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The Secret, A Course in Miracles, and Oprah Winfrey

April 30, 2011

I believe any individual today who does a moderate bit of research over the internet regarding some ideas they’ve heard expressed on the Oprah Winfrey show, or to follow-up on certain individuals she’s had on the show will find a great deal of hubbub going on regarding these practices and ideas she’s promoting. Even without being a viewer of the Oprah Winfrey show many people today are catching wind of some very influential books on the market such as The Secret, A Course in Miracles, and New Earth.

This has made a significant ripple in the Christian world as well. Many different Protestant and Catholics have been quite outspoken regarding the ideology of these movements of thought and the individuals behind them as well. Names like Ekart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and sometimes Esther Hicks speak of individuals who have become very influential not only in the secular world but among many Christians as well. The raging debate with the methods being taught by these individuals and the Christian collective is most starkly summed up, from a Christian standpoint, as the fight between New Age and Christianity. This new movement of thought permeates Christian thought on a much more widescale level because this latest movement incorporates many ideas of Christianity and yet reconstructs its tenants to also incorporate other world faith views and ideas as well as New Age beliefs. Through an a la carte potpourri of tenants, ideas, and world religious mantras, this new breed of spiritual self-help guru’s is having a widespread effect on the beliefs and ideas of the Christian populace.

In order to clarify this position and to create a factual basis for these statements, I’ve selected a short list of quotes regarding this movement and its influence.

First, I’ll discuss The Secret. It deals, primarily, with what’s called the Law of Attraction. According to a foremost former New Age “evangelist” Sharon Lee Giganti the Law of Attraction was “the premiere teaching of a channeled spirit called Abraham” whom Giganti herself used to follow. She also states that, “although this was only mentioned once or twice in The Secret the media picked up on this and it was dubbed, ‘the Secret behind The Secret.'”[1]  The spirit “Abraham” was channeled through Esther Hicks.  Esther Hicks was a narrator and star of the original version of the film The Secret, as well as a central source of the film’s inspiration. The Hicks’ books, including the best-selling series The Law of Attraction, are — according to Esther Hicks — “translated from a group of non-physical entities called Abraham (Hicks describes what she is doing as tapping into “infinite intelligence”). After a contract dispute with the writer of The Secret the source of the inspiration for it, Abraham – via Hicks – no longer appear in the film version.[2]

“A Course in Miracles (which encompasses a textbook, a workbook for students, and a manual for teachers), [was] authored by research psychologist Helen Schucman. Dr. Schucman maintained that between 1965 and 1972 an “inner voice” (which she identified as Jesus) dictated the material to her, which she took down in shorthand and transcribed into what was eventually published as A Course in Miracles.” [3] “It’s been widely promoted by Oprah, and as of January 2008, she now has Marianne Williamson, the Course’s leading spokesperson, teaching this “Course” on her world-wide XM radio show.”[3],[4]

“The teachings of A Course in Miracles [claims] that: Jesus was NOT God, the devil does not exist, and there’s no such thing as evil, or “sin” especially original sin, that man’s fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden never happened— (preface, pg. xiii) and that Holy Scripture cannot be trusted, as Christ’s apostles misinterpreted his message and taught in error. (text pgs. 94 & 95) Everything you see around you is an illusion,(lesson #14 and throughout) that sin and guilt are not real but, “solely an invention in your own mind”(lesson #70) that, you can neither hurt others, nor be hurt (text pg. 96 and throughout)… that “you can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you”… the false promise that: if you see your neighbor as sinless, “you will be released entirely from all effects of sin” (text pg. 474) that “the reality of everything is total harmlessness” (text pg. 158) … that you alone are the sole cause of anything hurtful that’s ever happened to you (lesson #23, #304, and throughout) … that, “The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.”(lesson #14 and throughout) ” [4] One of the more startling teachings within the course as “the 14th lesson, which is to be accepted as true by the student, reads as follows: “With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its’ reality. God did not create it, and so it is not real. Say for example: God did not create that war, and so it is not real. God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real. God did not create that disaster, and so it is not real. Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include: Anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned.” Another startling teaching for anyone familiar with the gospel of Mark 5:9 and Luke 8:30 is the teaching included in the teachers manual that states, “helpers are given you in many forms… their names are LEGION.”[4]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, a Capuchin Order Roman Catholic priest, knew the medium Helen Schucman personally — was at her bedside when she was dying— and has stated that, by the end of her life, she was almost completely overcome by rage (against all things spiritual—especially the “Course in Miracles” which she used to curse!) and [was in] the blackest depression he had ever seen. According to Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s point of view, “A Course In Miracles served to undermine authentic Christianity more effectively than just about any other work he could recall…” Fr. Groeschel shares his story concerning Helen in an interview, “No less fascinating to the priest was the sharp distinction between Schucman’s own stated convictions and the contents of A Course in Miracles. ‘I hate that d___ book’, she often told him, and regularly disavowed its teachings. Most troubling to him by far was the ‘black hole of rage and depression she fell into during the last two years of her life’, the priest explained. She had become frightening to be with, Groeschel recalled, spewing psychotic hatred not only for A Course in Miracles but ‘for all things spiritual.’ When he sat at Schucman’s bedside as she lay dying, ‘she cursed, in the coarsest barroom language you could imagine, ‘that book, that g__d___ book’. ‘She said it was the worst thing that ever happened to her. I mean, it raised the hair on the back of my neck. It was truly terrible to witness.’ [5], [6]

