Talking In Public About Christian Beliefs

So a few weeks ago I was thinking about something. I decide to write about it. It went viral. Atheist websites and Facebook pages are mocking my beliefs, ripping me to shreds. It isn’t just that people disagree, it got totally personal.

I had over 300 comments that were just telling me that I am “[F-word] stupid.” I had hundreds of others that were mocking, scoffing, and insulting. I had quite a few other people tell me that they are putting curses on me, that I should have my kids taken from me, that the world would be better if I was dead. Wow.

And I was thinking about it, and it is so funny to me (funny as in not funny, but as in insane). It is an article about adult coloring books?!?! I am not killing babies or puppies. I told a family member that I wish if there was ONE thing I had written that could go viral with the atheist crowd it certainly wouldn’t be my opinion piece on mandalas!!! Like how about the ones about Christ and the Cross?

The thing that strikes me is the enormous amount of comments that say things like, “You are a bigot and everything that is wrong with Christianity. This is why I hate Christians. You need to love other religions.”

They were almost all ironic like that.

Screaming, “YOU CAN’T TALK BAD ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS!!! [unless it is Christianity]”

It was like they couldn’t see the hypocrisy in their own words.

I didn’t read all the comments, because you can only hear you are an “f-word idiot” so many times in one day! LOL. So, I probably missed some great questions and responses just because they got lost in the others. But honestly, most of them don’t want to discuss ideas or beliefs, they just want to mock and scorn and hurt. They may be hurt themselves. There was definitely emotion involved. But there was unfortunately no room for discussion or mutual understanding, so I backed off answering all of them and just let them say what they needed to say to me.

And this post, while I intend to address some of the concerns people had with my last post, will not really change anyone’s mind. But still, these things need to be said. This post is about “WHY” my coloring post matters in the Christian context.

And I don’t care if people think I am an idiot. I mean, I don’t agree with their beliefs either. I don’t go to their websites and insult them, but I don’t feel pressured at all to agree with them. I also don’t feel pressured to be quiet!

People will think I am an idiot for many other reasons too. I don’t support gay marriage. I don’t support abortion. I believe that every person on this planet is a sinner (especially myself). I believe in a literal and eternal hell. I believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. I believe that when you get saved you need to repent of practicing sins. I believe that yoga is Hinduism. I believe that Sons of Anarchy is a show that Christians shouldn’t watch. etc.

When you publicly acknowledge any of these beliefs, you brace yourself for the backlash! LOL. These are not at all popular views. In fact, they are becoming quite dangerous. I support all of these beliefs are because I read the Bible. Many of them are expressly stated in the Bible. Many of them are plainly evident as we apply Scripture to our lives.

For example. It is expressly stated in the Bible that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus plainly said so, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).

On the other hand, other things are plainly evident as we apply the Word to our lives. For example, Jesus never says, “If you want to follow Me, you shouldn’t watch Sons of Anarchy or Sex in the City.” These TV shows didn’t exist back then, neither did TV. For this reason I could probably have people leave stern and disapproving comments saying that I am judging them by saying Christians “can’t” watch those shows. After all, Jesus never said that. When in reality a Christian who reads the Bible, and is filled with the Holy Spirit just knows that God is not pleased with us watching programs like that. And we have verses that reveal to us that God’s heart is that we flee from immorality, filthy language, and immoral sexuality.

 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

What is sad is that even the “world” has a moral standard for TV and movie viewing. If the “world” says a show is TV-MA or a movie is R. They are admitting that the content is controversial and possibly quite offensive to even a non-Christian audience.

But if I say it is something a Christian should be careful about and run from. Why do Christians get upset and say I am judging?

Christian Exhortation

What I am really doing is called exhortation. The Greek word for this is Parakaleo. It means to urge, to beseech, to warn, to encourage, to strengthen. It is a GOOD thing. It is actually a gift that the Lord has freely given to His church so that we would encourage other unto holiness and joy!!!!

Why could I say you shouldn’t watch “Sons of Anarchy”? Here are some Bible verses that when applied to our lives, make this plainly evident.

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.” Psalm 101:3

“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:29

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

TV shows and movies that celebrate and glorify the sins that the Bible condemns should not be something that God’s people delight in.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well, I really see such a trend in trying to intimidate and insult Christians into silence when they are just trying to exhort their fellow Christians to walk solid for Christ.

This came not only from the atheist and pagan readers, but also from professing Christians. For some reasons the Christians accused me of telling them they would go to hell if they colored, or that the Bible says you can’t color, or that I am some radical fundamentalist that wears a “Duggar-dress” and refuses to use electricity because it is of Satan. LOL.

There was another group that thought that I was anti-stained glass windows. LOL.

I couldn’t keep up with it all, mostly because this is not my job. I am not a blogger. This is just a hobby, so I can’t just sit in front of my computer for 72 hours straight.

And yes I have a hobby (to all the people that told me I need one). LOL.

I understand that Christians look weird to non-believers.

I am a fool for Christ.

People make fun of Christians for every belief we have.

But what bothers me is when people who call themselves Christians are trying advance the lie of the Tower of Babel–That we can unite the world under some one world religious mystery system. When Christians are saying that we need to unite with and celebrate other religions, even practicing their religious activities– I see the Great Apostasy is happening.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

The whole point of everything I write is to point to Christ. He is worthy of our attention, and devotion and undivided worship and praise. He shares His glory with no one else. And we should be careful as His followers to mind His word, as it reveals His heart.

Am I perfect? NO!

I probably have stuff in my life right now that His Spirit will convict me of, maybe using a brother or sister in the Lord to do it! Hallelujah! He loves us so He corrects us.

We should welcome that correction, not insult the person who was just sharing their heart.

I was simply sharing info on their origins and spiritual connections to Hinduism and Buddhism.

That is not harsh or critical or racist or hateful or FEAR based. 

And if you are not a Christian, then it wasn’t even for you!!!

Psalm 1:1-2

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.

