Question for Christians: Eckart Tolle “A New Earth” Author?

How Many of you think he is a New Age guru? What is New Age? Is it the belief that humans are Gods? If that is true then why does Jesus say:

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?

Is this a new teaching or an old one?

3 thoughts on “Question for Christians: Eckart Tolle “A New Earth” Author?

  1. New Age is a hodge podge of egocentrisms, new-pagan concepts, and an anything-goes, feel good philosophy. That’s why it’s so popular. It requires nothing of a person and tells people what they want to hear.

    Jesus did not teach that people are or become Gods…refer to the Old Testament scripture he was quoting and you’ll get some perspective on this.

  2. Here are just the basics on the differences of what Oprah is teaching. This IS a cult and Pagan teaching, NOT in accordance with God’s word. Oprah is a nice person with a good heart, BUT she has gotten caught up in herself and though a good Christian at one time, saved from a horrible life, she has strayed and taken on the “I WILL” that got Satan in his pride, turned against the truth of God. Both Tolle and Williamson (the lady that was on the show with Oprah promoting this book with Tolle) are New Age thinkers. Oprah says she’s a Christian—arguing that she can reconcile “her” Christianity with what they’re teaching. If she’s a Christian, she’s an ignorant one, because Christianity is incompatible with New Age thought. Here’s how the two opposing worldviews, Christianity (C), and New Age (NA), answer some of the most basic worldview questions. The New Age answers are ones that would be commonly held in all New Age beliefs including Tolle’s, though certainly not universal, as the belief system is loose, eclectic and unique to each individual adherent.
    1. Why is there something rather than nothing?
    Christianity (C): God created the universe at the moment of the beginning of time, matter and space. Big Bang cosmology and all modern science affirms this.
    New Age (NA): The universe is beginning-less, endless, eternal.
    2. Does God exist?—and is He personal?
    C: Yes, God is personal, and the Bible teaches God is three persons sharing one essence, what Christians refer to as the Trinity. More specifically, God is tri-personal.
    NA: Yes and No. Yes, God is an impersonal force that exhaustively fills every atom of the eternal universe: All is God, God is all, God is all of us and God is each of us. No, there is no personal creator called God who is outside of time, matter and space.
    3. Who am I?
    C: A creation of God.
    NA: God.
    4. How did I get here?
    C: God created man with moral freedom and invited him to join the presence of the Trinity. But man exercised his freedom in rebellion to God, and now only through the work of the incarnate God and second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, can that severed relationship be restored.
    NA: Through the infinite process of karma. As God, you are eternal, and have been reincarnating from object to object for trillions of years, and when you ultimately achieve enlightenment, and remember that you are God, you will then lose your individual sense of self and consciousness and become One with the One. (Remember, there is no personal God. God is a force. You must return to being a force.)
    5. Why am I here?
    C: The Westminster Catechism answers this question beautifully: The chief end of man is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” I am called to make a decision with eternal consequences: either accept or reject God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. I am also called to help others make a correct choice; to advance the true, the good, and the beautiful; to fight evil and injustice; to work with God at reconciling the world to Himself.
    NA: To pay off previous karmic debt gathered over trillions of years.
    6. What is the meaning of life?
    C: To glorify God.
    NA: To achieve enlightenment.
    7. What is the true, the good, and the beautiful?
    C: God—and his goodness can be seen through his creation.
    NA: Since there is no distinction between creator and creation, there can be no distinctions between true-false, good-bad, right-wrong, ugly-beautiful, or pain-pleasure.
    8. What is the best life?
    C: A life in the full presence of God.
    NA: The life immediately before enlightenment, since you will no longer exist as a person once you remember you are God.
    9. Who is the best man?
    C: Jesus Christ, the Man who never sinned.
    NA: “Best” is a nonsensical moral category.
    10. Why is there evil, pain, suffering, and injustice?
    C: The Fall. Man exercised his freedom in rebellion to God and these are the consequences.
    NA: People are paying off their karmic debt. As God, we are responsible for the reality we create for ourselves through our thinking and choices. If we are suffering, it is because we are choosing to suffer. If we think differently we can alter the external world and create our own reality.
    11. Why do bad things happen to good people?
    C: We live in a fallen world with moral freedom. Evil and sin exist. Men hurt themselves intentionally and accidentally. Our hope is only in God who is able to bring good out of evil.
    NA: Karma.