Ekart Tolle’s book A New Earth was also promoted by Oprah. “Tolle himself doesn’t align with any one religion but blends tenets of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sufism, Christianity and other faiths. A review in The Vancouver Sun said of Tolle: “His spiritual outlook has become more complex since (his earlier book) The Power of Now, when he dismissed external reality as an illusion and made it sound as if ‘living in the now’ was a panacea for all the world’s problems. …”In addition, Tolle believes outer realities — including politics, war, poverty and even the climate — will magically be transformed when individuals change their inner consciousness. This may be true, but only to an extent.” The reason Tolle’s psychology and spirituality is marketed so easily is that it is an eclectic mix of conventional and unconventional wisdom, and Western and Eastern beliefs, presented in a tolerant, non-threatening and nonsectarian way. In other words, it’s Religion Light, in which one can be spiritual with little down and no credit. Tolle only quotes relatively benign sayings of Jesus, avoiding the more difficult ones. For example, Tolle notes that Jesus taught that the “kingdom of heaven” is already present on earth and can be experienced right now, but Tolle overlooks Jesus’ teaching that one must be born again (by believing in him as the Son of God and Savior) to see that kingdom in the future.”[7]

All of this information comes back to Oprah Winfrey because she is a huge, enthusiastic promoter of these New Age authors. She has promoted The Secret, A New Earth, and A Course in Miracles. As a result, “Since Oprah’s endorsement of Tolle’s book a month ago, about 3.5 million copies of his spiritual self-help guide have been sent out to enlighten the minds of people around the globe. More than 500,000 people in 125 countries have signed up for [a] World Wide Web seminar.”[6] After her promotion of The Secret the sales for that book went through the roof, as well as it did for A Course in Miracles. “Because of the long list of New Age teachers she promotes on her media outlets, she has done more to promote New Age Spirituality than any other person on the planet Earth.”[8]  One of the biggest statements out of Oprah indicating her belief as what is called a New Age Christian is a statement of a discussion with audience members where she effectively dismisses and cuts off an audience member who adamantly proclaims (to the applause of the rest of the audience) “Jesus Christ is the only way.”  Oprah herself says, “There are many paths to what you call ‘god.’  If it brings [one person] to the same place as [another person] it doesn’t matter if [they] call it God or not.  Does God care about the heart or does God care if you call His Son Jesus?”[9]  I feel the woman’s final answer to Oprah regarding this (contained at the end of the video) and the individual who posted this video make weak points in their view of to what Oprah is saying.  However, these statements and her enthusiastic endorsements of New Age Christianity should call into the mind of every Christian an earnest wariness.

