If you are looking for something light and springy, then you came to the wrong blog today. I'm fired up, and I feel another soapbox coming on (what is happening to me?!?!). To start, I will give you a glimpse into my latest reading venture. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert was a book club selection. To be honest, I didn't expect to like it based on some of the reviews on Amazon, but a friend in the book club told me she was really enjoying it, so I picked it up.
Basically, the author is living the American dream (great husband, job, home), and then after an "open and exploratory dialogue" with God, she decides to divorce her husband. "Following (the) divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence."
The book is divided into three sections, based on the three places she visits. I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed the first section. I don't agree with her life view AT ALL, but her writing style is witty and fun, and she is a great story teller, so I kept going. It is not the type of book I would have picked up on my own, and that is the beauty of a book club. You expand your horizons to discover things you wouldn't necessarily read otherwise. I was so frustrated with her through the second section where she tries to "connect with God" in an Ashram in India. There were just WAY too many pages of her meditating and discovering complete bunk that I finally gave up a few chapters before the end of that section. You need to know that as a general rule, I always finish the book....I can only think of a hand full of books that I haven't finished. I am of the opinion that if you don't finish it, you don't have the right to criticize it (goes hand-in-hand with my view that you can't complain about the president, or politicians in general, if you don't vote). I realized I just didn't want to spend any more of my time pouring the lies from that book into my brain.
This New Age view that is so pervasive in our society just makes me ill. I was just coming down from my soapbox about the book when my friend sent me an email with a link to this video on You Tube. Take a few minutes to watch it. They teach that God is in us (which for those who have accepted Christ is true), but they twist this truth to teach that God in you means that God is a feeling in you, and you can know God's will based on what you feel is truth for you. What is true for you may not be true for someone else and there are many paths to God. These are LIES, ALL LIES!!! Oh Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do......
Fellow readers, please join me in praying for our nation, for our elections, and for our churches. Spread the word that there is danger in these teachings. May the world come to know the ONE true God.