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.


4 Responses to Quote From Karen Armstrong About God Being Within The Self

  1. john2012 says:

    A mystic is not a “magician”. Very different types.

    Jesus prayed, and taught us to pray in the mystic manner – in direct connection with our father God. Others in his time used priests and sacrifices of goats to make the connection.

    Regarding “God within”” where is the soul? Is not the soul a part of God? Is the presence of God within our soul?


  2. Tom says:


    The soul is not part of God. Where did you hear that? The soul is part of man.

    Please clarify what you mean when you say Jesus taught us to pray in the “mystic manner”.


  3. john2012 says:

    We should first agree on what is the soul. It is not the body. The soul can return to God after death, however, the body cannot. When the soul returns to God, it is then part or God, not man or body.

    The simple description of a mystic is a person that seeks direct communion with (in this case) God. A mystic is not satisfied with any intermediary between the mystic and God. Jesus taught that the individual could bypass the Jewish high priests and pray directly to God, as the mystics pray directly to God.


  4. john2012 says:

    (…ment to say above, “it is then part of God”, not ” it is then part or God”.)


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