I believe many Christians today are fooled into the idea that Oprah is a true Christian.  I also believe many Christians are being duped into believing that these sources of spiritual self-help are harmless.  I have even seen these ideas such as the Law of Attraction (your outlook on life creates your reality) drawn into the teachings of prominent Christian ministers and their books.  My “beef” isn’t with the idea of trying to think more positively in your attitude toward life.  Nor is my argument against seeking out the fruitful things in your life such as God and your relationship with Him, how you approach your own faith tradition inasmuch as it entails embracing God in the closest possible way, or limiting things in your life which call your mind to always be pessimistic or wading in a sea of “negative” thoughts.  Everyone wants that, I believe.  Everyone has the need and want to be happy and I don’t discourage that.  However, the methods mentioned above from the most prestigious promoters of these ideas goes so far beyond just trying to look at the “bright side of life” and gets into very un-Christian beliefs, or their source for designing these methods is obtained as a way absolutely counter to Christian law. (Cf. Det.18:10-12; 1 Sm, 28)  I would encourage anyone who believes these sources or these materials to be harmless to speak to the pastor of their church and ask what the standing of their own faith is regarding this.  I can guarantee you, as far as Catholicism goes, they have outright condemned these and other highly sought after “fads” such as Yoga, Reiki, Law of Attraction, and many other thoughts that, if studied would bear them out as nothing more than New Age Thought obtained, in certain cases, from “spiritual beings”.

Again, I encourage everyone to take seriously these methods and means of obtaining these ideas into serious question.  I don’t doubt that a committed well-established Christian can read The Secret or New Earth and take from it only what one would deem “positive” reinforcement for their own faith and absolutely nothing more.  However, when I read deeper into the beliefs of the authors or the sources of their writings like a spirit that calls itself “Jesus” or “Abraham”, I’m much more likely to be too scrupulous as to allow those things a place in my life and I would encourage all honest Christians to seek the true nature of anyone promoting a “new way” of obtaining religious insight.

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” – Galatians 1:8

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The ACIM and relevant information comes from Sharon Lee Giganti’s own firsthand knowledge and more information can be obtained from her website as well as the entire document the excerpts were obtained from.

[1 ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc7DBDga87c
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther_Hicks
[3] http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/newageoprah.asp
[4] http://www.newagedeception.com/new/free-resources/5-a-warning-about-a-course-in-miracles.html
[5]http://www.newagedeception.org/resources/Information%20on%20the%20Dangers%20of%20New%20Age%20Thinking%20and%20the%20New%20Thought%20Movement.doc
 [6] (The full article, The Making of ‘A Course in Miracles’ by Randall Sullivan can be read by logging on to www.Beliefnet.com)
[7]
http://townhall.com/columnists/chucknorris/2008/03/04/oprahs_new_easter/page/full/
[8] http://erwinlutzer.com/images/OprahMiraclesExcerpt.pdf
[9] http://youtu.be/pwGLNbiw1gk

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  1. Leya permalink
    November 10, 2011 4:58 pm

    agree about course in miracles..the opposite of the Holy Bible. thank you.

  2. C Maria permalink
    February 5, 2013 8:20 am

    My experience with A Course In Miracles has lead me to a more fulfilling life with Christ who I know to be my Lord and Savior and the Son of God. It has solidified my belief as a Christian and was never meant to replace the Holy Bible. I have had horrible experiences as a Christian with Christians in churches and had completely given up. This book lead me back to my faith and the Will of God.

    • wayne permalink
      February 8, 2013 11:34 am

      Do not allow yourself to be subtely seduced by the teachings of A COURSE IN MIRACLES or any teachings that are promoted by OPRAH WINFREY or any of her followers. SATAN the adversary can disguise himself as an angel of light. OPRAH’S teachings are diametrically opposed to genuine CHRISTIAN and BIBLICAL DOCTRINE.

