This may seem like a silly question. I mean, should someone, with the power of the Living God on the inside, be afraid of coloring books? Yet, there seem to be some fears going around that the secular or non-Christian origins of the abstract pictures can in some way “infect” a Christian with satanic influence and evil. I disagree and don’t want anyone to live in bondage to fear. Here’s why:
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,
So what does “worship of angels” mean in this context? Being afraid of what the devil can do in your life is a form reverence and worship. Believing that the devil has some secret power to control and afflict you is actually denying the powerful work Jesus did to release you from his influence and control. Either Jesus disarmed the enemy or He didn’t. Paul tells us plainly in Colossians 2 that He did and when you believe that YOU have to do something to disarm him in his efforts against you, you are denying that Christ has ALREADY disarmed him and that he has no power over your life in Christ.
Keep Jesus As Your Lord
It’s one thing to willfully disobey the express will of God given to us in the Bible (i.e. – fornication, drunkenness, gossip, filthy talk, etc.), but withholding from coloring on paper because you believe the devil can enter your heart/mind/soul/life through that innocent act is religion, plain and simple. Here’s the difference. People that engage in Eastern mysticism and meditation are SEEKING contact with demons and strange spirits. Seek, and ye shall find. Christians that color for relaxation or as a hobby, ARE NOT.
It is religion that would add to the completed work of Christ to free the Christian from the authority and domination of the devil. There is no inherent power in a piece of paper, or a shape, or a color. These things were all made by God to bring Him glory and honor Him. People have the choice to use these tools to honor Him or not, but the idea that these things have power in themselves to enslave a believer is wishful thinking on the part of the devil and only serves to enslave believers in a lie.
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. Col 2:20-23