The Sheer Silliness of Teilhard de Chardin
Part Two (i): Promoting a New Age ‘Jesus’
Damien F. Mackey
“[Rob] Bell promoted his next major title, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage, on Oprah’s show, using a secular humanistic argument to try and override the ages-old tried-and-proven Bible teaching that God blesses marriage only between one man and one woman”.
Apparently Oprah Winfrey quoted the French Jesuit, père Teilhard de Chardin, during a 2014 tour in San José, California, accompanied by Rob Bell.
Firstly, who is Rob Bell you ask?
Bell (with his wife, Kristen) is quite a piece of work, even for a one-time megachurch pastor. The following should make this abundantly clear:
Bestselling author Rob Bell, the former megachurch pastor who became notorious for his book arguing that there’s no such thing as hell, is at it again … this time taking aim at biblical marriage while promoting same-sex “marriage” via the new book he touted on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday program.
Poised to make more money from attacking another biblical principle, Bell, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church, told Oprah Winfrey that the American Church is just “moments away” from supporting “gay marriage,” proclaiming that the transformation is “inevitable.”
Bell promoted his next major title, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage, on Oprah’s show, using a secular humanistic argument to try and override the ages-old tried-and-proven Bible teaching that God blesses marriage only between one man and one woman.
Bell’s wife, Kristen, joined him to tell Oprah that they are fully on board with the LGBT community concerning same-sex marriage, which is now legalized in 37 states … and counting.
“Marriage, gay and straight, is a gift to the world because the world needs more — not less — love, fidelity, commitment, devotion and sacrifice,” Kristen Bell told Oprah and her millions of viewers.
In Oprah’s corner
Pleased that the Bells are on her side of the same-sex marriage debate in their book, Oprah inquired what it was that made them support homosexuality in the sacred institution.
“One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness,” Rob Bell responded to Oprah, one of the wealthiest entertainers on earth. “Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It’s central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with.”
Ecstatic over Bell’s reply, Oprah posed another question regarding Christians embracing the controversial union.
“When is the church going to get that?” Oprah asked.
“We’re close,” the controversial author said before his wife chirped in, “I think it’s evolving.”
The former pastor then articulated on where he thought the Church was going on the issue.
“Lots of people are already there,” insisted Bell, who publicly “arrived” at his new stance on marriage back in 2013. “We think it’s inevitable and we’re moments away from the Church accepting it.” ….
Part Two (ii):
Oprah Winfrey and the New Age ‘Jesus’
“As Oprah entered, it looked like a re-creation of the so-called BIG BANG explosion, which evolutionists believe created the universe. The whole background and the whole arena, with the thousands of lighted wristbands, made it seem like everyone was in outer space. As she entered, it appeared to be an attempt to recreate the supposed creation of the universe by the “BIG BANG.”
An “insider” has provided this report of it:
An Insider’s View of Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 With Rob Bell – Bringing Americans to the New Age “Christ”
LTRP Note: The following “notes” were written by an attendee at the recent Oprah Winfrey tour in San Jose, California, Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014. Along with a number of New Age speakers was emergent former pastor Rob Bell. While the following is lengthy, it is well written—and we have posted it because it is a perfect example of how a false New Age christ is being brought to millions of Americans through two of its most popular figures, Oprah to the secular, Rob Bell to the young with a Christian background. Warren B. Smith, a former New Ager, was contacted by this attendee, who in turn agreed to allow Lighthouse Trails to post this. In Smith’s book, False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?, he describes how a false christ will deceive millions and millions into believing he is the Savior of the world through meditation. We are witnessing this happening today in both the world and shockingly, in the church (through the Spiritual Formation movement).
Written by an anonymous attendee:
Note: The quotes from the various speakers in this account are approximate, based on copious notes rather than precise transcription.
FRIDAY DAYTIME (O’ Town)
O’ Town was a pop-up town square. Inside, there was a gigantic “O” where participants could get a photo in the “O.” There was also a station for massages, make-overs, a kiosk selling Oprah’s books, various Oprah bags, t-shirts, etc., and the books of those “hand-picked spiritual trailblazers” (as Oprah called them) speaking at the conference. There also was an Oprah Show Photo Gallery with various celebrity photos of her guests over the 25-year run of the show. Notable photos included Oprah with President Barack and Michelle Obama, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, Rhonda Byrne [the Secret], Dr. Mehmet Oz, and a host of Hollywood New Agers. Once inside “O Town,” attendees were given an “O Tour Wristband,” a special souvenir. They were told to wear it during the weekend. The wristband had internal lights that would later on be controlled remotely, once inside the arena. A Yoga Session also was held during the day.
Friday evening was Oprah’s 2-hour New Age testimony. As the intro to her grand entrance, the entire arena was darkened, and everyone’s wristbands lit up into various colors, controlled remotely. They used these wristbands for visual effects (thousands of people with blue lights on their wrists, green lights, red lights, etc.) Also, the wristbands blinked when they wanted people back in the arena. As Oprah entered, it looked like a re-creation of the so-called BIG BANG explosion, which evolutionists believe created the universe. The whole background and the whole arena, with the thousands of lighted wristbands, made it seem like everyone was in outer space. As she entered, it appeared to be an attempt to recreate the supposed creation of the universe by the “BIG BANG.”
Oprah started out the talk by quoting the poem “Invictus”:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Next, she held up the picture of her “meditation chair”: a white chair surrounded by a bunch of trees. She said she goes there often and enters into the silence. Then, she quoted Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
She then talked about how “it,” “the voice” had been giving her signs all along to guide her life . . .
