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. Col 2:8
The NLT says it this way – Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
NIV – 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 than on Christ.
KJV – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Religious falsehoods have existed for thousands of years. Many times a false religion is created to control others with logic, science, and smooth talk.
Some of these beliefs claim a foundation based in Christ.
God gave you His word as the base for a life in Christ. He gave apostles, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to explain His word. When the word is taught or preached, you have a text book to compare notes – the Bible.
The Bible is according to Christ!