A while back, I bought a book by a certain author, and for the past couple months or so, I’ve been receiving news updates in my email about this author’s publishing company. Before I bought the book, I was unaware of the publishing company, or who their other authors were. This publishing company is currently putting on a world conference, and they sent out an email to get people to attend.
I was curious to see what it was all about, so I looked at their website and the “experts” speaking. What really shocked me was how instead of looking to Jesus, they were looking to the universe, to their so-called past lives, to meditation, to mediums, and to everything and anything BUT Jesus. I didn’t realize this author was so closely linked with these other ideas out there. One of the authors speaking at this spiritual conference is a firm believer in past lives, and thinks people can learn from them. Another person speaking at this conference is a “medium” and he says he can intervene for people. And another is an “expert” at teaching people how they can supposedly communicate with angels by using special cards. I’m not joking.
Now, of course I’m all for bettering yourself through education, learning, etc. But when a person is absorbing (from an organization) that the only way for purpose, love and healing is to look at cards, listen to mediums or listen to a psychic as opposed to Jesus’ Holy blood, that person will always be empty and searching. The Bible warns of God’s hate for this: “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12 NIV)
I tried using self-help books years ago when I was lost and broken. I read a few of the power positive books, The Secret and a few others like it. Those left me empty, still searching and wondering what I was still doing wrong. It was only when I realized the need for a savior and accepted Jesus that I found this was the true key to lasting fulfillment and security. Afterward, I realized my mistake and asked God for forgiveness.
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream. ‘For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 29:8-9 NIV)
It’s a very slippery slope when we read a so-called “self-help” book. This must be talked about in the Christian community so we can educate and share with the people who are lost and still searching through “spirituality.” However, as believers, the key is always to not be judgmental, and to be welcoming. It is only through Jesus’ death on the cross that we can seek security and acceptance.