after pluralism (part 3, the last one)

Pluralism leads to a false sense of unity, a warm fuzzy feeling that is almost spiritual at the core.

Let’s make this personal: I believe that Jesus is the Messiah — God incarnate — and that the Spirit of God dwells within me since I have been born again. But when I talk with my Buddhist friend, we tend to discuss a form of spirituality — all spirit and light. If I don’t bring up Jesus, we can speak the same language. We have a meeting of the minds (incomplete as it may be). Some might call this a spiritual “synergy” because we are all connected; we all share in the energy of this great universe as fellow beings.

This is the spirituality which I believe will lead us into the one-world “religion” mentioned in Revelation 13. It is not a religion at all, not in the traditional sense of the world. Because how could all the earth’s religions come together as one UNLESS we embrace our similarities and ignore the differences? As our world becomes more global, we are seeing more and more “interfaith” initiatives, and denial of symbols or words that bring division. And at the same time we also see a drive toward “unity” and “working together” and “global policy.”

We are building the Tower of Babel all over again.

This is the end of this series. Below I have included some helpful articles and links so you can check out these ideas for yourself.

If you need a reminder about how the Spirit of Babylon works, click on my recent post “oh, Babylon.”

For how globalization, pluralism, connectedness, and Babylon relate to each other, click here “Reflections of Babylon: Intercultural Communication and Globalization in the New World Order” Leigh, J. Globalization, 2004.

For some good resources about Babylon in our modern globalized world, click here: Who and Where is Mystery Babylon?

To see how pluralism as “spirituality” is growing in popularity, click on this CNN article. A quote from the article: “I had this revelation that I bow to no one, and I’ve been spiritually a much happier person,” says Ekim, who describers herself now as a Taoist, a religious practice from ancient China that emphasizes the unity of humanity and the universe.

and finally, for a great blog post that dives in the theology of LOST, click “The End of Lost: What did it really mean?

25 thoughts on “after pluralism (part 3, the last one)

    1. No, unity and cooperation are good and necessary. We can’t escape the fact that nations cannot go it alone. We absolutely must work together, and this in itself isn’t harmful when it happens in the physical, natural world.

      But when it happens in the spiritual realm — under the false unity brought about through pluralism, it can be a dangerous thing indeed.

      An example is the Integral Institute (http://www.integralinstitute.org/). If you go to the webpage and read about what they do, it sounds wonderful and progressive, for the betterment of our world. On the surface it is all about the natural world. But follow the links to the spirituality page (click on “News”) and you will see that it is about the first truly comprehensive world philosophy that is “trans-personal, unitive, and super-integral.”

      Why is this harmful? Because it is FALSE spiritual unity, and the inherent lies imbedded within it open up a path for even bigger lies.

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  1. Well, I agree with you that pluralism leads a very shallow “understanding” of one another, which can ultimately divide rather than draw people together, but it seems like you are saying only if everyone has the SAME values, rather than merely pretends too (pluralism) can there be real peace and unity. Maybe I misunderstood, but if that was what you meant, you are rulling out tolerance, the belief that we can treat those we disagree with as equals.

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    1. So I can see how you could think that, but it really is a matter of perspective.

      In the natural world, we can have peace and unity when we are tolerant of each other, as you said. Interfaith efforts to feed the poor and heal the hurting are not bad and I didn’t mean to imply that at all.

      Even emotionally we can have peace and unity with people of different beliefs when we respond to each other with empathy — sharing the sorrow of those who are grieving, and joy with those who are happy. This in itself could end many of our wars.

      But in the SPIRITUAL world, it seems to me that peace and unity cannot happen unless everyone has the same core values. I as a Christian cannot be spiritually unified with a Muslim, but pluralistic globalism will soon have us thinking otherwise.

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  2. One can quite understand the great dilemma that exists for humanity, we want to love and to be loved, and we all want peace in this world.

    The appeal of pluralism is clear and at face value seems harmless, but you are quite right in alluding to the hidden danger. That day may well come in which refusal to bow to the “common belief” will cause one to be persecuted, perhaps killed.
    Where then will be the love in religious pluralism?

