Joel, however, is smarter than the average new age guru. He has figured out that all this "new age" stuff is scary and goes against the grain. The God of the Old Testament and most religions would tar and feather him for what he is preaching, and Joel is no fool. So he has his audience HOLD UP THE BIBLE, like you really mean it, and they start by chanting about the Bible. Then he throws in a fair amount of "stories" he has gleaned from the Bible (with ancient names of people like Ruth and Noah and Abraham) to prove all his "new age" points. And, for the most part, none of his audience is the wiser. They think he is a Bible-thumping evangelist, while the whole time Joel Osteen is a leading "new thought" guru. They think he is "old school," all the while Joel is introducing them to "new school." They think he is a "pastor" when all the while Joel is a leader to a new way of thinking, a new world.
Yes, Joel Osteen is simply a New Age Guru running around in a Biblical overcoat. He makes "new thought" ideas more acceptable, more palatable. And my hat is off to him for that. You go, Joel. That is what I am hoping my novels will help do, as well. Make "new thought" ideas more palatable, so those who have been so restricted and restrained by old world religion from 2,000 years ago can start thinking for themselves. Start asking questions. Start doing research. Start wondering if there may be a better way to look at things, a better way to live in this world, a better concept of the divine.