Since we have had a lot of comments here that say that Tolle and Christianity are saying the same things, let's have a quick comparison.
Nature of God:
Tolle - God is an impersonal force and/or cumulative energy of the universe.
Christianity - God is personal,sovereign, transcendent, knowledgable, and interested in the universe.
Nature of Creation:
Tolle - Everything in the universe is interrelated as the same underlying consciousness and energy, and constitutes God.
Christianity - God is the creator of the universe and is separate and distinct from the universe.
Ontology of God and creation:
Tolle - All reality is a one unified consciousness called God, and everything that exists is part of God.
Christianity - God is outside of the time/space dimensions of the universe.
Nature of truth:
Tolle - Truth is within the person. ("Your very Being is the truth"). Your version of the truth depends on your state or level of consciousness, and that affects how you view reality.
Christianity - Truth is what is revealed by God in His Word. 66 books written by human authors inspired by God over thousands of years with one central ground motive, creation, fall and redemption.
Nature of Reality:
Tolle - Reality is ultimately illusionary and temporary, and one can create their own reality by achieving a higher level of consciousness.
Christianity - Both the physical and spiritual world and has absolute form and existence. Denying either realm of reality has real consequences.
Tolle - Right and wrong is relative. It depends on your inner self what you consider right and wrong.
Christianity - Man is created in the image of God, and that includes an absolute sense of right and wrong as God-given. The Bible serves as an explanation of God's moral law.
Tolle - All that exists is a self-propagating evolutionary system.
Christianity - God created all that is by the power of His Word, with universal and transcendent laws to govern His creation, subject to decay after the fall.
Nature of Man:
Tolle - Humans are part of the overall spiritual consciousness, along with everything else that exists, with the potential to reach a god-state.
Christianity - Man is made in the image of God, but is fallen into a state of sin.
Tolle -Unaware of his own potential because he is in a underdeveloped state of consciousness.
Christianity - Original sin that made man unrighteous before God, no matter how many good things he does.
Salvation (solving humanity's problem):
Tolle - Become conscious of your own self, reach higher levels of consciousness through self-awareness and disposing of thoughts in the ego.
Christianity - Believe in and trust in the substitutionary atonement of Christ, through the free gift of faith through grace from God.
Tolle - The self dissolves and becomes part of the greater universal consciousness again.
Christianity - The soul passes on to judgment before God and an everlasting existence in heaven or hell.
It is clear that the teachings are significantly different and mutually exclusive. While Tolle quotes Christ, what he teaches is by no means compatible or related to Christianity.
For those calling themselves Christians, it is decision time. Who will you follow?
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