    • February 8, 2013 11:50 am

      C Maria, I am so glad to know that you’ve rediscovered a relationship with Our Lord. I pray you would continue to seek Him out regardless of what any individual in any faith tradition does to challenge your faith in Him. Unfortunately, in every single faith tradition the individuals can ruin what is meant to be an opportunity to worship God and engage actively with Him. I would encourage anyone facing those challenges to remember that even if the individuals are downright evil, it doesn’t mean that Christianity is wrong. Hopefully, it doesn’t cause you to throw the “baby out with the bathwater”.
      Like I mentioned in my blog I wouldn’t question that it was possible for someone to read these books and not come away with a more focused belief in God. I have a friend who read The Secret and felt the same way you’re describing in that it increased a focus and belief in God. What I really wanted to bring to light was the indisputable fact, which I think I proved very well, that the sources for these “self-help” teachings are undeniably NOT Christian based. At the very least they are non-Christian, at the very most some of it is absolutely anti-Christian. Also, when the sources of the material come from entities calling themselves “Jesus” or “Abraham” I think it should give every single individual pause to discern who or what they’re learning from. I think as long as individuals beliefs about God and the Trinity don’t contradict what we know to be the truth from what we know from the Bible, then a deepening of ones faith is always a good thing. However, I am a little more than reserved about the way people do it when they utilize anti-Christian sources like these to do so.
      Faith obtainment, enlightenment, or deepening from sources whose teachings totally contradict Christian beliefs, or from “spiritual teachers” whom these contradictory words come from, and not knowing the source of what they really are would lead me to seek a different path to deepening my discovery of faith in God. At the very least I think these things have the potential (and again I’m not saying its an absolute certitude to everyone who studies this material) to open people up to some very negative influences and very un-Christian ideas. e.g. – Do I think that someone who goes to an authority on the occult for something can’t come away with a larger appreciation for and understanding of God? Sure they can! However, utilizing the sources they are utilizing opens them up to a lot more than simply having an “enlightened” view of the world.
      Like I said, I’m very glad you’ve come to a faith in God again and of His Son Jesus Whose life, death, and resurrection is both unique and unrepeatable. I hope you’ll continue to discover where it is that the Lord is calling you to be and that, at the very least, if you cannot now belong to a faith tradition, please cling to the Holy Bible given to us by God Himself which will lead you to all Truth unfailingly.

      God Bless you and may His Peace be with you always!

  3. Joshua permalink
    March 16, 2013 5:43 pm

    How could one be so ignorant to believe they posses the one and only path to God. No two people interpret any experience the same way. Your perception shapes your reality. The conclusions we arrive at in life are always influenced and therefore limited by our own pre-conceived notions/ beliefs. Some take a literal and fundamental interpretation of the “Holy Bible”, some take a more metaphorical or symbolic interpretation, most I would presume take a combination of both to interpret scripture. Even Jesus himself spoke in parables, allowing any individual listening to arrive at the conclusion they most needed our could understand. Multiple eyewitness accounts of an accident will reveal multiple perspectives or versions of the same story, each eyewitness saw but one part of the picture, one angle of the truth. In order to get an accurate description of what took place following the accident, would you only ask one eyewitness and assume he had all the facts. Would you not get a more accurate assessment or clearer picture of what happened if you asked multiple eyewitnesses, staying unbiased as possible toward any one account, but rather use each of their limited perspectives to get as close to the truth as possible. God is the mystery of mysteries. Job11:7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens–what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave–what can you know?” It is arrogant to assume that your interpretation of scripture is the ultimate truth. It is your truth. Wars are waged and people killed everyday because of copyright infringements on God. I believe we all have our own understanding of God, which is shaped by our family, culture, country, religion, even the time in which we where born in, this understanding evolves throughout our lives, as we mature and get older our perspective of God changes, surely your idea of God was different when you where a child than it is now and thats ok. Through the ages every religion including Catholicism and Christianity have changed their interpretation and practice of scripture, throughout history we see this. Which perspective is the truth. What religious faith holds the truth undeniably. An eyewitness sees only one angle, one part of the picture.

