Stay Away from Indoctrination and Dogma

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;" (Ephesians 4:14 NASB).

Monday, August 4, 2014

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra Know Nothing about God

I thought I knew a lot about God, because I was raised in the church, went to mass every Sunday since I was a baby, did all my sacraments (except Holy Orders), and was a Bible Camp counselor starting at age 16. Moreover, I thought I knew a lot about God, because I was freshman class president of The King's College (formerly in Briarcliff Manor, NY), a Christian liberal arts school of higher education. I was a double major in psychology and religious education.

As the years went by, I joined other religious and social justice organizations, practiced meditation, and tried to act spiritual in the late 80s and early 90s at places like Kripalu under Yogi Amrit Desai, and then I became a Third Degree Knight of Columbus---and I really thought I knew a lot about God.

When I was married for 13 years, my wife and I took our kids to CCD (Confraternity of [Catholic] "Christian Doctrine"). We thought that we were doing every thing right in attending church on Sundays and putting money in church envelopes, donating to charities, etc. etc. In short, we did not know God.

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra are launching a 21-day meditation experienceExpanding Your Happiness,” the program begins Monday, August 11, 2014. Deepak Chopra writes on to promote his book, How to Know God, "The miracles that are described in every spiritual tradition are manifestations of the creativity that we have access to when we tap intothe mind of God.” Einstein once saidI want to know how God thinks, everything else is a detail.” How do we know god?

There is no proof that Albert Einstein actually said the quote above...Albert Einstein was a genius, however, if Einstein did say, "I want to know all God's thoughts; all the rest are just details," even the brightest people in the world miss the simplest answer on how to know God personally and live. 

Deepak continues to spew, "Creativity is a quantum leap in our consciousness. When we understand how miraculous healing occurs and why desires sometimes get fulfilled without any conscious effort on our part, then we have the ability to co-create (with God) anything in our lives." "Science has usually considered things like the remembrance of former lifetimes, synchronicities, telepathy, extra sensory perception, prophecy and remote healing, as anomalies. I believe if people understand the mechanics of such events, they too can consciously create them," writes Deepak Chopra.

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra Know Nothing About God

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)

8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

I am not a saint. In fact, before rededicating my life back to God and His Word, I divorced my wife after reading 1 Corinthians 7... I had picked up the Holy Bible in 2008 for the first time in almost two decades, and was only focusing on the part that reads:

1 Corinthians 7:15
New Living Translation (NLT)

15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the believing husband or wife[a] is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you[b] to live in peace.)

7:15a Greek the brother or sister.
7:15b Some manuscripts read us.

If I had not had been so self-centered, playing God and thinking that I was some sort of spiritual guru, because I was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus, and was into Eastern meditation practices and syncretism of religions, I would have read verse 14, which reads:

1 Corinthians 7:14 (NLT)

14 For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband[a] brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.

7:14 Greek the brother.

Today, my children are the ONLY victims of the divorce. Our children's minds were corrupted by both parents. Even though I rededicated my life back to God and His Word in 2009, my children are still affected by the consequences of my self-will and E.G.O. to think I knew God.

Each day, I must stay vigilant to love the Lord, follow His Word and lead by example. I know that the Lord has His hand on my children, and that I am powerless as to whether or not they decide to acknowledge God in their lives (and thank Him for Grace and for blessing them), by worshipping Him at church in the fellowship of other believers in Christ. I have nothing but unconditional love, prayers, pity, mercy and longsuffering towards my teenage children.

I know it is my job to be an unconditional loving father of my children, and continue to lead them to follow Christ and His Word.

Today's OUR DAILY BREAD excerpt reads: "The first step in becoming a truly “good” person as a follower of Christ is to stop pretending that we’re good on our own and to ask God to make us as good as we can be [Romans 7:15-25]. We will fail many times, but He will keep growing us and changing us [1 John 1:8-9]. God is faithful and—in His time and in His way—He’ll do it."


It may seem to you that I write with a pessimistic style and bash a lot of high profile people. In reality, I write as a "watchman (Ezekiel 33)," so that you are not deceived about the Truth of God---which can only be found in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament---and through praying to God and thanking Him, and being grateful for what you have, not what you want.

A person who has never been married is Not really qualified to give advice on marriage, relationships, commitment, and usually is too self-absorbed to lead others in the way of God, the Creator and Alpha and Omega.

Oprah Winfrey explained why she has never married — and never will — during an interview on ITV's Lorraine in November 2013.

"It's not because I never had time — if I wanted to get married, I could've made the time," she told host Lorraine Kelly. "I'm not a traditional woman and I haven't had a traditional life, and I think that had Stedman and I gotten married, we certainly wouldn't have stayed married. "If you were to ask him, he would say the same thing… He's a pretty traditional man. I've taught him to be non-traditional. But the very idea of what it means to be a wife and the responsibility and sacrifice that carries — I wouldn't have held that very well."

