Colossians 2:8-9 Empty human traditions and superstitions

I remember the song from the 1960s, “If that’s all there is, then let’s keep dancing; let’s break out the booze and have a ball … if that’s all there is.” And even though my teenage years were full of fast ascents to mountaintops followed by equally-as-fast descents to the bottomless pit, I knew it in my heart–that isn’t all there is. I knew that I was loved even when I was unlovable. I knew, even when I didn’t feel, that there was more to life than my current feelings, hurts, or confusion. That’s because I knew God from when I was still in the womb, for my parents were prayers, believers, Christ followers, and they came before God with the rest of the local congregation and promised to raise me to know my Creator, my Savior, and my Lord. So even when I didn’t feel it, I knew it. And that song made me so sad, because I realized there were so many who didn’t know Him and the Good News.
Don’t let people fool you with intellectual double talk, big words, intelligent theories, endless arguments, disdain, deceit, and superstition. Don’t listen to the devil’s words that can sound so rational. You don’t think he knows how to twist your thoughts and anybody else’s thoughts, convince you how irrational faith is, how foolish you are–and weak–to depend on anyone but yourself? “Why deny yourself? You’ve only got one chance. Take it. Live for yourself. You’re worth it.” 
Don’t buy it. That’s not all there is. There is more. Find a Bible and start reading. Look for God, and He will find you. He’s more, so much more; and He’s waiting for you to turn, look, listen to his gentle knocking on the door of your heart. Open the door and let Him in. There is so much more …
Colossians 2:8-9 (New Living Translation)
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers [principles] of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
Colossians 2:8-9 (The Message)
Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ.
Why study the Bible this way? If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind. If you want to remember it, you can think of what  you drew.
Want to share? I invite your comments and an upload of your own drawings.

2 thoughts on “Colossians 2:8-9 Empty human traditions and superstitions

  1. I remember this song as well. When I heard it I knew there was much more to life and actually paid no further attention to the song. I appreciated your comments and how you related it to the need for positive spirituality.


  2. Do you sometimes wake up singing a song? I often do, and I think God puts them in my head to remind me of something–sometimes is to praise him, sometimes it is a reminder that he hasn’t been first place in my heart for a short time. I love that He speaks through music.


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