Manifesto will have far reaching effects and will further
marginalize traditional Bible believing Christians.
Calling the new Evangelical Manifesto "conciliatory," New Age
leader and author
Deepak Chopra says in a Washington Post commentary
that "the writers quickly declare that their purpose is 'not to
attack or exclude.'" He sees the Manifesto as a type of
spiritual handshake by these numbered evangelicals who signed
the document last week, who he says, want to stop being so
"intolerant." "If you want to save the planet, it helps not to
attack the bulk of humanity that worships a different God,"
Deepak says. "To redefine the evangelical movement, it takes two
parties, one to offer the new definition, the other to accept
it." Chopra finds this move by these more tolerant
evangelicals admirable, but he says that the fundamentalists
(those against abortion and homosexual practice) "will
irrationally dominate their agenda."
Chopra is a prominent proponent of mantra meditation and
believes that the christ-consciousness (God) is in everyone.
This is why he finds the traditional Christian "intolerant,"
because he believes that God is separate from humanity, that God
is holy and man is sinful, and that it is only through the shed
blood of Jesus Christ that this sin can be atoned for. The fact
that Chopra finds the Evangelical Manifesto to be hopeful is not
a good sign for evangelical Christianity. In his commentary,
Chopra says that "any attempt at reconciliation is welcome." But
the New Age "reconciliation" does not mean living peacefully
with people of different faiths - it means being willing to lay
aside the belief that there is only one way to God,
(specifically Jesus Christ). Ultimately, this line of thinking
concludes that all paths lead to God, and we can be
reconciled to God through any faith. The reason this
reconciliation can take place is because every human being
already has a christ-consciousness or Divinity within him and
its just a matter of realizing this. Based on Chopra's
teachings, he would not favor biblical reconciliation to God,
which is only through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Click here to read the commentary by Deekpak Chopra.
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