A Question I Was Asked:



Is 'Oneness' the True Religion, as it's Followers Say?








Is "Oneness" the true religion, as it's followers say?



UK Apologetics Reply:

Depends what you mean by "oneness." I presume you are not asking about the Pentecostal 'oneness' thing. If, as I suspect, you are referring to the new 'oneness' religio-mystical movement, it is not even a religion but has robbed ideas from two or three religions, mainly Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and also the occult. In the reasoning which these teachers use Jesus becomes a "mystical" teacher a bit like Buddha, they then attempt to mix all these teachings together. They don't attempt to deal with any biblical issues such as sin, forgiveness and redemption because they usually don't even see these things as real issues.

The teaching appears in some form or another on several websites including this one. On the main page of the above website it states this:

Mainstream Christianity claims that it is exactly the kind of religion that Jesus wanted to start. This is an illusion because it was an exclusivist and sectarian religion that had Jesus killed and Jesus had no desire to create a religion that would do to others what had been done to him.

The true religion of Jesus is a religion that has transcended the consciousness of separation and is based on the consciousness of oneness. It seeks to unify each person with his or her source and then use this universal awareness to unify all people. (source: as above).

This, of course, is plain nonsense and it saddens me that there are some people out there who will actually believe this stuff. Oh, by the way, I corrected the spelling mistake in that quote. So according to this ill-reasoned spin, Jesus had wanted to start a new religion but it presumably all went wrong. We are told that "the true religion of Jesus is a religion that has transcended the consciousness of separation and is based on the consciousness of oneness." Nothing here about sin, nor the need to deal with human guilt and culpability before God. This is pseudo-psychic stuff which seems to deal in advanced Eastern meditation. It may well appeal to some but it has nothing whatsoever to do with true Christianity. But it is no 'new religion' but lots of old stuff put in a brand new suit, very close to the New Ageism of just a few years ago.

Robin A. Brace. August 23rd, 2016.

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