The world is full of wisdom. Or so it thinks.
Great philosophers of old stand as symbols of the mental power we desire. Books of all sorts line our shelves, representative of the knowledge we hope to gain. Outrageous sums are spent on an education so the plethora of ideas consumed can be passed on to the next generation. And the opinions – oh the opinions on every conceivable topic, stated with such dogma and charisma as though we mere beings on this helpless planet are all-knowing.
And while we won’t budge on trivial matters, we are so easily swayed by one realm of thought or another. The philosophy of the age captures us, and before we know it, we are taken in by human tradition, human principle, human argument, human teaching.
How easy it is, in an unprecedented era of knowledge, to be deluded and deceived by so-called “wisdom.”
And yet, wisdom is not far from us. True, deep, abiding wisdom which reduces all alluring imitations to dust. For we have received God’s Mystery, which is Christ, only to be told that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden there. And hidden right there with the treasure is you, for your life is hidden with Christ in God.
By mere identity, you have access to the greatest Wisdom that can be known.
But don’t think for a minute that it isn’t a fight. So for every plausible argument, may your faith be joyously firm. When worldly philosophy seeks to take you captive, may you have the strength to walk steadily. Grounded in him and built up in him, may your mind, by default, reject the empty, deceitful thoughts of man.
For these often have the appearance of wisdom. But you have Christ, and in Christ is all.
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.
. . . in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
from Colossians 2 & 3
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