KEY SCRIPTURE: Col 2:8 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”
There is so much vain deceit going on, which many have assumed as a fact. There are a number of African intellectuals who claim Christianity is a white man’s religion, (that is European) Is Christianity a white man religion? Let’s consider Greece one of the European countries before the gospel came there. Act 17:16 KJV” Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry”. The Bible said this city was given to idols. The truth is that before the gospel got to most parts of the world the religious practice of most of the people was predominantly idolatry. (Rome was not different) Christianity basically migrated from the middle East and had related with Africa even before getting into Europe. (Acts 2:9&10)
Man, as he is, craves for spiritual activities. Man, by nature would worship something. He would worship an object, worship himself, or something of some kind. Since the fall of Adam and Eve men have been worshipping whatever seem to be meaningful to them. Idolatry is the worship of anything other than the creator, known as Yahweh. The Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and all the islands across the world were all given to idolatry. The gospel of our Lord Jesus had to be sent across all these lands to enlighten men about the truth.
Another lie is that, the Bible helped the white man to enslave blacks. Dear reader, no man controlled by the Spirit of Christ will even lift his hand against his fellow man. Since the beginning of history men have used all kinds of means to manipulate their fellow men. There is sin in men, whether blacks or whites. It manifests itself in various wicked ways. In the days of our Lord Jesus it was the religious leaders who used religious doctrine to arrest and crucify the Lord Jesus Christ. This has not changed. The problem is not about the Bible, but wickedness and regeneration in the hearts of men. At the beginning of creation, a brother (Cain) murdered his blood brother (Abel) over an act of worship. All men are lost and spiritually dead, and so need to receive life which can only be found in Jesus. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
The Bible is the perfect law of liberty, and does not in any way encourage the maltreatment of a fellow human beings. I have been made free from every kind of bondage and therefore filled with true love for all mankind.
Colossians 2:4 KJV “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words”.
Colossians 2:8. 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).