The apostle Paul writes in 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.” In order for us not to be taken captive, we must have a working knowledge of the Bible, the Word of God. Do you want to remain strong? Read your Bible.
The problem is that we have a growing problem of “biblical illiteracy.” As George Gallup and Jim Castelli put it: “Americans revere the Bible – but, bland large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, the have become a nation of biblical illiterates.” If we are ignorant of the Bible’s teaching, we are ripe for deception.
Some of the data is alarming. Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels. When asked to name five of the ten commandments, 60% of Americans are unable to do so. A significant portion of the population believes that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife, that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife, and that the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham.
In order to survive in this world and “not be taken captive to hollow and deceptive philosophy,” we need a biblically-shaped understanding of morality, ethics, and money. The Bible must form our beliefs on sin, salvation, sexuality, and eternity. In order for that to be the case, the answer is simple: Read your Bible.