The co-star of one of the most popular musicals of all time, Grease, lost her 30-year-long battle to breast cancer this morning.
What were her beliefs? Not much is known specifically, but it appears that she was quite spiritual and a student of many religions.
According to the HollowVerse website “she doesn’t identify with anything–or everything depending on how you look at it. Normally reputable sites claim that she’s a Christian, and that very well could be true, but it seems more that she’s multi-religious, or meta-religious. She has expressed an interest in aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism, but seems to claim neither as a whole.
In an interview with Catholic News she said, “I believe that all human beings are connected, like pearls on a chain. We have in common the search for peace, love and compassion. It is my hope that we can accept and respect each other’s [religious] traditions, no matter what our personal beliefs. This is my intention – to make music that helps to heal the heart and connect us to each other.
“Nature is my church,” she has stated, which belies a hint of pantheism.
She was active in politics, particularly when it came to gay marriage saying, “With respect to marriage equality I believe that no one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment. Love is love.”
Jesus declared, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” It doesn’t appear that she acknowledges Him at all, must less Christian morality.
In an interview with The Daily Mail Australia published August 8, Newton-John said she prayed the Lord’s Prayer every day when she thought her daughter was going to die. As awesome as that prayer is, it won’t save you by reciting it, unless you have submitted your entire life to “Our Father, who is in Heaven.”
Further in the interview she made her New Age beliefs more clear: “Olivia also shared her thoughts on death and faith, saying she believed there was something out there after you die.”
‘I feel we are all part of one thing, I have had experiences with spirits or spirit life and felt the spirit world and have heard things, that I believe there is something that happens.’
“Olivia said she thought there was ‘energy’ and a life of some sort after death.
‘It’s almost like we are parts of the same computer, and we go back to the main battery. I don’t have a definite definition of what it is,’ she explained. ‘I think there is a great knowingness out there; we become part of it. I hope that the energies of the people you love will be there… I think all the love will be there… I’m sort of looking forward to that, not now, but when it happens,’ she added with a laugh.’”
Her beliefs are not exactly a ringing endorsement of Jesus, who said that he is the way and the truth and the life. There is no other name under Heaven given to man by which we must be saved.
As much as we may love and appreciate a celebrity, Christians must be careful to not give a pass to anyone who is not known for their outspoken Christianity by saying that they are automatically in Heaven.
When we water down the Gospel, we take away the agony of the cross and the very demands Jesus makes on those who would follow him: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
It’s really not such a big question if someone has eternal life when they have not openly named Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Sadly, it appears that He was not Newton-John’s.
“A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star An everlasting world and you’re here with me, eternally.”
–From her song “Xanadu”
***Is David Bowie in Heaven? Find out here: https://stonethepreacher.com/david-bowie-and-eternity/