When Jesus met him, John was the most bad-tempered man around. (Jesus called him Boanerges, which means sons of thunder ) John's reaction to samaritan when they spat on them while they walk through Samaria, he said: "I am going to call fire down from heaven, if you give me permission, Jesus, and we'll burn up the whole lot of them". Once he was lowered into teh water when he made visit to the Roman baths to bathe. By the end of the pool, he saw a man called Cerinthus (a leading false teacher who was going around teh churches). He said, "let us fly, let us fly lest even teh bath-house fall down because of Cerinthus, the enemy of the truth, is within!" For he is quite old, they had to lift him out and take him home unwashed that day.