Bullets From The Bible 2-6-18
Colossians 2:8 says, “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.”
It seems that there will always be people who are trying to deceive others. Whether it is to sell an item that is not as good as they claim, or to convince someone to do something that they really don’t want to do, or to make themselves appear to be something they are not...deceit is almost everywhere. Religion is no exception to this rule. Deception is almost everywhere in religion as well. Whether it is Satan trying to deceive us into doing wrong, or a false teacher intentionally trying to lead us away from the Bible, or a preacher who is just trying to get a few more dollars out of people...deceit is almost everywhere in religion. When we are deceived we have cheated ourselves out of the truth. This is true with religion or any other aspect of life. We can be fooled by philosophy, through simple deceit, or through traditions. Each of these at times will violate truth and need to be avoided. We must be studied enough to recognize deceit when we see it and to avoid that deceit. We must realize that Christ is the one we must follow and His word alone carries the truth for our lives!