    And in that day what of the Christian who is commanded to “love thy neighbour” or to “pursue peace and goodwill toward all men”
    These truths will be used against Christians. Who will at that time be considered the most unloving and unpeacefull of all for refusing to bow to the offer of world peace and security through acceptance of all gods and a common belief.

    You Christian will be ridiculed, written off as deluded, unloving, ungrateful, a troublemaker, a cancer in society and altogether in opposition to the gospel you suppose to preach.

    That is potentially how insidious this will get for those who refuse to deny Christ as the One true God, and only way of salvation.

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    1. “You Christian will be ridiculed, written off as deluded, unloving, ungrateful, a troublemaker, a cancer in society and altogether in opposition to the gospel you suppose to preach.”

      Good observation and it is already happening now. Partly because of hypocrisy (as rageomatic pointed out) but also because there is a growing amount of rage against anyone who would dare to suggest there is only one way to spiritual truth.

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  3. Hello Anna, I waited till the third before I made my comment. Your observations are quite on target. The world has no problem with people of all nations coming together under one god. Their problem is with the ONE TRUE GOD. Excellent post and I congratulate you.

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    1. Hi toosmalltosucceed –
      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. To me that is a strange aftereffect of pluralism — that “all paths are valid” but when part of our Christian path is belief in the “one” true God, that is marked as intolerance and hate-talk. The trouble is that if I really believe in evil (which I do) and hell (which I do) and a God who loves us (which I do), then why am I not out there helping others to see? My personal number one reason: fear of being labeled an intolerant, hateful person. This in a pluralistic world. Ironic, isn’t it?
      Thanks again,
      Anna

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      1. Hello Anna, you know it get easier once your in the fire. Your faith will be tested and you will know exactly where you are in your Christian walk. I have made many mistakes in my life and will undoubtedly make more, yet I have never been ashamed to admit that I have been wrong or ask for forgiveness.

        You know that most people that are intolerant toward Christians the first thing they will say once you stand firm and challenge their foolishness, they will bring up JESUS, and make reference to “turn the other cheek” statement. Well I remind them that the same JESUS also made a cord knocked down tables and drove the money changers out of the temple.

        We as Christians have to imitate Christ not only in love, kindness, and charity, but also meeting people where their at this moment in life. Remember the LORD went to where the tax collector, drunks, and prostitutes hung out and their HE revealed HIMSELF to them.

        Paul also made the claim that he became all things to all man in order that they may know Christ. So to me that means that if people’s political views are warped based on their foolish, naive world views, that is where I will meet them.

        Everyone of us has a different calling, and the LORD knows where HE can use us for HIS purpose and will. You Anna are doing a great job and are doing the LORD’S will right here on your blog. You’re able to use sound GODLY wisdom in a way that you’re comfortable with. I’m happy to see a young lady as yourself being active and doing the LORD”S work that HE has placed in your path. Have a great weekend.

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        1. “We as Christians have to imitate Christ not only in love, kindness, and charity, but also meeting people where their at this moment in life.”

          Agreed. This is easier said than done, because too frequently we make assumptions about people based on their beliefs, appearance, political stance, or social status. For example I once thought that all atheists were snobby argumentative people who thought they were smarter than everyone else. At that time, just the thought of atheism made me feel defensive. Since then I have met a whole group of atheists online, who had been active in church just like me, and for a variety of reasons (hypocrisy and judgmentalism among believers at the top of the list, probably) began to question their beliefs and didn’t find the answers they needed. I began to develop a higher level of compassion for people who believed differently from me, rageomatic being one of these people.

          I am so grateful that God gives us different callings, suited to our gifts. And that he tries our faith in different ways– I have been through the fire more than you might think!

          I think what matters is that we continue to practice and grow in those callings, and I’m grateful for people like you being willing to stretch into areas where even the people who yell tolerance the loudest are least likely to be tolerant of your firm grip on our One True God. May we all stretch ourselves to love God and love others, above all else.
          Thanks for your comments on this blog!

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  4. “You Christian will be ridiculed, written off as deluded, unloving, ungrateful, a troublemaker, a cancer in society and altogether in opposition to the gospel you suppose to preach.”

    No offense, but I actually see most Christian Conservatives in that catagory already.

