This is the second in a series of “Words Christians Use,” or simply, the first section of a Christian dictionary/desktop encyclopedia. Short phrases may occasionally be included, and some words or phrases have a Christian base but are used more often by the general public. (Click for > “A” terms.)
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Babylon. This word probably isn’t used as much as it should be. Not for the historic city it was, but for the its symbolic Biblical meaning. “Babylon” (or mystic Babylon) refers to the world system, containing religious and political aspects, that are corrupt, self-centered, and against God. It is the global anti-God if you will. Since the Bible tells us that Satan is the ruler of this world (a lot of folks seem to forget that; see John 12:31), mystic Babylon seems to be a simple way of referring to the physical manifestation of the Satanic world system. Not all Christians interpret the symbolic use of Babylon so broadly, but view it as a term used for any corrupt commercial center that is or will be judged. In any case, many who call themselves Christians today don’t recognize the anti-God nature and effects of modern global corporatism and such and appear to support “mystic Babylon”; this could explain the term’s relative non-use.
Bacon (and Biblical laws). Just kidding. Christians don’t use the term “bacon” more than anyone else, BUT, bacon can be the focal point of an important lesson. Christians are often accused of “picking and choosing” which Biblical laws they follow. Aside from certain sects and annoying individuals, the accusation itself is false or deceptive. It is based on ignorance of the difference between a Jew and a Christian. Christians don’t follow the Jewish laws–the laws of ISRAEL–because Christ’s work set believers free from them and from the Jewish nation. Folks, it’s not a matter of “picking and choosing”; Christians are not Jews and so don’t need to follow the laws of Israel. God told the Israelites not to eat pork, and He had good reason. But Christians are free to eat pork. There are some prohibitions that were maintained under the new covenant, however, that are reiterated as sin against God in the New Testament (like any sex outside of marriage [and marriage is maintained as heterosexual] and deceiving people).