If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.
Of late, a commenter who goes by the name of RR Edwards has sought to dominate the discussion on this blog (at this post). His basic technique is to be disagreeable. Unless you agree with him, you are entirely wrong. Other than in the eradication of Christianity and apparently every other religion, it is difficult to figure out what Edwards believes. So even if you want to, you probably could not agree with him.
Is Edwards an “Internet troll?” Perhaps. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, the Old Fashion Liberal came up with this definition.
An Internet troll is someone who posts offensive, controversial, or divisive material on an Internet community. Trolls are an unfortunately common occurrence on many communities across the Internet, and there are various steps which can be taken to combat them. If you are currently struggling with an Internet troll, the best thing to do is to walk away, since trolls feed on attention, and they will usually disappear if they are ignored. (continued here)
Based upon the definition and that old duck proverb, I think we can safely classify Edwards as an Internet troll. He certainly has not had much that is positive to say about anybody or their beliefs. Moreover, I think his cause, the eradication of Christianity, is at least somewhat controversial.
Anyway, Edwards visits do provide an excuse to quote a few Bible verses. What verses? Since Edwards sows confusion over what it means to be a Christian, I will quote some verses from 1 John that clarify the matter.
First of all, what does it mean to be a follower of Christ?
1 John 1:5-10 (Today’s New International Version)
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
So Christianity is about the forgiveness of sins and the effort to become holy. To become holy, we must avoid sin. What does it take to avoid sin? How do we avoid being lead astray?
1 John 3:7-10 (Today’s New International Version)
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. Those who are born of God will not continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Those who do not do what is right are not God’s children; nor are those who do not love their brothers and sisters.
We must seek what is righteous, and we must be reborn of God. And how do we know what is right? How are we reborn?
1 John 4:7-21 (Today’s New International Version)
God’s Love and Ours
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us. If we say we love God yet hate a brother or sister, we are liars. For if we do not love a fellow believer, whom we have seen, we cannot love God, whom we have not seen. And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love one another.
Ultimately, Christianity is about faith in God’s love in the form of Jesus Christ. What distinguished Jesus? We say that Jesus was a man, and we say that Jesus was God. As a man Jesus needed the love of the Father. As God, Jesus knew the love of the Father with absolute certainty. No one else before or since has had such certainty. Thus, no man is good, certainly not as good as was Jesus. Yet when we strive to love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.