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Enya or Jesus: “Spiritual” or “Christian”

I know the genre of post that you think this is falling into. I just got a new CD, and now I am horrified to find that the lyrics are not completely Biblically accurate. So I will write a flaming, angry post denouncing the author and inviting all those who read these words to rush out in a mad frenzy and join me at a mass burning of said author’s works.

I am sorry to disappoint: I am not going to do that.

One of the first things I did when I cracked open this new-to-me CD from Enya (“A Day Without Rain,”) was to check out her Wikipedia article. Apparently, she considers herself Catholic in a broad sort of way, and “spiritual.” Interesting. However, as I listened to her enchanting melodies, I began to pick out some very non-Christian sounding lyrics. They seemed to be emanating from the theology-laden song Pilgrim. Fascinated, I whipped out the lyrics pamphlet and began to read. Without even meaning to, I also flipped open my Bible, and began to compare.

Now, without denunciations or anger, I would just like to share with you the points of similarity and discontinuity between the concepts and ideas of Enya, and those of Christ. I will leave it to the reader to decide whether there can be any final harmony between Enya’s “Spirituality” and Jesus’ religion, called “Christianity.”

Enya:
Pilgrim how you journey, on the road you chose…

Jesus:
Come, follow me…

Enya:
to find out why the winds die, and where the stories go.
All days come from one day, that must you must know

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Jesus:
I am the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. (Rev. 1:8, 21:6, 22:13)

Enya:
One way leads to diamonds, one way leads to gold…

Jesus:
The way is narrow which leads to life, and there are few who find it
The way is broad which leads to death, and many there are who go there (Mat. 7:13-14)

Enya:
One way leads you only, to everything you’re told
(Note: the line, “the road that leads to nowhere” – below – seems to refer to this way, which is based “only” on information which you are told)

Jesus:
The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life (John 6:63): blessed are your eyes which see, and your ears which hear (Mat. 13:16). Go, therefore, and make disciples (students/followers) from all the nations, teaching them to obey everything I commanded you… (Mat. 28:19-20)

Enya:
In your heart you wonder, which of these is true?
The road that leads to nowhere, the road which leads to you?

Jesus:
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me (John 14:6).
(See also Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way which seems right to a man/woman, but the end of that path is death”)

Enya:
Pilgrim on your journey, you may travel far,
For pilgrim it’s a long way, to find out who you are.

Jesus:
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mat. 11:28-30) He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (3:36).

In my foolish, “Emergent” phase, I was deceived enough to think that so long as a person self-identified as “Spiritual,” I should welcome that individual as a fellow seeker of truth. I did not realize that the primary opposition to Christianity is not atheism, but non-Christianity. Atheist and Buddhist, skeptic and new-age, all the other belief systems worship either self or a false god. In worship of a false God, the attempt is made to gain things for self: so ultimately, all non-Christian worship is worship of self. It is believing the Devil’s lie “you shall be as gods,” (Gen. 3:5).

It really comes down to two options: will you serve the true God, the God who made you? Will you turn from yourself to listen to the God who has come in the flesh, who has revealed Himself? Will you leave your petty ambitions and fetishes and follow Him? Will you trust Him? Will you walk the narrow road of suffering which He has carved out for us? And will you seek to enter by that narrow gate which leads to life?

If you will do so, be assured that your walk will be decidedly counter-cultural. More than that, you will find yourself made disconcertingly vulnerable and dependent. God came in the flesh just once. His words were spoken to just a few people. These words were recorded faithfully and passed on in what we have received as just one book. This Bible is stewarded by just one community of faith. You must come. You must listen. You must read. You must submit, you must obey. You must identify yourself with the faithful, and suffer along with them – even if the only suffering you endure is boredom, and the irksomeness of putting up with other sinful human beings.

For Christ did not reveal many ways, but one – Himself. He did not endorse all human religious strivings, but condemned them all and mandated that all come only to Him. He has left His Spirit, His Church and His Word to guide the seeker along the path to Himself.

