One of the main problems with traditional Christianity is the fact that their theology on various issues tends to contradict itself. Today, we’re going to look at some of these contradictory theologies that appear to be quite common across all denominations. There may even be a part 2. We’re going to start in Colossians 2:16. This verse reads “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days”. Let me draw your attention to the first two items that the Church alleges that this verse says we’re never to be judged by, then draw your attention to Acts 15:29, which reads “abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if you keep yourselves, you shall do well.”
These verses are quite common if you bring up God’s commands concerning what we are or are not permitted to eat. But notice that there is a judgement in Acts 15:29 on the matter of food. The Church uses Colossians 2:16 to say that there is to be no judgement on this matter. If that’s bad enough, Paul, who wrote Colossians 2:16, also agreed with Acts 15:29 and delivered that verse personally to the Church in Antioch. So, Paul told the Church in Antioch that there would be judgement based on what you eat, but told the Church in Colossia not to allow any judgement on that matter, period!
On a related note, Christians will use Acts 15:20 or Acts 15:29 to state that there are only four rules that we have to keep. However, as I already mentioned, the four rules are just a starting point so that the believers from among the Gentiles don’t get burdened with too many rules at once. So where’s the contradiction? It’s all over the place this time! The “New Testament” is just full of rules like “do not lie”, “do not murder”, “honor your parents”, “keep the commands”, “do not slander”, etc. By the way, those two verses in Acts 15 state that we are to abstain from fornification. If that’s the only immoral act we are to abstain from (which it is according to the four rules myth), then that means all other forms of sexual immorality are permissible. So much for Matthew 5:27-28! Some translations replace “fornification” with “sexual immorality”. But all that does is give a rule on a behavior that is not defined anywhere in the book of Acts (or the letter that they sent to Antioch). But either way, the fact that Acts 15:21 exists is proof enough that there is more to learn, and that it’s God’s Law that will be learned. After all, it’s only through God’s Law that we even know what is or is not sinful (Romans 7:7).
Here’s a point that was brought to my attention a few days ago: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” [Philippians 4:13] Why is it that this verse is never applied to keeping God’s commands? Instead, they claim that the Law is “too difficult”. Apparently, Philippians 4:13 is false, otherwise, Christ could given them the strength to keep all of the commandments. But apparently, in spite of the fact that Jesus is God, even he is not able to give us the strength to keep his own commands, which by the way, aren’t too difficult.
Back to the topic of what is permissible for a Christian to eat, let’s compare 1 Timothy 4:1-3 with 2 Timothy 3:16.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. [1 Timothy 4:1-3]
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. [2 Timothy 3:16]
The first passage is used to claim that God’s dietary laws are “doctrines of demons”. Let that sink in a little bit, and think about the implications of that. This same God that gave us the dietary laws so that we would be healthy also gave us “do not lie”, “do not murder”, a system for being forgiven of our transgressions of such commands (which is how Yeshua’s work on the cross can be of any good to us), prophecies of the coming Messiah, and finally, Jesus himself, who died once, for all! If God’s dietary laws are “doctrines of demons”, then so is the rest of scripture! And we haven’t even gotten to the contradiction yet.
The contradiction is found in 2 Timothy 3:16, which says that all scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. This simply cannot be if some scriptures are “doctrines of demons” as some people claim they are. Because 1 Timothy 4 makes it as clear as the vacuum of space that doctrines of demons are to be avoided at all costs!
Let me leave you with a warning: Anyone who twists 1 Timothy 4:1-3 to state that a command from God Almighty is a “doctrine of demons” is calling God a demon and is themselves teaching doctrines of demons! Such heretics are to be avoided at all costs. For not only do they cite rebellion against God’s commands (which are not too difficult or beyond our reach [Deuteronomy 30:11], or burdensome [1 John 5:3], which gives freedom and blessing [James 1:25], and are perfect [James 1:25]), they justify that by calling God’s commands “doctrines of demons”.