Monday, 10 September 2018

Spiritual = Christian? - Coffee & Conversation


I am on Facebook often.

It is the way I keep in touch with friends worldwide and also one of the ways I share my blog posts.


More and more recently some things I see shared on Facebook have disappointed me.



Not everything that claims to be Spiritual is Christian.



There are certain Facebook pages we need to watch out for in our feeds and not share them.

These posts are generally a type of quote in a frame or on a picture and on first reading they can appear to be quite spiritual.

Yet these are posts from Pages that are far from being Christian.

Now I am very fond of Bible Verse graphics and post a lot on my Facebook page but I am careful what I post and mostly the Bible Verses graphics will be my own creations.


How can we we tell which posts to avoid?

1.  Take a little look at the bottom of the picture or in the corner and you may see the credit given to whoever or whatever organisation created this picture, you may have a good hint from this name whether it is a Christian post or NOT.

2.  Look and see who originally posted this on Facebook and you may get a clue about whether or not this is a Christian post or NOT.

We need to discern names and types of pictures 
and be wary of just re-sharing anything that looks like

"a nice christian message".



For example

You may see "Healing Light".


Those two words together like that should actually be a warning.


But there may be nice quotes or what seam to be meaningful statements like




This is a screenshot of a picture that was shared on Facebook by "Healing Light"

Notice the name of "Radleigh Valentine" (more about him below).


Just a quick click on Healing Light under one of the pictures they shared on Facebook gave me this screenshot of The Healing Light Facebook Page.





Notice that name again "Radleigh Valentine"
                and in small writing you see the name "Teri Van Horn" (more about them again below).


Then when on the Facebook Page of Healing Light I clicked on "about" and I got this info.





There are two important paragraphs on this about section

1. Mission Statement



2. About Statement




Words from those two statements to raise alarm bells are:

  • messages from the angels
  • deserving a magical life
  • known for his work on angels, tarot, angel cards



All you need to do then is click on the website name found in the contact section to find out more disturbing info.

The Homepage a few months ago was





Then last week the Homepage was




Then a little bit of time scrolling down the facebook feed quickly sowed up more examples to indicate we should avoid this page and its posts.


Here is a screenshot of a post from Healing Light last week which shows you clearly that they are quoting Buddha.    NOT CHRISTIAN!





Here is a screenshot of a post from Healing Light last week which shows you clearly that they are quoting a Medium.    NOT CHRISTIAN!





Also on the Facebook Page under the profile picture you will notice a reference to another website for "Healing Light Online"


When this site is opened this is we find:




Again we have mention of Buddha and advanced souls moving towards ascension;  neither of which have anything to do with Christianity.

Here is the name Teri Van Horn again who is a Reiki Master as another page on this website shows.



Do Spirituality and Christianity always go together?


CONCLUSION:

If you are sharing posts from "Healing Light" on Facebook then you are sharing posts from someone who is not a Christian and who is involved in mystical things and tarot readings etc. 

When we share things by other people we are in a way endorsing them and giving the impression that we agree with them and what they are involved in so it is important who or what we share.

This is not the message I want to share with others and I hope it is not the message you are happy with either.






And to answer the Question posed in the title of this blog post:

Spiritual  =  Christian?

No!  Not in this day and age.



If you have come across other Facebook pages you have been concerned about or people 
or organisations please tell me in the comments as I am making a list 
of many other unsavoury pages to avoid.





5 comments:

  1. Yikes! Thanks for this informative warning, Sandra. We do need to be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves in the things we share and like in social media--as well as in matters of life.

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  2. What a great point, Sandra! I try to be so careful when sharing things on social media and this is a great reminder for all of us! Blessings and hugs!

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  3. OMW! One really needs to be careful about stuff online. This reminds me of a book a friend bought for me some years ago that was assumed to be Christian. It had the words "love", "heaven", " "Christ", etc. but I found these words were not used in the way the Bible used them. The lady who wrote the book was a spiritualist with no concept of sin and redemption as the Bible teaches it (she was single but felt free to sleep with whomever she felt like). The book was teaching some mystical ways of developing oneself to affect our world through spiritual means. I returned it to the giver. Thanks a lot for highlighting such an important issue.

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  4. Yes, many times we are way too quick to like and share without discernment. You’re so right!! I remember seeing a yard sale for a Fellowship when I was in College. I was so excited, thinking it was for a Christian church as that’s what the word Fellowship typically refers to in my Nigerian culture. Imagine my shock to find out that it was for some new age Fellowship! Yikes! We must be careful to not spread ungodly information on social media. Thanks for this.

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  5. Interesting post - and insightful too. Our busy world has made us like magpies, drawn to shiny pretty images without doing the sanity checks we should. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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