Karen Armstrong Defines Christianity

“Believing in God is neither here nor there,” Armstrong says. “You have to make that belief work for the world. Christianity is about looking at other people’s point of view. It’s ‘kenosis,’ or emptying of the self. It means you have to dethrone yourself from the center of your world and put others there.”

Here is another attempt by Armstrong to redefine terms.  Where in the Bible are we told that the purpose of Christianity is to look at things from other people’s point of view?  The answer is nowhere.  We ARE told that the purpose of Christianity is to look at things from God’s point of view.  1 Corinthians 2:16 says: …..But we have the mind of Christ.  Philippians 2:5 tells us: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.  These are just a couple examples of how we are to have God’s perspective.

I agree with one point she makes….as Christians we are to remove ourselves from the thrown of our lives and we are to place someone else there.  But we are not to place another person there.  We are to place God there.  He is the only person who deserves to be there.  Anyone else we choose to put there is as flawed as we are and unworthy of that lofty position.

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Karen Armstrong On Those Who Believe In The End Times

While discussing the “Left Behind” series, Armstrong said

“It’s a strange thing in this country that people have this view of the world. If these people went to a psychiatrist, they would be diagnosed with a psychological disorder. The fact that so many people subscribe to this shows a profound unease, fear, a feeling of impotence, rage and pent-up fury.”

I am not sure that I agree with all the theology in the Left Behind series but I do believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. I guess that means in Armstrong’s world I suffer from a psychological disorder. I am curious…how many of you also suffer from a psychological disorder?

I think her conclusions about people who hold these end times beliefs are all wrong as well. These things give me a peace as I face the troubled world that we live in. As I consider the world that my kids will have after I am gone I am comforted that God is in control and that He has a plan. My feelings are far from those (unease, fear, impotence, rage, and fury) she tries to ascribe to me and those who believe like I do. It would seem more logical to me that those who have no hope after this life would be the people who have these feelings of unease and fear.

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Quote From Karen Armstrong About God Being Within The Self

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“Nirvana is something within you. It is not an external reality. No god thunders down from the mountaintop. Just as the great mystics in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths all discovered, God is within the self. God is virtually inseparable from ourselves.”

Don’t miss this….she is teaching that God is within the self and she cites the “great mystics” as discovering this.  Where in the Bible does it teach that God is within the self?  It does not.  She is seeking to define God in the way she wants…not the way in which He defines Himself.  Now, who has the right to define God?  He does.

Another question that comes to mind is who are these “great mystics” of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths?  I can’t speak to the Muslim faith but in Christianity mystics are considered false prophets.  In Acts 13:6 a magician (mystic) is described as a Jewish false prophet.  In 1 John 4:1 we are told to test every spirit to see if it is from God or not.  We need to test the teachings of Karen Armstrong by the Bible to see if what she is teaching is from God or not.  If the teachings are not from God, and they are not, then we must proclaim here as the false teacher that she is.