But if you are a Christian, let me urge you to consider this:

Romans 12:1-2

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

If we want to follow Christ, and be His disciples we need to take heed. We need to worship Him the right way. We can’t conform to this world, to their ideas, their ways, the things they think is okay. We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds according to His Word.

Don’t take my word for it.

I am no one.

I am some everyday person.

You don’t need to take my word for anything.

But you do need to learn God’s Word to know His perfect will for you.

Your mind must be transformed.

If you haven’t let your mind be transformed by the Word,

then your mind has been shaped by the world.

“Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?” James 4:4-5

When I wrote what I wrote, people were outraged that I had the audacity to say that Christians should not practice Hindu and Buddhist spiritual activities.

That blows my mind.

What is worse is when Christians think that it is okay with God to practice religious and spiritual rituals from other religions.

That really blows my mind. But Jesus told us that would happen.

Is it Just Like Meat Sacrificed To Idols?

Some people wanted to argue that it is comparable to eating meat sacrificed to idols. I hear this with the yoga thing too.

Is going to a psychic like eating meat sacrificed to idols? Is playing a Ouija board like eating meat sacrificed to idols? NO. There is a difference between eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols, or sold by someone who is not Christian, and making yourself the offering to idols. When you practice spiritual rituals, you are the offering.

And you forget, the Bible says that if you KNOW it was sacrificed to idols, don’t eat it!!!

“But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.” 1 Corinthians 10:28

And in Revelation, Jesus says that He will judge the member of the church that encourages people to eat meat sacrificed to idols.

“But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin.” Revelation 2:14

And

But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.” Revelation 2:20.

Why do Christians have the idea that practicing Hindu and Buddhist spiritual practices is okay, because we can eat meat sacrificed to idols, when the Bible is clear that we can’t unless we don’t know!!! The Lord watches over us, especially when we don’t know that something is connected to the demonic.

But once we know it is connected to idolatry, we need to stay away!

How many times in the Bible does the Lord have to reveal His heart to His children about the spiritual adultery that takes place in our lives when we try to combine our faith with other religions.

It grieves Him when His people are spiritually unfaithful. In the Old Testament, He would say that people who go after foreign religious practices where “whoring after other gods.” That is a very harsh word. We literally cheat on the Lord when we try to combine other religions with the purity of our Christian faith.

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16.

So in conclusion, I want to quote this again . . .

“And so,

dear brothers and sisters,

I plead [urge, beseech, encourage, strengthen] with you

to give your bodies to God

because of all he has done

for you.”

Romans 12:1

When we are truly following The Lord, then there is no more arguing over stupid things that profit nothing. We will all just be pointing each other to the Love, and Grace, and Word of God. We will all just look to Jesus and walk towards Him together in holiness and joy.

But there can be no unity, unless it is based on His word.

I may seem foolish to the world. But I am not writing to them. I am writing to my brothers and sisters and saying, I love you guys and I just wanted to share some information with you. The Lord may confirm it or not. But don’t try to just justify it because you may like [mandalas, or horoscopes, or yoga], search out the truth in His Word.

Some people implied that my post was a sign of the weakness of my faith, that I thought God wouldn’t protect me from the “demons” inside the coloring books. That isn’t true. I think more than anything, it is a sign of the strength of my faith. My faith is so important to me that I want to make sure that nothing gets in between me and Jesus. Now I know that there is nothing that can separate me from His love (Romans 8). But there are things in this world that can pull at my heart, so that my heart becomes divided and unfaithful. I want to lay all those things aside, so I can be faithful to Him, because He is so faithful and wonderful to me.

And lets “lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

For More Information:

The Bible–There is no more important source of information necessary for your life. 

Yoga: Exercise or Religion, Does It Matter? (Lighthouse Trails)

The Mystical Revolution

The Unacknowledged War and the Wearing Down of the Saints

 

 

 

 

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79 Responses to Talking In Public About Christian Beliefs

  1. Excellent communication and very very spot on…This was highly encouraging.

  2. girlwithLion says:

    I have cherished your posts because they affirm that the higher standard I hear myself being called to in the Bible is really there. It’s not just me. God bless you for your faithfulness!

  3. Robert Reese says:

    I want to take a moment to encourage you! Thank you for your article on the adult coloring books! Thank you for the article on essential oils! My wife and I are pastors in a home church and hav been looking for info to backup what we want to say. Both were well researched, and well written.
    All Christians need to be discipled, sanctification is something most know nothing about. Mixing Jesus with pagan beliefs is wrong, and most don’t know what they are doing, and don’t know the consequences of their actions!
    Keep writing what is true! Fear God, not man.
    Blessings to you, and keep your armor on!
    Robert Reese

    • Thank you!!! May the Lord bless your ministry!!!!

    • Raven says:

      If you are concerned about mixing Jesus with “Pagan” beliefs or practices, then stop practicing Christmas and Easter. They are Pagan holidays. And the idea of Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny are based on Pagan beliefs. Jesus could not have been born in December according to details given in the Bible.
      But, then again, thanks for practicing those holidays. You give those who practice the religions associated with the true origins of those holidays a chance tho celebrate them as they were meant to be.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You must have really angered the enemy 🙂 Been there, done that. That, believe it or not, is a good sign. I applaud your posts. They are very accurate, spot on. As someone who has worked in deliverance ministry, your information is VERY true.

  5. Shannon C says:

    Dear Hiker, thank you so much for this piece! It is so timely (thank You, Lord!). I had been considering starting yoga again, yet my heart was hesitant. I tried to tell myself there’s nothing religious about it if you don’t have that intention. Well I, for one, simply cannot risk exposing myself to mystical practices which are incompatible and displeasing to my Lord Jesus! Last week I asked Him to guide me & show me if I should go the yoga class or not. He heard my petition & placed this article right into my email box ! Wow, I’m so grateful. Blessings on you!

  6. Well Written and articulated, The Last Hiker !
    The simple fact is this – There are very few actual Christians left in America- PERIOD !

