Barbel Mohr was a best-selling German author who wrote the book The Cosmic Ordering Service: A Guide to Realizing your Dreams which sold more than a million copies. This is the book made famous by television presenter Noel Edmonds’s admission that he used it to get his deepest longings fulfilled. Mohr advises us to pray to the universe and even to ask the universe to fulfil all our longings – just by placing an order with the universe. This is sometimes referred to as ‘manifesting’. Mohr claims that she has used this cosmic ordering service to gain her ideal job, her perfect man, cash and even a castle to live in. Big Brother winner Brian Belo claimed that cosmic ordering helped him to win the 2007 show. Barbel Mohr died of cancer in 2010.
Barbel Mohr’s faith in the cosmic ordering service is a mystical faith that nurtures a self-centred consumerism. Notice that biblical teaching about sin and the need for repentance are strikingly absent in this New Age faith. You don’t need Jesus! You just need to trust in the universe and all your dreams will come true. This is how she prays to the universe: “Dear universe, I cannot find my glasses; please, drop a hint as to where I have left them this time. Ah here! Thanks a lot.” Fundamentally Mohr’s mindset is pantheist. This means that everything is God and this translates into the belief that “Your words, thoughts, and feelings create your reality.” As a god you are the creator of your world.
It is important to understand that pantheism struggles to make any sense of evil because what we call ‘evil’, is part of God. Mohr solves this problem by declaring that “There is no evil! You are perfect, just as you are.” We should also notice the relativism that pervades her book. Mohr constantly preaches “Whatever works for you is the ‘right thing’.”
Picture it. Tarzan the human trafficker is reading Mohr’s book and smiles as he turns the pages. Surely he will order many young girls from the universe and all his dreams will come true. Finally it should not surprise us that Mohr encourages us to contact the dead and greet our spiritual guides. In other words Mohr approves of séances and the occult.
Four Ways of Looking at New Age Faith
Materialist faith: “We believe that everything is just physical. Praying to the universe is a waste of time.”
Relativist faith: “We believe that Barbel Mohr is simply doing whatever works for her. Who are we to criticise her for her authentic faith?”
Mohr’s faith: “We believe that we are gods in disguise. We are sinless and there is no evil. We can place orders to the universe and she will respond to all our cravings.”
Christian faith: “We believe that the creation is groaning in pain and suffering. Jesus Christ has come to bring His kingdom and destroy death, sin and evil.”