by Berit Kjos
A review of this mystical book series for children and youth
Halloween comes and goes, but the Ga’Hoole owls — with their legends, divination, ghosts, and “hagsfiends” — call for an all-year warning. These guardians fit right into the world’s history of pagan myths and mystical “seers,” and their adventures make their occult suggestions all the more alluring to young readers.
Like our world’s mythical tales, the owls’ treasured ‘legends’ involve spiritism, magic, murder, and hope-filled illusions. And like today’s ‘New Spirituality,’ their beliefs are twisted into enticing heresies that match ‘human’ cravings and mock God’s truths.
Since this book series is full of references to “Glaux” (the name of their god), some readers may even equate these “noble” tales with Christian parables. Without faith in God’s Word and knowledge of His warnings, few are prepared to discern the deceptions. Enticed by the dark, scary thrills, many will gladly accept the lies.
A glimpse of the storyline
Soren, a newly hatched Barn Owl, would soon face plenty of challenges to his faith, life, and liberty. Even before he could fly, he was pushed from his nest by his older brother, Kludd, who planned to kill him as part of a ritual requirement for initiation into the league of the “Pure Ones.” Soren survived the fall, but was quickly abducted by cruel strangers skilled in mind-dulling brainwashing (“moon blinking”) of fledgling owls.
Soren and his best friend escaped and eventually found their way to the great Ga’Hoole tree and its enlightened community of owls. But foes like Kludd and his mate, Nyra, continue to shatter their peace. Kludd’s gifted son Nyroc (who changes his name to Coryn) escapes his parents and the murderous Pure Ones. His exceptional psychic powers lead to amazing victories for the Ga’Hoole community.
Meanwhile, the captivated reader becomes more and more familiar with the dark forces behind those mystical triumphs. Evil seems increasingly normal, while God’s timeless warnings are dismissed as old-fashioned and intolerant:
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21
It’s easy for readers to identify with these fictional owls. Their values, rituals and relationships fit right into the multicultural training in American schools today. In today’s post-Christian world, God’s unchanging Truth has been twisted into enticing deviations that reflect both our changing times and our human inclinations. No doubt Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books as well as The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, had something to do with the “timely” message of the books. Click here to read more.
|Harry Potter and the Superconsciousness|
by Paul Proctor
Used with permission.
Churches use shocking billboards to get attention
The Christian Post reports, “a megachurch in Southeast Michigan is making a lot of people uncomfortable with its new billboard campaign that proclaims that the church is for hypocrites, losers and liars.” NorthRidge Church’s pastor, Brad Powell, is quoted in the article, saying:
“As you do ministry, you start realizing there’s a false view outside of the church of what the church is – that it’s [full of] people who think they’re better than anyone else. And there’s a false view inside the church of people outside – that they’re bad… The reality is all human beings are the same. They’re flawed. We’re all the same inside [the church] and outside. We too are failures, losers, … hypocrites.”
So, nobody’s “bad” and nobody’s “better” – but we’re all hypocrites, losers and liars? Is that the NorthRidge message? Sounds like a social justice exercise of dialectic doubletalk designed to redistribute righteousness as needed so nobody is viewed as having any more than anyone else.
Obviously, this billboard campaign is yet another desperate attempt by Christians to try and attract attention, appease sinners and draw crowds through controversy and sensationalism – something the Bible does not teach or encourage believers to engage in. And, I’m convinced, these types of shock ads, borrowed from today’s depraved world of marketed madness, do more spiritual harm than good.
When a preacher who should be focused on God’s Word and calling the lost to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ rents billboard space around town to inform the world that Christians are no different than they are, the question must be asked: “Who then needs Christianity? Why would anyone want give their life to Jesus Christ if doing so made them no better than they were before and no different from anyone else in this fallen world?
Sure, I understand they’re trying to “stir dialogue” by posting controversial comments around their community in hopes visitors will drop by for further discussion; but I don’t think they realize the potential for collateral damage here.
What about all of the passersby who see these billboards day after day, but never make it inside NorthRidge to hear a biblical explanation given for the controversial remarks posted on them? And what about all of the children from NorthRidge and elsewhere who repeatedly read, recall and recite to others, “the church is for hypocrites, losers and liars?” Does the membership there really think these self-inflicted insults won’t, at some point, have a negative effect on their children’s faith and witness to friends and family members of those friends in the community who see the billboards and ask what they mean? The adults might be able to explain them, but how will the kids, who may not be quite as informed and articulate?
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” – Matthew 18:6
BeliefNet.com is reporting on another similar billboard sponsored by Christ Covenant Church in Beaumont, Texas that simply implies, Christians are “jerks.”
Again, is this what we want our children to see and learn as we’re driving them across town? Don’t they get enough of this from the secular media?
If atheists or Muslims put up billboards like this, Christians would be outraged, calling it slanderous, hateful and dangerous. So, why are we doing it for them?