    Lot of “religious Christians ” but very few “Relational ” or Actual Christians! I travel many places in the world and America is just spiritually dead for Christ..and sold out for Satan ! Just continue being a Watchman and proclaiming Christ and HE will do the rest !

    “For judgement must first began at the House of the Lord ” !
    The ” Money Changers” and hypocrites of today to express to Christ , to His Face soon, when He comes in Judgement & Wrath !

    But no surprise..Christ stated it would be like the Days of Noah in the Last Days. There were only 8 people that escaped damnation in Noah’s Day- so draw your own conclusions on the state of Christians in this day !

    Be encouraged..for our Redemption Draws Nigh !

    The grace of Christ be with you and yours always !

  7. Penny says:

    I love reading your posts! Keep exhorting!

  8. Hope says:

    I have found your posts so helpful! Thank you. Favorite line: “If you haven’t let your mind be transformed by the Word, then your mind has been shaped by the world.” I agree wholeheartedly. God bless you. Praying for you. Armor up and stand firm (Eph. 6)!

  9. You’re awesome. May the Lord give you strength and courage to continue to speak the truth in love and may you know that many eyes are watching you, not all of them hostile 😉

  10. Tina Wickett says:

    Thanks again for such a encouraging post!

  11. Amen sister! ( :

    I agree with everything you said, and I also chime in that the Spirit in me agrees with what you say all the time! It is refreshing as I am a lonely Christian myself, but I know I am not alone and it is encouraging! We will NOT keep silent. Not for anyone. And it’s true, the dog that barks the loudest is the one who got hit. We must proclaim with a trumpet that Jesus is the only way of salvation and that all other religions are false. Yes, we will be persecuted, Jesus said so. But He expects us to do it. By the way, I use an anonymouos facebook and gmail account (yes, I profess my faith personally and publicly also), but I leave the truth in comments in the world and usually never look back. If they agree, amen, if not, let the Lord deal with them! : D
    I knew nothing of these coloring books but I do confirm what you say. If a person opens themself up to the occult, it does hold a power over them. That is how people become demon possessed. A Christian will at least be oppressed. When Christians dabble in the occult, we start to lose in spiritual warfare. Examples abound in the Bible, one is the sin of Achan in the battle of Jericho where he took into his possession an occult item of Babylonian origin and they began to lose. It is a hard lesson well worth the read, (just google for it or read the beginning of Joshua). There is the occult book burning in Acts, etc. There are two sides, the Lord and satan, and we belong to the one we yield ourself to in word and deed. If we remain pure in the Lord, we win in the battle. Spiritual warfare and all that accompanies it is very real, and we need to take the biblical warnings seriously. We need to pray to the Lord to lead us out of anything we should not be doing.

    Also, I couldn’t agree more with the exhortation for holy living. The Lord has literally lead me out of so many things because it does not honor Him and I totally submitted and seek to honor Him and then He also showed me what to avoid. The obvious things are on the list, I’m not saying I was into all of them but some things that we don’t think anything of went out the window. One is definitely the TV (except the news), one is all secular music, one is some unbiblical ‘Christian’ music that is part of the apostasy (it’s in all things ‘Christian’ just about now), one is clothing that is not the model of modesty, etc. etc. Most professing ‘Christians’ would accuse me of being legalistic. That is because they don’t read their bibles. Holiness is what we are expected to grow into, it’s called sanctification and it happens by the Holy Spirit as we yield. It is not legalism. And I agree also with the comment about Christianity in other parts of the world. They know not to celebrate Halloween, look at porn, wear indecent clothing with demonic symbols, and go to bars, rock concerts, most movies, etc. But oh no, not the ‘Christians’ in America! I do speak publicly about all these things and I do get those looks too. “You don’t go to the movies?!” (If anything good comes out of hollywood, let me know. Trust me, it ain’t “The War Room”, that is another choice piece of the apostasy and most don’t see that it is occult in nature.) To get technical, I will give one example. I recently began a subtle way of wearing a head covering when I pray publicly. I don’t want to appear as a muslim so it looks a little different, but it symbolizes what it is at the least. I look terrible in hats, so it is not a hat. I have had some Christians look at me funny. No one says anything, but there is that look; like “oh brother, she must be really into legalism!” All I need to do if someone actually says anything is point them to the chapter of 1 Corinthians 11. Since when is following a mandate for the New Testament church ‘legalism’? Legalism is thinking you have to worship on Saturday to keep the sabbath. We are free from the law. But we are not free from morality. We are also not to eat blood (Acts 15). And we are to follow all instructions for the church, that is the New Testament so there is no chance to fall into legalism. Anyway, the mandate is there, see for yourself. Some may find it strange, some unnecessary, and some will try to write it off as ‘culturally irrelevant’. But then again, the apostates try to say that about everything else in the bible also. But I do it because it is in God’s Word and I want to honor Him. Let them scoff all they want!
    I will have all the more glory in heaven! : D

    God bless you and keep it up! I love reading your posts!
    Love,
    Your sister in Christ < 3

    • Amen! It is so important for us to know the Word to stand against those spiritual attacks. I learned in a study that the the Roman’s belt would actually hook onto the breastplate and unless the belt was worn, you couldn’t even wear the breastplate. The teacher said that unless we have the belt of truth, we cannot be righteous. There is no righteousness without truth. WOW. The word of God is so important. And it washes us, and helps us be righteous, and it protects our hearts. Thanks for sharing your heart. God bless you.

      • God bless you too sister!
        These verses immediately came to mind:
        “But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” John 17; 13-19
        ” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” John 18; 36-38
        “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 19; 13

        That explains why they hate us so much; we are of His absolute truth, of His Word, we hear His voice, we follow Him, and we are sanctified by Him. Jesus takes truth seriously; He is truth, His Word and deed become one in His flesh.
        We also see that dominionism is false; His kingdom is not of this world, and He will establish it after the antichrist has been defeated.
        Truth, truth… truth! I love it!!!
        : D
        Run the race with joy sister!

