December 16, 2005

Elusive Balance

Excerpts from Fr. Benedict Groeschel's A Still, Small Voice
None of us has a completely accurate picture of Christ; it is not possible. But the Christian Faith and the Scriptures present all that is necessary. The kindly, luminous, and airy picture of the Christ of the [New Age book] A Course in Miracles is only half the picture. One may be so attached to this consoling vision that one may forget the Christ who preached the Sermon on the Mount and who warned of eternal loss; the Christ who in agony sacrificed his life on the Cross for the salvation of the world.
The opposite...
The incredible blend of saccharine images of the Blessed Mother and the dire warnings that all but a few are going plumb to hell are the obverse of the New Age's false Christ. The one thing that they have over the New Age is a very powerful countercultural criticism which makes them a bit more interesting than the mawkish disciples of Mother Earth...It must be said for the disciples of the angry God and the anguished Virgin that they are Christians in the sense that they believe in all the doctrines of the Church. But they have an incomplete vision of Christ, an angry one which reflects their frustrations and desperation. Forgiveness is not their strong suit, and some followers of these angry people have moved away from them because of their complete ignoring of the counsel of Christ: "Judge not, and you shall not be judged" (Mt 7:1). Like the disciples of the New Age and many followers of A Course in Miracles, angry visionaries and their disciples have a problem way down inside with accepting leadership.

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