Kopio wrote:It is highly probable that 1 John was written as a polemic against Gnosticism or (even more likely) Docetism....hence the seeing, touching, etc.
Hmm... I wouldn't know. But your argument also sounds reasonable, altho' I thought all the seeing, etc. were related to the initiation.
I don't think the Hebrew idea of "relations" has anything to do with the word in the mentioned context. Especially in light of "having known and believed God's love".
Yes, if the context is contrary to what I thought, it loses THAT sense. But there lingers the possibility of later insertions for specific purposes. Well, anyway I'll have to look closer what scholars say.