    • March 16, 2013 8:05 pm

      I separated your comment out since it was placed as a reply to the original comment above since it seemed you were attacking me and my point of view rather than hers. I’m sure I can summarize a lot of the comment by saying your opinion is that God and Eternal Truth is relative instead of absolute.
      The answer I can give back to you is that my beliefs in the Truth are not subject to individual interpretation or private ideas and concepts. That’s what Protestants do. I am a Catholic, and by the way, Catholics ARE Christians. We are the FIRST Christians. We were the ONLY Christians for 1500 years. I can also confidently state to you that while Protestantism has constantly changed, redefined, and privately interpreted Scripture to their own eternal divisions for 500 years now, Catholicism has emphatically NEVER changed their interpretation or practice of Sacred Truths of Scripture. Christian history’s extant writings prove undeniably that our practices and interpretations of faith have been unchanged throughout history and that those writings are consistent with Catholic Christian teaching. Therefore, as it was given to the Apostles so too is it given to the successors and thus the gates of Hell have not overtaken His Church. What has been passed on throughout history consistently, from the mouths of the Apostles themselves to the Church is, unlike Protestant denominations, pronounced with infallibility. This is not a belief of subjectivity by individuals who choose to think this way, this is a matter of fact proven through history and Sacred Scripture.
      While concepts of God change and grow, it does not change the Truth of God. Truth is unchanging and no heretical or false teaching is going to enhance Truth. That is the evil of relativism. “All paths lead to God no matter which one you take.” They do not and the Bible speaks plainly enough about that in stating “there is one mediator between God and man, the Lord Jesus Christ”. Growth in understanding God is not the same as redefining the parameters of Truth according to ones’ ability to grasp it. Limited grasp or complete grasp does not change it and heretical or erroneous teachings do not enhance it.
      “What does it matter whether I see God as one thing or another as long as I’m following in the same general direction or that even if I ‘choose’ one ‘perspective’ of seeing God as opposed to another perspective?”
      We don’t accept that for any other facts in life, why would we accept it about God? While Matthew, Mark, and John were all witnesses to Christ and their stories may have covered similar or even different aspects of His life, they didn’t adhere to theologically diverse concepts about God and His Word. That is precisely what a Course in Miracles, The Secret, and other New Age ideas do.

  4. wayne permalink
    March 16, 2013 8:22 pm

    The course in miracles, and anything associated with it, represents nothing more than “NEW AGE DELUSION”. Deception is running rampant throughout the world under the guise for the most part, as the “NEW AGE MOVEMENT”; simply put, eastern mysticism; metaphysical mumbo- jumbo.

  5. revviebj permalink
    March 24, 2013 11:27 am

    ACIM is a study whose purpose is to have you question your every thought. Only in that way can you truly understand how biased and limiting our thoughts and ideologies keep us. It us certainly nit fir everyone. If you have a religion that wirks fir you, then that is where you should be. But there are many that have been disenfranchised by their experiences with religion, despite trying to be open and willing. It is fir these individuals that ACIM offers a profound understanding of how we as humans always seem ti get it wring, or ‘put the emphasis on the wrong syl-LA-ble, an expression often used by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick to help us see what we do. It does restate the Bible, correcting ideas or interpretations, because the scribe, Helen Schucman did have an inner relationship wirh Jesus but also was a renowned Ph.D of Psychology and knew quite well there were discrepancies between these two domains. ACIM is the link. And goes beyond both individual disciplines. Fir thus reason it can be perceived as threatening to dusciplines that have become static and cannot allow for continuing revelation. Certainly the Bible has stood for 2,000 years, but not without controversy of it’s own, regarding the lost Gospels that were omitted. So ‘humans’ have always had their hands in ‘the cookie jar’ deciding what is right and what is wrong. What belongs and what doesn’t. ACIM helps us to understand why we do these things, how it limits our perspectives, and why we must forgive it all.

    • Eileen Smith permalink
      April 9, 2013 2:39 pm

      There are only two things: Fear or Love. If we are expressing Love, we are of God, since God is Love and we are also Love. It matters only that we love. The rest, fear, doubt, anger, depression, anxiety is not of God. Love is all.

    • April 12, 2013 6:06 pm

      Well, revviebj, I feel like I’ve successfully explained in the blog why people should be very cautious about being open to ACIM or any other New Age ideology. I also believe the things I stated demonstrate why I think it is gravely important to be very cautious in utilizing it for any sort of ‘enlightenment’ be it religious or otherwise. Ones religious convictions or lack thereof doesn’t excuse or deter from the fact that they are not Christian teachings and that the base sources for these lessons, in some cases, are from unverified spirits. I think anyone should be cautious taking advice from that sort of source. The bottom line is that it is not Christian and it is not Christian belief and those Christians who think it is because it contains elements of pseudo-Christian language in it are sorely mistaken.
      The spirits that gave these ‘inspirations’ it is akin to occult practices and while everyone is free to partake of those spiritual exercises, and many decent, good, and well-meaning people do, I believe the facts I’ve laid out and stated make a pretty clear cut case for the exercise of extreme caution and certainly point out to my base of Catholic readers that it is decidedly non-Christian and it’s theology is at painfully obvious contradictions to accepted Christian theological dogma.