The “seeker” or “spiritual person” who does not walk this path, but wanders aimlessly listening to the ghosts whispering on the air, wandering down paths of autumn mists and wading in tides of swirling seductions with the ultimate quest of “finding one’s self” will eventually, unfortunately, find what they are seeking for. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened,” (Mat. 7:8). In finding their heart, they will discover finally that it is “more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick, beyond comprehension,” (Jer. 17:9). Submitting to none but self, they will have none but self to call upon in the day of judgment: they will not stand on that day, but will be swept away like chaff (Psalm 1:5). Before the throne of God, human righteousness is like a filthy garment: those who rely on it for salvation will wither like a leaf in the blazing heat of His Majesty: their iniquities, like the wind, will blow them away from the one, only source of life (Isaiah 64:6).

So, now, my dear friends, consider carefully. Hear God as He makes His appeal through me (2 Cor. 5:20): “See, I have set before you life and death: therefore, choose life!” (Deut. 30:15). Read the Bible, recognize God’s standards. Submit to His authority and judgment over your life: recognize that by God’s standards you are a sinner. You can do nothing to better yourself, nothing to earn your salvation, nothing to repay your debt. Like a peasant before a king, with a billion-dollar debt on your head, your one, your only recourse is to beg for mercy.

“Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom,” (Jas. 4:9). Although you cannot earn your salvation even through tears, this is the one logical thing to do, it is the only sacrifice which a wretched sinner can offer to God (Psalm 51:16). He does not have to save you – but if He does not, know that you are completely lost, and completely deserving of your fate. For He is fully holy and just, and you are sinful and deserving of His wrath (Rom. 9:29).

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But in this very moment of crisis, in this desperation of the hour, when you feel the heat of God’s presence weighting down on your sins, hear the crackle of Hell’s flames in your ears – in this very moment that you cry out for mercy, and for grace, you will find a shock, a surprise, an infinite delight. For this very God who has demanded justice has also worked it on your behalf!

When you were still God’s enemy, Christ died for you! The just for the unjust! making a way of salvation, of peace towards God! (Rom. 5:1-10). In the very moment you repent of your sins and turn to God, you will find Him not only willing, but over-abunding in love and grace, ready even to adopt you as His child (Rom. 8:14-17) and give you a gift of life which can never be taken away (Rom. 8:38-39)!

All that you must do is choose to follow! All you must do is walk in the delight of this new life!

Like the unfaithful bride, who has left her true husband to run after other men, we have all left God and wandered far and wide. What recourse does God have? He allows us to go our own way – even though this means absolute and devastating death to us, for He is the one source of all life (Col. 1:15-18). Lavishly, lovingly, without claim and without merit, God has made a way for us to return to Him. Return to the only one, true, pure, holy Divine Being. To do so, we must first turn from and renounce our former loves (other religions, other priorities, other loves, all other ambitions and dreams – all things and ways in which we sought to serve ourselves by seeking our own good). We must turn away from “the world” and all that is in it, and turn towards Jesus, trusting that He alone was the words of life. He alone is God, who can give life. In so doing, we will find the Salvation which He died and rose again to give us, and which is at the center of the Christian religion.

….but in wandering the endless path which Enya speaks of, we will only wander further and further from God, and cut ourselves off from the grace which He so freely gives!

Choose, my reader. Choose. Think carefully, and choose! On this choice, heaven and hell hang in the balance. Self or God? Which one will it be?

“Choose you this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my house, we will sever the Lord!”

 

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  1. Thank you for writing this about Enya’s lyrics and the scriptures your search led to. I really appreicate your time and sincerity.

    • Sincerity? For your information, here is one of her songs… supposedly “secular” ;

      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

      O come, O come, Emmanuel
      And ransom captive Israel
      That mourns in lonely exile here
      Until the Son of God appear
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
      Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
      From depths of Hell Thy people save
      And give them victory o’er the grave
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
      Our spirits by Thine advent here
      Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
      And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, Thou Key of David, come,
      And open wide our heavenly home;
      Make safe the way that leads on high,
      And close the path to misery.
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
      Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
      In ancient times did’st give the Law,
      In cloud, and majesty and awe.
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      ~ ~ ~

      It’s wonderful to see a guy passing judgement on Eithene, when he openly admits to only having heard a couple of her songs and didn’t even really pay attention to her words.

