Dangerous Rules

Following rules will not make you a better person. Rules will not build your character. Rules will not produce spiritual maturity. What rules may do is keep you safe and keep you from breaking laws. The question to ask is this, is there more to life than being safe and legal? Relying primarily on a set of rules to govern your family can be toxic. Paul warns you about being taken captive by human traditions and spiritual forces of this world. Here is his exact warning found in Colossians 2:

"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." (2:8)

While there is nothing explicit here about the dangers of rules, there is a clear warning about following tradition and the basic spiritual forces of this world. Later on in this chapter of Colossians Paul uses this exact same wording again:

"Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules." (20)

Now Paul is talking about dangerous rules:

"'Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch?' These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings." (21-22)

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