Colossians 2:8: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Meditation: I believe this verse would describe the danger of most secular college campuses in America when it comes to spiritual matters. I remember spending an hour in my college philosophy class discussing “How do you know a tree is a tree?” What a waste of time; and money for that matter.
You may have seen the movie “God is Not Dead.” In the movie a college philosophy professor challenges a Christian to a debate after he refused to sign a statement saying that God is dead. It is later discovered that the professor had some personal tragedies in his life and therefore, he was bitter. It was at that point the debate got to the “heart” of the matter.
We must remember that the secular world does not understand spiritual things.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The world is left to debate things of God with the rudiments or elements of the world. The Judaizes would have been guilty of this as well. Both the Greeks and the Jews had a problem with the message of Christ. It is no different in our world today. However, we must remember what the Apostle Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.