Colossians 2:8 - 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.
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Deceptive traps are everywhere. They are hidden to not be easily found, but they can be seen. They are hidden to catch prey unaware, but to the sober and alert they are in plain sight.
Paul uses the Greek word at the beginning of this verse which means, watch out, be aware, and pay attention. The reason that most people are snared in traps is because they are not watching out, not being aware, and not paying attention.
For the believer, for the dedicated follower of Christ by faith, these deceptive snares are easily recognized because they are directly misaligned with the words of Christ. Take the sayings of Buddha or Confucius, listen to the wisdom of Plato or Socrates. They are not foolish meanderings. They sound solid and noteworthy. However, there are holes and missing pieces within those words that lead in opposite directions away from Christ. Take the basic elementary principles of this world, that which can be seen and touched. To some they are truths to build solid conclusive foundations upon. But those things are clearly elements of a Sovereign Creator that point to Him, not the stopping point.
Deceptive traps are everywhere, but they can be seen by the faithful follower of Christ because their eyes are upon Him.