Are many Americans spoiled by philosophy, psychology and other subjects which use vain deceit? If they are, who is spoiling them? Is it philosophers who teach after the tradition of men; is it after the rudiments of the world? So, we can conclude from this verse that such topics are evil teachings; for they are set in opposition to the doctrines of the Bible.
The Apostle Paul sent this warning to the Christians in Colossae, Turkey. James Moffatt renders the same verse as, “Beware of anyone getting hold of you by means of a theosophy [a branch of philosophy] which is specious make believe, on the lines of human tradition.”
When Moses died, Joshua was commissioned to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. The book of Joshua is the account of the family of God crossing over the Jordan River on dry ground and possessing all the land that God had given to them. Jehovah had fought for Israel; and the people who had lived in the land were either driven out or killed. The land was divided up among the tribes of Israel, just as God had promised.