      Also? He first says that he’s not going to pass judgement… and then he does. So not only does he pass judgement when, according to most Christians, only God is allowed to do that… but this gentleman is also a hypocrite. This world is doomed, not because of the entertainment industry…

      … but because of those who twist and misconstrue things, and are filled with hatred and short-sightedness. Just like your book’s “Devil”. Oh, how close some followers of God are to the entity known as Satan himself…

      • May I just repeat your words back to you? You have just here called me (among other things) “a short-sighted, judgmental hypocrite filled with hatred who twists and misconstrues things just like the Devil himself.”
        Now, my point in repeating this back to you is not to try to defend myself, but just to point out one thing: you are judging me. Why? Because you believe in a right and a wrong. And you believe I am in the wrong.
        I too believe in right and wrong, and I have written my opinion. I see you disagree, and I am willing to engage with your arguments. However, it seems a little unfair if I am not allowed to make judgments, and you are, don’t you think?
        If you would like to have an honest discussion about these points, I would be delighted.
        But that discussion can only take place if we both admit to the possibility of something called right and wrong (or goodness and badness), and we if kindly park our tempers at the door.

      • And yet? You’re still not responding to the fact she, indeed, DID make songs that spoke the word of God… and yet you said she didn’t. And thus, you sparked other people saying the exact same thing.

        You want to know why I have a temper? It’s because I’ve been up for four days with only two or three hours of sleep, and not much food. I did a search… saw this come up, and figured maybe it would make me feel a bit better after how things have been lately.

        And I was wrong. As always.

        And you can’t even respond to my actual point, instead, choosing to make your own. But it’s fine. It’s what everyone in this society does. Regardless of religion or lack thereof, people simply want to get their own message across…

        And by the way… I Believe you’re wrong, simply because you stated she’s never made a Christian song… and yet the last album she released was pretty much a Christian album. And this was back in ’09. So when you wrote this article? It had already been TWO YEARS since she released that work.

        You are misinformed. Yes, I am judgemental. But I’m not a Christian. I used to be… but no longer. And as I said, this is exactly the reason why. It is a Christian code of honor ; judge not, lest ye be judged. Yet it is human to judge… but it is also a human trait that can be changed. But only when one DOES focus on themselves, and bettering that which is negative.

        And it is VERY negative to pass judgement on an artist in this way… two years after she released an album which proved your message wrong.

        I don’t “disagree”. I actually own her entire album collection. And I know her message. And her message? Is what you WISH you were speaking.

        “I finish the course.

        “A word to the wise:
        the more one has,
        the more they want.
        After the clouds, comes the sun(light).
        Forever.”

        Author’s comment:

        The saying ‘I finish the course’ may be related to a passage found in the Christian Bible, 2 Timothy 4:7.

        ^ Translation of ‘Cursum Perficio’. And then, there’s this…

        “Father in Heaven, God bless us…
        Father in Heaven, God bless me

        “Believe that each day
        which breaks is your last.”

        ^ Pax Deorum, translated. The first speaks of the very same message that someone alluded to Eithne speaking in this so-called “secular” song you “reviewed”. In that, the more the ACTUAL SECULAR world has… the more they yearn for. But she longs for Heaven, where she will live happily… eternally.

        And the second is quite obviously speaking of cherishing each day, as we never know which will be our last on Earth.

        I hope you’ve gotten the message by now.

      • Okay, I will respond to your points. I never said that Enya “never wrote a Christian song.” My only point was to analyze the message from this particular song. As an artist myself, I would find it an honour for someone to take time to analyze my songs.
        If Enya has also written very solid Christian songs, I applaud her. Maybe she has changed! But my only point was to look at this particular song.
        As far as the song…remember that Enya didn’t write that. It’s an old Christmas carol, and at Christmas time all sorts of people sing Christmas songs.
        I do not think I called her names, I left people to decide whether she was a Christian or not.

      • I don’t see anything when Enya or anyone else for that matter, uses quotes or stories from the Bible making her Christian. Even the Demons acknowledged Christ!

        24“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
        25“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”
        – Mark 1:24-25

    • As a Christian, I had been skeptical of her also-which amazingly led me straight here. I want to thank you for ending my skepticism and allowing me gladly and freely to be let loose from “wondering” in autumn with Enya, which I have done faithfully for years, since I was a just a girl. I think I knew, but I didn’t research her words against scripture, and I didn’t understand the Gaelic. But we don’t have to look at all the songs, these fruits you have shown us by the Spirit are deemed worthy of our freedom.
      As for singing Emmanuel, so does the Adversary, unlearned ones must learn this!
      Thank You for helping to keep my soul in the right way and path.
      Fellow Sister in Christ

  2. I read half of your post, though I am very interested on knowing more about ENYA, for example is she satanic… I try to listen to christian music, but I do really love her music… I havne’t own any of her albums until I am certainly sure if she isn’t satanic… could you help me out with this?

