“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.” vs. 8
Humans are enormously curious and are always on the lookout for new knowledge, wherever in the universe we can find it. We take advanced courses in universities, read countless books, and subscribe to any number of podcasts, all in the hope of discovering some new information that will transform our lives. Some are particularly interested in finding out new stuff about God, some proof of existence for example that will add certainty to their belief system. A few are convinced that there is some secret out there, a formula known to the ancients but kept hidden until revealed to some author for inclusion in the latest best-selling book. The author of Colossians was aware of such tendencies among early believers and warned them to pay no attention. It’s not that he was against new learning or education, he simply wants to reassure them that they already know enough when it comes to God. And he really is right! We don’t need to know anything more–it is enough to know that we are loved and that we have been set free in Christ to lead new lives. In Christ we have already experienced the fullness of God. It is such a relief to know this! Oh, we can keep on reading theology if we like–it’s a fine hobby, maybe even better than golf, but in Christ we have enough!
Thought for the Day: What are my favorite areas of learning?