  6. wayne permalink
    April 12, 2013 10:07 pm

    RELIGIOUS ritual can’t save or justify anyone. JESUS said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the FATHER but by ME!![JOHN 14:6].

  7. Mary permalink
    August 27, 2013 7:29 am

    This writer has not understood the meaning and worldwide significance of The Course in Miracles. I believe the Holy Spirit uses it to teach unconditional love.

    • August 28, 2013 8:42 am

      Mary, if this blog entry were written as a matter of opinion I would be inclined to understand your statement, however, the entire blog is a litany of fact based statements regarding ACIM, The Secret, and other New Age inventions. I simply collected those statements into one place in a blog so that those who wanted to know about them could hear what was being said from a Catholic perspective. If you’re a Catholic I would strongly suggest you investigate the Church’s position on these materials and talk to a few priests as well. Ultimately, it does not change the stated facts, which are not my opinions, that it is contrary to Biblical teaching and the Holy Spirit cannot be divisive regardless of our own personal, private feelings on it. Ultimately, I think if we’re going outside of official Church avenues to reach God, especially ones which utilize New Age ideas and abstract concepts foreign to Christianity throughout the ages, then we need to regard it with a high level of scrutiny.

    • wayne smith permalink
      August 28, 2013 8:43 am

      a course in miracles is new age mumbo-jumbo; and OPRAH is QUEEN of the new age movement!!

  8. October 29, 2013 6:43 pm

    How do Christians explain an omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient God coexisting with another entity which they call Satan?

  9. November 13, 2013 3:26 pm

    Pure, hog wash, today’s new age is clearly, for me, LIGHT, expansion and inclusion. Religion is dogma, thousands of years old, for that time and conditions… thank goodness for Oprah, AbeHicks, Course in miracles… I am relieved and awakening!! …. I would NEVER talk to an old patriarchal minister of the religious, outdated, boys club! Well, maybe Pope Francis… he is awakening!!! and at leaset trying!

    • November 17, 2013 11:42 am

      New age FOR YOU means light, expansion, and inclusion. According to YOU religion is outdated dogma. Therefore, you’ve found something that for YOU is supposedly fresh, alive, and lines up with YOUR own personal feelings and ideas and interpretations of what truth is and what it should encompass and if the structural system of “religion” does not measure up to that idea, then it isn’t valid because it’s measured by YOUR standard of truth.
      Pope Francis hasn’t said or done a single solitary thing that is not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. He might be more personable or “relatable” to you than other Church leaders, but the truth they teach is not contingent upon their “relatability”. If you’re not a Christian and this is your idea of coming to religious enlightenment then more power to you. Regardless of your opinions and ideas about new age teachings, the information I’ve put in this blog is not opinion it is corroborated fact with the references to back it up and it is ABSOLUTELY NOT consistant with Christianity or Christian teaching regardless of anyone’s personal fallible interpretation of “truth”. Whether you believe the truth or not boils down to whether you’re willing to accept that your personal feelings, ideas and interpretations are fallible and therefore susceptible to error.

  10. regina permalink
    March 19, 2014 11:02 pm

    I read A New a Earth and loved it, though I respect your right to stick to the conventional view. Tolle’s interpretation resonates with me more than Sunday School ever did.

    Otherwise, I wanted to comment on the “fight between New Age and Spirituality”

    Maybe we could focus on finding common ground, instead of fighting. There are 5-6 billion people in the world who aren’t Christian, would you “fight” them too? Just a thought …

    • March 23, 2014 1:23 pm

      I think Tolle’s view actually resonates with a lot of people which is why it’s obviously so popular but it doesn’t lend validly to his theological inventions. As I put it I don’t necessarily think people who are trying this New Age stuff out are bad people but it clearly contradicts Christian teachings. Most explicitly when the Bible states Christ is the sole mediator to God and there is no other way to be saved. What New Age teaches can be explicitly shown to contradict Christianity even using only the Bible.
      I have no wish to “fight” anyone who is non-Christian and I think the Catholic church has made huge strides in trying to find common ground with non-Christian faiths.
      However, they’re not claiming the’re improving on Christianity, that they’re compatible with Christianity or that it’s okay to blend Eastern philosophies with only the bits and parts of Christianity they like to make a hybrid Christian spiritualism.
      People are free to believe whatever they like. I just think those that are Christian and chose to identify as such should be aware that these teachings are incompatible with their Christian faith.

