Do not build your own mystery. Do not cling to the traditions of the old faith, or what you think is the old faith — the reality of paganism was bloody, fearful, and the appeasement of angry spirits. To the pagan, the gospel has always been good news, for they know their damnation. There will be a falling away, true.
But it is a sign not of progress, but dyscivilization.
14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but [a]in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how [b]one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. 16 By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was [c]vindicated [d]in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.
4 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will [e]fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.