Not long ago I was browsing through the New Age/2012 section at the bookstore (I love that section for its high entertainment value). Anyway, I came across a book entitled “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. Immediately, my fascination was aroused. You see, I believe this pseudo-spiritual idea in a New Age/Earth is little more than a shrewdly repackaged twist on what God says is already going to happen in many places in His Word. Not only that, but the New Age idea of spiritually evolving is inconsistent with the fundamental evolutionary belief that the supernatural doesn’t exist. In other words, we have no spirits/souls with which to evolve. Quite amused, I grabbed the captivatingly orange book and, for some reason, flipped to page 71 where I read this:
‘The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time.’
After contemplating this, I immediately found myself wondering if anyone has ever asked him why, then, should we look to him?
If Tolle says not to look outside yourself for truth then why would you look to him?
What supercharged particle of profound spiritual wisdom is the most spiritually influential person in the world in 2011 bringing to mankind? Let’s evaluate it and find out.
Eckhart Tolle says that you are the truth. He says if you look elsewhere for it, you will be deceived every time. Astoundingly, by his own admission, looking elsewhere would also include looking to Eckhart Tolle.
He is asking you to first ignore his philosophy in order to accept his philosophy.
So really, he’s admitting his philosophy isn’t true… unless you believe it is.
Dare I say it is necessary for him to ignore his wisdom so he can promote it, which in turn makes you feel good and gets you to buy his books and go to his seminars because if he really believed it, he wouldn’t be teaching it to anyone as it would be his truth only. If he does not practice what he preaches, why would you?
If you are not to look outside yourself, how then can he tell you to look to him just so he can tell you not to look outside yourself?
But, Eckhart Tolle does look to someone.
After telling us we don’t need to look outside ourselves for truth, he then looks to Jesus for confirmation of his claim in the very next sentence:
‘The very Being that you are is Truth. Jesus tried to convey that when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”’
He stops the verse short on purpose and continues:
‘These words uttered by Jesus are one of the most powerful and direct pointers to the Truth if understood correctly. If misinterpreted, however, they can become a great obstacle.’
I wholeheartedly agree.
People, I believe you’re smarter than this. Tolle is only another deceiver in a long line of deceivers quoting the same old lie in Genesis 3. That much even he admits.
Tolle teaches what’s called “relative” truth.
Tolle is a relativist. He believes that truth is “relative” – that it varies from person to person. Relativism includes the idea that there are no absolutes. But the proposition that “there are no absolutes” is itself an absolute proposition. Relativists assert that it is absolutely true that truth is not absolute. This is a self-defeating philosophy. If relativism were absolutely true, it would lead to a consequence that it cannot be absolutely true. So, if it were true, it would be false; therefore it is false and anything that has relativism as its foundation is false as well. If you don’t start out from the truth, you can’t end there.
THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST
In absolute contrast, there’s only One Man worthy to be called the Truth – the Man who called Himself the Truth, Jesus Christ, and it is to Him we so desperately need to look to once and for all escape into eternal life from the quagmire of relativistic thinking we are all stuck in by default.
‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’ [John 14:6]
He did not say,
‘You are each the way, the truth and the life; each of you comes to yourself through yourself.’
Not by works.
Not by good deeds.
Not by yourself.
Not by someone else’s philosophy.
Not by wishful thinking.
Not by blind faith.
Not by ignoring God.