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  5. Good afternoon rageomatic: so you see most Christian Conservatives in that category ha? Well guess what your way of thinking is exactly in tune with that of the White House, MSNBC, and the N.W.O. Your claims are nothing new, to godless people everything is acceptable except the TRUTH.

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  6. Sir, a poster stated their belief of how people will view others during the alleged End Times. He said they would be mocked and ignored for their madness, written off as deluded, cruel, vindictive, and hypocritical. I said I already see many Christian conservatives in that light: sanctimonious hypocrites, disconnected from reality.

    I didn’t say I saw all Conservative Christians like that, only some. From this you falsely assume my political ideology, my paradigm, and (perhaps most absurdly) my chosen news network. You were wrong on all cases. I made no claims, new or otherwise, I merely said, I, personally, find many conservative Christians a little crazy and frequently mean.

    I’ll also wager that our gracious host, a Christian NOT in the “some” I refer too has had thought the same things about her peers before. You are right about one thing, however. I am godless.

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  7. Good morning rageomatic, if I may ask you, why is it that you choose to be GOD less? Yet I always find you here commenting on every article that Anna writes, I wonder why?

    By the way you’re right there are many that claim to be Christians yet their walk proves otherwise. You do know that atheist are known to be Socialist/Communist? Liberals and Progressives also fall into same category as well.

    So if you say that I falsely assume your political ideology, your paradigm, and perhaps most absurdly your chosen news network. I would have to say no I did not. All I did was make my comment based on your own claims that you are GOD less, so either I’m right or, you do believe in GOD and just like to push Christians buttons to make them grow in their knowledge of GOD and know exactly what it’s that they claim to believe, those are the only two logical conclusions.

    Now why is it that those that always seem to scream the loudest at Christians and ridicule and call them ignorant for their faith in JESUS, when they run into a Christians that will hold and defend their position they turn around and call them deluded, cruel, vindictive, hypocritical, and intolerant? If that is the case, why do they not show the same tolerance toward Christians as they show toward others?

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  8. I comment on most everything Anna writes because, to the degree that an online aquintance can be so, she is my friend. Because she is my friend, I make what is important to her important to me. It is important to her to understand the position of people she disagrees with because she seeks to love those who she considers lost. To that end, I was drawing attention to the fact that the poster was writing from a perspective very limited to fundementalist Christian worldview, that I (and by association, others ‘lost’ like me) already see many Christians in that light.

    I’m sorry if that offends you, it wasn’t intended to, because it wasn’t for you. It wasn’t a comment on your blog, but hers and think she knows my heart and writing style well enough to know what I intended. If you’d like to continue to question my ethics and motivation, please do so on my blog and not here. Let’s return the discussion to her conclusion about the relationship between Plurism and the end of the world.

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    1. Good afternoon rageomatic, by no means did I get offended, I know who I am. Although I do think that by your own words you might be a bit offended by my remarks. It isn’t personal with me either, and I will take you up on it and visit your blog. Although how once again you come to your conclusions seems a bit strange to me.

      Let’s return the discussion to her conclusion about the relationship between Plurism and the end of the world.

      How can one’s personal world view, in politics not affect one’s understanding of the topic at hand? You miss the point once again.
      have a great weekend rageomatic.

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      1. “I comment on most everything Anna writes because, to the degree that an online aquintance can be so, she is my friend. Because she is my friend, I make what is important to her important to me.”

        Thank you, my online friend! I have enjoyed the dialogue. 🙂

        “Let’s return the discussion to her conclusion about the relationship between Plurism and the end of the world.”

        Ha! So maybe at this point I think that might need a whole different post…

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  9. What an eye-opening, awesome series!

    Living in Southern California, I work around Plurism/New Age types of people. How do I preach the gospel to them … without destroying the workplace unity? I do it the same way that I do it to other non-believers. I use the spiritual gifts. Everyone needs prophetic words or healing, and no one complains when the words help them or heal them.

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  10. Pluralism in the news:
    “We have to make sure that we don’t start turning on each other,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference in the East Room of the White House. “And I will do everything that I can, as long as I am president of the United States, to remind the American people that we are one nation, under God. And we may call that god different names, but we remain one nation. And, you know, as somebody who, you know, relies heavily on my Christian faith in my job, I understand, you know, the passions that religious faith can raise.”

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