• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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The Gloucester Cuckoos by Gary DeMar

When I heard about the 17 students at Gloucester High School who are expecting babies, it reminded me of the movie Village of the Damned, based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos, written by English author John Wyndham and published in 1957. The title of the novel refers to the way brood parasite cuckoo birds place their eggs in the nests of other birds that do not notice the “invasion.” Even after the alien eggs hatch, the surrogate mothers raise them as their own. In Village of the Damned, a small English town is immobilized by an unexplained alien force. Anyone breaching a well-defined but invisible perimeter around the village is immediately rendered unconscious. The villagers awaken after a time with seemingly no ill effects. But two months later, all the women of child-bearing age are pregnant and later give birth to children who look remarkably alike.

In time, as the children mature, something is different about them beyond their stark Aryan appearance. They are after control and domination at the expense of their chosen hosts. Their incarnation has led to the invasion of a foreign worldview that grows more sinister with each passing day. They have the ability to force their wills on the town by using a form of consolidated “group think.” The goal is to subvert the village from within.

A form of “group think” has invaded the public schools in America. Moral relativism has given birth to a new generation of young people whose collective will is more effective than that of their parents. Who’s to blame? “Families are broken,” says school superintendent Christopher Farmer. “Many of our young people are growing up directionless.” Oh? The public schools have these girls for 12 years, 10 months out of the year, six to eight hours each day, five days a week. They are more in contact with their teachers than their own parents. So if they are “directionless,” it seems that the lack of direction is coming from the public schools. Public schools, with their secular worldview, can’t offer real direction beyond career goals. These kids lack direction because they lack an identity. . . .

Continue reading here. . . .

Does Eckhart Tolle Really Exist?

Eckhart Tolle wants you to believe that Jesus taught a form of Buddhism.  The truth is that oil and water do not mix and the teachings of Christ are polar opposite to Buddhism.  In his article, “Get Your Enlightenment Here, Man,” Dr. Benjamin Wiker calls Tolle’s spirituality a form of “Buddhism-lite.”

The bottom line of Tolle’s teachings is that you can’t have any problems or worries if you simply accept that you do not exist.  Human beings are not real and problems begin to arise only when you see yourself as real.  Of course, this leads to the question of: “How can you think you are real if, in fact, you do not exist?”  On the other hand, Christianity teaches that God and His creation are very real.

Tolle wants to free you from your “personhood” so you can become one with the divine essence behind the illusion.  Once we make it behind the curtain, Tolle says we discover that “I Am.”  Here is the salesman’s pitch: “You can become God!”  If you are looking for common sense in Tolle’s explanations, you may give that up now.

Christianity teaches that reality is real, persons are real, and God is real.  Its logic confirms absolute truth that can be demonstrated in a real world.  Tolle wants to recreate Christianity by recreating Christ.  Tolle interprets the Bible according to his own inner feelings.  (Even though Tolle’s inner feelings must be an illusion, because to have inner feelings you must exist as a person – but if everything is an illusion, I suppose Tolle’s self-contradictions don’t matter.)  Tolle completely ignores the grammatical/historical approach to interpreting the Scriptures no matter how far his teachings wander from the essential doctrines of Christianity.

Paul wrote to Timothy: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)  I recommend that you read Dr. Wiker’s article for an in-depth look at this topic.

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