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Survey Finds Lots of Spiritual Dialogue But Not Much Change

The explosion of communications devices and technology in the past decade has substantially expanded the amount of public dialogue related to all kinds of issues, including religion. Yet, even though Americans spend lots of time discussing and debating religious beliefs and spiritual practices, a new survey by The Barna Group shows that all of that interaction has translated into very little change in people’s faith life.

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http://www.barna.org/transformation-articles/433-survey-finds-lots-of-spiritual-dialogue-but-not-much-change

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A Bridge over other Waters

Few have done as much to promote a sense of unity among the world’s religions than John Marks Templeton. Templeton has become world renowned for offering a million dollars as his annual prize from his religious research center that is dedicated to develop progress in religion.

The Council for a Parliament of World Religions promotes inter-religious dialogue and plans for the world’s “spiritual future by having government institutionalize a global ethic.” Sir John Templeton serves on the Parliament of World Religions board of trustees. Templeton is also linked to some very important and wealthy people that have been known to be involved in Globalism, both politically and religiously.

More here:

http://letusreason.org/Curren40.htm

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Merging Religion and Mystical”Science”
The Templeton Foundation

http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/spirituality/templeton.htm

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Should you practice Mindfullness?

If you are a Christian, the basis, rationale, and goal of mindfulness is in complete conflict with a Christian worldview and with the reality presented by God in his word. Mindfulness has nothing in common with biblical meditation, which is thoughtful contemplation of God’s word.

Biblical meditation and prayer are not matters of trying to go beyond thought, either to achieve a mystical oneness with God, or to “hear” from God. Nothing like this is taught anywhere in the Bible. Prayer in the Bible is always presented as verbal praise, petition, confession, and expression of gratitude to God.

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Mindfulness: no-mind over matter
By Marcia Montenegro, November 2010
http://christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Mindfulness.html

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…evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13

God’s Word plainly and conspicuously alerts us in no uncertain terms about the spiritual seduction of such counterfeit Christ-less “peace plans” that bring only false peace as devised by Rick Warren (1 Thessalonians 5:3, Jeremiah 8:11). The prophet Daniel tells us that the Antichrist will bring a false peace, and any peace plan without salvation in Christ is false and of the spirit of antichrist who is preparing the world and the apostate church for the coming of the Antichrist just as the Holy Spirit is preparing the faithful church for the return of Jesus. Rick Warren is demonically deceived and he is being used by Satan in this regard to mislead and deceive the Church. Yet Mark Driscoll again lends open credence to this seducer of the Bride of Christ. This is evil.

Rick Warren’s PEACE Plan contains no Gospel or evangelism. It instead calls upon us to unite with Muslims and Hindus who worship other gods (whom Moses and Paul called “demons”) to have peace. Warren even spoke at a convention of unsaved rabbis advising them how to build up bigger synagogues of Jews who reject their own Messiah and unless they accept him will spend eternity in hell without Him. Can we imagine Paul or Peter addressing rabbis and advising them to to expand and perpetuate a Judaism that rejects Yeshua?

-Moriel Ministries View of Mark Driscoll
http://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/discernment/church-issues/popular-teachers/mark-driscoll

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Spiritual Schizophrenia
In Defense of the Faith

Jack Kinsella – Omega Letter Editor

Most people, when they think of schizophrenia, associate it with a mental condition called Multiple Personality Disorder. In reality, schizophrenia has nothing to do with multiple personalities.

The dictionary provides two definitions for schizophrenia. The first is that of a severe mental disorder technically known as dementia praecox. Dementia praecox is the severest condition, where the victim becomes delusional; hallucinations, voices, that kind of thing.

The second definition is a mental state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements. That’s the working definition I had in mind when I titled today’s briefing “Spiritual Schizophrenia.”

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http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=6802

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In Japan, where 30,000 people commit suicide each year, yoga is becoming popular to relieve stress.

Yoga, an ancient discipline sweeping Japan anew

Be it the power, hot, or laughter school, yoga has enjoyed a high level of popularity in Japan. Just flipping through a yoga magazine, one can expect to be exposed to some 20 different schools of yoga. These days, even some medical facilities incorporate yoga into their treatments. So how do we explain the recent boom in this ancient discipline?

More here:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/features/news/20101113p2a00m0na024000c.html

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YOGA: YOKES, SNAKES, AND GODS
By Marcia Montenegro
http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Yoga.html

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Dalai Lama gives strong hint at retirement

The Dalai Lama has given the strongest indication yet that he plans to retire from political life and that it could be as soon as next year.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, 75, said he was intending to discuss the issue of his retirement with the government in exile within six months.

“In order to utilise fully democracy I felt [it] better I am not involved [and that] I am devoted to other fields, promotion of human values and peace and harmony,” the Dalai Lama said on Indian television. “[But] firstly I have to discuss, to inform members of Tibetan parliament.”

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/8152240/Dalai-Lama-gives-strong-hint-at-retirement.html

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