For I want you to know how great a struggle I have in your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and that they would attain to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments. 5 For even though I am absent in body, I am nevertheless with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your orderly manner and the stability of your faith in Christ.6 Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:1-7).

Recently I was reading about what theoretical physicists are saying about the existence of a new force of destruction in outer space. Most of us by now have become familiar with the concept of black holes. We are told black holes suck in, compress and crush anything around them. Still with a lack of understanding they postulate the idea of the black hole’s conjoined twin—the white hole—and suggest that it is just as dangerous and deadly ( I’m oversimplifying but the idea put forth is that while a black hole sucks everything in the white hole never ceases to expel energy—like the ejection of water from a from a pipe with no shut-off possible. As I read about this powerful, perilous energy it seemed to remind me of the teaching of Paul recorded for us in Colossians 2:1-7. 

As a believer in Christ, it seems that the more I mature in my walk in Him the better I recognize secular philosophies in the world that are void of truth. They just feel dark and hollow like a black hole and they suck me in without the truth of the gospel growing inside me. While I could be sucked back into one of these voids by tragedy, sin and temptation the abyss seems distinguishable as its darkness contrasts with the light and truth of the gospel—by the deity and the lordship of Christ. But just maybe it would wise of us to be increasingly alert to the persuasiveness and brightness of white holes around us—those voices that are a little closer to home. Those influencers nearer to us who downplay the deity of Christ and question his lordship over all and instead blast us with the dimmer light of law and legalism. The keeping of the law may seem to be in contrast to the black holes we already recognize as dangerous but the allure of that self-righteousness of law-keeping is a sinister white hole that is an equally destructive obliteration of the savior, mediator and Lord that we desperately need for life and true godliness.

The truth is that we need the spiritual eyes of the Holy Spirit to distinguish the white holes close to home. It is His power in us that shows us the real truth. And our counselor, The Spirit teaches us that through Paul that we are called by Christ to be knitted together to continue to bring that truth of the gospel into the lives of one-another by a mutual encouragement in love. By being built up together in the established faith we have brought into we will continue to be enlightened together by the truth of who Christ is and what it means for life. Then the persuasiveness of the next shiny theory will pale in comparison to the reality of Christ. Together, in the reality of Him we can make sure that counter-teachings that may arise from both the black and white holes around us will never be able to persuade us away from the true light of the gospel.