What does Oprah’s God look like?
While one has to be very careful of making “guilt by association” statements, I think that it is safe to ask this question given Oprah’s enthusiastic endorsement of Echart Tolle’s teachings. Tolle describes what he thinks God is in his book “The New Earth”. His definitions and descriptions are based on various sources and ways of thinking, with commonality to Hinduism, Gnosticism, Buddhism and of course how those manifest in new age thinking.
Thus sayth Tolle (A New Earth):
He starts off naming “God” (58), but then also speaks about a god that is “Being” (105), “Consciousness” (105) and “Presence” (105). “Being”, “Presence” and “Consciousness” are also frequently equated with “…your sense of Beingness, of I Am…” and “The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am.” (p57 et al). This is a reference to John 14:6 (as referenced on p71): Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me..
“There is only one absolute Truth, and all other truths emanate from it…Yes, you are the Truth….That very Being that you are is Truth…Jesus tried to convey that when he said; “I am the way and the truth and the life”. Jesus speaks of the innermost I Am, the essence identity of every man and woman, every life-form, in fact.” (71)
“You are the Being behind the doing” (104)
“It has been said that “God is love”, but that is not absolutely correct. God is the One Life in and beyond the countless forms of life” (106)
“Your true nature emerges, which is one with the nature of God” (184)
Referring to a quote from the Upanishads (ancient scriptures of India): “God, the Scripture is saying, is formless consciousness and the essence of who you are” (219)
“…you would not exist without the vital formless dimension that is the essence of who you are. We could say “God”, if the word had not been so misused. I prefer to call it Being.” (220)
“So your physical body…becomes a doorway to inner space. Although inner space has no form, it is intensely alive. That “empty space” is life in its fullness, the unmanifested Source out of which all manifestation flows. The traditional word for that Source is God.” (251)
“Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called “God”. As soon as you turn away from it, God ceases to be a reality in your life, and all you are left with is the mental concept of God, which some people believe in and others deny.” (267)
Tolle constructs, with the help of Far Eastern mysticism, a god that is made up of all things, and which you are a part of too, if only you would realize it. You become god, because this god is made up of all the little pockets of “Being” in the universe.
Is this your god?
Compare this to the Biblical God:
Joh 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (Life)
Psa 119:68 You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. (Goodness)
Rom 9:5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. (Blessedness)
Act 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,
Act 17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Needs nothing from His creatures)
Rom 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (source of all being)
Dan 4:25 …till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.
Dan 4:35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done? (sovereign)
1Ti 6:15 which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (Ruler)
Rev 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Sovereign Creator)
Heb 4:13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Omniscient Judge)
Psa 147:5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Rom 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
Rom 11:34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (Independent infallible and infinite knowledge)
Psa 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
Rom 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. (Righteous and Holy)
Rev 5:12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
Rev 5:13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Rev 5:14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Praise, honor and glory due to Him alone)
There is only one way to God, and that is not through some awakening to a higher dimension, or by becoming a part of God by knowing “I Am”. It is not by acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm for the new awakening to your own god-essence. It is not by denying or accepting religion, or recasting sin, salvation, God and Christ as some formless man-made teachings.
It is only through faith, given by grace, in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that we can stand before the Father, not sinless, but forgiven, unto the glory of God.