Food Offered to Idols
A beautiful sister in the Lord and ex-Tarot reader like myself made a comment on this post from the other day that has made me reflect on what Paul says in his epistles with regards to food offered to idols.
“Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that t“an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”
1 Corinthians 8:4-13
Church Subculture Idols
Carefully weighing God’s word and praying for a spirit of discernment with regards to this, I feel free to return to the Marseille Tarot at this fork in the road. That’s because I always associated this deck with Medieval morality plays which depict the life of Everyman (every Christian).
This deck, the one that arrived late yesterday afternoon is less of an idol to me than many patterns of behaviour in the church that actually have nothing to do with being like Christ. This comes from my own experience of being in a few different denominations during my 13 years as a practicing Christians before venturing into the occult.
Fear of Judgment?
Will I cause a brother to stumble by using a Medieval Tarot deck for Christian contemplation and casting of lots? No, because the ones who have made their minds up about the Tarot will just write me off as a non-Christian. The ones who are so not easily offended to start with, but curious about the Tarot, will perhaps find me in a Google search and realise that everything I do points to Jesus Christ and His redeeming grace, without which I would not even be able to hold those three pieces of cardboard up.
It would be different if I were part of a church congregation. Thankfully God made sure that couldn’t happen now by making all U.K. churches toe the line with satanic social distancing rules. He is telling me that this is so that He could do a new thing through people like me and the person who commented on that blog post from the other day.
A Great Falling Away
Funnily enough, the church I questioned about the satanic SD rules had no problem with the fact that I was hurt by their satanic SD practice. I’m not saying that because I wish to cause a further divide but they are now so blind and so without spiritual discernment that what I do and what they do is taking place on two different planes of reality. I’m not joining their delusion but I pray that they come to their senses before it’s too late.
To these churches, being able to carry on their services (and collect tithes and offerings) is more important than the spirit of truth. The format and subculture is their idol and it blinds them to the fact that they have invited the devil into their church room.
Sometimes, what makes us fall away is abusing our freedoms, other times it’s about becoming like the Pharisees. I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum and made a couple of u-turns because of sensing the extremes. Now it’s about finding balance and about realising that God doesn’t want us to stay stuck in a ‘safe place’ just because we strayed.
Moving forward, I pray for a spirit of discernment that helps me stay faithful to God and His Word while not being afraid to explore the tools for wisdom, contemplation and consciousness growth that are out there that happened to not be mentioned in the Bible.
Perhaps the biggest idol on the planet is the Bible itself. When people worship it intstead of the Living God, they tend to want to stop everyone else from growing and exploring new horizons – something I see as contrary to the workings of the Holy Spirit.
In His Love