Review: Eat, Pray, Love

Title: Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Summary

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy’s buffet of delights–the world’s best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners–Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. “I came to Italy pinched and thin,” she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise “betwixt and between” realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year’s cultural and emotional tapestry–conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor–as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression.

Positive Elements

Gilbert is particularly gifted in writing her descriptive narratives. Her description of the gourmet, geography and people of Italy peaked my interest as a potential place to visit. This part of the book will have you craving Italian food. In addition to her narratives, Ms. Gilbert also provides with readers with lots of factual and historical information about the places she visits.

Sexual Content

There is a sex scene in the end of the book between Ms. Gilbert and her “friend.” Its not particularly graphic though.

Violent Content

None

Profanity

A few words but not enough that I found it too offensive.

Drug Content

None

Conclusion

I had heard so many good things about this book. It had been on my reading list of a few months based on the positive reccomendations of others. However, I have never been more disappointed with a book than I was with Eat, Pray, Love. I disliked this book for so many reasons. Ms. Gilbert’s attitude toward life is much like the atttitude of the world today. She comes across as self-absorbed, narcisstic and childish in her pursuit of so called “enlightenment.” It is worthwhile to note that she recieved an advance on this book before the trip. So I wonder how much of the experiences and drama in the book were created and contrived by Ms. Gilbert for a better read. There were many statements and stories that Christians will find offensive. In the beginning of the book Ms. Gilbert states “Let me explain why I use the word God, when I could easily use the words Jehovah, Allah, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu or Zeus. Alternatively I could call God “that”. …………..God is the name that feels the most warm to me, so thats what I use (page 13). As Christians we know God is not any of those others. The God she references to in the rest of the book is not our Heavenly Father, although her so-called meditations and prayers would have you think otherwise.

In the second part of the book, Ms.Gilbert travels to India to study in an ashram under the teachings of a famous Indian guru. An ashram is a compound of like-minded people coming together to study and meditate. It is similar to a retreat. During one meditative session Gilbert describes it (p. 199) as ” being pulled through a wormhole of the Absolute , and in a rush I suddenly understood the working of the universe. I entered the void ……. The void was God , which means I was inside God.” Gilbert also quotes and Indian book that says ” People follow different paths, straight or crooked according to their temperment, depending on which one they consider best or most appropriate and all reach YOU (God).” This cherry picking of religion is advocated through out the book. We as Christians know that Jesus has said ” I am the way, the truth and the life. No one gets to the father but through me.” John 14:6. I have found that most of the world is always on the search for something beyond ourselves. People are willing to look everywhere but to God to fill that empty void. I am willing to bet the Ms. Gilbert’s new found happiness is temporary and that without knowledge of the on true God she will always have an empty void.

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46 Comments »

  1. Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

    Jennifer Lancey

  2. lisamm said

    I haven’t quite finished the book yet, but I also had a problem with that part (p. 199).

  3. Brooke said

    I think that this review is a little extreme. One isn’t to take so literally everything written in this book. Religion is always a difficult thing to write about and I think that Elizabeth Gilbert did a pretty good job in describing to the reader what she was talking about and why her feelings and thoughts were what they were. I am Christian and, yes, I can see why some of that might be offensive…if you LET it be so. The whole point is not to be offended by it but uplifted by it. Yes, she has quite a bad attitude, can you say you’ve never had a hard time with something and perhaps handled it badly? Perhaps she is being more honest with her thought and feelings than most would be. I applaud that, especially assuming that she is being honest. I also applaud the fact that she found the balance needed at the time.

    • Sara said

      We are to guard our hearts and our minds. As the Bible says, Whatever is pure, what ever is good, whatever is holy think/dwell/meditate on such things. For the time that you read reading a book that is filled with “worldly truths” how much of that time did you read in the Truth of God?

      Christian means Christ-Like, to emulate Christ. You can applaud this woman for being honest in her own, worldly way and that is your right and your choice. But this woman’s truths strictly conflict against the True Words of God.

      From one Christan woman to another, do not let your compassion and understanding (which are -good- things and gifts from God) to blur what God says to be True and what a woman who is -of- the world says.

