Okay, I feel ignorant. No, it’s more than that—I am ignorant.
I had no idea what Oprah is into and propagating. Do you know about this? I believe you will need to, and that’s why I am posting this eight minute video. There’s a brief sales pitch for a relevant book at the end of it, and because I know nothing about the book referenced, this is my caveat. But what this and lots of other videos found on You Tube show is that Oprah is way-into some terribly wrong and very dangerous stuff.
Not only has she pushed this weirdo’s book (Eckhart Tolle) on her book club, she’s hosting a television and radio show for him, and more. Oprah is seeking to make converts to a new religion—there’s no mistaking it. The religion of Self-Realization.
Check out the video.
In my estimation, self-realization is the goal for many of us today. And why wouldn’t it be? Most everything points us toward this elusive goal, from doing random acts of kindness so you’ll feel better, to helping a neighbor so you’ll have good karma, all the way to recycling your coffee grounds so you can help save the earth. What’s first offered is an assumed “good,” or a moral standard to shoot for. Do this, buy that, help in this way, and you will be a good person. You will realize who you are, and then be happy and healthy all of your days.
The trouble begins with the lie that it can all be done without God! And any attempt at self-realization without Him is not only pointless, it’s impossible. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the truth, and Jesus is the life. He didn’t say that He would simply tell you the way, or tell you the truth or tell you about life—He said that He is those things. He will never be disconnected from them, so that anyone might go off on their own, separate from Him because they have realized who they are and can now live apart from Him. Happy and healthy is living in Christ, not apart from Him! Finding out who you are is something Jesus intends you should find with Him, and there is no after that. It’s always with Him that we are found and life is had. If you’ve been wondering who you are and how you work, connect with Him!
Look, I think religion has largely gone astray when it offers adherents a form or a method or a pattern to live by, a way to live well. When that becomes the goal—to live well—then the trap is set to keep people from God by offering something else, something less. If a certain method, even a Christian looking method, can be introduced that holds out the promise of a better life, then one of two things will happen: either the believer will work the method successfully and live without knowing and enjoying God, or the believer will fail in the method and think Christianity “doesn’t work,” or is not for him—better look for another method.
What was the goal? Life by method. But that’s not life. Life is with Him—it’s found nowhere else.
In the introduction to my book I wrote, “The single purpose of this book is that you find Jesus and life in Christ—Christianity—deeply satisfying, beyond anything you’ve ever known.” And in chapter one: “If God and you disagree about who and what you are, your approach to Him and your approach to all of life will be a tangled mess. It cannot be otherwise. This isn’t a book on self-esteem with the goal that, after reading it, you’ll feel better about yourself. That’s not nearly enough. It is a book about accurate self-estimation based entirely upon what God thinks of you, and without question, you’ll feel better about yourself at the end. For the Christian, self-esteem isn’t something you work up and get so you can live well, it’s something you receive from God because you are well—now go and live! He loves it and is glorified when we believe Him about ourselves and live accordingly. That’s the goal.”
You can do a random act of kindness, help your neighbor and recycle your coffee grounds, but do it with God! It’s Him that you want! When you realize that healthy and happy are with Him, guess what you’ll do? You’ll live to know Him as your priority, and His glory will be evident in and through you.
But that’s missing from Oprah’s religion. I have prayed that she’ll soon notice.