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Paul's letter to the church at Colossae helps us understand the 'wisdom of the world'.

"Everything is meaningless," says the Teacher, "completely meaningless!"

So says the Teacher in Ecclesiastes 1:2. And so it is. For without God who are we, what is the point, is there any plan for our life? Without God we are born, we die. What we do in between those two points counts for nothing. Who we love or hate is neither here nor there. Many philosophies of the world try and put meaning into life, to somehow insinuate that we need to be 'good'. But really without God everything truly is meaningless. The stars don't care what we do, the mountains and oceans are silent to our hatred or goodness. The birds of the air or the animals on the ground or the fish in the sea have no opinion on our behaviour, Without God we get the atheistic paradise of nothingness and meaningless existence.

Colossians 2:8 (NLTse) Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

Paul warns us against putting our understanding or hope in human understanding aside from God. The world is awash with philosophies, mantras and cults which promise everything but deliver nothing. They are all nonsense however high sounding and virtuous they seem. We are to turn aside from them and put our hope and faith in the true God. Our faith is to remain firmly seated in Christ.

Read 453 times Last modified on 26.07.2020
Chris Hall

I'm someone who came to faith as an adult after a short period of searching for something. I wasn't raised in the church or in any denomination so everything about faith has been new to me. You can read my testimony here.

My family background has been nominal Christian with a strong working class ethos. I tend to have strong moral values but am an economic liberal in the English tradition.

Happily married with 2 dogs, 2 cats and grown up children.

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