good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Philosophy and Vain Deceit

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8

It is bound to be significant that, in the only place where the Scriptures even mention philosophy, we are warned to beware of it! Likewise, the only philosophers mentioned were evolutionary humanists who called the apostle Paul a "babbler...because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection" (Acts 17:18).

The word "philosophy" literally means "love of wisdom," and every philosophy- ancient or modern- is essentially a humanistic devotion to man's wisdom for it's own sake.

But such wisdom is false wisdom. It derives in type from "the tree of knowledge," through the "vain deceit" of Satan, who tried to persuade us that partaking of it would "make one wise" and that "your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods" (Genesis 2:17; 3:5-6). It has "indeed a shew of wisdom" (Colossians 2:23), but "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Corinthians 3:19), and eventually all "the wisdom of this world... [and] of the princes of this world,... [will] come to nought" (1 Corinthians 2:6).

Genuine wisdom, on the other hand, is as our text reminds us, "after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power" ( Colossians 2:8-10). For in Him "are hid [literally 'stored up'] all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3).

The Lord Jesus Christ is "the truth" (John 14:6), and is both "the power of God, and the wisdom of God" ( 1 Corinthians 1:24). This true wisdom is freely available to all who desire it. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God... and it shall be given him (James 1:5). Therefore, we need never waste our God-given time on human philosophy.

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