26. The conflicts within the Christian community
The above shows that the various Christian congregations held different views about the teachings of Jesus. Paul also complained about this divergence: "For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says "I be- long to Paul", or "I belong to Apollos", or "I belong to Cephas", or "I belong to Christ". "Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?" (1Co 1:11-13 NRS). John the Evangelist, who is usually attributed with writing the First Letter of John, describes these contra- dictions as deeds of the anti-Christ: "Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us" (1Jo 2:18-19 NRS). "Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the anti- christ!" (2Jo 1:7 NRS). As a result of the inner-Christian conflicts, it was not until towards the end of the second century that a more or less uniform view...
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