Why go back to religious rituals and rites?


“Previously, when you did not know God, you served those who by nature are not gods. But now, after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and worthless elemental forces to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have worked for you in vain.” Galatians 4:8-11

Before hearing and believing the gospel of forgiveness and life eternal through faith in Christ Jesus, people served false gods of their own imagination through earthly rituals and rites such as the observing of certain days, certain seasons, certain foods, and other man-made religious practices. Why would we, after receiving through faith in Christ and His cross pardon and forgiveness and the promise of eternal life, go back to trying to serve God with such weak and elemental practices? To do so is to lose the true faith and God’s blessings in Christ.

Grant that I trust in You alone, O Christ, and not trust in man-made religious works and rites for my salvation. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]