Indeed; you're on the mark with this. the only problem is 1 John 5 is oen of the scriptures that is often called into question by scholars and based on dating, they believe it is highly dubious that it was written by John. I will have to research that more but it does seem to give one a starter-kit in trinitarianism. Not just that, but the writing style differs from the Gospel of John based on my understanding of it.<quoted text>Thank you, Counter_Strike.
And to add to something you said to Brother Skombolis...
You've hit the nail on the head, and I've been trying, relentlessly, to expose this most troubling issue for years now!
The deceit and lies that plague Christendom began while the apostles and disciples were alive and well, in the first century! John, as recorded at 1John 5, was already attacking the heresy that our anointed Savior wasn't the son of the most High. And that's why it mentions Father, the Word, the Spirit, blood, and water, at 1John 5:7-8. John was explaining that if man's testimony isn't proof enough, then his baptism (1John 5:7) and his crucifixion (1John 5:8) should be, being two events that prove, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that he is, indeed, the son of "God!" And this wasn't the only heresy, lie, and false teaching. Just from a most erroneous and severe misunderstanding of 1John 5:7, we have the infamous doctrine of the so-called "trinity," to further prove my point.
Televangelists are strange creatures. i witnessed one on a local channel the other day asking for contributions of faith valued at $1000. Knowing the struggles of people and seeing the ailing economy, why couldn't he ask for $5 or $10? I also understand about the 1+1+1=1 principle you just mentioned. I makes a lot of sense but I'm afraid it will purposefully escape many and just reward you with more of their harsh words.The issue is, that after time, any lie not can, but will appear as truth! In one simple example, imagine if the Church adopted the belief that 1+1+1=1. Then, they taught this belief to the next generation. Then, the next. Then, the next. Then, the next. Then, imagine almost 2,000 years later and trying to explain that 1+1+1 actually equals 3! Who are we that anyone should believe us? Are we standing at their podiums? Are we heading their services? Are we well-known, like so many other televangelists?
No one would like to know they've been taken on a merry-go-round ride to the lake of fire. Many people have the utmost respect and faith in their pastor/bishop/priest. Many people enjoy their pancake socials at church, fellowship meetings, harvest, Palm Sundays and Easter celebrations. for some people, not only would this be too much to give up but they also fear being alienated by their families and friends and end up being excommunicated by their church. It's a tall ask, but it is like giving away all your possessions and following The Savior.The other issues that couples with this one is fear and pride. People fear change. Change seems uncertain. Change, well, means change. And pride? Before any person even considers anything, at all, they must first consider the mere possibility that they're in error. This means that they'll have no other choice but to admit that they've been deceived. And not only that, but such a consideration might cause them to wonder about their own levels of intelligence, so forth and so on. Am I that gullible? Am I that easily led? Is it possible that my religious leader have been deceived, as well? And their religious leaders? And theirs?
100%. Thanks for sharing this BLL.There's much this goes into, but I'll stop there. I'm sure you get the gist of my point.
Until next time...