Here at Shmoop, we've got some pretty core beliefs:

In  V.33.4, Irenaeus describes Papias as

Irenaeus also mentions Polycarp in his letter to Pope Victor.

Every insect, every animal that grazes, every
predator, and every scavenger is created by God.

Man is created in the likeness and after the image of God.

What's so different about John? We're glad we asked:

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Is it in the Old or New Testament?

This garden was watered by four rivers.

Man is placed in the garden to take care of it, and given instructions: you can eat of every tree in
the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – eat that fruit and that day you will


The Lord God said that is not good for man to be alone, I will make a companion and helpmate
for him.

Was it written in the Age of the Patriarchs or the Age of the Prophets, or the Age of the Promise?

Chapter 1, verses 1&2, sum up the whole of creation.

We're pretty sold on these beliefs, but how far would we really go for them? Sure, we'd tell the world via Shmoop. But would we risk alienating our friends and family if they didn't agree? Well, maybe for the Red Sox thing, but generally, not so much.

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These opinions, Florinus, that I may speak in mild terms, are not of sound doctrine; these opinions are not consonant to the Church, and involve their votaries in the utmost impiety; these opinions, even the heretics beyond the Church's pale have never ventured to broach; these opinions, those presbyters who preceded us, and who were conversant with the apostles, did not hand down to thee. For, while I was yet a boy, I saw thee in Lower Asia with Polycarp, distinguishing thyself in the royal court, and endeavouring to gain his approbation. For I have a more vivid recollection of what occurred at that time than of recent events (inasmuch as the experiences of childhood, keeping pace with the growth of the soul, become incorporated with it); so that I can even describe the place where the blessed Polycarp used to sit and discourse-his going out, too, and his coming in-his general mode of life and personal appearance, together with the discourses which he delivered to the people; also how he would speak of his familiar intercourse with John, and with the rest of those who had seen the Lord; and how he would call their words to remembrance. Whatsoever things he had heard from them respecting the Lord, both with regard to His miracles and His teaching, Polycarp having thus received [information] from the eye-witnesses of the Word of life, would recount them all in harmony with the Scriptures. These things, through, God's mercy which was upon me, I then listened to attentively, and treasured them up not on paper, but in my heart; and I am continually, by God's grace, revolving these things accurately in my mind. And I can bear witness before God, that if that blessed and apostolical presbyter had heard any such thing, he would have cried out, and stopped his ears, exclaiming as he was wont to do: "O good God, for what times hast Thou reserved me, that I should endure these things? "And he would have fled from the very spot where, sitting or standing, he had heard such words. This fact, too, can be made clear, from his Epistles which he despatched, whether to the neighbouring Churches to confirm them, or to certain of the brethren, admonishing and exhorting them.

Chapter 2, verse 4 through 25, speaks of the creation of man.

The Gospel of John is all about sticking by what we know is right. It's true that there aren't many people who would go to battle over the soft drink wars (or at least we hope not). But when it comes to the big questions in life—faith, family, politics, justice, and love—we might risk a little more. But that takes a lot of guts. Just ask Jesus.

Go to the of all Early Christian Writings

The Gospel of John isn't your average , , or . It also wasn't written by a guy named John, although the people who put it in the Bible thought Jesus's disciple John had written it. Now we're pretty sure that there were actually multiple writers; after all, there are all kinds of awkward transitions and weird edits within the story.