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Tony Blair - a man to watch

From Prime Minister to multi-faith champion; since leaving office at Downing Street, Tony Blair has leapt onto the global religious stage with his Tony Blair Faith Foundation. If Prince Charles aims to be a multi-faith monarch, then TB would fit comfortably alongside.
 

by Watchman

Tony Blair


Far from fading from view, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is working assiduously to enhance his credentials in the inter-faith and Muslim world.
The road he has travelled since his university days have included strong spiritual inputs from a variety of sources. And whilst raised within the (Protestant) Anglican Church he has now "converted" to Roman Catholicism and has had a personal audience with the Pope.

This latest development - contrary to  Alastair Campbell's assertion that 'We don't do God' -  follows on from reports of a copy of the Koran being his 'bedtime  reading', and his admission since leaving office that the spiritual life is of great importance to him.

It has been reported that he plans to launch an international interfaith foundation this year on the back of consultations with the office of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and representatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A newspaper report reads: 'The Muslim Council of Britain has also given its support, as has Labour supporting Jewish business leader Sir Sigmund Sternberg.'

And to this he will be well able to bring his interest and involvement in "new age" spiritualities (see below).

Aside from his spiritual adventures he has carved a role for himself, and seeking to be seen as "honest broker" in the Middle East peace process; this as part of 'The Office of Tony Blair'.

Putting the various pieces together Mr. Blair stands at the intersection of the major world religions and their geo-political junctures. Political and religious ecumenism has found itself a new champion.

 
Who knows how it will all pan out, but the man who could bring a prospect of peace to a much-troubled international scene whilst uniting the monotheistic religions of the world in the process could find himself being welcomed with open arms by the general public, politicians and religionists alike.

Let's hope that Christian leaders know their Bibles, and understand where all this could be heading...


 
Watch this space.
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Tony Blair and wife Cherie perform chant ritual to lizards/pyramid In Mexico

by Lorne Gunter of The Edmonton Journal
January 2002

In August 2001, during a family holiday on the Mexican Riviera, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, went through a "rebirthing ritual." According to a report in the Dec. 15 edition of the Times of London, the Blairs stayed at the very swanky Maroma Hotel near Cancun, where rooms fetch as much as CAN$1,800 a night. While there, they underwent the hybrid New Age/Mayan ceremony.

Dressed only in bathing suits, Britain's first couple stood outside a brick pyramid on the hotel's grounds and bowed toward each point of the compass while chanting to each of the four winds. The spiritual leader of the ceremony encouraged them "to feel at one with Mother Earth," the Times reported, and to "experience inner feelings and visions."

The Blairs then moved around the outside of the pyramid, one façade at a time, praying first to the Mayan symbols of the sun and baby lizards, signifying spring and childhood. They then prayed to another wall, on which a bird was painted, representing adolescence, summer and freedom. On a third was a crab for maturity and autumn, and finally a serpent for winter and transformation.

Moving inside, Tony and Cherie immersed themselves in the herb-infused mist of a Mayan steam bath to sweat the physical and spiritual impurities from their bodies and to "balance their energy flow." Mayan holy songs were incanted as they meditated and attempted to conjure up visions of animals in the steamy air. The celebrant explained the meaning of each of their hallucinations. Before emerging from the pyramid, the Blairs were instructed to give voice to their hopes and fears (they said a prayer for world peace), and then undergo a "rebirth." This involved smearing one another with papaya and watermelon, then with mud from the Mayan jungle outside, the Times explained.

Finally, while exiting the womb-door of the pyramid, "the Blairs were told to scream out loud to signify the pain" of birth. They then walked hand-in-hand to the beach for a dip in the Caribbean. I'm sorry. I know we live in a non-judgmental age in which no one's spiritual practices and beliefs are to be pronounced better or worse than those of any other (more on this in a minute), but this is just downright flaky. It is not just the antithesis of Christianity, but antipodal to the beliefs of all the world's major monotheistic religions, Judaism and Islam as well.

