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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

There couldn't possibly be just one way to God -- Oprah Winfrey


  • One of the mistakes that human beings make is believing that there is only one way to live.

  • I'm a free-thinking Christian who believes in my way, but I don't believe it's the only way, with 6 billion people on the planet.

-- Oprah Winfrey


USA, July 9, 2008 (RNS): [HPI note: American TV start Oprah Winfrey has been under scutiny by her fellow Christians for embracing new and unorthodox views. Hindus may find her personal finds quite familiar.] Oprah Winfrey has become a catalyst for conservative Christians questioning and criticizing her spiritual beliefs. Some evangelical Christians have voiced alarm that Winfrey is introducing the 46 million viewers who watch her each week to nontraditional spirituality.

One of Winfrey's quotes highlighted in the story is her belief that "there couldn't possibly be just one way" to God. "One of the mistakes that human beings make is believing that there is only one way to live," Winfrey said. A spokesman for Winfrey's Harpo Productions said the celebrity is a Christian. "Oprah is a Christian and she believes in only one God," said the spokesman. "Oprah has also said, 'I'm a free-thinking Christian who believes in my way, but I don't believe it's the only way, with 6 billion people on the planet.'" The spokesman noted Winfrey is hardly alone; 70 percent of Americans said "many religions can lead to eternal life" in a recent survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

There is a YouTube video produced by those who oppose her views, called "The Church of Oprah." It can be seen at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4LLwkgmqA

Oprah's "May Paths To God" Controversy

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2008/7/7.shtml#3

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