Questions about John's first letter. It contains both warnings about false teachers and spiritual themes about Jesus Christ.

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What does the word 'idols' mean in 1 John 5:21 and what exactly is idolatry?

'Little children, guard yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21). What was John's meaning? Did he mean, "Be careful not to end up in the local pagan temple" or does he intend to convey another type ...
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In the passages 1 John 4:1, and 1 Thessalonians 5:20–21, how did the spirits and prophecies relate to earlier practices?

1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 Thessalonians 5:20–21 20 ...