“See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah). For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].” Colossians 2:8-9 ->me: Reading through all of the versions I still like the Amplified’s translation the most. What Paul is telling these new Gentile Christians is don’t be fooled or lured into believing other religions, schools of thought, or man-made drummed up interpretations of scripture that are not consistent with the of our Lord and Savior. When I stay in the word myself, petitioning the Lord for wisdom and know of His scriptures through the filter of the Holy Spirit – I will be equipped to spot the inconsistencies. This includes fervent teaching of evolution independent of a divine Creator. This includes the very latest in scientific theory that tries to explain the existence of complex systems, ecosystems, and bizarre animal behavior (like the spider that takes a bubble wrapped in web parachute down to the bottom of a pond to survive while hunting for food) as pure chance and adaptation independent of the Maker of the universe. JESUS is the only answer and in Him is everything we are looking for and need in answers to our biggest questions. Jesus has been in our place here on earth; abused, rejected, and alone. He now sits in bodily form (able to pull from His knowledge of our condition) to intercede on our behalf.