The article points critiqued below by us appeared on various New Age websites, and we will take it to the woodshed. This is the main leading quote: ‘Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience’ – Deepak Chopra
OUR TRANSLATION: “Faith in Jesus Christ is religion and out! New Age is real spirituality and IN! (Old hat!) Chopra means to say that:
- you have to experience your own spiritual universe by your own efforts.
- instead of trusting & respecting your Creator, you ought to ignore or deny Him by producing your own righteousness by spiritual or self-religious works. IOW: Self worship rather than GOD worship!
“Telling people you are spiritual but not religious is often greeted with a confused face. People tend to think of spirituality as something very strange and mysterious. They even struggle to differentiate it from religion but this is only because people in modern-day society have a fear of being manipulated and have a lack of knowledge when it comes to non-material subjects. The truth of the matter is that spirituality is perhaps the most natural thing there is, it is simply your own conscious-self recognizing that you are more than just a body, that you are a soul with infinite potential.
OUR TRANSLATION: Lots of religious people — God worshippers! — still view and reject New Age as a deception &/or false doctrine, and rightly so, while the writer is trying to win souls for self-worship which opens the door for rebel angels & their cronies to access your heart and mind & spirit!
“To simplify what I am trying to explain here is a short list of things that help to highlight the differences between religion and spirituality.
1. There are no rules to Spirituality
As opposed to following a specific ideology or a set of rules spirituality simply lets you follow your heart, it encourages you to listen to your intuition and do what is right for yourself and others around you. It truly sets you free to be the best you can be and to be a good person with no promise of punishment or reward. The reward is simply your own inner happiness. [bolds are ours]
OUR TRANSLATION: You can become righteous (“a good person”) by following yourself, your own heart, your intuition, and even others, instead of recognising or kowtowing to our Big Daddy in Heaven, and you can get away with ignoring our Creator and His recommendations for true spirituality, which is union with our Creator & Father, called “Salvation!”, and the Creator is a push-over who won’t set a standard to be upheld nor enforced, and HIS rules are obsolete! Ha!
IOW: The writer preaches SELF righteousness that we can save ourselves, that “good old” deception which has been the bane of the entire Mid-Southern hemisphere below Hamitic Egypt (its leader) and Greece its sycophant who then infected the Northern hemisphere as well with its resultant idol & demon worship and paganism.
2. Spirituality is based only on love and not fear
“Dotted throughout religion there is lots of fear. Fear of the consequences of your actions, fear of what might happen after you die if you don’t live your life accordingly. Well, with spirituality there is only Love, it encourages you to focus all of your energy only on the good, and to act only based on love. This is a key point for me as any choice made out of fear will not be good for your soul. Whereas decisions made out of love will empower you, make you braver and feed your soul. It shows you how to stand despite being afraid, how to move on doing what you feel is right despite the consequences that may come.
OUR TRANSLATION: God is bad because He works ONLY through FEAR! So New Age is better because it is ONLY based on LOVE!
OUR CRITIQUE: The writer is saying in effect there is nothing to fear! He fears NO death, NO suffering, NO heighth, NO depth, NO creature, NO old age, NO electricity NO fire NO earthquake NO tsunami NO landslide, etc. Love will overcome all these things as well as ALL its spiritual equivalents. NO demons, NO curses, NO Hell, NO hades, NO bad people. UTTER NONSENSE!
In the physical, one ought to fear for example electricity and observe and keep its laws, OR you will be dead! Same goes for all physical perils above! Likewise we ought to recognise (not fear, for fear is worship!) spiritual dangers like Satan, his demons, his curses, his influences, his deceptions (as the one we are dealing with here for example), his diseases, his accidents, his storms, his earthquakes, his tsunamis, and other phenomena caused by the Devil and his demons. If you don’t you could be his next meal!
3. Religion tells you the truth – Spirituality lets you discover it
As opposed to telling you in black and white how the universe was created and why we are here Spirituality lets you discover these questions and answers for yourself. It empowers you to find your own truth in all things and sets no limits to how deep you can go in understanding all there is to know.
OUR CRITIQUE: Electrical laws & rules (religion) tell us the truth, blind experimenting lets you discover it — the hard way — and can cause your death! When you observe, learn and apply its basic laws you can REALLY empower yourself by inventing & extending its limitless applications and uses. Religion is better than blind spirituality!
4.Religion separates, Spirituality unites
Through our world there are many religions and they all preach that their story is the right story. Spirituality sees the truth in all of them and unites them because the truth is same for all of us despite our differences and uniqueness. It focuses on the quality of the divine message they share and not on the differences in details of the story they speak.