    • Her lyrics are certainly very anti-Christian. I might go so far as to say that Satan is directly or indirectly behind these words. However, I’m not sure I would call her satanic. I only know a few of her songs, and don’t know her at all.

      So should you listen to it? As you say, the music is very nice. It kind of depends on who you are, and how you listen to music. I know some people do not listen to the words at all. Some people can’t even hear the words – especially not in Enya’s music, where she is so whispery. If lyrics go in one ear and out the other, so to speak, I don’t see an issue. For myself, I listen to non-Christian music for the very purpose of analyzing the lyrics. It doesn’t bother me to listen to some music that is very wrong, if I am awake and conscious of it. But if you are the sort that doesn’t think critically about the lyrics, and begin singing along to them yourself, I wouldn’t advise listening too much to Enya, as the ideas behind her words can affect how you think in terrible ways.

      • … Really? And yet her latest album, “And Winter Came…” contains several songs glorifying God, for it is a Christmas album, the time of year which Eithne [Enya] has said she cherishes the most.

        I seriously can’t fathom the hatred this society posesses sometimes… certainly non-Christian-like. If there is a God, he is not one of hate. He is one of Love. And he shakes his head when people like you speak of him like this…

      • And upon reading this full comment… you want a transcript of one of her songs?

        “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

        O come, O come, Emmanuel
        And ransom captive Israel
        That mourns in lonely exile here
        Until the Son of God appear
        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
        Shall come to thee, O Israel.

        O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
        Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
        From depths of Hell Thy people save
        And give them victory o’er the grave
        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
        Shall come to thee, O Israel.

        O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
        Our spirits by Thine advent here
        Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
        And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
        Shall come to thee, O Israel.

        O come, Thou Key of David, come,
        And open wide our heavenly home;
        Make safe the way that leads on high,
        And close the path to misery.
        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
        Shall come to thee, O Israel.

        O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
        Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
        In ancient times did’st give the Law,
        In cloud, and majesty and awe.
        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
        Shall come to thee, O Israel.

        ~ ~ ~

        I SERIOUSLY cannot Believe how close-minded our society is, both Christians as well as non-Christians alike.

        Humankind for the most part is filled with those corrupted by hatred. You are a prime example. I could say much more, as I usually do… but you’re not worth it.

        Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  3. i agree that music is a strong and sometimes subliminal medium for communication. One the devil uses constantly to woo unsuspecting hearts.

    However, concerning Enya’s music (the ones I’ve listened to and heard the lyrics), for me as a born again Christian I try to see her point of view and reconcile it with the point of view of the Holy Bible (God’s perspective). In fact this I do with all music I listen to whether its gospel or not. I “test every spirit” so to speak. Where I don’t agree with a line or verse I simple either change the words or I don’t sing along.

    In other words I try to sing it and choose in my heart that what I am saying in singing along means what I want it to mean. “For as a man thinks in his heart so is he”.

    For instance I listen to hard core rap and I enjoy the word play, but when those words are said in a negative or inappropriate manner, I either tune off or I “remix it”.

    I am not saying this is the way to go, I’m just saying this is what I do as I try to submit my will and desires to God’s will.

    Bottom line, I like Enya’s music. The “whisper” of it and the orchestra style instrumentals, but I still proceed with caution. No matter the song or artist.

    I hope this makes sense and helps someone out there.

  4. Interesting, but are you sure you are supposed to take Enya’s lyrics literally?
    For example, does she really mean diamonds and gold in the sentence: “One way leads to diamonds, one way leads to gold…”
    Can’t knowledge or wisdom be considered as diamonds or gold, for example?
    And can’t “One way leads you only, to everything you’re told” be referring to what people of this world say? If I do everything everyone tells me, then where I’d be? And how are you sure “The road that leads to nowhere, the road which leads to you?” refers to that sentece before?

    It’s good to analyse what you do, watch or listen to. Don’t get seperated from God by anything. But how have you come to the things you’re saying and are you sure about it?
    Have you analysed more songs of Enya? What about her song Athair ar Neamh?

