Apr 18, 2008

A New Earth, A New Religion?

I don't know if any of you watch Oprah, but since I got TiVo, that seems to be one of the shows I try to watch (more like listen to while I'm doing other things around the house) regularly.

Now, I am definitely a fan of the Oprah show. I think her show is interesting, and I always like hearing the latest and greatest in news, fashion, health, and entertainment. I admit that I do respect her generosity. However, I have noticed lately that she is really pushing Eckhart Tolle's book titled A New Earth. This has me a little curious.

From the outside, it sounds like a nice philosophy. It seems that everyone’s reading it; over 2 million people from around the world are streaming into her online class on Monday nights, as well as celebrities from Suze Orman to Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy. From the outside, there are no contradictions with Christianity, and they say it “compliments” any religion. It seems to agree with Christian values, saying it will “transform your life” and encourages you to be aware of your conscienceness and live “in the present moment.”

However, from the inside, A New Earth is a book that teaches spiritual views such as “my holiness is my salvation” and “my salvation comes from me.” Oprah claims to be a Christian and even talks about God and the Bible quite frequently. However, she has said that she believes “there are many paths to what you call God” and that “God is a feeling experience, not a believing experience.” In my opinion, this book does not seem to go along with other religions, but is a new-aged religion of its own. I do not want Christians to be led astray by this. Let's keep Oprah as a talk-show host, and not a spiritual leader.

I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, and in the saving power of Jesus Christ alone. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12


Anonymous said...

That was a really good post. I totally agree. I was thinking last week, "What is this all about?" and then I got an email from a friend with a link to a YouTube video that cut together a bunch of quotes from the online class that clearly show how it contradicts Christianity. They are definitely trying to pass it off as a really innocent thing.

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