    Karma and reincarnation have all kinds of fatal logical problems. Who started karma and reincarnation and why? Who decides what behavior gets rewarded and what gets punished, especially since there are no moral categories? How can there be a “who” to all this when God is a “what,” an impersonal force like gravity? How can an impersonal force help you in your relationships, heal your hurts, illnesses and wounds, help with your addictions and bad habits, lead you to confront social evils, poverty, crime, corruption, broken families, broken hearts?
    12. Will good or evil ultimately triumph?
    C: The resurrection of Jesus proves that good ultimately triumphs over evil.
    NA: These are only apparent moral categories, they don’t really exist.
    13. Is there life after death?
    C: Yes! In either heaven or hell. Our destination is based on our response to the person and work of Christ.
    NA: Yes and No. Yes, in that you may have trillions of more reincarnated bodies to inhabit as you pay off your karmic debt before reaching enlightenment. No, in that once you’re enlightened, you will cease to exist, since you will have remembered you’re really an impersonal force that New Age thinkers call “God.”
    The New Age Movement is intellectually and spiritually bankrupt. But, it is making Tolle and Williamson—and especially Oprah—a whole bunch of money.
    The first 3 of the 10 Commandments presupposes there is a God and that God can be known. These commandments are founded on the premise that not every god is God. Those who wish to say that everyone is ultimately worshiping the same God, no matter what that god is is called, will have a hard time finding support for that idea in the basic moral and spiritual code of the Bible.
    The history of Israel from Moses to Malachi is filled with warnings about the dangers of idolatry. Repeatedly the Hebrews are told to have nothing to do with the gods of their neighbors. The prophets who preached judgment did so primarily because of the sin of idolatry that seemed to take root so easily in the national life.
    When one reads the New Testament nothing changes concerning the biblical view toward idols. “Flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14) is the warning call that goes out to followers of Christ. In one sense an idol and that which is given to idols has no real substance. An idol, whether a block of wood or a mental image, is not real, but a man-made god. On the other hand, there are spiritual forces – demonic powers – which take advantage of humanity’s idolatrous hearts and use our idols to lead us away from Christ.
    The long and short is there is a God, a true God who reveals Himself. This self-revealing God can be known. But God expects, even demands, that we not replace Him with man-made gods.
    So the question at hand is as follows: Is the god of Eckhart Tolle really God? The best way to answer that question is to let Eckhart Tolle speak for himself about his views on what/who god is:
    Here are some of the words he uses to describe god: God (p.58), Being (p.105), Consciousness (p.105), and Presence (p.105). Here are some of the statements he makes concerning god: In most ancient cultures, people believed that everything, even so-called inanimate objects, had an indwelling spirit, and in this respect they were closer to the truth than we are today. (p.37) God is the One Life in and beyond the countless forms of life. (p.106) God…is formless consciousness and the essence of who you are. (p.219)
    We could say “God” if the word had not been so misused. I prefer to call it Being. Being is prior to existence. Existence is form, content, ‘what happens.’ Existence is the foreground of life; Being is the background, as it were. (p.220) So your physical body, which is form, reveals itself as essentially formless when you go deeper into it. It becomes a doorway into inner space. Although inner space has no form, it is intensely alive. That ‘empty space’ is life in its fullness, the unmanifested Source out of which all manifestation flows. The traditional word for that Source is God. (p.251) Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called ‘God.’ As soon as you turn away from it, God ceases to be a reality in your life, and all you are left with is the mental concept of God, which some people believe in and others deny. (p.267)
    Consciousness itself is timeless and therefore does not evolve. It was never born and does not die…Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested. (p.291) Consciousness becomes unconscious of itself. It loses itself in form, becomes identified with forms. This could be described as the descent of the diving into matter. (p.292) I Am timeless, eternal. (p.242) The Presence that you are, the timeless I Am, recognizes itself in another. (p.105) Tolle’s theology is more akin to Hinduism than anything else. Again, he has to state that “traditional” ideas of God have distorted the very meaning of the word. Why does he say that? Because he knows that what he is teaching is absolutely contrary to the Christian understanding of God. This is what makes his use of Jesus to try and support his teaching so appalling and deceptive. Tolle’s god is not the personal God o

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