SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
It is through this next quote that I believe exhibits my determination to continue giving meaning to these types of figures of speech, Therefore the LORD said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me ‘with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,………” Isaiah 29:13 NKJV
RELIGION – An impressive system of religious philosophy, created by the false teachers themselves (“self-imposed”), rather than being of divine origin. Colossians 3:20-23 NIV
Ezekiel 33:31 – So my people crowd in to hear what you have to say, but they don’t do what you tell them to do. Loving words are on their lips, but they continue their greedy ways. GNT
Rules and Traditions – Such practices are of no real value or use because they are unable to meet the standards set by God. Reminds me of another story found in Jude 4 warning against false teachers who claimed to be believers, “For some godless people have slipped in unnoticed among us, persons who distort the message……….”
As for me today, I am able to notice that our society evolves around identification markers, classifying each individual with an Artificial Barrier that separates us, such as: Democrats-Republicans; Rich-Poor; etc.. The very rules and traditions that dictate how we treat one another, being updated as we evolve takes me back to my grandmother’s bible actually having pictures inside with the scriptures. It is my belief that our evolving society took the pictures out, and brought it’s updated version of religion with it.