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Ruth for the Ruth Less

We’ve been going thru the book of Ruth at church (http://fellowshipmemphis.org/index.htm). One character is named ”Orpah,” and I believe that she is the namesake of our teevee icon Guru Oprah.

While listening to the sermon, I was struck by another parallel:
In the opening chapter, Orpah and Ruth, being recently widowed, propose to leave their pagan homeland and go to Judah with their likewise widowed mother-in-law, Naomi. Shortly into their journey, Naomi stopped and insisted that the two younger women go back to their own familiar land and let Naomi proceed to Judah and suffer alone. It was rough for unmarried women back then. Really rough.

You know the story: Ruth refused to abandon her while Orpah decided to do what was prudent in her own eyes and return to her native land of Moab. Orpah went “back to her people and her gods.” (Ruth 1:15) Who knows to what Godless debauchery she returned.

It seems that Oprah Winfrey has done the same thing as her near-namesake. Rather than proceed down that Singular, hazard-laden path of righteousness, she has appealed to her own intellect and sense of what is proper and led an opulent pagan life where god is all and in all. She appeared to walk the trail for part of the way, but when pressed, she turned back. She has, through what seems logical to her, concluded that there are many ways to get to “what YOU call god.” Oprah has, I’m sure, at some point heard the Gospel. But she instead chose to live a lifestyle that on the outside appears beautiful, with the cocker spaniels, the flower-print throw pillows, the country estates, and the flourishing business. “Surely all this must be of God, right?” (The devil’s distractions shine like diamonds! How else would he ensnare so many?)

Oprah has simultaneously demonstrated that it is, to her, more prudent to shack rather than marry. And to admonish others to do so as well. She has advocated single motherhood. She props up whatever guru-du-jour — Eckhart Tolle, Rhonda Byrne, Gary Zukav, etc. — to advance her own intellectual idea that anyone who claims to be god is God and that Truth is the individual possession of whoever sincerely believes something. Lately she has amped up her efforts in this area in her “Course in Miracles.”

 And any God who says it is wrong is the only God who is not God!

I know it may sound like I don’t like Oprah ( I think she has damaged men, though), I actually do. But as the point of our Ruth series is “Hope for the Hopeless,” there is for Oprah and anyone swayed by her teachings hope yet.

I just thought the parallel was interesting…

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July 16, 2008 Posted by | A Course in Miracles, Christian Life, Christianity, Eckhart Tolle, False Teachers, Marriage, Monotheism, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, Pantheism, Ruth, Salvation, The Secret | Leave a comment

Oprah Got Bit By a Poisonous Water Hose!

“Basically, all religions have similarities. They all lead to God.”

 Yeah. And snakes and water hoses have similarities, too.

How can all roads lead to the same thing? Can one go east to get north? This is, frankly, a stupid supposition. How can all actions, all belief systems — monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, panENtheism, universalism, deism, relativism —  yield the same result? Does watering a plant get the same result as burning a plant? Does doing math on a history test bring an “A?” What kind of schizophrenic god would reveal his nature in contradictory ways? That’s like saying, “All people are basically Spiro Agnew.” Who would say that? And more interestingly, what idjit would publicly admit to believing it?

I have heard Madonna, Oprah (“You can’t possibly believe that there is just one path to God!!”), and other notables spout this unthought-out drivel, and their audiences nod numbly, approvingly. How can believing in a religion with NO god — Buddhism — get you to the same destination as one with MILLIONS of them — Mormonism?

Most people aren’t blind, they just have their eyes shut!

I often think that if we could hear the distant wailing throng from across the Divide, everyone would believe, but God said that even if someone came back from the dead, folk still wouldn’t be convinced. People would then probably only feign love and belief to avoid tarnation. There is a universe of evidence as it is. And it is not all locked up in some codebook somewhere. The very sky shouts!

How do you think Miles Davis would feel if they gave a Grammy award for “Kind of Blue” to 50 Cent?!

Or if they said that the album wrote itself? Or that the vibrations that move in all matter and non-matter emanating from the impersonal father Universe coalesced on a sub-atomic level to consummate the harmonic modal progressions that resulted in this aural masterpiece?

But it’s all the same, right?

November 27, 2007 Posted by | Atheism, Christianity, Christopher Hitchens, Madonna, Monotheism, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, Polytheism, Relativism | 3 Comments

Oh! I’m Sorry, God. Was That YOUR Sandwich?

How do you expect to spend eternity in

Someone’s house and not bother to get to know HIM?

Get to know the real God you claim.

September 12, 2007 Posted by | Advice, Bible, Christianity, Evangelism, Faith, God, Humor, Intelligent Design, Monotheism, Polytheism, Quips, Religion, Salvation, The Bible, Truth | Leave a comment