    • Lilly says:

      Could you elaborate on your comment”trust me it ain’t theWar Room”? Did it raise your eyebrows in “COURAGEOUS” seeing rosary beads?
      On the mirror

  12. Lori says:

    I read your article on the adult coloring book and thought to myself – see I wasn’t wrong when I saw the New Age imagery in the ones advertised on T.V. I then thought about the one my aunt gave me for Christmas and I was thankful that she is Christian enough to know to give me one that is full of Christian Scripture and innocent/beautiful scenes to color. Of course I haven’t used it though because I am too busy spending my time handing out Christian tracts on weekends or writing on my Christian website which is a ‘discernment’ type of site, or going to church or in prayer for the persecuted Christians being slaughtered overseas by radical Islamic groups etc. And while I am not judging others who want to color, for me, the only time I can see that I would would want a coloring book is if I am bed-ridden with a sickness, which I hope not to be, and even then I would first defer to reading my Bible. But to the main point of why I am writing you – I know something of what you went through with the verbal attacks you received from your piece because I used to get attacked on Face Book all of the time when I spoke out against New Age philosophies/practices that are being embraced by Christians and it has even made me real unpopular even in my own family. So be encouraged that God used your piece and allowed it to go viral, even though it hasn’t been a pleasant experience, and know that those of us who are sold-out to Christ found your piece to be ‘right-on’ and very intelligently written, as all of your pieces are. God bless . . . . .

  13. Great piece! Oh, and thank you for taking the time to consider what you would say and in a spirit (Spirit) of love. To both the non-Believers and those who claim to be but surely seemed to show something else entirely.

  14. Carol says:

    I love reading your posts. You are quite right in all you say. The trouble with lots of Christians is they don’t read their bibles so have no idea what God is telling us. Then there are those who believe the bible is not from God. Mmn how can they call themselves Christian?
    I have had Christians telling me I should accept other faiths to which I reply “Are you calling Jesus a liar then” Of course not they reply. If only they would read their bibles, If they even have one that is.

    God bless you and keep up the good work

    Carol

  15. Please read what I’m writing to you?
    You seem very real here, & I’m
    Formerly devout and currently I’m Atheist.
    I’m VERY sorry that people hurt you. That I likely did TOO.

    I think that your feelings are your feelings. You are free to have them. They aren’t open for debate.

    I suspect the reason why it upset so Many is because Hindus believe in Their faith 100% & precisely as much as you do.

    Therefore, by likening the colouring of mandalas to the invocation of demons, it was Perceived as:

    “2.2 Billion Christians = Right & Heaven-bound”
    *BUT*
    “The other 4.5 Billion other religions (1.6 Billion Muslims, Millions of Jews -incl.Hassidic, Orthodox, Cabalists – Zoroastrians, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Ba’hais, Roman Catholics – cos I know many Christians who Don’t acknowledge Caths as Christians – , Hindus, Shintos, Jainists, Rastafarians, Tribal Religions practiced by Aboriginal peoples, 1st Nations peoples, Myriad African Peoples, South Americans, etc…, & Bedouins, Buddhists, Sikhs, The people in Greece who STILL worship Zeus, & various other Branches of recent “Christian-esque” offshoots like Mormons, FLDS, & Jehovah’s Witnesses) = Hellbound”.

    That’s why people responded terribly. & sadly? Cruelly. Yes. Lots of cruelty towards you.

    As a result? They hurt your feelings. You were attacked.
    Because they themselves felt hurt. Attacked.

    Please:
    Keep believing what you will.
    Nothing will ever rock your faith – likely.

    Though mine dissappeared – pouf! – one day. I mourned its loss GREATLY for a few years.
    I’m ok now cos I have to be.

    So I understand why you feel so strongly. I once did too.

    Just remember though – if you like – to Try to view what you write through the lens of a potential reader who may be JUST as devout about their Own path to Their God/Gods that they see Your words as – not a gentle warning about a potential dissuasion from Jesus – but as a Direct condemnation (based upon your own interpretation of The Bible – & the particular translation with which your referring) of their just as valid feelings about their faith, & as a blatant parallel drawn between Their place after they’ve passed from this life into the next & burning in an eternal hellfire – one which Burns because God says it may as he’s omnipotent.
    So choosing the “wrong” religion is a verrrrrrry scary thing.
    Which is exactly why you upset people.
    Almost every major religion has an equally terrifying place to wind up after death if you sin.

    Tell someone else who thinks THEY’RE on the path to Heaven/Nirvana, etc…, & that’s THEIR afterlife you’re potentially threatening.

    That’s eternity.

    This is why my faith left me. Just an FYI.
    Cos if God truly loved us? He wouldn’t be sending 4.7 Billion out of 6.5 Bil. people to Hell for Eternity JUST cos they picked/were born into the “wrong” religion.

    Anyhow, you do you. I’m sorry again that you were hurt.

    Human to Human – Amber :* ❤

    • ❤ Amber,

      Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to say all that. I think that you are right. People are really upset with the exclusivity of our faith. I mean we believe in evangelism. We believe in missions. Christians travel the world to tell everyone, essentially, "I'm right. You're wrong." It is especially annoying to Americans because of our values for tolerance. We come off as super intolerant. We are not inclusive. We do not synthesize with other faiths. It seems harsh because our culture values the blending. The acceptance. It is hard though because MOST people that want to defend Hinduism, have never been to India. Hinduism hurts people. I know this because I know ex-hindu Christians. I have talked with Christians who grew up in India and seen Hindu women throw babies into the Ganges River to make an offering to a Hindu god. They have seen the rats eat the grain, while the people starved. They have seen the depths of human suffering, slavery, human trafficking, as people who were born into the lowest class [dalit] have scrounged in slums and people in higher castes treat them as if they are lower than the cockroaches.