"The show was the true love of my life — it took up all of my energy," the self-made billionaire said of The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ended in 2011 after 25 years on air. 

"For so many years I had that day job that occupied my whole life, so at the end of the Oprah show one of my final comments was “this show has been the love of my life”. That is absolutely the truth." But the Oprah show has not really come to an end. With a net worth of $2.7 billion, media mogul Winfrey remains the sole black, female billionaire in the world, despite a tough first year for her cable channel the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Perhaps those who say they know God, but never marry do not, because they are not yet ready to live by God's Word and statutes?

Ephesians 5:23-29 (NLT)

23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[a] 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.

5:26 Greek washed by water with the word.

Deepak Chopra (born October 22, 1947) is an Indian-American author, public speaker and physician.[2] A prominent alternative-medicine advocate and author of several dozen books and videos, he has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in the holistic-health movement and has been described as a New-Age guru.[3][4]

2 Timothy 3:6-7 (NLT)
6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 
7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the Truth.)

Deepak Chopra obtained his medical degree in India before emigrating in 1970 to the United States, where he specialized in endocrinology and became Chief of Staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH). In the 1980s he began practicing transcendental meditation (TM) and in 1985 resigned his position at NEMH to establish the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center. Chopra left the TM movement in 1994 and founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.[5]

Chopra states that, combining principles from Ayurveda (Hindu traditional medicine) and mainstream medicine, his approach to health incorporates ideas about the mind-body relationship, a belief in teleology in nature and a belief in the primacy of consciousness over matter – that "consciousness creates reality."[6] He claims that his practices can extend the human lifespan and treat chronic disease. This position is criticized by scientists, who say his treatments rely on the placebo effect; that he misuses terms and ideas from quantum physics (quantum mysticism); and that he provides people with false hope that may obscure the possibility of effective medical treatment.[7]


A decade after his founding of Kripalu, Yogi Amrit Desai, still married, and encouraging strict celibacy for his unmarried disciples, found himself caught in a scandal. Such controversy was of his own making, and indeed arose from the discovery that he had secretly been demonstrating his “penetrating insight” by having sex with three of his female students. In the wake of that, he resigned as spiritual director of Kripalu in 1994. Or, more accurately, he was reportedly forced to leave by the residents of the ashram, which he founded.

After a period of retirement, Yogi Amrit Desai, resumed teaching, and was invited to be the “leading spiritual teacher at a new ashram,” Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida, located in the Ocala National Forest, founded by Deepak Chopra.

Oprah and her gurus are teaching polytheistic worship of other gods

Exodus 20:3-4 (NLT)

3 “You must not have any other god but me.

4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.

There is no scientific evidence for the effectiveness of Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of any disease.[8]

Concerns have been raised about Ayurvedic products; 

U.S. studies showed that up to 20% of Ayurvedic U.S. and Indian-manufactured patent medicines sold through internet contained toxic levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic.[9][10]

According to Ananda S. Chopra, in classical Sanskrit literature, Ayurveda, called "the science of eight components," is a classification that became canonical for Ayurveda.[11] Dhanvantari is an Avatar (a chiefly Hinduism  manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; a supposed incarnate divine teacher) of Vishnu (the Supreme god of Vaishnavism, one of the three main sects of Hinduism). Vishnu is also known as Narayana and Hari. Dhanvantari appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods (devas), and the god of Ayurvedic medicine. It is common practice in Hinduism for worshipers to pray to Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for sound health for themselves and/or others.


Deepak Chopra and Chopra Center Meditation have a new "ANANDA" guided meditation App. Gnosticon, sometimes called the Gnostica Aquarian Convention, was a magical and Neopagan event sponsored by Carl L. Weschcke and Llewellyn Publications from 1971 through 1976, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one of the first such to be held in the United States. In 1970 Weschcke opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis together with the Gnostica School for Self-Development. The first of several festivals was staged the following year, called the "First American Aquarian Festival of Astrology and the Occult Sciences". The festival attracted many of the best-known Witches, Wiccans, Magicians and Neopagans of the time from all around the world, including Dr. John Mumford.

Mark A. Michaels (born August 2, 1959) and Patricia Johnson (born May 21, 1964) are authors and lecturers on sexuality and relationships. Their approach is informed by their combined 30 years of Tantric study, practice and teaching. In 1999, both Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson grew interested in exploring a more traditional approach to Tantra and began studying with Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati). Their relationship with Dr. Mumford, a pioneering figure in teaching traditional Tantra to Westerners deepened over time and Mumford named them his lineage holders for the Americas and Europe and initiated them as Swami Umeshanand Saraswati and Devi Veenanand.[12]

Ananda Nidra: "Blissful Sleep," was created by renowned Tantra teachers and authors Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand). It is inspired by a traditional Tantric practice known as Yoga Nidra. These two spoken-word meditations rely on pleasurable images and sensations to induce feelings of relaxation.