    • I have really only analyzed this song. If you have additional information, which would shed light on what she is saying here that by all means share.

      I think it is quite evident that “diamonds and gold” is used for some metaphorical gain, probably wisdom/knowledge, rather than literal wealth. That is the meaning I was assuming above.

      Because I am familiar with new age thought, it seems quite clear that Enya is preaching it here. It’s like knowing the message of the gospel, and listening to a pop Christian song. Yes, they aren’t saying the whole message, but because you know “this is an evangelical Christian singing” you have a good idea how to interpret the lyrics.

      Seeing as Enya is the foremost in a genre known as “New Age” music, I don’t think it’s inappropriate to interpret her words here through the lens of New Age thought. It may be possible to read her in a different way, and that is part of the beauty of music – you can listen to this song and make it be (for you) about finding God.

      However, the point of this post was trying to get at the core message of Enya in this song, and juxtapose that against the message of Christ.

      • Whoops, pretty much forgot to reply to you, but better late than never I’d say.
        Anyway, I think you should analyse ‘Athair ar Neamh’ too, it’s an interesting song. (‘Athair ar Neamh’ means ‘Father in heaven’.) Back in the days when I wasn’t christian yet, I heard this song and it was the first one that ever touched me emotionally. When I found out the lyrics seem pretty christian, I was shocked. Why would I bet touched by something seemingly christian when I wasn’t a christian? Now I look back on it, it feels like it was a call from God. However, I know this doesn’t necessarily mean all her music is ‘good’. I know God can use non-christian things to call people to Him.
        Anyway, as for her music beign new age: Enya never inteded it to be labelled as new age. If you’d ask her, she’d say her music genre is ‘Enya’. I doubt if she really wants people to interpret her words the new age way since she never purposely wanted it to be new age.

        For myself, I’d rather leave Enya in the middle, in the corner of ‘I don’t know what it is.’ And that may be a little vague, yes. I know the thought of New Age is vague too (my way of thinking used to be quite alike New Age), so for me, that overlaps. Enya’s music doesn’t really interest me anymore nowadays, so I don’t really listen to it anymore anyway.

      • Cara, I will try to have a look at those songs sometime soon. However, I am rather busy and won’t make any promises.

        One thing I will just mention is that God uses many things to draw people to Him. Things which are a snare for one person, or even forbidden, God can use in another instance. For example, God used astrology to draw the three wise men to the Baby Jesus. Does God endorse astrology for us? No, it is strictly forbidden in Scriptures. But He met these people where they were, and drew them to Christ. In the same way, people have been drawn to Christ through other religions, through meditations (which normally open us up to evil spirits) and even through reading holy books which are explicitly anti-Christian. People have all sorts of paths to God, because God is a very wise and determined Father: he WILL draw His own children to Himself, one way or another.

        But we need to be careful about assuming that since God spoke through something, it must be a “good” or “godly” medium or occupation.

        I hope I’ll have time to analyze those songs soon. Thanks for your time!

      • And by the freaking way? Enya is NOT “New Age”. She has said SEVERAL times she despises that label, as well as labels in general. She isn’t “New Age” OR “Celtic”. She is “Enya”. And whether you wish to realize it or not, she INDEED believes in God. And this is coming from an admittedly non-religious person… but someone who used to be. And for YOUR information? Enya, as well as Lacey Mosely from FlyLeaf, and a handful of others [including Jennifer Stone who played ‘Harper’ in Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”] are some of the very few of your kind that some times make me wish to return to that life. But then…

        … someone like you comes along. And kills that peace, Love, and hope dead in its tracks.

        Congrats. You hooked me here through a Google search, making me Believe you may actually have a message of God’s love, understanding, and acceptance of all things… and then you successfully do the exact opposite of what you set out to do, in trying to get people closer to God. After reading your overly biased, uneducated opinion. I’ve only been pushed further away.

        Oh… and btw? I find this appropriate ;

        ~ ~ ~

        Love is patient, love is kind; Love is not jealous; Love is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way… It is not easily angered… It is not resentful. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the Truth. It always protects… always Believes… always hopes… always perseveres.

        Love endures all things… Love never ends.

        LOVE NEVER FAILS.

