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Posted on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:58

I read a book around three years ago that stated that all its principles were based those found in the New Testament.  I suppose I could sum the book up as another form of the power of positive thinking.  

 

Except.  I noticed that instead of crediting God with hearing our requests and giving us something we hoped for in response to our faith in God, it always said that the Universe was doing all this for us.  The book said, to paraphrase, "Check it out!  Ask the Universe for something small and see if you don't get it.  The Universe has the ability to hear you and do things for you."  There were lots of interesting examples of this.  "OK," I thought, "They're using the expression 'the Universe' to mean God."  Maaaybe.

 

At first I thought that this was interesting, and I made a "vision board," as it suggested.  A vision board is a big piece of construction paper you put pictures that you have collected up from places like magazines that represent some dream or aspiration you have.  I thought that was a neat idea.  It originated from the business world, where some smart person or group thought it would help the company focus on what they were trying to accomplish.  

 

On my vision board, at the top, in big red letters, were the words, "I CAN."  I found this somewhere in a magazine.  There were some pictures, like of a pretty dream house, etc.  Well, I suppose it was OK.

 

I talked to my sister about it and soon after that she sent me a deck of cards that resembled tarot cards.  Uh ho.  Evil evil evil!  I looked through them curiously.  They were beautiful with artistic pictures.  You were supposed to ask a question, and draw a card to get your answer.  From whom?  No, no, no.  I set them aside, tyring to figure out what to do with them.  I actually hid them so no one else got sucked into playing with them.  Pretty soon I got sucked into playing with them.  I took them out, BUT...I didn't ask a question.  That seemed safe.  I'd just draw a card and see what happened.  The card I drew said, "Go ahead!  Ask!"  At that point I threw them away.

 

But I digress.  I noticed that I kept hearing people in conversations saying things like, "Then something marvelous happened, and it was clear the Universe was working for them!"  People often substituted 'the Universe,' for 'God.'  A friend told me about a garden she had, and she claimed that the archangel Michael would help her with it.  I think she believed that she met with him sometimes.  I knew right away that she wasn't getting help from the archangel Michael, because Michael is the angel of the nation of Israel, and she wasn't Jewish, and because being an archangel, he's too busy for gardening.  It's like she told me that the President of the United Stated called her every day to see how the progress on the house was going.  Especially if you weren't even American.  

 

Another curious idea I started hearing was about 'the Ascended Masters.'  OK, I knew about that.  A little, anyway.  New Age philosophy basically.  The same people that always talked about 'the Universe' helping us, talked about 'the Ascended Masters.'

 

But what was wrong with all this fundamentally?  Well, I bet none of these people would try to convince me that they prayed to a tree or a cow and marvellous things began to happen to them.  Or a rock either.  Yet, in essense that's what they've done with 'the Universe.'  Like a tree, a cow, a bird, a rock, or whatever, these things are created.  They are worshipping the created rather than the Creator. 

 

 

 

 



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Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013 19:09

And who created the universe?

...Hmmm???

I read somewhere that there is only one religion but there are 999 versions of it.

Nothing can be more debatable or more misunderstood like religion. Thanks for sharing.

 

 



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Posted on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 07:50

Hi Lostinthe 70s

Yes, it was "The Secret" I read.  I omitted the title because I had forgotten it.  I've also read a book by Louise Hays at the same time, and possibly mixed the messages.  And also don't remember the title.  

Well, it is up to each person to decide what God they worship.  What I've been uncomfortable about is that the Old and New Testament present a definite God.  Then to read The Secret and read that they got their principles from the New Testament.  And yet, it's in violation of the commandment about having no other gods.  It's just that on one hand the Bible is used to legitimize a viewpoint, and then the same writer turns around presents a whole different god.  Why not just say, "I reject the God of Abraham and I believe in....(whatever)"?  

Thank you for reading and commenting.



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Posted on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 02:45

God has 1000 faces and yes..Some people consider the Universe their Higher Sourse. Sounds like "The Secret" meshed with Metaphysics to me. I went through a phase with Metaphysics. I had some good and bad experiences. I choose to worship my creator.

Thanks for the blog!



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