In Defense of the Comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7-8)

erasmus-noter-oplag1A lot of individuals seem to believe that the Christian faith is based on blind faith. Unfortunately, many Christians walk by such a manner—believing and following what they see and hear because it “sounds good” and as long as “Christ is preached.” However, faith is based on fact and evidence; throughout the Word of God it is commanded of us to not only test all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21), but to test people to see whether or not they are of God (1 John 4:1). The apostles Paul and Peter exhorted us to study the Word daily in the knowledge and grace of Christ in order to be fully furnished in God, understand how to properly handle the Word, to know sound from unsound doctrine, and to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:18). As Christians, we must always be ready to give a reasoned defense to anyone who questions us (1 Peter 3:15); if not, we can turn to fables or even abandon the faith due to the lack of studying or improper use of the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16).

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