RE: [steiner] New Age
My parents joined a Pentecostal church. Now they are brainwashed with guilt, fear, and sin…and of course hell and brimstone.
They used to be nice people. Now they are busy being judgmental. Mom stopped cutting her hair, so she can be even more spiritual.
In my opinion, this brand of extreme Christianity is about the same as people you go overboard with New Age stuff. I see folks go to this and that class or ashram and yet I haven’t seen them become better people.
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Subject: [steiner] New Age
I feel the same about the New Age, and I used to be in it too! I spent 8 months in an ashram in India. I learnt a lot but that path stops at 'Works'. Grace, although there's a lot of glib talk about it, doesn't exist. You have to pay for your spiritual advancement for a start, and it does not come as the free gift as it does with Christ. There are always new courses to do or sessions to go to with this or that teacher or new guru. I know people who spend all their money on this stuff; it's like an addiction.
I was in a discussion on another forum a few months ago and we were discussing the attraction of Eastern and New Age religion, and we came to the conclusion that people actually can't bear Christianity as there is nothing to do - no long hours of meditation, no pilgrimages (unless you want to of course), no set prayers, no rituals, no sacrifices ... there's no need to even give your money away! It is too easy for most people, who like something 'tangible' - lists of rules and rituals to perform, or certain clothes to wear or foods to eat or not eat; then they feel spiritual.
Natural therapies are my other bete noire - don't get me started on that one! Here's a great website; www.quackwatch.org
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