- Beyond the realm of simple and verifiable facts, the certainty that "I am right and you are wrong" is a dangerous thing in personal relationships as well as in interactions between nations, tribes, religions, and so on. -pg. 69
- All religions are equally false and equally true, depending on how you use them. You can use them in the service of the ego, or you can use them in the service of the Truth. If you believe only your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well as division and conflict between people. -pg. 70-71
- There is only one absolute Truth, and all other truths emanate from it. ... The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. The 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." These words uttered by Jesus are one of the most powerful and direct pointers to the Truth, if understood correctly. If misinterpreted, however, they become a great obstacle. Jesus speaks of the innermost I Am, the essence of identity of every man and woman, every life-form, in fact. He speaks of the life that you are. -pg. 71
Do I really need to point out everything that's wrong with this view of truth? The fact that he would teach that there IS absolute truth and we are each our own absolute truth is mind-numbing! He either doesn't know the meaning of the word absolute or he is choosing to redefine it. I keep thinking of that line from The Princess Bride - "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." (insert heavy Spanish accent.)
Our view of truth at Living Hope Church can be summed up with two statements:
- The Bible is true...absolutely!
- The Bible is true whether you choose to believe it or not.