You know, I’ve been reading over the comments on this blog and some others blogs and it crossed my mind that those who disagree with the premise that the Word of God is the authoritative yardstick by which we are to discern what is the message or Revelation that God has given us, would have me set aside what it says, so that I would accommodate their premise. That is to say, that there are alternate sources of illumination, alternate perspectives, which I should entertain. Furthermore, when I do quote a scripture from my yardstick that sends from my perspective, a pretty clear statement, an example of which is, ”Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12“, the response is typically rooted in an alternate source, and invariably explains it away by indicating that “different labels” are being used from an alternate source and essentially there is no conflict between the alternate source and the meaning conveyed in the chosen scripture.
Excuse me, but I do not buy that. The root of their argument is consistently centered on alternate sources. The institution of Christianity is not my yardstick, the Christian scriptures are. I quote Craig’s response to the question about the Trinity at http://prolepticlife.wordpress.com/ as another example, “Interestingly, the triune nature of God is central to the Gnostic Gospels which were excluded from the orthodox canon and considered heretical. In the Gospel of Philip, we see written, “…the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Excuse me, the Gnostic Gospels are not the yardstick.
Every conceivable source from Krishnamurti, Paramahansa Yoginanda, and a host of others has been thrown into the ring of this discussion. Excuse me, they are not the yardstick.
My personal relationship with God has not been overwhelmed by the institution of Christianity nor am I overwhelmed by the history of the Christian Church.
I see a consistent pattern to explore and evaluate alternate sources while steadfastly ignoring the common sense language of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I don’t buy it and God granting me grace, I never will.
Eckhart Tolles’ “A New Earth” has produced a significant amount of discussion and debate with regard to his teachings being in line with the basic teachings of the Bible, especially the New Testament. There are many who hold up Eckhart Tolle’s banner stating that his teachings breath new life into the deeper truths of the Gospel, and there are many who see Tolle’s message as being exactly the opposite. Having a good working knowledge of what the Bible says and a balanced perspective of what the Gospel represents is a basic requirement to make an informed decision about the discussion and the debate, especially when it comes to discussion with others who oppose our point of view. The discussions and debates that I have read and participated in clearly indicate that nothing is taken at face value any more. Literally everything is challenged, be it the authenticity of the the Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments), our interpretation of recorded history, the method whereby we interpret the Scriptures, and of course, the track record of the Christian Church. The task at hand can be overwhelming at times.
I am not an Old or New Testament scholar, nor am I an historian. I also do not possess a science degree and I have not made it my life’s work to defend the track record of the Christian Church. And, I suspect, I am not alone.
But I have studied how we have obtained the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, I have examined the scholarly work of those who have dedicated their lives to validating the authenticity of our Bible and I have read and formed opinions on scientific/religious conflicting points of view. I have studied world history and I have spent a significant amount of time tracing the journey of the Christian Church and I have read and continue to study the Word of God. My journey has led me to the Cross, where I have knelt and accepted the grace that has been placed before me via the shed blood of my Saviour Jesus Christ. And I know that I am not alone.
The evolution of New Age Thinking is not insignificant, in fact, in our day and age, it is and will continue to shake our Christian belief system to its very core. There will be division, within our society, within the Christian Church and within our homes. To those who share our Christian heritage and faith, this is a call to arms, the sword has been brought out and we had better prepare for the battle which is to come.
“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints….” Ephesians 6:10-18