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More U.S. Christians mix in 'Eastern,' New Age beliefs
Dec. 12,2009 - A new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that modern Christians pick and choose what they want to believe and where they want to worship at any given time. According to the survey, elements of Eastern faiths and New Age thinking have been widely adopted by 65% of U.S. adults, including many who call themselves Protestants and Catholics. The survey reveals other interesting facts.
Another survey, taken this year, the American Religious Identification Survey, revealed that the percentage of people who call themselves Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. 15% of Americans claimed that their denomination was "None."
- 59% of less frequent church attendees say they attend worship at multiple places.
- 23% believe in astrology
- 22% believe in reincarnation
- Source: USA Today
One World Developing
Dec. 11, 2009 - Events that people once thought would never happen are now coming together in rapid succession. When I was a young man, my Christian friends and I knew that the Bible taught that one day there would be a one-world government and a one-world religion, but we could not imagine how these things could happen. ... More...
- Source: Ron's Blog
Melbourne hosts multi-faith festival
Dec. 3, 2009 - The Parliament of the World's Religions, which meets once every five years, will convene today in Melbourne, Australia. Up to 8,000 people from various world faiths will participate in discussions about such things as climate change, eradication of poverty, and west's relationship with Islam.
- Organisers have said that the closing address will be delivered by the Dalai Lama, who is on a visit to Australia and New Zealand.
- Source: BBC
- Parliament of the World's Religions
- The New World Religion - Gary Kah
- The Parliament Blog - Details, Links
Melbourne Hosts 2009 Parliament Of The World’s Religions
Nov. 28, 2009 - 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s largest multifaith gathering of religious and spiritual communities, will be held in Melbourne next week. The event will draw more than 5000 people from 80 nations.
- As part of the week-long program visiting faith and cultural leaders will work cooperatively with others and within their own traditions on matters such as indigenous reconciliation, global poverty and global warming, environmental issues, migration, spirituality and young people.
- Source: The Gov Monitor - Australia
Saudi king to U.N. assembly: Time for peace-loving religious dialog
Nov. 14, 2008 - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud gave the keynote speech at the United Nations's "Culture of Peace Conference."
The Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, criticized the King's leadership in this setting. He said, "There is no religious freedom in Saudi Arabia, yet the kingdom asks the world to listen to its message of religious tolerance."
- Its aim: to promote dialog between the religions of the world and, in the process, to help "improve the image of Islam as a religion that favors dialog over violence."
- Source: SF Gate
- Saudis Sponsor Religious Freedom? - by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu in David Hocking's Blog
Pope warns against splits at 'critical juncture' for Christianity
July 18, 2008 - At a World Youth Day rally in Australia, Pope Benedict XVI warned Christian leaders Friday the ecumenical movement was at a "critical juncture." He refered to a meeting of Anglican bishops amid a split in their church over the ordination of women and gays.
- "We must guard against any temptation to view doctrine as divisive and hence an impediment to the seemingly more pressing and immediate task of improving the world in which we live."
- Source: Google - AFP
- Quarter of World’s Anglicans Boycott Conference - Reuters
Oprah Winfrey: America's New Age Spiritual Leader
Mar. 3, 2008 - Here are summaries of three commentaries about the influence of Oprah Winfrey and her unbiblical beliefs. All three of these writers are alarmed about her spiritual leadership in New Age thought.
- The "Oprahfication" of Eastern Mysticism - - Michael Craven - Crosswalk, Mar. 3, 2008
- Oprah Winfrey is filling the vacuum created by the decline of orthodox Christianity in the Western World. The big news right now is her launch today (Mar. 3, 2008) of a free 10-week interactive webinar based on the book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by best-selling author Eckhart Tolle. Tolle, who is described as “a contemporary spiritual teacher who is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition. Tole teaches that the alteration of our “consciousness” is key to the salvation of men, not Jesus Christ.
Oprah's new Easter
- Chuck Norris - WorldNetDaily, Mar. 3, 2008
- Since Oprah's endorsement of Tolle's book a month ago, 3.5 million copies of his spiritual self-help guide have been sent out to enlighten the minds of people around the globe. And more than 500,000 people in 125 countries have already signed up for the worldwide web seminar. Chuck Norris points out that this thrust is during the Easter season and is an alternate view to Christianity.
The Twisted World of Oprah and Friends - Jan Markell - Omega Letter, Feb. 2, 2008
- Since January 1, 2008, Oprah Winfrey has been offering one lesson each day on her satellite radio show from “A Course in Miracles.” This book, which has become the “New Age” bible, was channeled to a woman back in the 1960s, and was supposedly from Jesus. Jan Markell lists some of the book's false teaching:
- * There is no sin.
- * The Name of “Jesus” is just symbolic of all the gods to which you pray.
- * The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.
And here is a quotation from an earlier article that gives more information about Ms. Winfrey's influence:
The Divine Ms. Winfrey? - Ann Oldenberg - USA Today, May 11. 2006
- She's no longer just a successful talk-show host worth $1.4 billion, according to Forbes' most recent estimate. Over the past year, Winfrey, 52, has emerged as a spiritual leader for the new millennium, a moral voice of authority for the nation.
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