Reader's Question: Isn't There A Big Gulf Between "Jesus One, Jesus All" and End Time Spiritualism In Christianity ?

Father Thomas Keating on becoming God in 3 steps in his Centering Prayer…..And finally the realization that there is no Other ( God )
You and the Other are One, always have been, always will be.
You just think that you aren’t….

A reader of M #08 asked an excellent question: “There is obviously a very big gulf between "Jesus One Jesus All" and "Be still and know that you ( also) are God ". If the latter is the end game of non dualism, how is this gulf going to be achieved? ”

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Firstly, we must understand the spiritualistic sentiments which spiritualism has embed into their use of Christian vocabulary in their catchphrases like “ God is One. God is All” or lately, “ Jesus One. Jesus All.

On this page you will see a picture of Father Thomas Keating who founded Centering Prayer and who is a colleague of Father Thomas Merton who founded Contemplative Prayer. The text below Keating's picture is his quote of how in the third step in Centering prayer, one becomes God. Ever year, Keating is teaching tens of thousands of Christians who believe in Jesus on how to become God ! Jesus One, Jesus All.  

Lighthousetrails tells us that emergent spiritualism is gathered at George Fox University. “ George Fox University is a hub of contemplative /emerging activity with a list of adjunct professors that includes Dan Kimball and Leonard Sweet. In 2005, George Fox hired Todd Hunter, Leonard Sweet and Brian McLaren to teach certain classes; and chapel speakers at the university have included Richard Foster and Brennan Manning. Recommended and required reading for classes at George Fox include a wide assortiment of staunch contemplatives/mystics like Thomas Keating, Henry Nouwen, and Thomas Merton.” (

Now, what do these men share in common? Fundamentally, in Merton’s “Contemplative Prayer” , man is predominated by his in-born personal Divinity which when he sins, yet remains “untouched by sin”. Merton “integrates” man, bodily and physically with Spirit-Divinity, but he does it so lightly that he actually sets man dualistically apart, because he holds up only man’s Divinity ( not both body and spirit together ) as supremely dominant! Merton's spiritualism is dualistic and non-dualistic at the very same moment.

Renovare’s Richard Foster states : "[I]n your imagination allow your spiritual body, shining with light, to rise out of your physical body. Look back so that you can see yourself lying in the grass and reassure your body that you will return momentarily ... Go deeper and deeper into outer space until there is nothing except the warm presence of the eternal Creator. Rest in His presence."1978 edition of Celebration of Discipline, pp. 26-27.” For Foster, what predominates ? Body alone ? Spirit alone? Or body and spirit together ? That which he alludes to that deserves the warm presence of God is only the spirit, when it should be the body in total Again, Foster is dualistic and non dualistic at the same time.

Pan ( meaning All ) -Holyisms ( pantheism and panentheism ) means God is One, God is All, not in the sense as the Bible would have it be understood. Their all inclusive ( pan ) “ God” is in everything and in everyman and hence the Person of God is completely spiritualized to the point that God is so pervasive as to be All-Essence.  When these “ spiritualization experts” should use a catchphrase like Jesus One, Jesus All, they use it in the context of their spiritualized realm. Hence close allies and associates of Foster like Father Richard Rohr can promote a form of non dual fully spiritualized Christianity which uses eastern meditation as their practice. Foster who recommends Merton as essential reading time and again, has no aversion that Merton “ sees no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity, and that Merton intends to be as good a Buddhist as he can “. Spiritualization is powerfully all-pervasive and can spill effortlessly from one religion into another !

Dear reader, is there a gulf between “Divinity" and " humanity” in Hinduism in their spiritualized meaning of “ God is One. God is All” ? There is no such gulf in Hinduism since its beginning nearly 4000 years ago, nor does a gulf exist in its derivative known as Buddhism !  The gulf in the west was bridged by Greek philosophy ( Plato ) as far as 2500 years ago. Please read

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Now the Emerging Church is merely extending and crossing the last small connecting “ bridge-let” to spiritualize unsuspecting Christians through its theology and use of catchphrases like “ Jesus One. Jesus All ”. Once this is accomplished, the east and west will be completely and homogeneously spiritualized. There is no need for the emergent church's false-gospel to evangelize the east as the east is already deeply predisposed to spiritualism both in their culture and in their various religion. In fact what appears to be actually happening is that the "Emerging Church" is evangelizing Christianity and then the end shall come.    

  • Father Richard Rohr conspires with "Jesus" loving Christians to be all inclusive without exception through non dual meditation/contemplation so that "everything belongs". The catchphrase of Jesus One Jesus All would be so apt for their event and movement.

  • Father Richard Rohr conspires with other Christians in unitive consciousness through contemplation so as not to differentiate between light/darkness, good/evil, in which state, we may well ask, " can they differentiate between Satan and God ?

  • Zephaniah speaks of "the day of the Lord" when Christians at the end of time are so settled ( like lees ie sediment ) in their perception that God does not differentiate between good and evil. Father Richard Rohr and the emergent church comes to mind

  • The same message is seen here in Malachi where end time Christians perceive God as delighting in those who do not differentiate between good and evil. The emergent church and their contemplative emphasis comes to mind.

The question then is what makes a real Christian ? Its obvious, the one who is one with Christ, Who sanctifies ! Heb 2:11 "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren". Sanctification is differentiating between good and evil in ones life with the power of Christ.