‘Access the Power Within You’ (Youtube) is the name of the video. I watched and I am glad I did. I’m glad because now I can tell you to not waste your time or energy. From a Christian perspective, it is a lie. For about two and a half minutes it presents Christian-like expressions over tranquil photographs, giving it a biblical appearance and therein lies the danger. 2 Timothy 3:5 tells us to turn away from people who have a form of godliness.
I went through the video line-by line, copied its verse here, and posted an appropriate biblical response to each.
‘Access the power within you to create your own reality’
That’s yoga, not Christianity. Psalm 62:11 says, “God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.”
‘I am a…Divine being’
God would disagree. He spoke directly through the prophet when He said in Isaiah 43:10, “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.
‘I have unlimited potential’
To the contrary, our singular potential is quite limited. While it is true we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13), we discover in 1 Peter 4:11, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.” I would add that when God says we can do all things, the implication is ‘all the things HE empowers us to do,’ not the things we want to do on our own.
‘I am One with the Creator’
Galatians 3:28 does say, “For you are all one in Christ Jesus,” but I noted who the video capitalized the ‘O’ in the word one. In the context of the entire video he or she was implying equality and shared supremacy with the Lord. Deuteronomy 10:17, “The Lord your God is supreme over all gods and over all powers. He is great and mighty, and he is to be obeyed.”
‘Therefore I have the ability to create’
No you don’t. Man can be ‘creative’, but only God can create. At best , man can copy (poorly I might add) what God has already created. Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 is our reminder: “Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building. He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing, the time for making love and the time for not making love, the time for kissing and the time for not kissing. He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, the time for saving and the time for throwing away, the time for tearing and the time for mending, the time for silence and the time for talk. He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace. What do we gain from all our work?”
‘My thoughts are energy…they expand out into the universe to create dreams’
Look at what God has to say about our thoughts. Isaiah 53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” And Isaiah 65:2 “All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations”
‘I change my thoughts to transform my life’
Only God can transform us into anything worthwhile. Ezekiel 36:26-27 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” And we can add to that John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
‘I resonate in the energy of gratitude by counting my blessing everyday’
Again, this ‘sounds right’ but its suggesting that there is a work we can do that is eternally beneficial; that is just not the case—its ALL God’s grace. Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”
‘I evaluate my emotions to bring awareness to thoughts that need to heal’
This is in error too—we do not know our own hearts (we think we do, but we lie to ourselves). Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”
‘I affirm and clear my energies with love, joyful, peaceful thoughts’
Once again, we haven’t the power to cleanse ourselves. Psalm 139:23-24 reminds to submit ourselves first to God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” Then we submit ourselves to His cleansing power.” And 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
‘I take time to visualize to; manifest my dreams into reality’
I took note of the yoga position in this portion of the video—yoga has no place with Christianity. Bottom line here is that our will needs to align itself with God’s will (not the other way around)—following our own wills is likened to sin. Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
‘I expect miracles everyday because I am a miracle’
Those who are saved by God’s grace are miracles. Everything about our composition and the universe in which we reside is a miracle. I thank God for these miracles and I pray that He continues providing them. I anticipate God’s miracles, but I will not suppose from God that I am due a single one. Romans 9:15-16, 20-21 “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy…But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
Their link is http://www.powerwithin.us so I checked it out. It opens with a quote from Lao Tzu who was a mystic philosopher of ancient China and the author of the Tao Te Ching. He is considered to be the founder of Taoism (aka: Daoism).
That site is affiliated with http://www.lifepathcenter.net who propagate workshops including: Natural Healing Practices, Meditation for Beginners, Yoga, Qigong, Connect With the Angels, Healing with Colors and Crystals, and Numerology.
Jesus Christ is not even given an honorable mention on either of these websites (and actually, I’m glad).
Here’s the video if you still want to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVhVC7f7-dE