True and False Religion (Tues. Nov. 8)

The word of the day is “false.”  In our reading of Colossians 2:20-3:3, St. Paul continues to warn against the false religiosity of teachers who are leading the congregation at Colossae away from the freedom of the Gospel. In today’s passage, we read, “Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourself to regulations…” (vs. 20). In their ignorance of God, humans have devised all sorts of false piety. Speaking to the philosophers in Athens, Paul noted the variety of altars to the gods on the Areopagus.”  To him, these shrines were signs that the Athenians were “very religious” (Acts 17:22). The Apostle noted that…