The pastor whose church sponsored the billboard in Beaumont reportedly offered something of an explanation on his church’s website that included the following:
“The church has failed… Our mistakes have led to a lack of credibility. Our messes have caused people to seek answers for this life elsewhere. And really, who could blame people for giving up on the church?… What a bunch of jerks… Prideful, hypocritical, selfish, judgmental jerks.”
Although I would agree that the Church has failed in many ways over the years, calling Christians “jerks” and other derogatory names on billboards around town is not the answer. Sinners are not won to Christ by our over-the-top displays of self-deprecation, but instead by a faithful presentation of the Gospel and a repentance and faith that is sorely needed on both sides of the sanctuary walls.
© 2010 Paul Proctor – All Rights Reserved
By LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG
At conference on Christians in the Middle East, US Melkite archbishop says: “There is no longer a chosen people.”
ROME – Bishops from the Middle East who were summoned to Rome by the pope demanded on Saturday that Israel accept UN resolutions calling for an end to its “occupation” of Arab lands.
In a final joint communique, the bishops also told Israel it shouldn’t use the Bible to justify “injustices” against the Palestinians.
The bishops issued the statement at the close of their two-week meeting, called by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the plight of Christians in the Middle East amid a major exodus of the faithful from the region.
The Catholic Church has long been a minority in the largely Muslim region but its presence is shrinking further as a result of war, conflict, discrimination and economic problems.
“The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands,” Monsignor Cyril Salim Bustros, Greek Melkite archbishop of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, Massachusetts, and president of the “Commission for the Message,” said at Saturday’s Vatican press conference. Click here to continue reading.
Posted from WorldNetDaily
International finance group seeks remedy to looming exchange wars
The Institute of International Finance, a group that represents 420 of the world’s largest banks and finance houses, has issued yet another call for a one-world global currency, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.
“A core group of the world’s leading economies need to come together and hammer out an understanding,” Charles Dallara, the Institute of International Finance’s managing director, told the Financial Times.
An IIF policy letter authored by Dallara and dated Oct. 4 made clear that global currency coordination was needed, in the group’s view, to prevent a looming currency war. Click here to continue reading.
by Robert Huff
American Thinker (out of house news source)
We live in an age of scientific hegemony (if I may borrow a term from the Marxists and feminists), where access to intellectual power and influence is granted to those who demonstrate their loyalty to the approved theories of the ruling elite. Scientists who refuse to bow at the altar of uniformity are labeled heretics and cast out of the intelligentsia, condemned to lives of unfunded grant proposals, tenure denials, and ruined reputations.
The scientific theories to which we must pledge allegiance are not threats in and of themselves. For example, global warming, which used to be known as global cooling and is now called global climate disruption, attempts to explain changes in the weather by assuming that global temperature increases (or decreases) are primarily caused by human activity. Of course, it requires more than a little faith to take short-term measurements and extrapolate to an apocalyptic assumption about the ultimate fate of the earth. Hence, it should not at all be surprising that many successful challenges to man-made global __________ (fill in the blank) have been made over the years. What is surprising, even distressing, is the systematic effort by the scientific community to denigrate the talented men and women who have exposed serious flaws in this theory. Ironically, the end result is that our secular institutions of science often expel those committed to objective inquiry while rewarding those committed to upholding dogma.
As a mathematician and a conservative at a small, Christian liberal arts university, I have a keen interest in the extent to which the hegemony of secular science has worked its way into evangelical academia. When it comes to man-made global warming, most Christian universities are too small to support a faculty of climate researchers.
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Technocracy and Transformation by Carl Teichrib
Quantum Lie – Preview Video #4 with Bob DeWaay
From Understand the Times – A Serious Warning by Roger Oakland
by Larry DeBruyn
About the supposed “garden” which represents the state of his life, Mack complains to the Holy Spirit, “Looks like a mess to me.” (The Shack, 129) But from Sarayu (i.e., the “Spirit”) we learn that Mack’s self-evaluation is only a matter of his perspective. She informs him that his “messed up” life is really a fractal.
“Mack! Thank you! What a wonderful compliment! . . . That is exactly what this is—a mess. But,” she looked back at Mack and beamed, “it’s still a fractal, too.” (The Shack, 129)
The reader is left with the impression that God makes messes out of the lives of Christians which can, depending upon one’s perspective, be fractal too.
