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The OP presents two questions, one concerns the "true God" the other concerns the practice of some Christians who worship Jesus. This is an answer to the question: Does this passage indicate that anyone who worships Jesus Christ as "the true God" is worshiping a idol? The simple answer is no. First the final verse of the letter exhortation is addressed to ...


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I would agree with your interpretation. Notice the Greek does not even have a definite article before "flesh"... ...Ἰησοῦν (Yeshua) Χριστὸν (Messiah) ἐν (in) σαρκὶ (flesh) ἐληλυθότα (having come) ἐκ (of) τοῦ (the) θεοῦ (God) ἐστίν (is) Adding the article makes it out as though Yeshua preexisted and was inserted into something called "the flesh". John is ...


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οἴδαμεν (we know) δὲ (moreover) ὅτι (that) ὁ (the) υἱὸς (son) τοῦ (of the) θεοῦ (God) ἥκει (is come), καὶ (and) δέδωκεν (has given) ἡμῖν (us) διάνοιαν (understanding) ἵνα (so that) γινώσκομεν (we might know) τὸν (the) ἀληθινόν (true)· καί (and) ἐσμεν (we are) ἐν (with) τῷ (the) ἀληθινῷ (true), ἐν (with) τῷ (the) υἱῷ (son) αὐτοῦ (of him) Ἰησοῦ (...



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