The other day something reminded me of the popular 1993 book, The Celestine Prophecy (anyone remember that?). The Celestine Prophecy is a fiction book that discusses ideas rooted in New Age spirituality. The book sold 20 million copies and practically spawned its own cult-like religion, with groups popping up all over the country to study the insights and apply them to life.
I discovered this book when I was fresh out of high school and was enamored by it. The insights were exciting (“there’s a reason for every apparent coincidence!”) and it proposed interesting ideas about spiritually that seemed totally plausible to my young mind. I couldn’t stop talking about it. I told all my friends about it. I started paying attention to how the nine insights in the book applied to my life. I suddenly felt life was more meaningful.
Demons may not live the truth, but many times, they can understand it.
In C.S. Lewis’ classic book The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape, the mentor demon, writes to his protégé Wormwood, “When two humans have lived together for many years, it usually happens that each has tones of voice and expressions of face which are almost unendurably irritating to the other,”
For centuries, even the most brilliant minds mistakenly believed that children were little more than empty vessels that we needed to keep alive until we could begin to pour knowledge into their unformed minds. Since then we have made tremendous leaps and bounds in unlocking the unparalleled power and activity of children’s rapidly growing brains and minds.