Scientology, like Hinduism, teaches that we are gods who have forgotten who we are and need to rediscover the magic powers we possess. So it is with yoga: Its goal is “self-realization”—to reach that state of consciousness where we realize that we are gods who have simply forgotten our identity. Of course, if we are gods who have forgotten who we are, what good would it do to “remember” our true identity? Wouldn’t we likely forget it again?
At her seminars to packed audiences, when she was at the height of her New Age popularity, Shirley MacLaine would tell her gullible followers, “Just remember that you are God, and act accordingly.” Common sense immediately protests: There is no way mere humans can act like God—something which Shirley herself has been unable to do. If we’re God, why aren’t we already acting the part? And why does God have to pay to attend a seminar to find out who He is? Wouldn’t He know it without being told? The lie is so preposterous!
The magnitude of this incredible delusion is matched only by the Himalayan pride that promotes and wants to believe it. We have already referred to psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, his pretense of becoming a Christian, and his endorsement by and popularity with evangelical leaders who ought to know better. In his Playboy, Newsweek, and New Age Journal magazine interviews and his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, Peck has made statements that certainly contradict any alleged Christian faith. Moreover, Peck also promotes the serpent’s lie:
“To put it plainly, our unconscious is God. God is within us…. Since the unconscious is God…we may further define the goal of spiritual growth to be the attainment of Godhood by the conscious self…to become totally, wholly God…a new life form of God…. God wants us to become Himself (or Herself or itself). We are growing toward godhood. God is…the source of the evolutionary force and…the destination.”
Similarly, Norman Vincent Peale declared that in prayer we commune not with the God who created us but with “the great factor within [one]self, the deep subconscious mind.” Psychologist Carl Rogers called self “the god within” and advocate worshiping at its altar. Spirit guides have been pushing this fantasy ever since Satan introduced it to Eve, and it is the heart of Eastern meditation and mysticism. Alan Watts, Episcopal-priest-turned-Zen-Buddhist Master, declared:
“The appeal of Zen, as of other Eastern philosophy, is that it unveils…a vast region…where at last the self is distinguished from God.”
Ramtha declares: “We created the universe. We made the stars…[but] after thousands…of incarnations, we, the great gods of light, have forgotten who we are! We no longer remember that we created the universe…. We must stop worrying about right and wrong…and love God by loving ourselves…. We have the power to reverse aging and live forever in our present body…to heal any disease, even to grow a new limb if one is cut off. What prevents us from doing these things? It is our ‘altered ego,’ the ‘Antichrist’ within us who keeps telling us we are not God.” Behold the Bible turned inside out!
The “God” who dictated the recent bestseller Dialogue with God tells Neale Donald Walsch that we are all “Gods and Goddesses at birth…. What I am, you are….” The stupidity and blatant blasphemy of this Dialogue is exceeded only by the egos willing to embrace such lunacy. Walsch, the “God” who doesn’t know he is “God,” is told by “God” that, oddly enough, it is going to take a lot of effort to realize who he really is:
“Let’s be clear that…[you must dedicate] your whole mind, your whole body, your whole soul to the process of creating Self in the image and likeness of God. This is the process of Self realization about which Eastern mystics have written.”
Rama, one of Hollywood’s favorite gurus in the 1980s, charmed his followers with this absurdity: “Whenever you make a mistake, remember that you are God. God doesn’t make mistakes. God only has experiences.” J. Z. Knight declares, “God is inside each individual…everyone is divine. This outrageous realization creates a human being who…[lives] according to what feels right.”
That professing evangelical Christians have also embraced this lie is astonishing, but such is the case. And that gullible acceptance is rampant in the “faith” and charismatic movements.