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By A. Tinsley

Written from an African American point of view, this paintings depicts the presentation of the gospel message to the first-century neighborhood of Colossae, their reception of it comparative to the presentation and reception of a similar to the enslaved Africans of North the United States quite within the eighteenth and the 19th centuries.

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Do not handle . . severity to the body . . 26 Hence, freedom from the body through abstinence of certain foods and bodily gratifications fostered communication with the spiritual world. The writer is either warning them against this type of ascetic practice mentioned or that the believers should not take things too far. ” As W. L. ”27 These heavenly visions considered special revealed laws that elevated the individual, giving them reason to boast and heaping judgment on those who did not believe in or accept them.

There are some who find it difficult to abstain from breaking the Law when so much temptation is present. Bokser points out that it is good when we can count on something outside of ourselves to help us deal with the perils of living outside of the Law. However, he quotes Amos 6:1, “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion” to press home that many people are using this as an excuse to live lives oblivious of the consequences of the Law. He therefore argues that the Law should not be totally done away with.

8 with reference to the blood sacrifice as the atonement of sin. 10–12) that specifically forbids the drinking of blood. Consequently, even the suggestion of drinking it (even symbolically) is taboo. It may be therefore argued that to suggest that he would require that his disciples remember him in this way is incomprehensible since they were all Jews. This also suggests that it is unlikely that God would require them to accept a messiah of this caliber. Thus, the writer of Colossians could, in the eyes of many Jews, be accused of building a doctrinal practice on what is perhaps a misinterpretation of the actions of Christ at the Last Supper or of deliberately using this event to further this cause.

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