We’re hearing less and less about sin these days. Many people’s concept of “God” involves some type of hazy, New Age energy source who is supposedly eagerly awaiting to assist us in reaching our highest worldly potential. Sin is now considered by many to be an “old-school” concept that damages self-esteem.
I was reading in our daily newspaper today (yes, I’m one of the dwindling few who still subscribe) and I noticed an article which said renowned alternative medicine advocate, Dr. Deepak Chopra, will be visiting our fair city of Rochester, New York tomorrow. Neo-Hindu Chopra has authored more than 80 books and was a frequent and popular guest on the “Oprah” show.
A proponent of self-enlightenment, Chopra once said, “There is no holy life. There is no war between good and evil. There is no sin and no redemption. None of these things matter to the real you. But they all matter hugely to the false you, the one who believes in the separate self. You have tried to take your separate self, with all its loneliness and anxiety and pride, to the door of enlightenment. But it will never go through, because it is a ghost.” Chopra will be speaking to a sold-out auditorium at Nazareth College, a private Roman Catholic institution.
Of course, you don’t have to buy Chopra’s books to get your dose of self-enlightenment therapy without any mention of sin and redemption. Trinity Broadcasting Network, right on your cable TV, has several “preachers” who don’t mention sin and write books about achieving “Your Best Life Now.”
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-5
Deepak Chopra, pioneer in alternative medicine, at Nazareth