â€œBeware 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.â€ (Colossians 2:8)
It is bound to be significant that, in the only place where the Scriptures even mentionÂ philosophy, we are warned to beware of it! Likewise, the onlyÂ philosophersÂ mentioned were evolutionary humanists who called the apostle Paul a â€œbabbler . . . because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrectionâ€ (Acts 17:18).
The word â€œphilosophyâ€ literally means â€œlove of wisdom,â€ and every philosophyâ€”ancient or modernâ€”is essentially a humanistic devotion to manâ€™s wisdom for its own sake.
But such wisdom is false wisdom. It derives in type from â€œthe tree of knowledge,â€ through the â€œvain deceitâ€ of Satan, who tries to persuade us that partaking of it would â€œmake one wiseâ€ and that â€œyour eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as godsâ€ (Genesis 2:17; 3:5-6). It has â€œindeed a shew of wisdomâ€ (Colossians 2:23), but â€œthe wisdom of this world is foolishness with Godâ€ (1 Corinthians 3:19), and eventually all â€œthe wisdom of this world, . . . [and] of the princes of this world, . . . [will] come to noughtâ€ (1 Corinthians 2:6).
Genuine wisdom, on the other hand, is as our text reminds us, â€œafter 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 powerâ€ (Colossians 2:8-10). For in Him â€œare hid [literally â€˜stored upâ€™] all the treasures of wisdom and knowledgeâ€ (Colossians 2:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ is â€œthe truthâ€ (John 14:6), and is both â€œthe power of God, and the wisdom of Godâ€ (1 Corinthians 1:24). This true wisdom is freely available to all who desire it. â€œIf any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God . . . and it shall be given himâ€ (James 1:5). Therefore, we need never waste our God-given time on human philosophy. HMM