      These people, when they are told that Jesus loves them and they are created in the image of God, and they are fed and clothed, and pulled from the slums into ministries that educate them, and teach them to read–they never say, "Hey, don't take my Hinduism from me!" No the embrace the God, who loves them, values them, died for their sins, and SENT Christians to tell them that Jesus is their Savior. Ex-Hindus are the most serious Christians of all!!! They totally put the American church to shame. They are MORE evangelistic than we are. They rush into dangerous villages to share the gospel with their Indian brothers and sisters, because they KNOW the difference between Hinduism and Christianity. They would be the first to tell people that yoga is a religious practice and not fitness. They know what it is in reality, and they are shocked [literally] when people tell them that Christians practice yoga. I have talked to them personally. Hinduism is no joke. And if we got on a plane right now and went to Kolkata, you would see that their beliefs actually harm their people, not just eternally but right now. Only the high castes benefit from their beliefs now. I don't see God sitting casually and throwing 4.7 Billion people into hell, I see Him doing everything He can to Save people from it.

      I am so so so glad that you shared your heart with me!!! Thank you so much. I know that you understand why I can't change my mind. I know you don't believe what I do anymore, and I respect that. I have several friends who used to sing worship songs with me on Sunday, and they no longer believe. I love them. I know that it was a scary step for them to be honest, and they didn't just leave a faith, they left a group where all their friends were. We are still friends on Facebook, but we don't go out for coffee after church to talk about the sermon anymore. We miss those days. For what it is worth, you are still very valuable, no matter what you believe. And if you let me, I am not trying to hurt you, I am trying to love you. The God that you don't believe in, is still madly in love with you. He loves to see your compassion for people. And I just picture him waiting for you to wander in curiosity back to see if He really is there. But, I don't say that to hurt you. I just want you to know that if there is ever a question in your heart, or a prompting to believe, don't think that it is too late. He will meet you where you are at, and He will run to you.

      I love you.

      Human to Human ❤

    • Rita says:

      Amber, just one comment regarding what you said about God sending 4.7 Billion people to hell – that is an misunderstanding. God doesn’t send ANYONE to hell. God gives everyone a choice to believe in His Son. We who know Him need to pray for those who don’t so they can find their way to Him. Don’t give up on Him. This world is getting worse by the day – but He told us in His word that is would get bad in the end. Hang on.

  16. Kyle says:

    Thank you thank you for speaking out. My heart is breaking over our inability as believers to discern anymore. I cannot get out of the book of Hosea , weeping and praying over our failure to truly pursue the King of the universe.
    Like Daniels prayer ‘Lord we are covered with sin and shame….Lord have mercy’
    His judgements are redemptive and more merciful than leaving us in this blind state that we are in. Praying for His bride that He loves.
    Thank you again.

  17. twiga92 says:

    I appreciated your article (and was one of the ones to share it, helping it go viral :-). We so need to be made aware of these things. And thank you also for this article – we need to be in God’s Word and know His Word. And it appalls me the stuff that Christians watch on TV and in movies these days and don’t think anything of it. Thank you for standing for the truth. Feel free to connect with me on FB if you so desire – always looking for like-minded friends!

  18. BKraus says:

    Amen! Keep preaching the Word! – 2 Timothy 3:1-5! “Preach the Word … reprove, rebuke, and exhort … for the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you … fulfill your ministry.”

  19. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for all you have said. I know what it’s like being attacked and I have a real hard time of it, you must have built up thick spiritual skin to keep going. I agree with you 100 percent and love your blogs. Keep it up!

  20. Peter says:

    Just reading some of the ad hominem and venom-dripping comments against you following your Mandalas post was more than I could handle; it must indeed be a shock to you.

    And I think you are correct to see the verbal venom, the acceptable hate speech against you, in terms of the usual clash of kingdoms since Adam. One popular form of the argument in western expression of the dark side seems to be a kind of postmodern intolerant toleration.

    The old way of viewing toleration was something like proffering respect for the “arguer” (the person) while refuting the argument. The postmodern way (or at least one of them) is to respect all arguments except exclusive truth claims–even if, as I think you see, such a view is hypocritically tolerant of its own claim to exclusive truth: there is no absolute truth except the absolute truth that there is no absolute truth. Nothing raises the hackles of true believers in moral or religious relativism like a denial of (or perceived threat to) moral or religious relativism.

    But that is not all. As I think you noted, the bias against Christianity in US (and Canadian and French, etc.) culture (with variations) is rather stronger than against other major world religions making their own divergent exclusive truth claims, a matter which lends itself to wearing clash-of-kingdoms glasses to view especially the emotion-laden moral/social issues you mentioned (among others). Not that Christian/non-Christian polarization is the only one of the day fraught with antagonism.

    To one audience Jesus said, “Because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me” (John 8:45, cf. 1 Cor. 2:14 and Isaiah’ commissioning). And the word is “because,” not “although.” The truth of Jesus may enlighten the hearts of some, but it blinds others to this day precisely because it is the truth. (This I say with the caveat of my hopefully respectful former thoughts and questions wrt you Mandalas post, comments which as if this writing so far as I know have not posted to the thread.)

    May you find strength in your God and in His joy.

    • Nicely said. I searched the IP address of this post and found your other comments that I had not yet seen. I posted your longer comment. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. God bless.

      • Peter says:

        Thank you The Last Hiker. I still do not see my longer “Mandala” comment. Note that I tried to post the comments twice, once for the whole and a second time in several chunks, thinking perhaps the original too long to be accepted by the software. In any case I see neither. Odd. Perhaps I should wait until tomorrow?

    • Exactly. And they attack the arguer more than anything. Society has grown so uncivilized, savage, vicious, and spiteful, not to mention malicious, hateful, and sadistical, selfish, and downright evil. Then they cry like a baby when people tell them they are sinners and give them the gospel. Because, after all, they are such models of tolerance and respect…

  21. I love your work, your courage, and your devotion. I whole heartedly agree with everything I have read and respect the patience and love you put into your responses.

