By Nathan Jones
What is the Hindu view of God?
Dr. Reagan and I on our ministry's television show Christ in Prophecy had the pleasure of asking this question of our special guest Caryl Matrisciana. Caryl is a best selling author and filmmaker and is a recognized expert on Eastern religions, contemporary cults, paganism and the occult. She has been involved in the production of more than 60 documentaries over the past 30 years. Her biographical testimony Out of India explains how she grew up under Hinduism in India and lived it in England and the U.S. as a New Ager before accepted Christ as Savior. She joined us to share her story of how she escaped the clutches of Hinduism.
Caryl Matrisciana: To a Hindu God is a consciousness and it is a consciousness that you have to connect to mystically. That's what yoga was designed for. Yoga is the only path into changing your mind and your consciousness, to go within yourself to arouse the snake which is believed to be inside of you and then connect to the god-consciousness which is a force. Then you realize your own divinity.
In Eastern Mysticism there is no such thing as sin. It is your ignorance that keeps you from realizing that you're divine. So, yoga and every mystical practice exists to connect you with your divinity which will then connect you with the whole embracing universe.
Dr. Reagan: That reminds me of Shirley MacLaine and her books talking about how if you really want to find God you must go inward.
Caryl Matrisciana: In Hinduism you must go within yourself.
Nathan Jones: Like we have all the answers?!?
Caryl Matrisciana: But, look what the Bible says in Jeremiah 17 saying there's no good thing within us. Jesus says that which comes out of our mouth is what defiles us. So, to go inside yourself which is what I had been doing through Eastern Mysticism, you end up getting confused. You get lost. You start living subjectively and the volitional processes take over. Emotions become your truth. What I feel, that's truthful to a Hindu and New Ager. I feel that's truthful.
When I got redirected back to the Bible, I could then go to my objective truth and ask, "Well, what does God say about that? Can I have eternal life? Do all paths lead to God? Are we all divine? Can we all become one with everything?" So, it has to be the Bible that becomes our yardstick.
Tragically, I believe hundreds of thousands of Christians in America go to church on Sunday but do not read their Bible. They have maybe a little Bible verse thrown up on multiple screens up there on PowerPoint and stuff like that, but they do not go and check what they are being taught against the Bible. In Acts Paul said that the Bereans were more noble minded than the Thessalonians because they searched the Scriptures daily and checked them against what is taught.
Dr. Reagan: How much more should they check you and me?
Caryl Matrisciana: Check me 100%!
Nathan Jones: Caryl, what are some other warning signs concerning Hinduism that you could point out so we know what to stay away from.
Caryl Matrisciana: Anything that makes you rely on your emotions and your feelings and your experience.
Nathan Jones: Well, that's very Post-Modern Emergent Church, isn't it?
Caryl Matrisciana: That is. See, the whole belief is that nothing is true. Truth is not absolute. We can all find our own truth. Hinduism has become our post-modern thinking, infiltrating into the seminaries where Christians are being trained to become pastors. They then go out into the pulpits and say, "Whatever you all believe is okay. I want to be politically correct. I don't want to offend anybody. You are not all sinners." That is what Hinduism teaches, but that isn't what the Bible teaches.
Dr. Reagan: So, if your pastor comes in and says, "We are going to have a lesson this morning on homosexuality, for example, and instead of saying what the Bible says ask, 'How do you feel about this? Let's talk about how you feel about it.'" You'll know your church is really off on the wrong track?
Caryl Matrisciana: Yes, you're a Hindu then.
Concerning homosexuality, by the way, in Hinduism it is embraced. In fact, homosexuality is part of its religiosity and mysticism.