Paul admits to Timothy, that Timothy knows that all of Asia turned away from him.
2 Timothy 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
I always found the following verse very curious, why would the Holy Spirit stop Paul from preaching in Asia?
Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
Acts 16:1 shows that this happened when Paul was traveling with Timothy, that’s why Timothy knows this.
These are two verses from two books that provide two witnesses that Asia turned against Paul, as Paul admitted to Timothy.
And yet, Revelation is to the 7 Churches — in Asia! So they only turned away from Paul, and did not turn away from Christianity.
Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Now, With all of Asia rejecting Paul, and with Jesus addressing the seven Churches in Asia, and even pointing out their faults… If Paul were a true Apostle, Jesus would surely take the time to rebuke them for rejecting Paul.
But the opposite happens. Jesus said they did good to reject false apostles, and that their fault is to tolerate the teachings of Paul, specifically, that it’s ok to eat things sacrificed to idols!
To Ephesus: Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
To Pergamos: Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Twice this is said, exposing as bad the teaching that it’s ok to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
To Thyatira: Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
This exposes Paul, because Paul teaches people that it is ok to “eat things sacrificed unto idols”.
1 Corinthians 8:4-12
4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
7 But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
Paul again, on the subject:
Romans 14:14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
Romans 14:20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean…”
In these first passages, Paul says it’s ok to eat food sacraficed to idols, as long as a weak Christian does not see you, lest you cause them to stumble.
But then Paul changes his tune, and becomes far more radical. In 1 Timothy, Paul is so strong about this, that if you “abstain from certain foods”, it’s a demonic teaching so bad it’s as if you have “abandoned the faith”. Paul’s faith.
1 Timothy 4:4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods…”
But as we saw in Revelation, and by the Apostles, the point is clear to avoid food sacrificed to idols:
Acts 15:20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.
Acts 15:29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.
Acts 21:25 New International Version (NIV)
25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”
If you believe in Paul, then Paul was supposed to teach the Acts 15 decision to the Gentiles. Not only did Paul never quote it, Paul taught against it, and was condemned by Jesus in Revelation 2 about that very teaching.
A practical application for us today: As far as I’m aware, there are no “temples to Diana” where they give out free food.
I don’t eat Halal food. Muslim food. Muslim food is dedicated to Allah.
“In addition to the direction, permitted animals should be slaughtered upon utterance of the Islamic prayer Bismillah “in the name of God”.” “The requirement to invoke God’s name is a must.”
Halal products are derived from animals and/or poultry that have been prepared according to Islamic law under the following statement, “In the name of God – God is the Greatest/Bismillahi Allahu Akbar”
“The slaughterer must say the name of God before making the cut.
The name of God is said in order to emphasise the sanctity of life and that the animal is being killed for food with God’s consent.”
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