We who describe ourselves as “God's sheep” should remember there is some “goat” in us all. Our calling is not to become superior to others but to be loving, like our Savior. That involves a lifetime of learning and growing.
How did Solomon's splendid temple and the key worship practices of Israel fade from their culture? Gradually – through indifference, preoccupation, or fading memories of the past – the people replaced faith in God with the common goals of the world.
The Apostle John writes out of his personal experiences through the years of Jesus' ministry and resurrection. In 1 John, written to a congregation challenged by popular false religion and doubt, John tells them they can “know” the truth of Jesus thirty-nine times!