MetaChristianity VII Unlocking 1st John Mysteries
MetaChristianity Book Series
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Unlocking 1st John Bible Mysteries
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MetaChristianity is a response to the indoctrination of unbiblical Church traditions into Christian beliefs. I am not looking to place specific blame anywhere. We, as in virtually everyone in the Church stretching right back to the Apostles have all been gullible to a great extent. It is a common human trait of insecurity mixed with overconfidence that the adversary exploits. Many deceptions have been passed from generation to generation because we are either too insecure in ourselves to question them, or too overconfident in others to question them. MetaChristianity is about asking and answering questions that are either too scary or too confrontational to ask, much less answer.
First John is like a companion epistle to James, in that it follows the same line of doctrinal teachings. Like James, John makes salvation an impossible task.
1Jn.2.6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
Really? John expects everyone to “walk as Jesus did”? Jesus was a Jew who lived under the Law. How could John expect us to live as Jesus did under the Law?
1Jn.5.2-3 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands.
Which commands? God has produced literally hundreds of commands throughout the Bible. All of them? Which ones, and on what basis do we decide?
1Jn.2.3-4 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
Now John tells us that we must also keep all of Christ’s commands as well. Again, which commands? Christ made many commands under the Law to expose the Law as faulty in producing God’s righteousness. Why would God expect us to keep Christ’s commands when it is quite evident that many of Christ’s commands would be impossible to keep?
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Note: Because of doctrinal overlap it is advisable to read the book series in the numbered order.
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