But just what are fractals? Sarayu informs Mack:
A fractal . . . is something considered simple and orderly that is actually composed of repeated patterns no matter how magnified. A fractal is almost infinitely complex. I love fractals, so I put them everywhere. (The Shack, 129)
Thus, The Shack incorporates aspects of quantum physics—chaos (your garden is a mess), and fractal theory (your garden is a pattern)—into its allegory. We will look at chaos and fractals, but before doing so, we ought to note how the New Age Spirituality has incorporated “chaos and fractals” into its worldview. Click here to continue reading.
by Roger Oakland
There is no question about it, the world is in serious chaos, with poverty, sickness, and disease afflicting millions and millions of people. Suffering seems to be at an all-time high level. Understandably, the world is looking for answers. Many religious leaders (including New Agers) believe we need a new reformation. Neale Donald Walsch, a prominent leader in the New Age, is one of those with new reformation on his mind. He states:
We are suggesting that people become modern day Martin Luther’s and take the five steps to peace and tack them up on church house doors, as Martin Luther did with his 95 theses in 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany, which started of course, the first Reformation. Our intention is to stimulate the second great Reformation of world religion. That is our intention, our goal and our purpose. We intend to, in fact, inspire the second great Reformation of world religion.1
Comments like the one above are quite interesting because Walsch is not a Christian, but he speaks of a religious reformation he is hoping to witness. But Walsch’s reformation does not include Jesus Christ. On his website, The Group of 1000, a statement explains what Walsch calls “the new spirituality”:
The New Spirituality is a global movement to create the space for humanity to experience its natural impulse toward the divine in a way which makes no one else wrong for the way in which they are doing it. 2
Walsch’s reformation is one that will fulfill Thomas Merton’s vision (and Leonard Sweet’s):
We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.3
Merton believed that God dwells in all humans, and what’s more, that we are part of the Divine—or to say it more succinctly, that we are all God.4
Thus, the new reformation on the horizon is not one that points to Jesus Christ as the single Savior who shed His blood to redeem sinners heading to hell. The new reformation gospel says that God is in everybody, and humanity just needs to come to this enlightened understanding. When mankind comes into full unity, the global giants of poverty, disease, sickness, etc. will be eradicated. It is the perfect ploy of Satan to keep souls from true salvation and eternal life. It is a grand deception that will seduce the masses—a deception the Bible has warned about, and it will come to pass. And yet, as the Lord is slow to anger and quick to forgive, He continues to draw and beckon while there is still time. The apostle Paul expresses the heart of the Lord:
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. (Hebrews 3:12-15)
We must ask ourselves: Is the emergent reformation truly a new and God-given reformation that we are witnessing? Or is it no different from Neale Donald Walsch’s or Thomas Merton’s, in which man is lifted up and deified? While it appears the world is crumbling before our very eyes—despite continued efforts to help the poor and suffering and to stop crime and terrorism—governments, nations, and the people within them have decided that Jesus Christ is not the answer. The emerging church has solidified this position by placing such emphasis on ushering in the kingdom of God now and minimizing the true Gospel message.
I realize that most Christians would probably laugh incredulously if someone told them they were heading toward the spirituality of Neale Donald Walsch. Most of them would see themselves as orthodox and biblically based and certainly not as New Agers entering some kind of new reformation that says everyone is God. But the emerging church bridges Christianity and this “new spirituality.” And the question we Christians must ask ourselves is, is this a bridge I am willing to walk on and eventually cross?
I watch prominent Christian leaders today embracing and promoting many of these new reformation evangelists blindly, without question. And following right behind them is the majority of the church.
I Timothy 4:1 says: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” I exhort every believer to consider this: once the departure from faith begins, it is difficult to turn back. I challenge you to carefully and prayerfully consider what the emerging church is really presenting.
We have seen the actions and heard the words of those who are attempting to undo the very tenants of the Christian faith; they have now come to the point of saying they wish to destroy Christianity . Listen to the words of Alice Bailey as she describes her prophesied “Coming One,” whom she calls “the Christ”:
The reason He has not come again is that the needed work has not been done by His followers in all countries. His coming is largely dependent, as we shall later see, upon the establishing of right human relations. [T]he church has hindered … and has not helped because of its fanatical zeal to make “Christians” of all peoples and not followers of Christ. It has emphasized theological doctrine, and not love.5 …
Paul wrote to Timothy regarding these difficult times in which we live:
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (II Timothy 4:1-5)
The Lord, through His Word, warned us that perilous times would come. But He also made it clear that the church of Jesus Christ would survive in the midst of great deception and attack on the Christian faith. In a profound discourse between Jesus and His disciples, Jesus assured them of this very thing:
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:13-18)
(from Roger Oakland’s book, Faith Undone; excerpt from chapter 13)
1. Interview by Debbie Smoker with Neale Donald Walsch (Edge Life Expo, 2004, http://edgelifeexpo.com/interviews/walsch.html).
2. Neale Donald Waslch, “What is the New Spirituality?” (Group of 1000 website: http://www.thegroupof1000.com/newspirituality.cfm).
3. Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, op. cit., p. 13, citing Thomas Merton from “Thomas Merton’s View of Monasticism” [delivered in Calcutta, October 1968], in The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, ed. Naomi Burton, Patrick Hart, and James Laughlin (New York: New Directions, 1973), p. 308.
4. See footnote #14 of chapter 6.
5. Alice Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ (London, UK: Lucis Publishing Company, 1948, fourth printing, 1962), p. 12.