    Reading the comments to the Mandela post, I had to almost laugh when a Hindu person confirmed what you had written and all of the Westerners just ignored that response and attacked you! I know that the New Age is Satan APPEARING as an angel of light because I was caught up in the non-sense prior to being saved. I had what is called a “Kundalini awakening” from “aligning my chakras” and ended up being under demonic possession. Luckily I instantly knew something was wrong and was wise enough to pray to Jesus for help. My head felt extrememly pressured up and it felt like it was exploding through my skull as it left out my forehead! I have since turned in un-clean spirits for the Holy Spirit 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

    Here are some other great resources for you to consider:
    http://www.thetruelight.net/
    http://beyondthephysical.blogspot.ca/

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hi fellow believer,
    Thank you for your blogs. I’m blessed by them. Remember, if we don’t have opposition as Christians, we’re doing something wrong. Thank you for sharing all that you do. God has called you to it and you’re obeying Him. You’re not obligated to answer the protestors and those being controled by the spirit of anti-Christ. Just keep looking up and forward, do what your called to do, keep your eyes on Jesus. Simple. You don’t have defend yourself. God will do it for you. Blessings.

  23. Just a loving message to anyone who is not a believer anymore or never was, etc.:

    We are living in the time of the great apostasy, which means the great falling away. The church goes into heresy and many believers fall away into unbelief and assorted other viewpoints. (They were true Christians because that is what the Word says.) The Bible predicts that this will happen in the end times. I see it happening all around me. But I don’t see just a lot of statistics. I see people who have been hurt or abused by churches and people in their lives who claimed to be Christians whom they trusted. I know how it is. I am not judging you. If not for the grace of God, there go I as the saying goes. There are some of us, like the Last Hiker and myself who feel love for those of you and are reaching out to you in love. I know people can step into a quagmire and think it is ‘enlightenment.’ But trust me, the Bible is true and the Jesus of the Bible is real. I’m sorry for anyone who has been hurt in any way. We are to share the truth in love. Don’t put your faith in people. Put it in the Lord. Turn to Jesus and pray to Him and He will show you and lead you out. He will embrace you with open arms if you let Him. He will fill you with His love and Spirit. Nothing else can satisfy us.
    “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” John 6; 37
    That means anyone.
    “…but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22; 32

    I love you.
    But Jesus loves you more.
    Go to Him.

  24. Frank Palmer says:

    You get the backlash because you are against things that don’t affect you. If you had your way, you would happily take away my right to marry. And that’s hurtful and harmful. My marriage has zero affect on your life, and you are against it, and feel justified. But if someone is against your religion, even when it doesn’t affect others, you feel attacked. Yet you don’t see your own hypocrisy. It’s sad, really. And your religion does affect others, because people want to use it as a basis to legislate others, even non-Christians, and that’s the truly painful, damaging, and hateful part of it. You can’t say you’re doing it out of love, because people have used the bible against me to fire me, attack me, assault me, kill my pets (nailed one cat to my front door and killed the other one with a knife to write “God hates fags” on my front door) and later, they came back and burned my house to the ground. So excuse me for offending you, in whatever way I have (and I doubt you’ll approve this post, and if you do, I’ll be surely attacked for saying anything), but your religion should only affect your life. Your faith, your life, your house, your rules. Allow me the respect to the same, and we should get along fine. You don’t want to color or do yoga? Then don’t. It’s pretty easy. Condemning others to hell for living their lives their way, however, is pretty abusive.

    • Frank Palmer,
      I am so sorry that you have been horribly discriminated against in the name of Christianity. I stand with you in condemning the actions of those people and I sincerely apologize as a Christian that in the name of Christ people have abused you.

      I don’t believe at all that my beliefs should be forced in anyone. I choose my path as a personal act of faith and surrender to God. I believe that God Himself gives everyone the freedom to love Him or not. Even the article of mandalas was not intended to outlaw or ban mandalas–people (Christians) have to decide for themselves. I was simply sharing information on the spiritual nature of them. I personally choose to be set apart from other religions because I believe the Bible teaches that. My blog was only intended for Christians, specifically those who would want to know.

      I would like to add that anyone who would hurt you, hurt your pets, or damage your property–is a horrible person. They are not following Christian teachings.

      You and I may disagree in lifestyles, but I love you and respect you and I am sorry for what you have endured.

      I haven’t taken away your right to get married. It was never up to me. I can’t help you get those rights but I can treat you like everyone else-with respect.

      I never condemned anyone to hell for living their life or practicing yoga. I think you may have read that into my post, because of hurtful past experiences.

      I am not pushing my faith in anyone, this blog is an extension of my life, my house, my rules. I share my faith openly and honestly and respectfully. But when people don’t like it, they are totally free to not listen, move on, and forget it.

      Thank you for sharing, and being open about your pain. ❤

    • Frank,

      I agree with what the author wrote and am myself a biblical Christian.

      I am sitting here in tears after reading what you wrote. I am so sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for what has happened to you! I would like to re-affirm what the author has written to you. The people that did those things to you are NOT Christians! Christians are called to love people unconditionally (not agree with everything that others do and say necessarily), but they are called to treat every.single. human being and other living creation of God with respect and dignity. Christianity is supposed to be about glorifying God by lifting up our fellow human beings. When we break someone else down, we are letting God down.

      I hope and pray that you are able to find healing and forgiveness for your past hurts and that you would be willing to look God for guidance in doing so. He loves you! He always has and always will!

  25. Memma says:

    People can be so horrible! I’m so sorry that you received any of those comments! I am so grateful that you posted that blog post. I saw it when it was shared on FB and immediately shared it with my mum who then passed it on to other people. I’ve also shared your blog with other friends and am honestly so grateful that someone is willing to speak out about these issues. I’ve read some of your other posts as well. I’ve subscribed! We need more people who are willing to exhort the church, and we need more Christians who are willing to be corrected and cautioned. My prayer is that I’ll never be too proud for correction and never too proud to accept exhortation. I wish that I could phrase this better, but I’ve had an exhausting weekend, so all that I can say is thank you and may God continue to bless you and give you wisdom.

