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A Two-Fold Warning (8 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
Colossians 2:8-17 (vs.8a)
1. Our message this evening has two parts:
I. World Philosophy
II. Religious Legalism
I. WORLD PHILOSOPHY
DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Philosophy is the "Pursuit of wisdom: a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means." 1
QUOTE: The Preacher's Outline Study Bible has this to say:
Worldly philosophy is philosophy that deals only with the elements and materials of this world (universe). Men have always tried to find the answers to life and the world within the world itself. Men want to know...
• What is the origin of the universe and life?
• Who is man and where did he come from? Why is man here and where is he going?
• Where did evil come from? Can it be controlled? Or better yet, abolished?
• Is there a God? How can we know?
• Is life upon this planet all there is? Is there life after death?
The questions could go on and on. The point to see is this: worldly philosophy tries to find the answers to these questions only in the world (universe). Worldly philosophy looks only at the elements or materials of this world and seeks the answers to life. The consequence is tragic, for everything in the world--every element of it--passes away. Therefore, if a philosophy bases itself upon the elements of the world, there is no permanent answer or solution to life. Why? Because man and his world will die and cease to exist, for the universe itself is physical and wasting away--granted, much slower than man--nevertheless it is still wasting away. Actually, it will be destroyed; however, not by man, but by God. 2
2 Peter 3:10, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shal ...
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