So, my wife has been reading “A New Earth“, by Eckhart Tolle, in order to participate in Oprah’s Book Club. My sister is also reading it. I have not… yet. But because of Oprah’s reach around the world, millions are agreeing
I really should, so I can be a more informed reader. Apparently, according to Tolle, Jesus Christ was an enlightened man, just as Buddha or Muhammed.
If there was ONE thing that seperated Christianity from the rest of the World Religions is that Jesus Christ DID what most enlightened men only talked about. To be “Enlightened” is to have the wisdom and charisma of a higher power. But Jesus Christ WAS an extension OF “the higher power”, filled with the Holy Spirit.
Name ONE enlightened man that was able to cure disease, feed thousands from a loaf of bread, born of a virgin, and even conquer death!! Yes, they all were great speakers and they were all wise. But, to talk about things, and actually DO them, are completely different.
Jesus Christ cannot be placed in the same group as Muhammed or Buddha, except the group of “Man”, since they were all males of the human race. That’s the only commonality
Do I respect Muhammed and Buddha? Yes. Do I consider them wise and enlightened? Yes. Do I consider them the leading authority of how to live life, and even after death? No. That is for my Lord and Savior to do.
I really should read this book. Apparently, it says that we are all a part of energy, and that is what connects us with God and the rest of the world. And that, at some level, EVERY religion worships the same God (at some level). But, to deny my Lord and Savior the respect he deserves is terrible.
EDIT: I am not condemning the book, as I have not yet read it. It seems to have good ideas. Only the thought of Jesus being Enlightened disturbs me.
Do I believe someone will go to Hell if they do not believe in Jesus Christ? No. But, I do believe they won’t go to heaven, if they don’t believe. Now, where they go, I do not know. This “Enlightenment” that they speak of may not be the same thing as Heaven, but rather another stepping stone to get to Heaven.
Paul warns us not to be deceived by other traditions of man in Colossians 2:8:
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
I only know what the Bible tells me. And, the Bible has been the leading authority, to not just Jesus’ life, but also proven as a historically accurate book.
Reference: Probe Ministries: “A New Earth” Significant Issue
EDIT#2: Fixed broken link to Reference above.