  26. Liz Roe says:

    great article – Matthew 11:15 “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear”. thank you for standing up for Gods word – no matter what 🙂

  27. Well said. Truth hurts — but one day, every knee will bow.
    In the meantime, we praise God we have the ability to share HIM through our lives and this media and I believe as others have commented…. “if you are not upsetting someone…you are not doing your job”…Christians will be persecuted. It is so sad what has been done, “in the name of Christianity”… but God will win. Amen.

  28. One Voice of Many says:

    Behold, for The Last Hiker is a false prophet. The devil uses fear mongering to push you further from the loving example of Christ. As you sow hate and divisiveness, so you leave the path of Christ. The Last Hiker delights in spreading these ideas that pit one against the other while claiming, untruthfully, that they are pushing the word of the Lord. Take notice, and flee their hateful propaganda.

    • I just want to post this comment. You would think this would be from a true prophet, warning you all to stay away from a false prophet. Maybe someone pointing you to the truth of Christ.

      Well, I looked up the IP address of the comment. And it is a commenter named “Supriya” who is a Hindu, and who is upset with me that I insulted Hindusim. Here is a comment that he posted, that I chose not to publish because of the foul language:

      “You make me so, so angry. Stop shitting on my religion. Just stop. You don’t know enough about my religion to say anything, no matter what some “ex-Hindu” Christian told you. I am not bad mouthing you. But I am telling you to stop bad mouthing me. That is not intolerant. That is demanding respect. Christianity hurts plenty of people. And honestly, it’s not Christianity, it’s people. People hurt other people. But stop shitting on other people. Seriously.” –Supriya

      I had published some of his other posts where he defended Hinduism as a great religion of peace. I tried to have a reasonable conversation with him. He says he is not bad mouthing me. But then he changes his name, and wants to publish a comment on my blog saying that I am a false prophet.

      Hey, if someone wants to point people away from me, but TO CHRIST–AMEN!!!! Point to Christ. But let’s not pretend that he is trying to push people to Christ, when he is NOT!!!!

      This is crazy.

      Here is another comment he tried to publish saying that “God” wants people to convert to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. And the devil comes to us in the form of Jesus. Wow. Blasphemy.

      He says, “OR! Or maybe! Or maybe “God” is giving you a chance to renounce the devil who has come to you in the form of “Jesus” by expanding your mind to Hinduism. Or Buddhism. Or Islam. You can’t say either way. You are basing your beliefs on a book written and edited by humans. There is just as much of a chance of my books being of “God” as yours.”

      Sorry Supriya, I would think that if anyone is the false prophet here…it is you. You were found out. I am sorry that you were so upset that you couldn’t let it go, that I disagree with you. I don’t want you to keep trying to post comments here. So let us just leave it at this and part ways. I will never agree with your beliefs and you will not ever be okay with mine, so it is time to say “good-bye.”

  29. Saved & Grateful says:

    Bravo Last Hiker! Thank you for your blogs and the biblical truths citef therein. Praise be to God that you are espousing the Truth of His Word!

    I was one who called myself a Christian my whole life because I believed in God and went to church sometimes. In the past I probably would have responded to your blog and responses like so many of those “Christians” who attacked you. I had fallen into many “new age” ways of thinking and some of the practices you mentioned, including reike. It wasn’t until I almost died (literally) and realized, in a most profound way, that satan had been whispering his lies to me for some time…and how lost I truly was! It was Jesus who opened my eyes to the truth, and by His grace, I was saved.

    Since then, I have learned what it means to be a true Christian. The bible is God’s Word breathed out and inerrant. And when we read and study the bible, we are transformed, just as you cited. Its absolutely true! It is then that we have a much better understanding of God’s will for us. And anyone who disputes that does not have the truth in him (or her). As it says in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

    I was saved on the brink of death. I don’t wish for anyone to learn the truth the way I did…because unbeknownst to me, I was very likely headed for hell. Now I am assured of Salvation and have a glorious relationship and inheritance in Christ Jesus!

    What The Last Hiker speaks of in her blog is the truth. She is telling you so that you may be discerning and protected from the subtle wiles of satan…who is very real.

  30. Donna says:

    I read your article, and while my viewpoint differs from yours, I admire you for having the nerve to make a public statement about something that would illicit such an explosive response, and I certainly don’t feel it’s acceptable to condemn you for having different beliefs than I. I’m sorry you had to go through that.

  31. Rhonda W says:

    I apologize about my snarky comments on your mandala article. I’m not normally caustic when I don’t agree with someone. Its too much the way of the internet these days to say rude things from behind a digital screen. I vote comments were lost in the crowd of viral comments you got
    I wanted to say that I believe we’re all in control of our thoughts and intentions. Hopefully we know ourselves well enough to not willingly participate in things that go against our Christian faith. Just because Buddhist monks meditate and do a ceremony surrounding making a mandala, doesn’t mean that a Christian coloring a mandala in a coloring book is performing the same ceremony.
    I noticed one of the sources you quoted at length was obviously from a New Age-y perspective, however the majority of reasons “you can color at your own pace. There’s no right or wrong way to color a mandala. It’s affordable. You can share the experience by coloring in groups.” are neutral. They could be used to describe any inexpensive hobby. There are dozens of coloring books out there with city skylines, butterflies, animals, flowers and trees and even anime characters. If someone wanted to color for the above neutral reasons, they don’t have to color mandalas.

