A couple of days ago, we talked about this passage at work:
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations – “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” ( referring to things that all perish as they are used) – according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. (Colossians 2:20-23 ESV)
What do you think Paul is saying about these kinds of prohibitions (i.e., “Don’t handle that…,” “Don’t taste that…,” “Don’t touch that…”)? Could forcing yourself and others to stay away from certain things actually cover up deeper problems?