Easter 6 – Year B
1 John 5:1-9
We are still dealing with a lot of conquering language in service to matters of love and faith. One really needs to dig pretty hard to avoid the surface connections of one's "faith" (read belief system rather than active experience) conquering every other faith. We do have a difficult time being a gracious image of a gracious G*D.
If the Johannine community is having difficulty and "love one another" is the healing balm needed, this passage seems to set the stage for the community having a schism (another?) as arguments about what constitutes victory or conquering are inherent in the text.
Where would you put a moderating word in edgewise?