Thursday, March 31, 2011
Truth:Generic Version or the Real Thing?
''Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking or the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.'' Colossians 2:8 I really wish I had a better analogy for you guys, but this is the best I could come up with. My hope is that this will in someway help get Paul's message in this passage across to you. Let's say life is a road. In order to travel this winding road we need a vehicle, right? The one you have now keeps breaking down and just is not dependable for this journey. So you are in the market for a brand new one. There are a lot of car lots and a lot of different cars to choose from. But we all know car salesman, right? They get paid commission. So their only objective is to sell you a car. They don't care WHAT you buy, only THAT you buy. So they will say anything to make you believe that the cars they are selling are safe,reliable,and long-lasting for the road ahead. Some of you bite in to the bait; hook,line,and sinker. That is what Paul is saying here. There are a lot of religions, churches, and denominations out there and a lot of philosophies and ideas people will try to sell you. He is saying don't be deceived by what they have to say and put your faith in to it blindly.Make sure their teachings have a foundation. That foundation being Jesus Christ. Jesus declares, ''I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.'' John 14:6 Your faith is not blind if put in Christ,who initiates and perfects our faith. [see Hebrews 12:2] Beleiving God exists isn't good enough.For even Satan knows and trembles at His name. God will accept you the way you are but in return you have to accept his son, Jesus Christ, and what He did on the cross.''If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.''Romans 10:9'' I hope that this has helped get Paul's warning of false teachings across to you. Remember,''Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,today,and forever.'' Hebrews 13:8