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Paul exhorts and encourages the church at Colosse with “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:6–8).
The word philosophy is from two Greek words: phileo, meaning “to love,” and sophia, which means “wisdom.” Philosophy is the love of wisdom. And throughout history, humankind has set aside the Bible and its godly wisdom to pursue a man-devised wisdom, which seeks to explain with its own reasoning the existence of life and the beginnings of the world and all that is in it. Thousands of philosophers have offered their answers to life’s most difficult questions. Some say only what we can see and touch is real. Others say only what we can’t see is real. Many say there is no truth, while others say whatever one believes is truth. Why are there so many beliefs and so-called “truths”? The answer is simply that when people refuse to believe God’s Word and reject the one true God—the God of the Bible—they have to scramble to come up with a false “truth.”
Many people don’t believe there is an absolute truth—truth that is true for all people, in all places, in all times. They don’t believe in one reality. Believing in God is not an intellectual ascent. It is an action. One who believes (pisteuo) also trusts and commits to what he claims. When people reject the truth and reach out to something other than what God has designed to speak to man with, the only thing you have left is what man can produce; ideas, thoughts, emotions, schemes, and philosophies. The philosophies of the world want to eliminate God, and then in their own minds, by their own human effort, attempt to discover truth. But in reality we have only two choices: Either every man is captured by human philosophy, or he is complete in Christ. Either people become a victim of human wisdom, human reason, and human logic, or they become fully devoted and committed to Christ.
The biggest mistake people can make is to blindly trust just anyone’s advice or counsel. Matter of a fact, most people are quickly persuaded to believe anything. It doesn’t take much to convince some people to believe one thing or another, no matter how ridiculous it is. Here’s why. If one doesn’t have a belief system with a solid foundation, he or she has nothing with which to evaluate new ideas. The sky is the limit. But if that person has a trusted resource as his or her measuring device, then it narrows and focuses what that person will accept as true.
That is why Jesus said in Matthew 7:13–14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Jesus is warning us of false ways, false teachings, that could lead to destruction in terms of where we spend eternity. And He is making it very clear that most people will trust anything and take a broad view or way. Christ even says that there will be only “a few” who find the right way.
We live in times where truth doesn’t seem to matter,which shouldn’t surprise us, because Paul warned us 2 Timothy 4:2–4 that people would begin to believe anything that sounds good to them: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
If I am to receive truth, then I need to hear truth; and if I am not filling my mind with truth, then I must have accepted something else in its place. We deceive ourselves to think we can stay out from under solid biblical preaching and still live an exuberant life for Christ. And it is also a misconception to think that you are heaven bound if you have never come to the knowledge of the truth! That would be like saying, “I came to know Jesus through a lie, decorated with non-biblical truths.” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). And Paul wrote, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14).
May we be like the psalmist in Psalm 25:5 when he wrote, “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”
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"The motive of the church is to glorify God. And the mission that does that is to win men and women to the Savior."
"To commune with God in prayer, in the Bible, and in the assembly of His people-these things will be the holy person’s principal enjoyments."
"It is by the mixture of counterfeit religion with true, not discerned and distinguished, that the devil has had his greatest advantage against the cause and kingdom of Christ."