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Monday, September 28, 2009

Modern Stoicism,Epicureanism and The Religion Of Oprah

What has been will be again,

what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun

Ecclesiastes 1:9

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:8

Epicureanism is a system of philosophy based upon the teachings of Epicurus (c. 341–c. 270 BC), founded around 307 BC. Epicurus was an atomic materialist, following in the steps of Democritus. His materialism led him to a general attack on superstition and divine intervention. Following Aristippus—about whom very little is known—Epicurus believed that the greatest good was to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquility and freedom from fear (ataraxia) as well as absence of bodily pain (aponia) through knowledge of the workings of the world and the limits of our desires. The combination of these two states is supposed to constitute happiness in its highest form. Although Epicureanism is a form of hedonism, insofar as it declares pleasure as the sole intrinsic good, its conception of absence of pain as the greatest pleasure and its advocacy of a simple life make it different from "hedonism" as it is commonly understood.


Basic "hedonism" (lust) does not lead to "happiness in its highest form". Lust leads to physical, emotional and spiritual degeneration. Hedonism is the opposite of suffering, something a cross-bearing Christian is supposed to welcome. The philosophy of hedonism is the belief that "pleasure" is the most important thing in life. Hence, the belief that everything is acceptable bewteen consenting adults. In a http://youtube/ presentation Oprah not only proudly denounces Jesus Christ but claims she is a "christian". A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ not someone who denies Him. She is a follower of Eckhart Tolle, a high school drop out New Age author and modern wizard. He has taken every modern "religion", dropped them in his philosophical pot and convinced far too many that he is enlightened. The Bible teaches us that the "spirit of antichrist" is among us. The Bible also teaches us to - Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15 . Too many Christians misunderstand the scriptures and therefore rely on the safety of The Word to protect them from the "wiles of the devil". How does one rightly divide the word of truth. By practicing a relationship with Jesus Christ Amen through The Holy Spirit.

With all the influence Oprah has she lacks the ability to study for herself. It seems that she instead finds people with whom she agrees and then promotes them. If Oprah knew anything about philosophy she would have known that Eckhart Tolle was bringing nothing new to the table but instead was presenting old philosophies (Stoicism and Epicureanism) to a modern philosophy challenged audience. It's unfortunate that The Bible, the greatest book ever written , is not taken more seriously by modern so-called educated people. When The Bible states that there is nothing new under the sun or to stay away from "deceptive philosophy" it is clear that God in His infinite Wisdom is in complete control of His Creation and all the Eckhart Tolles or Oprahs have no clue...

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