OUR CRITIQUE:Nah! Opposite! “Spirituality” seperates people from the 2000 year old conquering God-centered religion of grace and faith, by chipping away from its time tested, God written, solid foundation with its ungodly, unsafe, demonic precepts and deceptions. Shun them new Agers! Besides New Agers are not united. They believe in all kinds of things: crystals, statues, symbols, teachings, demons, beads, gods, etc. But they are definitely united in rejecting God their own Creator, and his loving guidelines. THAT’s a sure thing!
5. The difference with Karma and Punishment
Instead of talking about punishment or the threat of hell Spirituality only talks about Karma. It’s the Law of Attraction, you get what you give. Simple.
OUR CRITIQUE: New Agers — because they don’t know Him! – are so biased & prejudiced against their own Creator whom they don’t even know, that they condemn, mis-characterise, and demonise Him, from whom ALL blessings flow. They say, “He is a condemning monster that wants to send you to Hell! Karma is much better!” This writer obviously prefers his won fallacious writings and has never even read God’s far superior writings in the book called the Bible. If he had, he would have seen that karma is just another word for what the Bible calls: “You reap what you sow!” “Give and it shall be given to you”, “Judge not, lest you be judged!” “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to YOU!” Deny God, and He will deny you!” and the list goes on and on. Love attracts the children of love! hate attracts the children of the Devil!
6. Walk your own path [NOT GOD’s! Oh No!]
Instead of ancients [sic] stories about angels and Gods, spirituality encourages you to make your own path and create your own stories. This sets you on a journey of enlightenment and self-discovery to which the only limits can be set by yourself. It encourages you to trust your heart and follow it wherever it may lead you. [AYayay!!]
If you look at religion it all stems from a deep spirituality. Jesus and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) for example all had deeply profound spiritual journeys before they embarked on their own journeys. So I do believe that all religion has truth in it, and that many people can be both truly beautiful souls and religious at the same time [AW… THANKS PAL!] but ultimately anything that separates you or creates division is not good for your soul and definitely not good for the greater good of mankind.
Spirituality reminds us that we are not separate, there are no borders, no races and no cultural divides. All that is true is that we are all one and the only constant is Love.
OUR CRITIQUE:”We are the world! We are the people! We will make a better world, so lets start giving! There’s a choice we are making, and bla bla bla bla bla…
Spirituality reminds us nothing! Spirituality in the above form is a form of self worship, do-it -yourself-religion, while patronising jesus Christ as some deep spiritualist with his OWN journey? Where the Hell did you get that from pal? He never said that! You are putting words in His mouth, that are fully contrary to what he testified of himself. That is falsificiation of history, or misrepresentation of the man Christ Jesus! That’s a crime.
“What did he say about his self?” Very little! Read and weep!
- “I came not of myself, but the Father sent me.”
- “of my own self I can do nothing but what the Father shows me.”
- “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just;…
- “because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
- “”Just as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).”
- “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.”
- “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”
- “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own. Instead, it is the Father dwelling in Me, carrying out His work.”
In other words, “spiritual”Jesus never preached his own doctrines as the above writer but always heard from His Father, His Father, His Father! Etc. He didn’t preach himself, he preached mostly the Father, and Himself IN the Father! And actually finally said, “I and the FATHER are one!”
And dear sir, if you continue on your self deluded way, you will have seperated yourself from Jesus and from your FATHER in Heaven, His Kingdom, His angels you decry, and all of God’s holy children Upthere in Heaven and a couple of billion here on Earth, as divided they may seem in small terms of doctrinal details, they all agree on the fact that Jesus was the Messiah, the Saviour, the only begoten Son of God, the only Name by which one can be saved. And we hope that you will shed your false doctrines that have cursed the world with self-righteousness and Hell on Earth, and all its curses.
And concerning Love? God, the Father, the Creator IS LOVE! So how you want to attain to a loving attitude or spirit without HIM, is beyond me. Sure you can try to be loving and go through all its motions, but you will still fall flat without HIS Spirit. Because it is impossible to love without Love Himself!
And concerning FEAR? We god’s children have a wonderful way to rid our hearts of fear, even though “the Fear of the Lord is (only) the beginning of wisdom!” As the fear of your fathers’ discipline was the beginning of osmosing his wisdom by fear of his countenance and strict words or even slap on your wrist, not to touch that electric socket you didn’t know could kill you! Thank God for that fear. But the ideal is Love. As the Bible teaches so well…
“… For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” and “He that loves not, knows not God, for God is LOVE!”
By the way, Jesus did warn us from our own willfull way by saying, “Except a man humbles himself and becomes as a little child, he shall in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” So my dear friend, just tell him,
“Dear jesus, I repent from my spiritual wanderings away from your love and salvation, and I humbly ask you as a little child to please come into my heart and life and save me from New Age and mostly from my SELF! And grant me your wonderful gift of Eternal Life! In jesus Name I pray! Amen!