Colossians contains the most severe warning against unguided human intellect or non-Biblical philosophy: “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” (2:8).

The Greek word for “philosophy” (philosophia) means “love of wisdom.” In Christ are “hid all the treasures of wisdom [sophias] and knowledge” (2:3); therefore, a genuine love for wisdom should lead to a perfect love for Christ.

However, there are many systems that go under the guide of “philosophy” that are really governed by human or world standards, by humanism or antisupernaturalism, rather than by divine revelation centered in the person of Christ. Christians need to distinguish between true and false philosophies.

Robert G. Gromacki, New Testament Survey (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1974), 270–271.