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Colossians 2:8 – Warning About Philosophy

By

Chaplain Tom Kendall
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department

 

 

BELIEVE IN JESUS NOT PHILOSOPHY

4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 8 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. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.. (NKJVS) Colossians 2:4-10Colossians 2:4-10
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4 Now this I say that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving. 8 Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, 10 and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power;

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To Cheat or Lead One Away From the Truth of God

The definition of this word includes:

“…to lead away from the truth and subject to one’s sway”

Philosophy & Theosophy

The Colossians were very interested in Greek philosophy which is the love of words, much like the Pharisees.

The Greek word is philosophia; “philosophy”, i.e. (specially), Jewish sophistry: — philosophy.

Love of wisdom used either of zeal for or skill in any art or science, any branch of knowledge. Used once in the NT of the theology, or rather theosophy, of certain Jewish Christian ascetics, which busied itself with refined and speculative enquiries into the nature and classes of angels, into the ritual of the Mosaic law and the regulations of Jewish tradition respecting practical life.

NOTE: the Strong’s definition includes a reference to this being “theosophy”, which goes beyond plain philosophy. Here is the Webster’s definition of “theosophy”

the·os·o·phy\-fē\  noun

1: teaching about God and the world based on mystical insight
2: often capitalized: the teachings of a modern movement originating in the United States in 1875 and following chiefly Buddhist and Brahmanic theories especially of pantheistic evolution and reincarnation.

The Theosophical Society is an organization formed in 1875 principally by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, to advance theosophy. Their original claimed objective was self-described as “… an un-sectarian body of seekers after Truth”. However, they had no basis for “truth” as the society’s initial objective was the “study and elucidation of Occultism, the Cabala etc.”

The Society exists yet today and its web site has its stated purpose as:
The Theosophical Society in America:

“Our mission is to encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.”

NOTE: Verse 8 is specifically addressing a warning about such things and we must “BEWARE” of these lest we be “cheated” by these of the real TRUTH!

“Open-minded inquiry into world religions” etc. is accepting all “truths” rather than seeking “ABSOLUTE” Truth. The following is the Society’s modern definition of theosophy:

“As we have seen, theosophia (the Greek word for theosophy) refers to a Divine Wisdom, that is, a state of consciousness in which the sage or mystic goes beyond his or her mind and gets a direct, supra-conceptual, perception of Truth. This is the primary meaning of Theosophy.”

MEANINGS BEHIND THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY’S LOGO

Theosophical Society Logo - ColorThe Theosophical Society’s seal incorporates many symbols.  They are the Swastika, Star of David, Ankh (the Egyptian cross with a handle in the center), Aum (Indian symbol above the swastika) and Ouroboros (the Greek snake devouring his own tail) symbols.

The Ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol that represents the concept of life, which is the general meaning of the symbol. The Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. The ankh appears in hand or in proximity of almost every deity in the Egyptian pantheon (including Pharaohs). Thus it is fairly and widely understood as a symbol of early religious pluralism: all sects believed in a common story of eternal life, and this is the literal meaning of the symbol. This rationale contributed to the adoption of the ankh by New Age mysticism in the 1960s.

The “Swastika” (also known as the gammadion cross, cross cramponnée, or wanzi) (as a character: 卐 or 卍) is an ancient religious symbol that generally takes the form of an equilateral cross, with its four legs bent at 90 degrees. It is considered to be a sacred and auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and dates back to before 2nd century B.C. The name swastika comes from the Sanskrit word svastika meaning “lucky or auspicious object”.

The “Aum”, seen at the very top of the seal, is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Indian religions. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and we often hear people uttering this sound during meditation.

The “Ouroboros” often symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, e.g. the eternal return. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, Hermeticism and Hinduism. Carl Jung interpreted the ouroboros as having an archetypal significance to the human psyche

EXAMPLES OF SOME THEOSOPHICAL IDEAS

There are many ideas of the Theosophical Society listed on their web site.  Here are a few examples directly quoted:

“Theosophy postulates a universe of purpose. The entire system, visible and invisible, is the scene of a great scheme of evolution, in which life moves to ever more expressive form, more responsive awareness, and more unified consciousness.”

“The gradual unfolding of this latent divine Reality within us takes place over a long period of time by the process of reincarnation, which is an aspect of the cyclic law seen everywhere in nature.”

“The cycle of reincarnation is ruled by the law of cause and effect. As Saint Paul says–whatever we sow, we will inevitably reap. This is the law of karma by which we weave our own destiny through the ages. It is the great hope for humanity, for it gives us the opportunity to create our future by what we do in the present.”

These are clear examples of the warning of Colossians 2:8Colossians 2:8
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8 Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.

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8 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.

The above example shows how there is an ATTEMPT to bring Biblical Scripture in to justify their philosophy and give it credibility by quoting Paul.   Since we know the Bible is NOT CONTRADICTORY, we must also consider Hebrews 9:27-28Hebrews 9:27-28
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27 Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without sin, to those who are eagerly waiting for him for salvation.

