See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.Colossians 2:8 NIV
There are many ‘isms’ and false gospels in the world today, and their voices are loud, calling out to you to follow them. Scientism, naturalism, and atheism claim that this physical world is all there is. There are many religions in the world today who claim to have the truth. And even within Christianity there are deceptive philosophies preaching a gospel that is contrary to what the Scripture teaches.
But, Paul says, these philosophies are hollow and deceptive. They have no real substance. And they deceive those who follow them. They are based solely on human wisdom and the deception of our spiritual adversaries. They claim to have the truth. But the real truth is found only in Christ Jesus and in the riches of God’s grace.
So don’t be deceived by them and their appeal to our lower nature. That appeal is nothing more than skin deep and will only cause ruin. Trust instead in Christ, who alone can give true meaning and purpose to your life.
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This article was first published on May 13, 2017