Healthy People Don’t Need Satan

Posted on March 29, 2009 · Posted in Apologetics

The ABC News program Nightline
is running a series of programs entitled “Face-Off.” Particular ideas
or points of view are debated by proponents and detractors of the topic in
question. The topic for discussion on the March 26th program was
“Does Satan Exist?” One of the experts on the panel that night was
New Age guru Deepak Chopra. Chopra is a best-selling author and favorite
speaker on public television. In his opening comments he forcefully stated that
healthy people don’t need Satan. He went on to claim that Satan is a mythical
figure.

Chopra spoke with
confidence, and with disdain towards those who believe Satan is real. His
words, that  healthy people don’t need
Satan, bring to mind the words of Christ in Matthew 9:12: “It is not the
healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”

Chopra thinks he is
healthy. In this Nightline appearance, just as in his PBS specials, Chopra
appeared to be confident and sophisticated. Actually, he is suffering from a
terminal illness. Apart from a genuine, spiritual heart transplant, he will
come to find that he is tragically mistaken about Satan being mythical.

Parents, these are
important teaching opportunities for your children. As they experience more of
the world, they will encounter Chopra or those like him. It is, perhaps, easy
for you to dismiss this man as arrogant and wrong. But when your children hear
him quoted as an example of the “real truth” about religion in a high school or
college classroom, he will appear to be wise, not arrogant.  It is the Bible-believing Christians who will
be portrayed to your children as arrogant and out of step with the modern
world. Don’t assume that your children will be equipped with discernment just
because they have lived in your home and your church.

It is important that your
children be prepared ahead of time to meet the Deepak Chopras of the world. For
example, you could record his appearance on Nightline and go over it with your
children. One thing that you could examine together is what authority he cites
for his claims. In this presentation, Chopra did not even bother to cite
authorities. His own word was proof enough. This provides an excellent
opportunity to discuss the basis on which we can we trust the words of others.
Chopra is willing to tell people to dismiss the realities of sin and hell
simply because he says so. What a huge responsibility to take on his own
shoulders! Make this point with your children. He freely dismisses Christianity
because he doesn’t like certain things about it. But he has no real proof–just
fine-sounding arguments. If you go to his website you will find some references
to Buddha and other Eastern thinkers. But in the end, Chopra is his own
authority. This kind of observation can be made even before you begin to examine
the particulars of his teaching.

In addition to examining
Chopak’s credibility, make sure your children know why the Bible is superior.
God’s word is a magnificent document, written over a span of 1,500 years. It is
internally consistent. The message of faith is the same from human author to
human author. The Holy Spirit oversaw the building of the manuscripts. The
truths of the Bible ring true to our own experience. Only the Scriptures speak
of grace as the means of knowing and being known by God. In contrast, Deepak
Chopra has no Bible to support him. In Chopra’s worldview, attaining some new
level of consciousness is the elusive quest in life. And one never knows if he
has really arrived or if he has deceived himself into thinking he has arrived.

So, don’t ignore the
assertions of Chopra. And don’t dismiss them with a wave of the hand. The
Scriptures warn repeatedly about not being taken captive by the deceptive
philosophies of this world. They may seem silly to you, but they are dangerous
to your children nonetheless. Take whatever time you need to discuss these
kinds of ideas with your kids. You will be helped yourself, too, not only as
you talk with your children, but also as you talk with friends and coworkers
who have seen Nightline and been impressed with Chopra.

 
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