Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)
It makes a difference what Christians believe. If not, Paul wasted his time warning Christians of the “basic principles of the world” that display themselves as philosophy and religious and spiritual traditions. These are empty and deceitful, plundering faith by their attractive allurement. and False doctrines, worldly philosophies, religious and spiritual traditions – these all originate with the world, not God. Fill yourself with the word of Christ. The world’s philosophies and traditions, while promising knowledge and wisdom, bring eternal death. The gospel of Christ secures eternal life for the faithful. That’s enough; “You are complete in Him” (Col. 2:10).