      • Jodi said

        I completley agree, I think the problem today is that to many Christians are walking in blind faith and do not really even know God’s word. God is very clear that no man shall come to him Except through Jesus his son.it also says in Isaiah 43:10 – “you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord”and my servants whom I have chosen,so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed,nor will there be one after me.” Sadly even some churches are now teaching that if you believe in Jesus then he is the way but if you believe in another God then that is the way for you and that all roads lead to God. This is so clearly false teaching. nowhere in the Bible does it say this. but instead it strictly speaks against it. It says in exodus 20:2 aswell as in Deuteronomy 5:7- ” You shall have no other Gods before me.”

    • Karen said

      I am a Christian

    • natnlivie said

      I totally agree with our review and as for those who tell us that we are only supposed to pick out the good for it – it reminds me of something I have heard a couple of different people say when explaining why they make decisions to watch, listen or read certian material that contains offensive content. If we made you a batch of brownies with just a little poop in it would you still eat it. There really should be a problem because after all it is just a little bit, you can just remember think of the good part of it right?

  4. R said

    Totally agree with your review

  5. Darlene in Tennessee said

    I have only recently been exposed to the book, Eat, Pray, Love. I listened to(most of) it while commuting to work.

    I was extremely sad for the author as I listened to the last few chapters. The sentiments were well written and heart felt I’m sure, but very far off base. I fear as you do that her relief will be short lived. She seems to think that she is God and that her own divinity has saved her. Her own strength will not carry her far. I pray that when her strength fails, and it will, that she will find her true peace in finding Jesus Christ. Her journey to know God will truly begin.

  6. Lorie said

    Why does it matter to the reviewer that Elizabeth Gilbert was able to receive an advance on the book. I was pleased to discover that she was able to receive an advance so that she could spend a year in spiritual retreat. How wonderful that she decided to selflessly spent a portion of that time in spiritual practice and volunteer. What greater service is there then spending time on mediation, prayer and volunteer work? Not only did she spend time in service to others but also selflessly offered her story. I myself am on a path of spiritual discover and work. Jesus is my guide however I have been extremely fortunate to have studied and compared various religions and traditions. What does it matter the name that you call god? and if jesus were to come here tomorow would you recognize him? Jesus is beyond any religious/ form or name. If you expect Jesus to be exclusive to christianity or any religion than you are wrong. ( he certaintly did not adhire to organized religion last time he was here)

    Many people that have spent time in deep meditative retreats are often wary to share their experiences as they can be misinterpreted. It is a deeply personal experience.
    ” Judge not, least you be judged”.

    ” the kingdom of heaven is within”

    I strongly encourage you to discover your own spiritual path and also to be open to the experiences of others. TOO many wars have occurred as a result of religion. Jesus is beyond religion.

    • Anonymous said

      Lori,
      It’s a book review, not a “judgment”. lol

    • Sara said

      Have you read the Bible and the Jesus that is spoken of in there?

      He is not partial to “Christians” he is partial to those who “believe in their hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord, then you are saved”

      I applaud you that you use Jesus as your “guideline” as you search for your own beliefs. But in order to use Jesus as the “guideline” you have to -know- the Jesus of the Bible. The way the world perceives Jesus is the -wrong- Jesus and they severely lack the true understanding of WHO Jesus is (I say IS because He still lives in heaven beside God).

      • Jodi said

        thank you and Amen!

  7. Charity said

    Lorie,
    I appreciate that you took the time to comment on my review. As a Christian you must believe the Bible to be 100% true or it is 100 % false. This is what my response is based on. There are several points that we can agree on:

    1) Too many wars have been fought over religion. I think religion in of itself as gotten way too legalistic and led to many God-fearing Christians to fight among themselves. Jesus is above religion. He offers us His grace and mercy and forgiveness in hopes of obtaining a personal relationship with Him. Many Christian denominations have gotten tightly wrapped in their laws and proceed to become very insular.

