The idea of Twin Flames / Soul Mates / Other Half goes back to the Ancient Greeks…Twin flames is one of the most evil, most cunningly insidious beliefs in the newage movement (apart from their "ascension" belief which is like the rapture and Heavens Gate).
Twin flames is first off a superstition (it may have some kind of kabbalistic origin via Tzimtzum but I can't say) which states that you share a soul with another person and that you are meant to find that exact person who shares the other half of your soul and have a relationship with them. This means that even if you are already married (like what happens with a lot of women who start getting into newage stuff), then you divorce them in order to look for this 'twin flame'. It has a sociopathic element here.
How would they find this "twin flame"? well there is no rational, logic, objective or even practical explanation of this, the person who believes this newage idea simply just has an emotion and then associates it with this idea and then claims they've finally found it.
I cannot stress how much I despise everything newage, it literally destroys marriages and relationships.
Btw @Infinityloop - I liked your post but couldn’t “like” it as you appear to mix up the idea of taking 2 Thessalonians 2 seriously with the New Age.Twin flames is one of the most evil, most cunningly insidious beliefs in the newage movement (apart from their "ascension" belief which is like the rapture and Heavens Gate).
I think you miss my point in mentioning it.Btw @Infinityloop - I liked your post but couldn’t “like” it as you appear to mix up the idea of taking 2 Thessalonians 2 seriously with the New Age.
The principle of the Rapture (ie departure before a time of judgement) is certainly expressed by Paul, but is also woven into the OT - e.g.
Isaiah 26 (worth reading the context too btw)
20Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
God Willing something for you like a marriage or a child (both are inevitable anyway as God Wills everything, good and bad), is a completely different thing to the idea that you possess half of a soul and that you have to scrap reality for finding this other half of your soul.I don't see anything wrong with soulmates? Or people being bound by God's will?
Well, maybe not for today, yet it worked out well for a Japanese family I knew. The woman had a choice as for who she married. First guy seemed too perfect and too rich, like he'd treat her like a possession. Second guy had big ears and all she could think of was big eared children. Third guy was slightly late but brought her a snack. That's the one she picked.Arranged marriages? No sorry, that's just cruel.
A lot of (so called) Christians dump anything they do not understand and will not even try to understand into the "New Age" category. It's a loose term for anything spiritual that is not a religion per se. I agree though that the movements started by the likes of Blavatsky and Alice Bailey are more corrupt and wrong than what they claim to be, but let us not throw the baby out with the bathwater.There are plenty of them on youtube,
Pura Ras4, TeAl Swan, Hon3st Guys, Jas0n Stephenson, etc
along with healing, chakra
are those new age? How it supposed to work? Has anyone done them?
She got pretty lucky to be able to choose like that, to be honest..most arranged marriages aren't like this. Sadly, it's usually the women who suffer because they end up with someone abusive and nasty, and also become that man's slave in a sense. This is one of the main reasons I don't believe in it. We can't force people to love each other..I think getting to know each other first is good, and if it works out, we get married. So she definitely was lucky to choose in this situation cause it seems rather rare.Well, maybe not for today, yet it worked out well for a Japanese family I knew. The woman had a choice as for who she married. First guy seemed too perfect and too rich, like he'd treat her like a possession. Second guy had big ears and all she could think of was big eared children. Third guy was slightly late but brought her a snack. That's the one she picked.
I dunno, but with a 50% or higher divorce rate...looks like if people have soul mates that they're either too busy looking for them and leaving their spouse or they don't and leave their spouse anyway. Sometimes for legit reasons like adultery, abuse and/or addiction. It's unsexy, but I think it's 2 people on the same page willing to really commit. Those people seem rare these days.
You may have forgotten, but you made this great thread that sort of addresses this topic:This Twin soul's belief is not practical, and it seems idolatrous ( like worshiping another being).
Unfortunately, variations of it are available in the best literature, magazine posts, and movies.
Many people marry with the wrong mindset and ludicrous expectations.
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