I’ve wondered whether that could be one way of paraphrasing Paul’s words to Titus when he wrote, “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure” (Titus 1:12). The Apostle penned this after talking about those who were misusing Jewish fables and rules. His primary concern seems to be not so much with the fables and rules as with the motives and behavior of those who were using ethnic and religious ideas for dishonest, personal gain (1:7,11).
Would he have reacted differently if he knew that Christ-centered people were using those traditions and rules as a starting point for leading people to the Cross and grace of the resurrected Son of God?
From our conversation of the last few days I’m guessing some of us would agree that it depends on our motive and purpose in looking for such connections.
Some of us are aware of our tendency to see a glass “half-empty” or “half-full”. The issue is why? What’s causing us to see things differently?
Seems like something worth comparing notes on…