It's just kooky. Any visions or spiritual ecstasy the Blairs experienced were psychosomatic, created by their own brains from their imaginations because of their need to say they saw something. Mrs. Blair is said to be a devotee of all sorts of similar (and similarly goofy) alternative therapies and spiritualisms. She is said to wear a "bio-electric shield" pendant filled with "magic crystals" to absorb the negative radiation of cellphones and computer terminals. She studies with a New Age guru and officially opened a holistic medical centre in November.

Stockwell Day was deemed too dangerous to govern Canada by virtue of his fundamentalist Christian beliefs; why then is it any different to wonder if Tony Blair is too dangerous to govern Britain by virtue of his New Age spirituality?

 

Watchman, 08/01/2008


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(Guest) 23/04/2014 23:32
Yeah and just the same as Justin Welby et al
John Miller 24/04/2014 09:18
Definition of a Christian, an interesting point.
(Guest) 24/04/2014 12:23
For those aspiring to 'see' the kingdom of Heaven - a 'seriously' interesting point.
John Miller 26/04/2014 09:44
In my understanding a Christian is a person who has received Christ as Saviour by repentance and faith. Both are God's gifts through His grace. Such a person is then in an eternal relationship with Jesus, having been born again by God's Holy Spirit's indwelling presence & power.
(Guest) 26/04/2014 22:18
Your understanding needs a little 'adjustment' It is more accurate to define a Christian as one who has been graciously and eternally predestined by God (before the beginning of time) to receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
This definition is more scripturally acccurate and, when you consider the true definition of eternal life as being 'without beginning and without end' - then it makes sense - does it not?

John Miller 28/04/2014 10:40
Guest, I have no difficulty with predestination. It is scriptural therefore it is God's inerrant truth. I believe that my understanding of that was covered in my second sentence.

Respectfully I would comment that I am more comfortable in any discussion with someone who reveals his/her identity.

Every blessing.
(Guest) 28/04/2014 14:57
John M
I didn't pre-suppose that you did have a problem with predestination but, in light of the fact that there are so many, many false gospels circulating christendom, I thought it prudent to underline the truth which is that humankind do not, on their own 'unrighteous' initiative 'receive' Christ, but it is Christ who, on His righteous initiative, elects some to receive Him.
As for yor comment that you would be more comfortable knowing my identity:
What's in an name?
How many John Millers are there in the world?
Is it not more important to discern whether or not a person's identity is to be found in eternal union with Christ?
John Ferguson (Guest) 28/04/2014 16:30
Guest,I think your theology needs al little adjustment if I find myself in hell as unsaved it will be because I refused to obey Gods command to repent and put my faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross for my sins that is my responsibility
(Guest) 28/04/2014 20:16
No JF, if you find yourself rejected by God it will be nothing of your own will, choosing or doing:
O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps. Jeremiah 10/23 (Amplified)
No JF, if you find yourself rejected by God, it will be because you were not eternally predestined by God to be brought, via a sojorn here on earth, to a complete fulness of eternal life - in 'reconciliation' with Christ.
If we are 'born again' while here on earth, then it is through Christ's eternal will and initiative, as confirmed in the following scripture:
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1/12-13.

John Miller 29/04/2014 09:46
"Guest" many contribute to these discussions with various opinions about the meaning, interpretation and application of a variety of theological points under the name "Guest". In all the forums and threads of discussion, as far as I know", I am the only John Miller. If you care to register as a member you can find out more about me. I have nothing to hide and no reason to cloak my identity. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to stand on my convictions, so there is no possibility for any interested person from confusing me with the multiplicity of those who share my name.

Personally I consider it only courteous to make myself known in an open and frank way to anyone with whom I share my Christian faith whether verbally or in written discussion.

Predestination is God's business. It is a mystery beyond human understanding but must be accepted as truth by every born again believer in Jesus Christ. Man's responsibility is also incontrovertible and a multitude of scriptures affirm this aspect of the salvation that God offers His creature man. I suggest that you give time in your studies to search this out.
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