In today’s post-modern culture, man is lost. He lacks, in his thinking, the necessary reference points to discern truth, have meaningful communication, and even to truly love. In the despair that he finds himself in, as a result of this lostness, he often turns his attention to government—and that disappoints too. In his post-modern framework he has no rational basis to create a government (or recognize it if it exists) that will relieve the tension he experiences, due to the imbalance of freedom and form in all areas of his life.
Pantheism, the underlying philosophy of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian Science, The Four Agreements, and a number of other philosophies, generally termed "new age" by Christians, has replaced Christianity as the most widely-held belief in America. Rather than focusing on the many differences between the pantheistic worldview and Christianity, in this article I'd like to get to the heart of why it matters. I want to point out the dark consequences of the philosophy which speaks so freely about everything being united in love.
I think it would be useful, as I am hopeful to instigate a revival of true Christianity in a small but meaningful way in my sphere of influence in the near future, to record what are my views on revival at the outset, that in the future they might be compared with the results they've produced and thereby serve as a guide to others as they endeavor to do the same.
I will not attempt, at this time, to explain my reasoning and biblical basis for these views, but will simply list them in brief:
The latest false philosophy to infiltrate the Christian church may well be the most insidious and far-reaching yet! NOOMA is a series of short films by pastor1 and author2 Rob Bell on various feel-good topics such as God's unconditional love (in the installment titled Lump), the holiness all around us and the image of God in others (in Breathe), and how God has not just masculine qualities but all of the wonderful feminine qualities we appreciate in women (in She).
There are 25 films that last from 10 to 15 minutes each and feature Rob Bell speaking to the camera in a casual conversation tone. He has an entertaining story-telling style, uses kind of hip lingo, and the filming is highly stylized. They are enjoyable to watch; the message is where we get into trouble.
Recently I have encountered a few cases in which people felt trapped in hopeless, intolerable situations and found themselves unable to act to resolve their suffering. In each of these cases, it was clear to me that the person could solve their problem if they were willing to give something up. In each case the thing they had to give up was substantial. In each case the goal was clearly more substantial than the thing they would be giving up. And in each case the problem had no hope of resolution without such sacrifice. And, sadly, in all of these cases, after I explained the concept of sacrifice and what seemed to me a clear course of action, the people were unwilling to consider doing it.