Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The lies we believe

Have you ever heard of the human potential movement? It flowered in the 1960’s; its basic premise says there is a vast, untapped, reservoir of power, divinity within human beings that needs to be tapped in order to live a happy and successful life.

A very famous TV celebrity is trying to convert the world by encouraging everyone to read a book called The Secret. On their website this is what they say:
The Secret reveals the most powerful law in the universe. The knowledge of this law has run like a golden thread through the lives and the teachings of all the prophets, seers, sages and saviors in the world's history, and through the lives of all truly great men and women. All that they have ever accomplished or attained has been done in full accordance with this most powerful law. Without exception, every human being has the ability to transform any weakness or suffering into strength, power, perfect peace, health, and abundance. The Secret reveals the natural law that is governing all lives. By applying the knowledge of this law, you can change every aspect of your life.

Sadly, elements of the Christian community have bought into this big, juicy, satanic lie. Scores of health and wealth preachers on TV are busy hawking this lie to countless millions of gullible hearers.

According to Hebrews 2: 6-8, there is no question that we are made in the image of God; there is no question that human beings possess amazing, wonderful, exquisite beauties; we are made a little lower than the angels!

But what the secret won’t tell you is that since the fall of Adam and Eve and sin's corrosive effect on every human being since, the world is not on a path of love and harmony, and peace. Check the annals of history pockmarked with two World wars, Holocaust, civil wars, Vietnam War, Korean War, Iraqi War, 911, and numerous daily local, personal atrocities.

There is no hidden "secret" to improving the world that lies in mankind just waiting to be mined. The solution for life, for the world, does not lie within us; we are part of the problem. The solution comes from outside of us.

Hebrews 2: 9-What do we see? We see him – namely Jesus, who was also made a little lower than the angels, he was crowned with glory and honor so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. Instead of seeking some mystical, hidden secret, seek Christ who is the way, the truth, and the life!