  11. Sherry permalink
    March 21, 2014 6:42 pm

    I found your site while looking up ACIM. I have known for quite awhile that Oprah had veered off track quite a while ago. I got chills when I read ” and their names are LEGION”. I had never heard of this particular movement, but am familiar with the whole new age movement. I have not heard our church speak on these things but will make it my mission to have them addressed. This is akin to rat poison, which is about 1% poison mixed with 99% cornmeal. But deadly nonetheless. This new age stuff is 1% truth mixed with 99% poison. This is too important to just ignore and I appreciate your time and research as it will lead me to do more of my own research.

    • March 23, 2014 1:36 pm

      Sherry, I felt the same chill when I read that the teachings were saying the helpers were called “Legion” too. If that’s not alarming to Christians who are looking into this stuff I don’t know what would be.
      I really invite you to go to Sharon’s website in the footnotes. Her website is very informative (over-cautious a bit but after her personal experiences with New Age I can’t say I blame her.) Also I would recommend going to Catholic Answers website (www.catholic.com) and reading up there. On theor website you can find radio archives and many of the older show months (don’t know about new months) feature Sharon as a guest and that’s really where I first started learning about this stuff. Hoping more churches will start making parishioners more aware of of this.

      • Sherry permalink
        March 29, 2014 5:19 pm

        Christine, I will surely look up those links thank you so much. God bless.

  12. August 1, 2014 12:05 am

    This design is wicked! You most certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how
    you presented it. Too cool!

    • August 3, 2014 4:14 pm

      Thank you very much. I am glad you enjoyed the site and the blog so much. I appreciate your feedback and hope I can come up with some good material in the near future to keep you coming back.

  13. September 1, 2014 4:35 pm

    “helpers are given you in many forms. . .their names are LEGION.” (Teachers Manual, pg 87)” as Sharon documents. I read that page and pages before and after and did not read any such thing in the teachers Manual. Get a life.

    • September 1, 2014 5:55 pm

      “Get a life.” It seems ACIM has done little to improve your manners. You don’t agree with my blog. Lots of people don’t. I’m not sure what blowing up my comments section with remarks like this is going to accomplish as far as getting me to “change my mind”. I’m guessing the other comments were about this too? Getting me to change my mind? I will save you some time and effort by telling you I’m not going to change my mind or my comments in this blog. If you’d like to argue the material of its content it would probably be best to contact Sharon herself. I have read plenty of material which leads me to believe that ACIM and all this other stuff is not in sync with Christian teaching and run counter to it which is my point in this entry. People are free to disagree with me as much as they wish, but I am convinced it’s origins are not Christian and neither is its doctrine and my blog, my resources, my information, and my opinions, being a Christian one, are designed to help Christian people understand that. If you don’t believe in the teachings of any established Christian organization or any traditional theology then so be it, but I do and what I’ve read and researched is what I’ve put on the blog for others to check out for themselves.
      In reference to your claim that the teachers manual doesn’t contain any sentence like that I found this: “The deception is propagated by what we would call fallen spirits. Helpers are given you in many forms…. Their names are legion, but we will not go beyond the names the course itself employs. …The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer, but at one with God. The man was an illusion… And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions” (Manual/Clarification of Terms 5).”

  14. September 1, 2014 9:01 pm

    There is nothing in the CIM teachers manual that has a title or chapter about a clarification of terms. You can download it for free. Also you and others where ever you are getting this information, are not even putting the whole thing down with the dot dot …. stuff so it is easy for others to take things out of context. Also if you read the Catholic encyclopedia, it does state scriptures that were wrongly put in that they’ve never taken out but have apologized for putting in such as proselytizing.

    The Bible has some crazy laws verses and contradictions such as EXODUS 21:20-21 that says basically that you can beat your servants for a day or 2 with a rod and that’s alright as long as you don’t kill them. Or “Hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?”
    — ISAIAH 36:12 or “So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.”
    — 2 KINGS 6:29 or how about:

    “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. ‘Go up, baldhead,’ they shouted, ‘go up, baldhead!'”

