Mark Driscoll needs help. I’m a Christian, and I do accept some of his major beliefs, but he needs some editing. Take this crazy, idiotic sermon, for example:
I mean, what on earth is he even talking about? Demonism, paganism, and “eastern-ism” (whatever THAT is) can be used interchangeably all of the sudden? What does he have against foreign religions? Are they ALL demonic?
Christians are supposed to be tolerant of these kinds of things. Avatar was a dumb movie, but it was passably good, and I found NOTHING wrong with it spiritually. I mean, the thing was about a TANGIBLE, PHYSICAL force that governed this little tiny planet out in the middle of nowhere. It doesn’t affect the humans there – only the creatures who live on the planet. It may be symbolic for how we are to get “closer to nature” and how nature is supposedly “our god” from a hippie standpoint (the latter of which I HEARTILY disagree with – but the first one isn’t terrible), but what on earth is wrong with Eastern (or really Native American) views on life and spirituality? I don’t believe in this stuff, and this movie is not even CLOSE to changing my views.
So, Avatar is demonic, and so is… YOGA
This is like when people were saying things like Batman and Care Bears were demonic. See this piece of fine, “Christian” literature for an example. If this book (and its sequel, which we apparently own from an interesting, insanely legalistic phase my parents went through) dictate how Christians should act, how are we supposed to evangelize? If all these foreign people are worshipping “demons,” why were Christians tolerant towards the Romans? The Romans had a really freaky foreign religion. Christians adopted many Roman styles and read Roman literature (because the early ones WERE Romans). Paul even referenced major Roman poets. God even referenced some Roman literature when speaking to Paul. By these nutjobs’ definition, this would make the early Christians and God Himself demon-worshipping satanists.