Information fills our world. With a few clicks of a mouse we have access to more information than anyone else did a hundred years ago. Some say this access to information is a good thing. Some say it is a bad thing. For me it is a mixture of both. While in college having this access made research a lot easier. Having access made writing papers faster.
The availability to information also means that creating information is easier than it has ever been. People with their own ideas have the ability to share those ideas. Whether they make sense or not is up to the reader to decide. The Apostle Paul may not have understood the amount of data that we are facing now but he did understand how “philosophy” and “human tradition” could be so enticing.
This is shown in Colossians 2:8 when he writes:
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. -ESV
As Christians we have a responsibility to think rationally when we come across information. The people of Colossae had far less information than we do, yet still were threatened by these philosophies of empty deceit. How much more are we at risk today?
We all need to heed Paul’s words when he says, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit”.