    2) There are many names for God. According to the Bible: LORD, I Am, The Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, Creator, King, Jehovah, etc. Muslims do not believe that Jesus Christ in the incarnate Son of God (which is the basic tenet of Christianity). They believe him to be a prophet. Therefore a Christian could would not call God, Allah, and being talking about the same God. Hindus worship 3 distinct gods, which are in the form of statues. Jesus’ role in their beliefs is also that of a great prophet. Again not the same god Christians worship. Jesus as Christians know him to be is exclusive to Christianity. If I thought he was just a good teacher and prophet I couldn’t call myself a Christian

    Matthew 7:12, “Judge not, or you too will be judged in the same way you judge others, you will be judged. And with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” In this verse the author is telling us believers to be careful in judging the sins of others because the judgment will be turned on to us. We should not give occasion or grounds to those who attack us. As Christians we should remove the sin of our own lives (and as every Christian knows this is a daily struggle). The Bible does in fact command us to judge with righteous judgment. (John 7:24). We are to speak out against that which God already condemns.We all judge in life. We judge character of people in friendships, who we marry, in playmates for our children.

    Luke 17:20-21, ” Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say,”Here it is, or There it is.” because the kingdom of God is within you.
    In the many other versions such as the NKJV the word “within” is also translated as “among”. I believe that in answering the Pharisee’s question Jesus was telling them that the kingdom of God was right in front of them. (literally meaning Jesus himself.) It isn’t something you have to search for. Jesus is as accesible to us today as he was to the people 4,000 years ago. The kingdom of God is in all of us who profess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and believe that he was crucified, rose again 3 days later and lives forever. It is that easy.
    Every one has to take their own journey to finding God. Some are fortunate to grown up in Christian families, some find Him in the midst of trials and some simply seek Him to fill an empty space within themselves.

    Matthew 7:13-14 says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
    I so sincerley hope that you find what you are looking for on your spiritual journey. Again thank you for your comments. They did encourage me look deeper.
    Charity

    • Sara said

      So well put!

    • Jodi said

      that say it vary well.

    • How can the bible be 100% correct when it contradicts itself? Even the first story (the one about Creation) is told several times, with different details. Was Eve made from Adam’s rib, from half of him, or independently? And don’t give me some philosophical nonsense about “interpretation” to explain it away. If that’s the case, then we should be free to interpret things as meaning whatever we want…even the OPPOSITE of what it says.

      Seems obvious to me, and anyone who actually uses critical thinking, that this book is like all the other religious texts. It was written by human beings who were trying to make sense out of a world they didn’t understand. They got a few things right, but a LOT wrong (e.g., the bible tells you HOW to own slaves, but it doesn’t tell you that it’s WRONG to own them…that’s a pretty simple test of its veracity). There’s nothing in there that people of that age wouldn’t have already known. No DNA explanation. No “big bang” details. No startling revelations about penicillin or vaccines. Nothing useful except the rather obvious stuff. And there’s plenty about killing foreigners, incest (look up Lott, and read beyond the pillar of salt stuff…shocking!), homophobia, subjugation of women, etc.

      I sometimes wonder whether any Christians have actually READ their bible.

      • Lisa said

        Bayareadude-

        You made a lot of good points in this comment- very challenging and thought-provoking, and that’s always a good thing.

        I’m wondering- how exactly do you make the leap that “interpretation” must mean that we can interpret the Bible however we want? I’m not sure I understand that. I believe that we are meant to interpret the Bible with a correct understanding of its literary, historical and contextual setting. That means there are “wrong” interpretations- because if you don’t take any of those things into account, you will misunderstand the text.

        Also, I do think it’s important to note that not everything in the Bible (in fact, a fair amount of the narrative portions of the Bible) are *descriptive* rather than *prescriptive.* They tell us what happened and why, but are not meant to tell us that this is how we should be living. I’m not sure if you were saying that or not, but I felt it important to note.

        Finally, I have to respectfully disagree with you that the Bible shares nothing new. Although it may not give scientific cures or specific technical details of the creation of the universe, the Bible shares that we are saved by God’s grace through no effort of our own (Ephesians 2,) and that we can do nothing to earn or change his love for us. This is completely counter to the previous understandings of religion in history. Also, the Bible teaches us to love and forgive our enemies. That’s not “obvious” to me, honestly- I’d be more likely to stay angry and seek revenge!

        I’m not trying to persuade you to change your views- I just really enjoy lively discussion on topics like this. I hope that’s okay!

