Apostle Paul Rejection Of Idolatry

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Introduction The Bible is made of 66 books and it is divided into two major sections, the Old and the New Testaments. Both the Old and the New Testaments contains the narrative of how God’s reveal himself to humanity and his continual redemptive goal to transform our fallen human nature. Thirteen of the books in the Old Testament are attributed authorship to the Apostle Paul.
In this lecture will discuss the Apostle Paul his life’s work and why it was was so crucial to the Christian faith. The apostle Paul lived in a time in history were there multiple views on spirituality, just like in today’s world. We will discuss how his ministry during the early formation of the Christian faith challenged the Greco-Romans views on idolatry. Idolatry
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We Christians believe that we are to be loyal only to our creator, God. A life of idolatry is a life that do not fulfils God’s design for humanity. The book of Exodus in the Old Testament states that “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,”
The Apostol Paul wrote “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). He understood that a heart that seeks earthly desires would never be feel satisfied, earthy desires fill our hearts with empty promises of fulfillment that never deliver the blessings that only God can provide. Apostol Paul often spoke of being content in all circumstances. It is the type of fulfilled did not come from anything that could be own, or physically experienced, it came from knowing God’s Spirit through
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History usually tend to repeat themselves, due to the fact that which defines the human condition remains constant throughout centuries. Historians know that we can better understand our current condition by looking into our past. Through history we learn the patterns of human behavior. For example, studying the history of past economic depressions may help economics plan for the economic future of a country. In the same manner, it is helpful to study the history of ancient religious practices to gain insight on our own current spiritual experience. The Apostle Paul lived in a time in history called the Greco-Roman Era. The worship of idols was a religious practice found in the many provinces and cities throughout the Roman Empire. Their lives centered by their lack of understanding of true spiritual life. Their polytheistic society worshiped twelve major deities and a diverse number of minor gods. Religious rituals were part of everyday life as they believed that their God would only blessed them through public displays of loyalty. They placed their faith on their man made gods that were as temperamental, easily angered and vengeful as their own human

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