In this blog post I wanted to go deeper into a part in Galatians 4 which I came to as I was reading the bible. Please keep in mind that I am not under an average Christian perspective. So if you are someone who will get extremely sensitive and lashing out at people who have a different point of view than what you were Taught, just please click off. But if you are open-minded enough to be interested in theology like I am then please continue. I am under a more gnostic open minded perspective and that is how I look at all ancient texts including the Bible. I have studied a lot of different ancient texts including those of ancient Mesopotamia which in my studies I have found that many parts of the Bible seem to refer back to those ancient Mesopotamian texts. It just so happens that usually you have to look in between the lines to discover those points of view. So if you're down to hear my perspective, please continue but again please click off if you are just going to lash out at me because my viewpoint is different from yours. A little history about Galatians 4... It is authored by Paul the Apostle for the churches in Galatia, written between 49–58 CE. Paul makes it clear in this chapter that ethnicity does not play a factor in terms of our relationship with God. He has adopted Jews and Gentiles into His family on equal terms. Finally, Galatians 4 spells out Paul's genuine care for the welfare of the Galatians. Paul wrote to the Galatians to encourage them to fully live the gospel and not be tied to the law of Moses and Jewish traditions. Galatians 4: 1-11 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[Aramaic for father] Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces[or principals]? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. Let's take a closer look at verse 3. "So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world." Using an interlinear bible this is the original translation from Greek.
Let's take a closer look at the word which they translated as basic principles which in The New international version would be translated as elemental spiritual forces.
Now let's look at each verse with how I personally interpretate this. My words will be in parentheses. Galatians 4: 1-11 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. (Think about this verse as if you owned a big house and a lot of land and you plan to give that to your child when your child becomes old enough. Even though the child is the heir to the house and the land, your child must still listen to you until you deemed the child ready to have such a responsibility as owning the house and the land.) 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. (This is an interesting one and I personally under a more gnostic open-minded perspective see this as speaking about the tales of ancient Mesopotamia speaking about the gods creating humanity a worker race to help the Igigi Gods. That is spoken about in the Mesopotamian creation stories. In t