    “The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces.”
    — 2 KINGS 2:23-24

    I could go on and I can understand why Jesus wanted to make a few changes and I’m not trying to change your mind. Just annoys me that you don’t take the log out of your own eye before you start judging and assuming based on what it appears to me to be lies.

    • September 1, 2014 10:46 pm

      Okay without the elipsis then: “There is no need for help to enter Heaven for you have never left. But there is need for help beyond yourself as you are circumscribed by false beliefs of your Identity, which God alone established in reality. Helpers are given you in many forms, although upon the altar they are one. Beyond each one there is a Thought of God, and this will never change. But they have names which differ for a time, for time needs symbols, being itself unreal. Their names are legion, but we will not go beyond the names the course itself employs. God does not help because He knows no need. But He creates all Helpers of His Son while he believes his fantasies are true. Thank God for them for they will lead you home.”

      http://acim-search.miraclevision.com/std-second-edition-and-supps/

      This is not Christian teachings. I cannot make my point much clearer than this.

  15. September 2, 2014 1:27 am

    “Finally, the Manual for Teachers, which is written in question and answer form, provides answers to some of the more likely questions a student might ask. It also includes a clarification of a number of the terms the Course uses, explaining them within the theoretical framework of the Text.” …Alright I read that but do not know where it talks about helpers and their names are legion, at least online. I have the teachers hardback manual somewhere. it’s a thin book. But if I could get a page number as the teachers manual talks about the role teachers. I read through it online twice and saw nothing of that ellipsis so unless it’s in the basic text somewhere as I have not read the entire text.

    Sharon states the course was channeled so it appears you are more knowledgeable than her in that respect as she doesn’t seem to know what channeling is. the CIM was not channeled. Thanks & sorry for being judgemental. And telling you to get a life. I appreciate your feedback. you could be right. it just appears to me that the course doesn’t have a black, white, right, wrong polarity, if that is the right word. the Bible does have good stuff in it and I am a catholic however I don’t believe the church is God nor do I believe everything the church espouses and I’ve talked to nuns who also don’t agree with everything the church does.

    • September 2, 2014 11:24 am

      I appreciate your apology. I have read all your comments and I invite you to email me @ christinedfickling@gmail.com if you’d like to follow up about any subject on my blog since I’ll probably send any follow-up replies or comments that way instead. As a follow-up to this comment let me just say that I understand people’s need/desire/wish to understand more deeply, or in a more clarified way Who God Is and what the ideas of Spirituality mean. I remain firmly convicted that ACIM and Christianity is incompatible as they teach contrary doctrine about the Holy Trinity and the purpose, definition, explanation of our lives and who we are. I do not believe the Catholic Church is God. I do believe what She teaches and that Christ founded her and will not forsake her. I also know that it has been, is, and probably always will contain sinful men and women within her ranks. What Catholicism and the Teaching Authority of the Church espouses leaves little room for non-conformity to Her doctrines. A member of the Church considered to be in good standing within the Church cannot pick and choose which doctrine they believe in and which they do not. As I’ve said before, these people are colloquially known as “Cafeteria Catholics” since they pick and choose which doctrines they wish to believe in and follow. One who professes solidarity with Rome cannot also claim to believe doctrine in contrast to Her teachings whether it is the Pope himself, laity, or religious. I honestly have a hard time understanding why one would choose to identify themselves as Catholic who hold such a low opinion of the Church, and who disagrees with the theology She teaches and holds to, and someone who maintains a theology at odds with the Church. Like I said before, I understand the idea of searching for Truth, however, if ones theology or doctrine doesn’t conform with the Church’s then why identify as something you disagree with? I do hope you remain in the Church since I do believe it is the best and right path, but I would encourage you as I’ve encouraged others to study why she believes and teaches what she does about things like ACIM and the teachers listed in this blog. Talk to those in Authority in the Church: your priest and your bishop. I guarantee they’re not okay with ACIM (if they’re okay with ACIM, they are not in line with the Church’s teachings). I don’t think anyone should be afraid of studying and searching for the Truth since the Truth is not a thing or a word it is a Person, Jesus Christ. I pray that all who truly seek Him find HIm and are lead to the Truest of Truths. God Bless.

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