Tonight I happened to watch part of a PBS show entitled: “Jesus and the Awakening to God Consciousness with Deepak Chopra.” Apparently, Chopra has authored a new book, titled “The Third Jesus.” Chopra was being interviewed by a pastorette, named Rev. Wendy Craig Purcell. And what those two were saying about Jesus, about my Lord and Savior, was very, very disturbing.
It was disturbing to hear Jesus talked of merely as a spiritual teacher who had some form of advanced enlightenment and had the gift of healing.
It was disturbing to hear fundamentalist Christians dismissed as wackos who believed the Bible was the actual Words of God because obviously, as the “enlightened ones” explained, everyone knows that the Bible is just a collection of stories passed down through time and altered as needed, just like every other world religion.
It was disturbing to see people in the audience nodding along in agreement, as they were being led blithely down a path to hell like sheep to the slaughter.
It was all such utter and complete false doctrine, and yet these two people sat there talking as if they were sharing this great wisdom with everyone else. Enlightenment … spirituality… mysticism … consciousness … world peace … blah blah blah. Nothing about a cross, nothing about salvation, nothing about a resurrection from the dead, nothing about heaven and nothing about hell — and certainly nothing about our sinful natures.
If people actually believe THIS about Jesus, that he’s just some great spiritual teacher, then they will be spending their eternity in hell. They don’t know Jesus, and Jesus doesn’t know them. My husband had a knock-it-out-of-the-park sermon about this last Sunday, and if you call yourself a Christian of any stripe or denomination, you need to read it.
Someone on the amazon.com review of The Third Jesus (Exactly who are the first and second Jesus, by the way?) reminded readers of the classic and totally applicable C.S. Lewis quote from his book “Mere Christianity”:
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg–or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.”
Deepak Chopra is promoting a complete and utter load of religious crap. He leading people directly away from God, and he is an anti-christ. I pray that people don’t believe what he has to say, and I pray that Christian pastors preach against this kind of “Jesus as spiritual teacher” thinking.
I know my husband will.