblical passage at 1 John 5:7-8 (the Comma Johanneum) a Latin corruption that has entered the Greek manuscript tradition?
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What are the arguments in favour of the 'beginning' at John 1:1 being the new beginning?

The standard reading of John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." is that the beginning - ἀρχῇ (archē) - refers to the old beginning, i.e., ...
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How did Swedenborg interpret 1 John 2:2: "He is the propitiation for our sins"?

Many Christians believe that Jesus died to appease the anger of God. One reason for this is 1 John 2:2, which says: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the ...
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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

John's Gospel is written so that the reader may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and may have life in that name" Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are ...
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According to those who hold that the Word at John 1:1 is a person, how do they explain 1 John 1:1 using 'that' instead of 'who' for the Word?

John 1:1 is In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Many Christians believe that the Word here = a person (Jesus, or the second person of the Trinity), and ...
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Is there a name for the idea that Jesus takes away the sin of the world by causing those who abide in him to sin less and be more righteous?

1 John 3:5-6 is 5 But you know that Christ appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him. ...
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What is the earliest known argument that 1 John 1:1's 'beginning' refers to a new beginning?

1 John 1:1's 'beginning' is often linked to John 1:1's 'beginning'. What is the earliest known argument that 1 John 1:1's use of 'beginning' refers not to a Genesis beginning but a new beginning, ...
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