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Religion, at its best, is not about rules and regulations. It is not about badgering people to live more moral lives, to work harder and do better. It has little to do with an eternal reward in the sweet by and by for those who keep themselves pure and good through the dreary journey that is the veil of tears we call “life.”
It may seem disheartening that it has taken thirteen posts to work our way through chapter one of the Gospel of John. But the first chapter of John’s Gospel serves as an introduction to the entire Gospel. The themes raised in this opening chapter run through the whole Gospel.
As we read through the rest of this Gospel, which will go more quickly from here, it is important to keep these themes in mind.
Like John the Baptist, Philip from Bethsaida, bears testimony to his experience of Jesus.