Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hu Are You?

An objection that often comes up when sharing the gospel is there are many religions in the world. One I’ve seen advertisements for is Eckankar, a Minnesota-based group that labels itself the “Religion of the Light and Sound of God.” Literature put out by ECKists claim: “Singing ‘Hu’ (pronounced “hue”) draws us closer to God.” I was skeptical of this and decided to do some online research. 

According to Wikipedia, Hu is Arabic for the English pronoun “He.” In Sufism (a mystical form of Islam), Hu or Huwa is a pronoun used with Allah. So “Allah Hu” means "God, just He” or “God Himself.” Eckankar’s current leader Harold Klemp professes Hu is a “...word people anywhere can use to address the Originator of Life.” He also declares, “Jesus stands out so prominently and so brightly because he loved God back equally...true Masters all have love for God.” Jesus is not one of many masters but “...the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)

Eckankar’s web site states, “Regardless of your beliefs or religion, you can sing HU to become happier and more secure in God's love.” Scripture says otherwise. In Matthew 15:21-28, Jesus didn’t respond to the Canaanite woman crying out to Him until she humbled herself and worshipped Him. John 9:31 says, Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”

You can sing “Hu” or any other mantra until you’re blue in the face but that won’t connect you with the true living God nor will it give you eternal life. That can only happen by knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” - Acts 4:12

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