  8. followeroftheway1 said

    Great review and even better response. Yet another serving of New Age theology from Mrs. Oprah.

  9. Emmitt Langley said

    I haven’t read the book, but was thinking about buying it for my wife. When I saw that it was getting a LOT of play on CNN and that Oprah had recommended it, I knew something was up.

    Thanks for the review and the warning!

  10. Lisa Marie said

    I appreciated this review- I am actually in the middle of reading “Eat, Pray, Love” right now and have very similar sentiments about it. I actually chose to read it because I wanted to get the whole story before I read Gilbert’s new book “Committed”- I was pleasantly surprised when she released that book and it has finally got me to read her writing. Who ever would have thought that the Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love would release a book about marriage next??

  11. Jill said

    I seem to think that this book was written very well. However, I also think that Liz seems to be looking in all the wrong places on her journey to coming to peace with herself and with God. She depends too much on the people around her. When she is alone, she depends on David or her ex-huband or any other guy, for that matter, to come and be with her. When she is unsure of spirituality, she allows a guru to literally tell her what to do. Other than that, the book was fantastic.

  12. Kathy said

    I am in the middle of this story and I love it! I just finished her trip to Italy and started the one to India. As a Christian I don’t agree with her views of God but I totally understand her truly search for God, that is how I started my spiritual path experiencing many faiths because I had that “void and depression” caused by my divorce. After 10 years I finally found the only and true God the one who healed me and show me all the love I could ever imagine, I became Christian but I started like her with yoga…and the new age philosophies. So don’t judge her , instead pray for her so she can find that peace that traspasses all knowledge the peace that only Jesus can bring.

  13. Becca said

    I personally didn’t agree with all the author had to say, especially about the different paths to God and heaven which obviously was completely off the mark. However, this book did bring me to see MY God in a different way. I personally felt that God was very distant and uncaring and yet when I read this book I realized how far off the mark I really was. This book lead me to really understand how close God really is and how compassionate and loving He is. I realize that not everything she said was true, morally right, or lined up with the Christian core beliefs however, if I took a step back, realized it was simply a book, and took away the parts from it that could benefit me, I overall really enjoyed it. I think one has to read it critically but yet apply it to one’s own life and understand how forgiving and loving our Father really is. That may not be the message that she was trying to send however thats what I recieved and I feel blessed to have had such a positive message sent to me from such a secular book.

  14. Laura said

    Thank you for the thorough review. I agree. The title including the word “pray” leads us to believe this is a Christian, “good” book. As you mentioned, it is also popular in both sales and book clubs. Clearly, the book isn’t about praying to God at any point; conversely, it actually encourages other false religion – it does. I get frustrated as a parent of teens to see how Hollywood (yes, this will be a huge movie especially with Julia Roberts appearing to be the girl next door so many look up to), television, and books continue to consciously push a liberal agenda that is both so spiritually and emotionally unhealthy -thanks for having the backbone to tell it like it is!

  15. Tammy said

    Charity,
    Praise God, well done! His Word does not come back void. Thanks for doing a thorough job so I could discern the value of this book in my life and the young girls I come in contact with.
    Lorie,
    it’s great to quote verses, I will pray for you and the author and encourage you to look verses up in context and to accept all of God’s inspired Word.
    Becca,
    It is good that you got something out of the book, and sift it with God’s word. I on the other struggle with getting tangles in the fantasy, so the review and your comment will help me set my mind to only read or watch the movie if my heart is in a safe place. Thanks!

  16. Catt said

    Clearly most of the people on here did not read this book with an open mind or heart, nor have gone through the struggles that Liz had felt. I myself was touched by this story. I am a Christian, but I don’t close my mind or heart up to the world and other peoples opinions on religion or God.

    I feel for Liz because I’ve been struggling with depression for 8 years now (I see most of you fail to mention that Liz was suffering in your comments). I can say honestly if a person doesn’t know God, and Liz said herself she didn’t, when your in the pit of darkness you reach out to the first ray of light that shines on you. And that’s what she did.

    So, my point is this: a person bravely sought out enlightenment, but didn’t exactly find the God you all find right… so she’s being talked down and in need of prayer because she did something for herself?!

