I received an email today regarding a topic of Oprah on her radio program. (http://www2.oprah.com/index_du.jhtml). It was talking about a year long study called "A Course in Miracles" from a book by Marianne Williamson. The issue with this program is the theology behind it. The letter was written by Warren Smith. Mr. Smith was involved in the New Age movement prior to becoming a Christian. His letter is written as warning to all Christians and the Church about this study. As I have not heard of this gentleman before today, I have included a link to his letter for you to check out for yourself. http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/007/smith-oprah.htm
This may open up a can of worms but I am going to begin the discussion anyway. I looked through the first 10 lessons. They seem to be fairly innocent enough. However, some of the quotes provided by Mr. Smith in his letter are extremely disturbing. Is this a false teaching? Is this course presenting an alternative to Christ that is completely opposite of the Bible's teachings of Jesus Christ? I am going to have to do some more studying on this before I can answer those questions for myself. However, I know that several of the readers of this blog are Christians and probably far more mature in their faith than I am. I hope to be able to open a discussion about this course and determine the accuracy of their teachings and the theology behind those teachings.
As Christians, we are called to be "Salt and Light to a darkened world!" We have to be willing to be out in the world but not be of the world in order to make changes. If this is one way I can be salt to the world around me, then I want God to have all the glory. All my "good deeds" are like filthy rags before the holiness of Almighty God. In order to be a light, we also have to be willing to speak out for those things that are right and against those things that are wrong. What a change could be had if we were just willing to do this one thing?