I only heard about The Secret because a Christian friend of mine emailed me to tell me to watch the program, which aired on February 8th. She claimed to have watched the dvd in its entirety and thought it was great.
I do not trust Oprah and with a little investigation I soon found out that these Secret Teachers are all popular new age gurus. One person Dr. Michael Beckwith appeared on the airing of The Secret and Neale Donald Walsch appears on the dvd movie of The Secret. Nothing I could say could speak more volumes about what these men think aobut Christians.
Dr. Michael Beckwith, Founder and Spiritual Director of Agape International Spiritual Center says on his website:
Is Agape Christian? And what about the Bible and Jesus?
No, and yes.
Yes, some Agape members are Christian, and their personal encounter with the spirit of Jesus as an embodiment of the Christ Consciousness richly informs their spiritual lives.
No, if by Christian you mean the acceptance of Jesus as the only savior and Christianity as the only path to God and eternal salvation. Yes, in the sense that New Thought- Ancient Wisdom history includes the Gnostic teachings of the earliest Christian mystical sects, as well as the founders of the uniquely American New Thought Movement including Emmanuel Swedenborg, Ernest Holmes, Howard Thurman, and transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.
The Bible is referenced in Dr. Beckwith’s services and Agape’s classes. However, the version that is used is a metaphysical, Gnostic-inspired edition translated and interpreted from the original Aramaic, rather than the Greek translation used in traditional Christian churches such as the King James version, or the Saint Gregory version used by the Catholic church.
Agape teaches that Jesus was not the great exception, but rather the great example. Classically, the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality regards Jesus an enlightened being, one who attained cosmic consciousness, or liberation from a sense of separation from the Source of all that is. Jesus is revered as a wayshower, as an exemplar of unconditional love, selfless service, and self-mastery.
Neale Donald Walsch, author of Converstations With god says god told him this about psychic powers:
Using psychic ability is nothing more than using your sixth sense. Obviously, this is not "trafficking with the devil," or I would not have given this sense to you. And, of course, there is no devil with whom to traffic. (205)
NDW: Is sex okay?
God: Of course sex is "okay." … Play with sex. Play with it! It’s wonderful fun. (205)
Sex is sacred, too… But joy and sacredness do mix (they are in fact the same thing)… You have repressed sex, even as you have repressed life, rather than fully Self expressing with abandon and joy. You have shamed sex, even as you have shamed life, calling it evil and wicked, rather than the highest gift and the greatest pleasure. 207
The energy that which underscores sex is the energy which underscores life… 207
Call on Me, therefore, wherever and whenever you are separate from the peace that I am. I will be there. With truth. And Light. And love. (211)
Neale’s thoughts on the New Spirituality:
I think the new spirituality will be a spirituality that's not based on a particular dogma. And that steps away from the old spiritual paradigm that we have created on this planet, which comes from a thought that there is such a thing as being better. The sad part about our past is that religions, ironically enough, are responsible for creating the most destructive idea that has ever been visited upon the human race: the idea that there is such a thing as "better."…
I was told to challenge every minister, every priest, every spiritual teacher, every world leader, every politician, everyone that has a constituency of any kind, to stand before their constituencies and [to]utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: "Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way." That single sentence would change the experience of the world. That is the new spirituality, to answer your question directly. That will be the guiding principle. The new spirituality will step away from dogma, will step away from "We're right and you're wrong." And it will step into an inclusionary kind of understanding, that allows us to honor and to celebrate each other's points of view without finding them mutually exclusive.
I can clearly understand now why the bible says that even the very elect might be deceived. We must be watchful and not buy into everything we hear that sounds good.
Has anyone else heard of The Secret?