    Aren’t we all supposed to be Christians here? And didn’t Jesus himself dine with the flith of the land? Did he judge?

    God is Love. And I as a Christian don’t believe He is limited to certain ways of thinking, feeling, and believing.

    Our God is Awesome.

    • Mariasan said

      I have to agree with Catt for the most part. I don’t think that Jesus is limited but I do think that he has clearly defined the path that we as Christians are to take. I don’t think the author should be judged. Perhaps she has not reached her final destination and maybe God will lead her onto the true path soon. I think she does need our prayers. All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Perhaps his purpose is that all should be saved. I don’t know about you but I’ll pray for her.

  17. lorilynne said

    IT WAS TERRIBLE!!!!!! 2.5 HOUR OF AWFUL. So contrary to the Word of God it makes you sick. Theater packed full brainwashing people to ‘let’s just accept her spiritual path’ even if it’s an Indian Female Guru whom she chants too. Stupid off the chart. Plus it is just flat BORING. The best thing about it was her last love was seriously cute, and that wasn’t even worth enduring 2.5 hours of STUPIDITY. Screwed my opinion up of Julia “Roberts..used to think she was great…now..not so much. ICK I was exhausted after watching.

  18. Susan said

    I totally agree with your review! We need to praying for this author and the millions of people who will desire to follow her “teachings”. They are so misleading. Thanks for your posts!

  19. lianne said

    It saddens me that Christians are so narrow minded and so darn sure that their way is the only way to God. God is all loving, all compassionate, and most importantly, all inclusive. God would never do anything but love and accept all his children. I think that he is far less judgemental and short sighted.
    May God’s blessings touch each and every soul on this earth, regardless of what their religious beliefs may be.

    • Christina said

      It is not Christians who say that it is the only way, it is God through his very word the Holy Bible. Christians believe the Bible to be true and therefore are darn sure that it is the only way. What saddens Christians is that so many are deceived by the New Age philosophy re-wrapping the old lie that we can be God ourselves. Do not confuse God’s love with tolerance for disobedience.

  20. Me Too said

    Charity and Tammy: Wow, you are such wonderful grace growers. Thanks for the opportunity to let me breeze by your insults.
    Lorie and Becca: You are wonderful for seeing the grace in something good. Thank you for your open opinions, please know that some people including myself, agree with you. At trying times like you were just put to the test by being mocked, I pray for strength for you. We three can pray for Charity and Tammy, that they learn the true meaning of unconditional love :

  21. Charity said

    MeToo: I am confused. Please direct me to my words where I insulted anyone. It is not my intention to do so. I backed everything I said with scripture.The purpose of this blog and the other reviews on it are to review a book through a biblical view. What I read in this book does not line up with what the Bible tells us. I always welcome differing opinions.

  22. Jen said

    Question to those who were outraged at this book: Why is it so deeply offensive that someone (the author of this book) has found a different path to inner peace than your own? If you only read books and watch movies that reaffirm your existing beliefs, you close yourself off from spiritual and personal growth.

    The problem with being open minded is you can’t choose how you are affected. You might allow a book or movie to change your thoughts on God and life, it could take you to places where you feel unsure and uncomfortable. Any faith that requires the censoring of new thought is not faith at all, it is based out of fear.

    Charity–

    “If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.” — Deuteronomy 22:28-29

    As the above passage illustrates, I could quote the bible to defend stoning blasphemers to death or forcing rape victims to marry their attackers, the old testament is brimming with examples of misogyny, child abuse and murder. You say as a Christian you either believe the bible is 100% true or 100% false. How do you respond to these brutal passages? I think Lorie’s point was that bible can be used to justify religious wars if taken literally or “100% true” in your words.
    The reality is that the bible is full of contradictions and there is no easy answer.

  23. lianne said

    Personally, I can’t wait till I get to heaven on MY spiritual path, and see all those who were so convinced that THEIR narrow, non-inclusive path is the only way to get there. Live in love, peace, charity, and goodness, and you will get there, no matter what others may say. God is love. God loves unconditionally.

