Plinio lived for a while in Paris, returned to Brazil, and was telling Marina about his experiences. Suddenly, Stefano interrupted him, said it wasn’t quite that way, and started his own little discourse about the city. Just one little detail: he’d never traveled outside of Brazil.
If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that he has testified concerning his Son.
1 John 5:9 NET
Perhaps the “men” mentioned here are Christian preachers or, possibly, the false teachers. Some think it refers to John the Baptizer, to whom the false teachers evidently appealed (and whose message they twisted) in order to affirm that Jesus was born only of water (and that meant he was just a man).
By “testimony of God” John may have in mind the certainty of eternal life in Jesus Christ that comes through the preaching of the gospel (verse 11). Even if the testimony of men is true, isn’t it better to listen to the source?
Some are listening to people who preach another gospel. These preachers have all the marks of a Christian, supposedly, but their message doesn’t match the truth. They gain listeners by making their pronouncements with conviction. Just one little detail: they have no idea what they’re talking about.
It’s like listening to someone talk about Paris who’s never been there and ignoring one who’s just returned from the city.
Doesn’t make much sense, does it?