    • Thank you for your comment. 🙂 I get it. It is so easy to just “vent” online all of our feelings and be snarky. I totally relate. But I appreciate this comment. I totally agree that there are other great things to color. And I was honestly just trying to share this info with people who would think like I do, so that they would be able to make their own choice on this. I actually had quite a few people who said that they had a strange feeling about them before they even read this post. So I felt better that I am not alone! hahaha. I am not trying to me the kooky coloring book burner. LOL. Anyways, take care 🙂

  32. Beth Caplin says:

    I strongly disagreed with that post, but I don’t think you’re stupid, Hiker (I’m sorry you had to endure that verbal abuse). I think what struck a nerve in many people who read it is the idea that Christianity is a long list of dos and don’ts, that Christians are paranoid and fearful and constantly hunting for conspiracies (not saying you are, but that’s the idea many readers got in their heads). I personally got a tone of legalism from it, that all Christians should never do this, which isn’t anyone’s job to enforce. If you feel convicted about it, by all means, don’t use that coloring book. It just isn’t fair to imply that everyone else who calls themselves Christian must do the same. To some, like me, a mandala is just a design that looks pretty but doesn’t mean anything. This is a personal thing that each person must discern for themselves.

    • SS UT says:

      Beth, should we as Christians not talk to fellow Christians about dangerous emerging practices? Relying on another religion’s practices for whatever reason is something you think God condones? I know many are innocent of what mandalas are and use them. But once you know then you make a decision. Christians who are stressed – do we color mandalas devoted to another religion or do we seek counsel with the Lord?

      As I see it, he helped other Christians to stay on their Christian path.

      It is just like Yoga. Plenty of Christians do it (I did). Yet it is a practice of Hindus and was adopted by Buddhists and Jains. It is a practice toward a path toward salvation. It pays homage to the sun, it seeks to open the mind. Those things are not at all in line with Christianity. We meditate on Him. His word. We rely on Him. Remember we are not to be conformed to this world, but set apart. We don’t take counsel in the wicked.

      We should aid each other and help each other discern.

      I used to think it was bunkum. I wanted to do what I wanted and thought there was an exception for me because I was strong. Haha.

      Also enforcement would be him coming to your home and throwing away the coloring book. And Legalism – if you were doing something in the name of God and felt fully that you were doing it for his glory and The Last Hiker flat out told you that it was verboten – then he is a legalist. Telling you that say…. worshiping idols is frowned upon by God and may lead you astray is not legalism.

      OK lots of words. We are sisters in Christ. We pray for discernment. I think you said that. Amen to that. I pray for God to straighten my path every day.

      • Beth Caplin says:

        If your faith is that threatened just by learning about other traditions, then you should worry more about yourself than what everyone else is doing. What you are describing is a house of cards.

  33. RJ's here says:

    Hi! Your quote: The Lord watches over us, especially when we don’t know that something is connected to the demonic.

    But once we know it is connected to idolatry, we need to stay away!

    How many times in the Bible does the Lord have to reveal His heart to His children about the spiritual adultery that takes place in our lives when we try to combine our faith with other religions.
    /END QUOTE

    ~~~ And a big hearty AMEN!!!!!

    Then your last quote: My faith is so important to me that I want to make sure that nothing gets in between me and Jesus. Now I know that there is nothing that can separate me from His love (Romans 8). But there are things in this world that can pull at my heart, so that my heart becomes divided and unfaithful. I want to lay all those things aside, so I can be faithful to Him, because He is so faithful and wonderful to me.

    And lets “lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …
    /END QUOTE

    ~~~ And a super big hearty AMEN!!!!!

  34. Amy Farlee says:

    I am so thankful for your writings! Press on!

  35. Alette says:

    Serious question – Last Hiker – Do you keep a cover on your head all the time? Do you wear long modest dresses and eschew make up and jewelry? These requirements are directly from scripture. Quite interesting. In Response, to your mandala essay from Christian Theological perspective written here:—————— I would enjoy discourse.

    • Hello Allete,

      LOL “serious question”— really? Because I read your blog about my article/me. It was very churlish. You are not seriously inquiring after how I dress. If I was to be equally offensive, I would be asking you if you wear a long black velvet dress that ties at the collar with a pointed black hat. That would be rude. Do you know that I actually have friends that are pagan? They are actually nice and respectful that we have DIFFERENT beliefs. They understand that my choices have NOTHING to do with them. Just like their choices do not have anything to do with me.

      I didn’t write my article for you, Alette. You are a pagan. You are involved in so many practices that I choose not to be involved in, because they actually are demonic (even if you don’t believe it). I wrote this blog for Christians who also want to follow Bible teaching. For being a part of a path that claims “harm none,” I find it interesting that you want me to “take a long walk off a short dock.” And then you come here and masquerade that you have a serious question, and would enjoy discourse.

      If you could be respectful of my spiritual beliefs I would be open to talk with you in a friendly and honest way. However, you are not respectful or TOLERANT of my beliefs. I am sorry that you think I am an idiot. But I am not dumb enough to promote your article in my comment section! 🙂 And it isn’t even because of your surly tone, it is because I won’t promote false teaching here–so I can’t let you advertise a website that promotes paganism.

      But thanks for reading my article, and sharing your strong response to it 🙂

  36. Anonymous says:

    There are going to be more changes happening. It’s really heartbreaking.

  37. Your articles on the Mandala coloring books are “dead on the money.” Last Saturday night there was a ladies social at the church we attend. My wife told me there were about 8 tables set up with jars of new coloring pencils abd Mandala coloring books, for the women to sit down with, relax and talk. I about choked when my wife told me this. I am meeting with the Senior pastor tomorrow about how some women have brought this Buddhist practice into the church. Your article is one of the things I will hand to him. He will either hear the truth and do something about it or my wife and I will be hitting the old dusty trail again.

  38. SS UT says:

    Amen. There are plenty of normal old Christians who agree with you. Pray for all our Christian brothers and sisters who finding a heart of stone when a heart of flesh is possible thru Him.

  39. I read most of the mandala article and I agree with it all. It is heavily new age and new age is everywhere in these end times. I tried warning people got told I am “far fetched” about mandalas. They are rooted in the occult and other religions so why would I colour them in? I can colour natural mandalas like snowflakes or waterlilies!

  40. Rebecca says:

    Keep doing what you are doing. You are doing a great job.

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