    • Christina said

      What you say is true but what of the people living in hate, greed, cruelty, and selfishness? Do you think God will allow an evil and unrepentant heart into heaven? Christians attempt to spread the Gospel, as instructed by Jesus Christ, to save the wicked by convincing them to repent, turn away from evil and toward God. Meditation and seeking personal enlightenment has nothing to do with reaching the unsaved. If you are truly living in love and charity you will try to reach out to those who are not. That is the difference between a Christian and a Pagan.

  24. Kaylie said

    I’m only a seventeen and I recently read the book. Although some may argue that I’m too young to read a book, which is apparently controversial, I beg to differ. I think that by reading this book I have gained a solid opinion on some things and serious doubts and confusion on others. I believe in God wholeheartedly, but this book makes me wonder if it is fair to call myself a “Christian”. Some of the things mentioned in the book I have never even thought of before, but strangely I seem to be in agreement with most, although not all, of them. I believe that having a relationship with God on a personal level is vitally essential. I do not believe that Christianity is the ONLY way to attain a relationship with God.

  25. Bethany said

    Like Kaylie, I am also younger than I assume the average commenters on here are (i’m 19). I feel like as a whole the younger generations are more accepting and open minded towards other religions and walks of faith (I’m not saying everyone is like this, for I know people that are in complete disagreement with what i’m saying). I think it’s important that when reading this work we do not judge Liz based on her way to her god or her beliefs. Just because they are different than the path we have chosen does not make them wrong or incorrect, it just makes them different. That’s the beauty of religion. We all have this amazing relationship with someone we know to be Devine. If Jesus was to show up today on earth, would we Christians recognize him? This is a man (well, more than a man) that walked among 12 other men that were not men of high power. They were fishermen, tax collectors… Jesus himself was a carpenter.

    In Sunday School I’m sure we were all taught the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I think this is something that we should all keep in mind. I’m sure nobody here wants people to argue about whether or not we’re Christians or have found the “right” path to God, so why are we doing it to others?

    If you look at the teachings of most religions (i say “most” because I am no expert on ALL religions), they teach the same values: love, forgiveness, honesty… all good qualities we aim to possess as people. Looking at the Abrahamic faiths are not all of these present? One might argue that Islam does not possess these, but look again. Christianity is more closely related than the majority of people realize. I know this book does not talk about Islam, but I feel it’s necessary for us to recognize that although there are differences in religions they do share mainly the same message: love, love, love.

    Jesus was accepting of all people. Sinners, tax collectors, lepers… everyone was invited to dine at His table. Let us not be too quick to judge Liz and her path to peace unless we would like to have ours examined by others as well. I’m sure believers of other faiths would have just as much to say about Christianity as we have to say about their faith.

    • lianne said

      Kailey and Bethany, for two so young, you are both wise beyond your years, and some of us could certainly take a page from your book of life. Beautifully written, well thought out, well rounded. Congratulations for speaking up!

  26. Rebecca said

    Actually, there’s nothing wrong with calling God Jehovah or Allah. Both of those terms literally mean God…just in other languages. Is an Arabic Christian not praying to the same God just because they don’t speak English and instead say “Allah?” And Jehovah is hebrew.

    Yes, Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma are Hindu deities. And Zeus is obviously a mythological Olympian. However, I just wanted to make sure others knew that God is not limited to the English language. He has many names in many languages.

    • Lianne Howard said

      Rebecca, see my post just above yours, and please include yourself in my comments. You and Kailey and Bethany embody the meaning of the word Christian, you are compassionate, loving and tolerant, as, I believe, Jesus was. This is how a true Christian should behave. I was brought to tears today, hearing of how a group of Christians surrounded a group of Muslims during the riots in Egypt, so they could pray in peace. We should all pay attention and try to embody the virtue of tolerance. Thank you for speaking up.

  27. Kouljessica said

    I am an CHRISTian and I know I still struggle with my own personal flaws but I disagree with every one who says they are spiritual I came close accepting this Ideal because it made me feel as if it would set the world in the right direction to find God I was getting ready to study this new ideal but than I thought of Matthew 7:14 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. So that caused me to think twice about the many paths to God I also looked at John 14 I could not post it all but one thing Jesus clearly say …”I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father(God) except through me. If you really knew me you would know my father”….. and by the way I am 22 years old.

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