"If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied."
There are some who say, though their number is increasingly few, that religion is a good thing for living life in the here and now. A good thing to pass down to your children, as part of their cultural inheritance. It is against that way of thinking, against that way of doing religion that Paul speaks in this verse. Paul had come to see this approach to religion as rubbish. For him, religion was no longer about membership in an exclusive caste, no longer a reason for confidence in the flesh. Those who use religion in this way are to be pitied. Moreover, those who hope to use Christ for worldly gain are to be pitied most of all.
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