I came across a blog the other day written by a fellow high school classmate. She wrote about becoming one with yourself, melting away the world via breathing techniques and meditation. I read it, hoping against hope she would reveal Jesus to be the center of these breathing techniques. But the farther I went down the rabbit hole, the more I realized this old friend was far from the truth.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through him.
There is no other way.
It seems backwards, against conventional wisdom. Yet that’s what God intended. In Colossians, Paul writes about this paradox. He calls it a mystery, a mystery that has been kept hidden for ages.
What’s the mystery?
Salvation through Christ alone.
The world says there are many ways to get to heaven. It sounds lovely to be sure. It’s freeing even, this line of thinking, because then there’s no need to take responsibility for your actions. And Satan, he wants us to fall into this trap more than anything. He’s made it his calling to prevent us from realizing God’s mystery. Even to the extent that he’s created all other religions, all false ways to heaven.
Although we see these as false paths to heaven, the world tells us we are narrow minded to think Jesus is the only way.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather that on Christ.” ~ Colossians 2:8
Anything that doesn’t point to Christ is going to leave you hollow. It’s deceptive. That’s the point. If it were obvious that it was the wrong path, no one would take it.
But what are “the basic principles of the world?” The passage itself answers that.
Any philosophy that doesn’t depend on Christ.
Let’s go a little deeper though and further unlock its significance. In this passage, principles is a derivative of the Greek word steicho, meaning:
- to march in military rank, to keep step
- (figuratively) to conform to virtue or piety/religion
So it gives you the idea that the basic principles of this world, the ones we are not to believe in, have been created by the enemy to keep us in line.
It makes perfect sense.
The wrong ways, the wrong philosophies of the world, have been created by the enemy to keep us in step. What comes to mind is a picture of troops marching in rank, without a single person out of step. Unbelievers live by this unspoken rule created by Satan, the need to keep everyone in line. Anyone who believes anything but salvation through Christ alone, is the perfect soldier for Satan’s army.
Living our lives based on Christ’s philosophy means we are going to stick out. It’s a matter of time before we break this unspoken rule.
My friend’s breathing technique is sadly based on human tradition and the basic principles of this world. Her philosophies keep her in step with Satan’s goal, but it will only use her, leaving an empty hole within her heart.
Where do your beliefs lie? Do your philosophies keep you in step with the ways of the world? How can you change your beliefs and actions this week to reflect a life dependent on Christ?
To God be the glory. All my love.