ONE NATION - ONE GOD
July 3, 1994
INTRODUCTION: In the first century, Colosse was an
swamp into which three main cultured streams drained.
was Hellenism, the vestiges of Greek civilization that
dominated the world before the Romans. Hellenism
dualistic view of the world, the idea that things are
material or spiritual. A second stream was a form of
that tended to be rigid and puritanical, leading to
withdrawal from and condemnation of the world. A third
influence was the local pagan culture. This included
superstitious occultism and primitive, mystical rites.
These three streams blended together into a
swamp that mired the Colossian church in debates,
depravity. The problem was one of syncretism.
involves the confusion of various ideas, beliefs, and
The synericist has a mind like a blender. The person
notions from any number of systems of thought, even
contradict each other. Then they are ground into a
philosophical stew to generate a system that satisfies
intellectual demands and preferences. RESULT: A
worldview that invariably leads away from biblical
Sound familiar? QUESTION: Can Christianity compete in
of "Star Wars," New Age thinking, and occult metaphysics?
Absolutely! In fact, not only can the faith hold its
can be expected to prevail over competing worldviews
of thought. It happened before at Colosse.
Paul preached that Colosse's greatest need was to
recognize an ...
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