The answer to life's toughest questions of the heart, mind and soul are in the details of God's Holy book (the Holy Bible) and His Christ, not secular books and, and mystical and scientific theories written by mankind.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)

8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion). Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU


1. Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra, Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream, New Harvest, 2013, p. 5.

2. "Deepak Chopra", The Huffington Post, retrieved May 15, 2014; "Deepak Chopra MD", American Medical Association.

3. John Gamel, "Hokum on the Rise: The 70-Percent Solution", The Antioch Review, 66(1), 2008, p. 130.

4. Chopra 1991, pp. 54–57; Joanne Kaufman, "Deepak Chopra – An 'Inner Stillness,' Even on the Subway," The New York Times, October 17, 2013.

5. Hans A. Baer (2003). "The Work of Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra—Two Holistic Health/New Age Gurus: A Critique of the Holistic Health/New Age Movements". Medical Anthropology Quarterly 17 (2): p. 237. doi:10.1525/maq.2003.17.2.233. PMID 12846118.; Hans A. Baer, Toward an Integrative Medicine: Merging Alternative Therapies with Biomedicine, AltaMira Press, 2004, pp. 121–122.

6. Deepak Chopra, Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind Body Medicine, Random House, 2009 [1989], preface; Brian Goldman, "Ayurvedism: Eastern Medicine Moves West", Canadian Medical Association Journal, 144(2), January 15, 1991, pp. 218–221.

7. For Chopra and the placebo effect, Gamel (Antioch Review) 2008; Deepak Chopra, "I Will Not Be Pleased - Your Health and the Nocebo Effect", San Francisco Chronicle, October 17, 2012.

• For "false hope," Ptolemy Tompkins, "New Age Supersage", Time, November 14, 2008.

• For criticism of quantum-physics terminology and denying people the prospects of a cure, Robert L. Park, "Voodoo medicine in a scientific world," in Keith Ashman and Phillip Barringer (eds.), After the Science Wars: Science and the Study of Science, Taylor & Francis, 2000, p. 137; Robert L. Park, Voodoo Science, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 192ff.

 8. "Ayurvedic medicine". Cancer Research UK. Retrieved August 2013.

9. Valiathan, MS (2006). "Ayurveda: putting the house in order" (pdf). Current Science (Indian Academy of Sciences) 90 (1): 5–6.

10. Saper RB; Phillips RS et al. (2008). "Lead, mercury, and arsenic in US- and Indian-manufactured medicines sold via the internet". JAMA 300 (8): 915–923. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.915. PMC 2755247. PMID 18728265.

11. Ananda S. Chopra, (2003) page 80. "Āyurveda". In Selin, Helaine. Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 75–83. ISBN 1-4020-1166-0.

• Dr. Ananda Samir Chopra is a medical doctor, currently working as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg, Germany in a project on the modern history of Ayurvedic medicine. Born and brought up in Germany to Indian parents, he studied medicine and indology at the University of Heidelberg. After becoming a registered physician in Germany, Chopra studied Ayurveda for one year in Kolkata, India. From 1995 till 2009 he served as medical director of the Ayurveda-department at the Habichtswald-Klinik in Kassel, Germany.

• Sebastian Pole, a practising herbalist in the UK growing, importing, and manufacturing organic Ayurvedic medicinal herbs, highlights the recent efforts to mobilize and lobby for appropriate legislation for Ayurveda in the UK. He summarizes the challenges that affect practitioners, for example, the legislation of herbs, the problems of overharvesting, the trading of poor products threatening the image of Ayurveda, and the lack of high-quality education in the UK. His paper is complemented by Suzanne Newcombe’s analysis of the history of Ayurveda in Britain, which mainly focuses on a controversial trial for professional misconduct by two registered medical doctors practicing Maharishi Ayurveda (MAV) on HIV positive patients. Newcombe critically analyses the tautological (claiming the same thing over and over) logic behind the arguments of the movement’s most famous representative, Deepak Chopra, whose “project is ultimately grounded on faith” and “cannot be scientific” (p. 265).


12. "Swami Anandakapila Saraswati's OM-Kara Kriya : Graduate Teachers' [Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand)] Register".

• Ananda Nidra: "Blissful Sleep," was created by authors and lecturers on sexuality and relationships, and Tantra teachers Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand).

• February 01 2014, DEEPAK CHOPRA ANANDA APP: "Our Meditation App ``Ananda - Living in Love`` Has Launched."

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