My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Friday, November 30, 2007

Colossians 2

Screw Christmas

Summary:
I try so hard so that you benefit from the gospel's fullness and don't get sucked away by cunning words. Don't base your life on tradition or on worldly rules but on Jesus. You're buried with him, and brought alive with him. He has circumcised your insides. He is the fullness of God. God saved you when you were still sinning, and got rid of written regulations. He made a public spectacle of it on the cross.

So don't let people stress you out about what you eat, and religious festivals and whatnot. Those things are just shadows of the reality that comes from Jesus. People who try to vex you about these things are disconnected from Jesus.

Human rules have echoes of wisdom and purpose, but ultimately they fall down compared to how the world looks through Jesus-coloured lenses.

Key verse:
8. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

My thoughts:
This again repeats the notion of full divineness being in Jesus. Super.

So often religion is simply a collective build-up of tradition that people feel part of because they were brought up in it. It's good and right to do because it's what has always been done.

Our faith in Jesus cannot be like that. We absolutely must take captive every thought, action, and belief and make it obedient to Christ, not to tradition. We should not defend parts of our faith which actually are just tradition. We should not pretend that Christianity as tradition is a valid expression of faith.

I believe that if we really stripped down our faith from what seems to be the Christian thing to do (built up from our knowledge of what Christianity has previously been), and made it simply what followed from Christ, then our faith would look vastly different.

Like Christmas, for example. Screw Christmas. Santa, if you move one letter is Satan and Grinch, if you move three letters then change two is Christ.

Anyway, I must get off to our staff Christmas party. Good times! Woo!

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