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27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

This obviously says there IS NO REINCARNATION, as we are “appointed” to DIE ONCE; not over and over as in reincarnation.  Thus, the “Law of Contradiction” tells us that both positions can NOT be true.

This is an example of the deceit and how easily we can be CHEATED out of the Truth of the Word of God if we simply study world philosophies and pick and choose “what works for us.” It is NOT TRUTH!

HOW DEVIATION FROM TRUTH MANIFESTS OVER TIME

The seed of the idea developed by Madame Blavatsky in 1875 was further developed by another woman, Alice Ann Bailey (June 16, 1880ne 16, 1880
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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– December 15, 1949) was a writer of more than twenty-four books on theosophical subjects, and was one of the first writers to use the term New Age.

Most of us are familiar with the term “New Age Movement”, but not necessarily where it has led.  Alice, and her husband Foster Bailey, founded the “Lucifer Publishing Company.” in 1922. ‘Lucifer’ and ‘Lucis’ come from the same word root, “lucis” is the Latin generative case meaning of “light”. In 1925, and after much criticism with the obvious link to Satan through the name “Lucifer”, the name was changed to “Lucis Publishing Company”. Eventually, it was reorganized in the U.K. as the “Lucis Trust”, which exists yet today.

The Lucis Trust is a nonprofit service organization which acts as a fiduciary trust for the publishing of Bailey’s twenty-four original books of esoteric philosophy published under Alice Bailey’s name, and to fund and administer activities concerned with the establishment of “right human relations”. These include the Arcane School, which is a school for esoteric training, World Goodwill, Triangles, a lending library, The Beacon magazine, as well as the original publishing company.

In order to place a closer focus on the work of the United Nations (UN), the Lucis Trust has set up a blog called the World Goodwill at the UN, which focuses on defining new “Sustainable Development” goals for humanity after 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals expire.

One might ask “what does this have to do with me?”; or brush it off as “I’ve never heard of it, so it doesn’t have anything to do with our lives today.” But consider this:

At one time, the Lucis Trust office in New York was located at 666 (what a coincidence) United Nations Plaza located INSIDE the UN Building in New York City. It is also a member of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under a slick program called “World Goodwill“.

In an Alice Bailey book called “Education for a New Age“; she suggests that in the new age “World Citizenship should be the goal of the enlightened, with a world federation and a world brain.” In other words – a One World Government New World Order.

The Lucis Trust is sponsored by among others Robert McNamara, former minister of Defense in the USA, president of the World Bank, member of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Thomas Watson (formerly with IBM and former ambassador in Moscow).

Luci’s Trust sponsors among others the following organizations:

  • The United Nations
  • Greenpeace International
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Amnesty International
  • UNICEF

The United Nations has long been one of the foremost world harbingers for the “New Spirituality” and the gathering “New World Order” based on ancient occult and freemasonic principles.

CONCLUSION

This information presented here is but an extremely small part of how New Age philosophy, eastern religions and philosophies and even ancient philosophies have permeated the world and our society today. We see them in things like the “environmental movement”, saving endangered species, and on and on. The idea behind conservation and preserving what God has created is not the issue nor a bad thing in itself, but when we adopt those positions as elevating them above God or replace God altogether with such beliefs and movements, we think we have become powerful when we have only really been “CHEATED” by these philosophies!

Let us take heed of Paul’s warning “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.”

We must keep our eyes on Jesus and the absolute TRUTH of the Word of God, let we so easily be swayed to drift into the philosophies of the world.

 

Bible Study Notes: For John 5:6-7

NOTES FOR THE
STUDY OF JOHN 5:6-7JOHN 5:6-7
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6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, another steps down before me.”

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Tom Kendall

The Certainty of God’s Witness

6 This is He who came by water and blood Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.  (John 5:6-7John 5:6-7
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6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, another steps down before me.”

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 The following notes are great discussion points regarding this passage of scripture.  It speaks to who God is, the Trinity, ONE God, not three!  For a detailed description of the Trinity, please check out my eBook poste called: “What is the Trinity, Who am I, and Why Do I Have to be Born Again?” (Select it from the eBooks section on this site)

So often, we, as Christians, have had a difficult time explaining who we are and who God is in relation to His creation.  Our inability to explain the Triune nature of our God has led many to believe we worship 3 Gods.  This is one criticism Islam has of Christianity, that they are “monotheistic” and Christians are “polytheistic” because we worship 3 Gods, not one, like them.  It is hard to blame them for this criticism when one needs only ask 10 people who call themselves “Christians” to explain how God can be “3 Persons” and still be “One God”.

Please use these notes when you are studying this key passage in John 5.

Continue reading Bible Study Notes: For John 5:6-7John 5:6-7
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6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, another steps down before me.”

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