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On Homosexual Marriage
Recently the Supreme Court has heard the latest arguments by several parties concerning the issue of homosexual marriage. A final decision is expected in June. Until then, the following question is asked in lieu of threats by those holding to the traditional view of marriage between one man and one woman, who are making it clear that even if such a law is passed, they will not abide by it. What is your answer?
The Gospel of John: Introduction
One of the greatest attestations of the deity of Jesus Christ is found in the Gospel according to John or simply the Gospel of John. John has intrigued readers and writers of both belief and non-belief for centuries with his simplistic style, yet complex thought. In this study of John, both will be realized with affirmation of much of what we already know, while challenging us on a variety of doctrinal fronts elsewhere.
In our Introduction seven questions are asked and answered. Who wrote the Gospel of John? Although tradition tells us that it is "the one whom Jesus loved" or John the Beloved, there is no positive identity of authorship, like one would find in the apostle Paul's letters. Could it have been someone else then?
When was the Gospel of John written? Some pose that it was sometime in the late second century, given the number of apparent Gnostic allusions. But, there are missing elements which refute that idea. An answer to this question will better help us answer other questions.
Where was the Gospel of John written from? Alexandria? Antioch? Ephesus? Are there hints? How will knowing influence our understanding of the rest of his text?
Why was the Gospel of John written? Again, allusions to Gnostic ideas seem plentiful, even though much force also seems required to make such a conclusion firm. What about John's rather harsh language about the Jews? Is this Gospel really nothing more than an anti-Semitic treatise, or does John tells us why he wrote what he did?
What are the key themes found in John? One of the most often quoted verses in all of human literature comes straight out of John. How big of a part does that play amid all the themes, if it plays any at all?
How is the Gospel of John like the other Gospels? All them mention Jesus and speak of salvation, but John's message seems vastly different than the "Synoptics." Why? Was John trying to filling the blanks left by them or did he detect errors that needed correction? If so, they aside from the obvious, is there really any likeness between his work and theirs?
Finally, what are the benefits of studying John's Gospel? Aside from garnering additional head knowledge, is there really any practical, moral, or spiritual benefit from spending time with John's prose? Obviously, if there were not those things, then why study it at all? Conversely, if it is acknowledged that there is significant benefit, then why do so many rush to get through it?
John's Gospel has been deemed the "Gospel of Belief." Its message is easy to grasp, but profound as to its depth. Read it to be informed, study it to be sure, and contemplate it to be prepared. Those are what we hope to accomplish by opening the pages of perhaps the greatest theological declarations found in the New Testament in reference to the "good news" God has revealed in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.