But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. (2 Peter 2:1-2 NKJV)
As promised in my last post, I am going to share some of my "findings" in Eckart Tolle's, "A New Earth". But first, some may be asking why I would waste my time elaborating on a book that is in my opinion dangerous and heretical. Simply stated, belief in false teaching promotes a way of thinking, and therefore living, that is contrary to the word of God. Living outside of God's plan results in bondage to things and behaviors that aren't in our best interest. The consequences run deep.
Let's first consider Tolle's view on heaven, stated on p. 23 in his book. Here he describes the inspiration for the book title, references a few bible verses and states:
We need to understand here that heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness. This is the estoteric meaning of the word, and this is also its meaning in the teachings of Jesus.
A "new heaven" is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and "a new earth" is its reflection in the physical realm."
Tolle often quotes Jesus wrongly and outside the context of the entire Bible, which can be confusing to Christians who have a mere cursory understanding of the Bible. The Bible is very clear throughout that heaven is a physical place and not just a state of mind. In this specific case, a belief that heaven is not a literal location could cause someone to also question the literal existence of hell. Questioning the existence in hell will cause us to lose our sense of urgency in sharing the Gospel with others? Can you see how a downward spiral regarding the truth of all scripture arises from just one little lie?
For further study:
1) How would you defend your belief in a literal heaven? Look up what Jesus really says about it and decide for yourself.
2) What is the "lens" through which you view your faith and study the bible? To understand more about how our interpretation of scripture is impacted by our preconceived notions, check out the post "Presuppositons of the Faith" at Truth Talks.