The Trouble with Soaking Prayer

Carol and John Arnott

Carol and John Arnott

SL writes: “I have been in debate lately with a fellow christian friend of mine regarding “soaking”. I have read mostly positive things, and some negative things. My friend who has participated in “soaking” before has asked me to join her again – but I declined. There’s something about it, that just doesn’t sit well in my spirit.”

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Are The Seven Great Prayers a Gimmick?

seven great prayersDG writes: “I saw a book called the Seven Great Prayers and I cannot find anything verifying if it is Christian or not. They have the prayers available in audio as well so that you can listen to them anywhere. The authors are Paul and Tracy McManus. One tip-off is that one of the prayers says something about “attracting” blessings or something like that. This leads me to believe it is another New Age gimmick masquerading as Christian just to trap unsuspecting individuals. Can you shed some light on this?”

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Decoding the Oneness Movement

meditationJB writes: “What can you say on this topic. I heard a recent story of a young woman climbing through various states of consciousness and actually going to India and connecting with a guru who teaches this. Has something to do with oneness and after these encounters with even relatives such as dead grandparents etc. there’s an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness and peace. What can you tell me about this?”

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What does the Church Say About Praying in Tongues?

woman praying bwC asks: “What are the Church’s teachings about speaking in tongues?  I have to admit that I was thrown for a loop while reading a book by Fr. George Montague about The Holy Spirit when he talked about speaking in tongues as though it is normal. Is this true?  I am in RCIA, so still learning about the church.”

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Don’t Settle for Meditation Gimmicks!

woman arms raisedLC writes: “I was a little disappointed to learn that eastern meditation is not recommended for Christians.  I felt that the last one I did by Deepak Chopra led me to the Daniel fast which ultimately changed my life. I started this new meditation challenge also by Deepak Chopra and instead of saying the Hindu mantra, I meditate on the actual phrase. For example “I am a radiant and spiritual being.” Is that such a bad thing if I also incorporate prayer in my life and keep Christianity first?”

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