Before Christ came and changed the world of religion on earth, pagans employed a variety of rituals, virtually all of them centered on food offered to stone, gold or silver idols in the name of various gods. (See the angel's warning to Pergamum in the Book of Revelation).
Christ taught that the food of God was not physical, but philosophical. God's food was a certain kind of behavior. (John 4:34). To explain exactly what that behavior was, Jesus presented to the world the Gospel. It was a teaching, He said, that came, not from earth, but from heaven, directly from the throne of God. (John 3:31-36).
It was a food, Jesus said, that held the secret of eternal life.
His message changed the world. The apostles, when they met in Jerusalem just after the crucifixion of Jesus released the church from the Torah with only four restrictions, one of which was to abstain from food sacrificed to idols:
"It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right." (Acts 15:29).
As Christianity stormed across the earth, all the pagan idols were torn down; the blood sacrifices eliminated; and a new kind of food appeared. Instead of man offering food to God, God offered food to man -- a spiritual food that enriched the soul and, in the case of Jesus, gave eternal life to those who 'ate' it.
In keeping with this extraodinary change from physical food to philosophical food, the dictates of the Bible took on a much deeper meaning.
Metaphorically, the philosophy of Babylon (this world) is a type of food. A food sacrificed (dedicated) to idols. The idols are the baubles which acknowledge a successful embodiment of Babylon's philosophy. They are the signet rings of a 'found life'.
This is why Jesus said, "Those who find their lives will lose it, but those who lose their lives for the sake of the Gospel will find and inherit eternal life." (Matt.16:24-25).
1. The Bread of Eternal Life
2. The Temple
3. The Teaching of the Nicolaitans
4. 'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 26, 'Fall of the City of David'
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