She began by showing a cute photo of herself at age 5. She shared how she was born in Mississippi, born an illegitimate child. She attended an African-American Southern Baptist church where she memorized her pastor’s sermons and tried to re-preach them, complete with her pastor’s mannerisms, to her classmates. She joked that “that didn’t go over too well as you can imagine.” In her early childhood, she was raised by her Grandma Hattie Mae, who was a maid for a white family. Grandma Hattie’s only adult aspiration for Oprah was for her to find a decent family to work for as a maid. It was then that Oprah claimed, while sitting on her grandmother’s porch, she “heard the voice telling me that I wasn’t (going to be a maid) . . . it told me to not tell my grandmother that.”
Oprah then shared about her teenage pregnancy at age 14, and her baby boy that died. At that point, she had moved in with her birth father Vernon. She had contemplated suicide, but her father told her it was her “second chance.” She then talked about the importance of living each day to the max, and how to be grateful for everything.
It was at this point the arena darkened again, and the background slide was Newton’s Cradle (also known as an Executive Ball Clicker). This Newton’s cradle (or Executive Ball Clicker) consisted of 5 identically sized metal balls suspended in a metal frame, so that they were just touching each other at rest. Each ball was attached to the frame by two wires of equal length, angled away from each other.
With Newton’s Cradle on the background screen, Oprah started talking about Newton’s Law of Motion. She said: “I love Newton’s Third Law, which basically says that ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction.’ ” She then started the repeating/looping video clip, complete with sound effects, of Newton’s cradle. The looping video clip with sound effects kept showing the last ball on one end being lifted up by its string on one end and released, colliding with the other 4 stationary balls. The impact from the first ball was transmitted through the stationary balls to the last ball at the other end of Newton’s Cradle. For seemingly quite a long time (5 minutes perhaps) she kept looping that video clip with the loud “CLANG” every time there was a collision of balls. The time lapse between each sound of collision (“CLANG”) was around 5 seconds, so she was able to interject her talk and make points while the looping video was going on.
Of course, while the video clip is looping, she wasn’t really explaining anything. She kept talking throughout the looping video clip, but always paused when there was the loud noise of collision of balls. She went on to say “Every cause has an effect . . . every action a reaction . . . your actions/intentions have consequences . . . every action has a reaction . . . Every action creates another reaction, which then creates a new counter action. Actions and reactions . . . actions and reactions . . . This is karma . . .” The main point she made was how she LOVES Newton’s Third Law or Law of Motion. She repeated several times with the loud “CLANG” of the ball/sphere collisions: “Your intentions matter . . . your actions matter . . . action and reaction . . . action and reaction . . .”
The repetition of “CLANG” interspersed with her comments about karma was very mesmerizing, but in a very light weight kind of way, to warm people up to belief in karma by using very simple sounds and visualizations.
Following the Newton’s Cradle illustration, she went on to talk about how her new OWN television network’s purpose is to help others become spiritual. She basically preached a New Age sermon and even sang the refrain of the hymn “I surrender all” but she modified it. The actual song goes: “All to Jesus I surrender . . .. I surrender all, I surrender all, All to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.” But Oprah left out the “All to Jesus” and “blessed Savior” parts. She said the turning point in her life, when she transitioned from her Southern Baptist roots, was when she finally figured out what “surrender” meant. She said the moment that changed her was when she realized in church, she had been told surrender was bowing her knees (and she bowed her knees on stage), but she realized that surrender is standing up with arms stretched upwards, reaching upwards (and she did this on stage). She said that was surrender, not bowing the knee. That was pivotal for her. She said this was related to her shift in her spiritual life when she got the role of Sophia in Color Purple. She said she became Sophia, and it transformed her life. “The voice” had told her she was destined to get the role.
Oprah said she wanted to make sure everyone understood that they are co-creators with the universe. That everyone’s intentions have power. Their words have power. That they all have their own path and energy field, but they must not mess or interfere with anyone else’s energy field. “Don’t interfere with anyone else’s energy field,” she repeated. She ended the talk with the last line of Invictus again “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
“Oprah said she wanted to make sure everyone understood that they are co-creators with the universe”. Now, according to Celia Deane-Drummond, in her book Pierre Teilhard De Chardin on People and Planet (emphasis added):
In Teilhard’s theology, Jesus Christ risen is more present to creation through his creative love than creation is present to itself. His creative love creates, makes creation to be created, not God, not Jesus Christ, but itself (Teilhard de Chardin 1956: 2-11).
The Lord’s creative loving presence to me makes me myself; he creates me; his love creates me, holds me in existence, moves me forward into the future. This is true of each of us and of every creature and of all creation.
We co-create with God the Creator. Whatever we do in the direction of unification, of love, of building or maintaining toward Jesus, toward the Kingdom, participates in the process of creation, of the reconciliation of all things in Christ.
We are co-creators with the Creator. ….
In Teilhard’s “ineluctable” system, sins become just inevitable mistakes along the way”:
“As for Teilhard, the problem of evil is not due to angelic or human malice, but is an inevitable side-effect of the evolutionary process: “In our modern perspective of a Universe in a process of cosmogenesis, the problem of evil no longer exists.” The “Multiple” is “essentially subject to the play of probabilities of chance in its arrangements.” It is “absolutely unable to progress toward unity without engendering [evil] here or there by statistical necessity” [vii]. It appears, then, that there is no room for error or sin, as all is inevitably evolving toward the “Omega Point” drawn on by the infinite love of Christ”.