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Doubt

Frederick Buechner (Wishful Thinking, p. 20) said: “Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” Sunday school curriculum writer Brett Younger (Smith & Helwys, Sept. 2011) agrees with Buechner and adds, “The best doubt leads to deeper faith and greater courage.”

Is this true? Is doubt good?

Jesus rescued Peter from drowning and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Jesus told his disciples, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt . . . you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,and it will be done” (Matthew 21:21). Jesus said to Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).

James says, “He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8).

Doubt in a biblical context means to be without resource, to be double-minded, or up in the air. Doubting God suggests a weak, unstable faith. Not good.

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Bible

“The Bible is relevant because it is an unchanging message directed to a changing world. God does not change; the nature of mankind does not change; right and wrong do not change; sin and death do not change; the need for salvation does not change; our hope of eternal life does not change. Those who think the Bible is irrelevant today see it as the observations of the human writers who produced it. But when we see the Bible as originating from God as inspired by the Holy Spirit, we know that its perspective and application are unlimited. When God caused the Bible to be written (2 Peter 1:20, 21), he intended it to be used by all people in all times.” (Jack Cottrell, “Still Relevant?”, CCU 514 magazine, Summer 2011)

Levitation

LEVITATION is the alleged suspension of gravity during deep meditation or under occult power. There are many reports, but no known confirmable cases. Levitation is associated with demon possession, Buddhist and Hindu ascetics, and medieval Catholic mystics. Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena were reported to levitate while in trances. Though Teresa’s friends feared she was possessed, Teresa believed that her levitations were God’s favors, though she “begged God very much not to give me any more favors in public.” (source)

“The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder.” (1 Corinthians 14:32, 33).

Kundalini

KUNDALINI (coiled)
Called the “king of yogas,” the serpent power of the Hindu goddess Shakti is unleashed by chanting, visualization, and measured breathing, usually while the practitioner is in the lotus position. Shakti is said to uncoil from the base of the spine and work her way to the crown, or lotus, chakra at the head, where she copulates with Shiva.

Leading to “union with the divine,” or a realization of one’s own divinity, the awakening of kundalini has been called “breathtaking.” However, not all proponents mention the possible side effects of an uncontrolled awakening: twitching, feelings of insects or animals crawling inside one’s body, exhaustion, depression, memory and concentration problems, and symptoms of psychosis.

Kundalini master Gopi Krishna described one such uncontrollable awakening: “I knew I was dying and that my heart could not stand the tremendous strain for long. My throat was scorched and every part of my body flaming and burning, but I could do nothing to alleviate the dreadful suffering. If a well or river had been near I would have jumped into its cold depths, preferring death to what I was undergoing . . . I racked my distracted brain for a way of escape, only to meet blank despair on every side. I felt myself sinking, dully conscious of the scalding sea of pain in which I was drowning.”

Krishna’s trauma reminds one of the scriptural depiction of Hell and of an end times trial described in Revelation 9:6: “During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.”

Episcopal priest Morton Kelsey equates contemplative prayer with kundalini power.

Exoteric

EXOTERIC (root meaning, outer)
Suitable to be imparted to the public, for everyone; with regard to religion, a belief system of equality and respect not dependent on the social or intellectual status of the believer. Christianity, as described in the Bible, is an exoteric religion.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).