Paris, God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. On this big blue earth full of sin, death, and disease-what else would you, or me, or anyone, need anything more than the direct Word of God in hope of being with him forever?
Have you read Moses book of Genesis? Yep, thats where the serpent achieves the fall of man, with its, crafty, clever, and oh so subtle words. Why do you think the serpent went to Eve? Well, we know Adam, received direct relevation from God to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But Eve did not receive that relevation, because God did not create her from Adam yet. After her creation, she got the oral “Word”, what catholics call “sacred tradition”, from Adam, a man. And to show you how fast and furious we can fall, the serpent not only got Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, but she also got Adam, who received DIRECT relevation from God, to disobey God’s command. So, after reading this account in Genesis you need to make a decision. If you cannot accept the fact that men who receive the Word of God second hand can be deceived, you definately have eternal issues to deal with. Sin and deception happened with the first two God created, so it can manifest itself on us even quicker.
Lets take a look at the book, the Gospel according to St.John-
Catholics will say, and they are correct to say, that there was no need to compose of a written account of Jesus after his accension into heaven. This was because those in the Jerusalem region were witnesses of Jesus and well aware of his ministry.
Why would St. John ever find the need to write a gospel book about Jesus? Think about it. He knew what was the truth. Im also pretty sure he would want nothing but the gospel of Jesus to remain true after he was gone. John was jewish, he knew of the book of Genesis and its story of Adam and Eve.
Anyways, when Jesus’ gospel of salvation spread beyond Jerusalem, and the eyewitness were no longer accessible, it is obvious that John must of felt the need to compose a written account to keep believers inspired to Jesus and to yes, to use his account to witness to all those down through the ages.
St.John writes in his gospel-“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may beleive that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by beleiving you may have life in his name.” So ask yourself when you read this quote from St.John’s gospel of Jesus—What is St. John’s intention for you by reading this? He clearly tells you Paris, that he hopes you may believe in Jesus by his written word. Remember, if you believe St. Johns gospel, you believe he recieved the word of God directly. From his intention from the quote above, and our knowledge of the recipe for man to fall in Genesis, you can conclude that St.Johns words are totally unpolluted from the sin in this world. By your faith in God and Jesus, you have the Word of God in your hands. St.John gives his hope and approval that you, yourself may read and believe in Jesus’ teachings contained in that gospel. But wait, there is more. At the end of his gospel, it is written 21:24-25; “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. *We know that his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If everyone of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” *Christians
Now, by the works of the evil one, you will be confronted with the “what if”. The evil in this world wants all man to live in a world of “what if” and doubt. Now look back at the quotes from St.John’s gospel above. **You will be confronted by this from of lie-“Well St.John clearly states that not everything is written about all the miracles, words and works of Jesus, so we cant use this gospel writing to witness.” **
Think meat and potatoes. Remember the first quote above from St.John himself. Yes, there are other facts to write, but what he DID write down, he hopes it is sufficient enough for you to beleive in Jesus and his works and his word that came from his Father, our creator.