      • In the other post, you said I “wasted your time”… yet you said nothing of the fact that Enya recorded a song that is BLATANTLY Christian. This is how many people react to things. They choose to respond to what they wish, in the way they wish, but when they find something pointing out to them that they are indeed wrong, they choose to ignore it in hopes that it will go away. But it’s there. Don’t believe me?

        Respond in full. Put the kind of thought and effort into your feedback I did mine. If you’re truly sorry for wasting my time with your message of hatred? Make up for it. As Cole Sprouse [“Cody” from the ‘Suite Life’] tweeted the other day ;

        “An apology is an action.
        Not a sentence.”

  5. OOOOOOh yes people in Christ, there is one thing we should bare in mind “anyone who is not for me is against me”. in christ, there is no link in enya’s song. yes it is spiritual and sometimes edifies but, have you heard any lyric like jesus, christ, lord God or scriptural stanzas? but yes it is spiritual, who then is it from. it is a question for us all. i have almost all of her CD album and some videos, all displaying nature and its beauty, love and spiritual/angelic moves of people. her echoe sounds devilish why because it links not to christ but other spirit. trust only in jesus, Amen.

    • You are a liar. You state that you have “all of her albums”? I literally do. As in every single one she’s ever produced, sans her ‘Paint the Sky With Stars’ “Best Of” collection. But the only song on it that I don’t physically own is the title track which was created for the collection, and I have the mp3.

      But MY point is? You… are… a… liar. I could easily find other songs she’s recorded DIRECTLY mentioning your religion’s Lord, but here is the one track that sticks out like a sore thumb, directly killing any chance you people have at having a leg to stand on in your narrow-sighted argument ;

      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

      O come, O come, Emmanuel
      And ransom captive Israel
      That mourns in lonely exile here
      Until the Son of God appear
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
      Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
      From depths of Hell Thy people save
      And give them victory o’er the grave
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
      Our spirits by Thine advent here
      Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
      And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, Thou Key of David, come,
      And open wide our heavenly home;
      Make safe the way that leads on high,
      And close the path to misery.
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
      Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
      In ancient times did’st give the Law,
      In cloud, and majesty and awe.
      Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
      Shall come to thee, O Israel.

      ~ ~ ~

      … It is so very freaking sad to me to see all of this. I honestly saw the tiny bit of the message that Google showed in the search result for this page… and I figured it would be truly comparing Enya’s message to that of “God”. But the sad thing is… I feel much worse after reading all of this than I did before visiting here. This is EXACTLY why I no longer follow religion. Because too many of its followers… not simply Christians, but ANY religion, whether it be Jewish, Budhist, Muslim, what have you… far too many of those into religion do NOT practice what they preach.

      And they pass judgement… when frankly, NOBODY should pass judgement on another human being. Not because of some deity, but because it’s simply freaking wrong to cast out another human when we are ALL imperfect. And in this case… that’s not even the story. The story is… none of you, save for the few coming right out and questioning this guy’s authenticity… none of the rest of you know what in the bloody hell it is you’re talking about.

      But… I set out to do something with the rest of the day. And arguing on the internet about my absolute favorite artist since I was ten isn’t one of them. To put it simply… you people are why I strayed from Christianity.

      But people like Enya, Lacey Mosely, and Jennifer Stone are the VERY few of your kind that make me feel as if there is still some hope left in the world of Christianity.

      Please… stifle yourselves. Before you ultimately kill any chance I have in returning to Believing in what you supposedly wish others to follow.

      You give your religion a bad name…

      • Excuse me, but I think you are obsessed with and highly esteem Enya. But you don’t esteem Christ or even know Him-how sad. You think you can say, “boo-hoo you made me go further from God,” yet here you are returning to talk about and defend a senseless argument. Why don’t you spend time studying the Christianity that you are so “afraid” of us Christians killing in you. I only speak to you in this manner because you seem to me like a tough shrimp and I think you can take it, but really I know that you are really weak and defenseless and I know you don’t want to hate God and I know you are able to see that you hate sin, but know that we are all imperfect. Please don’t continue to be a stranger, but join us who actually do care for your kind, the lost who are in need of compassion and understanding. In spite of what you might think, true Christians are actually doing their “homework” and putting much “effort” into their study-for they are constantly studying the Christ-don’t you wander why in all our conversation, there is much mentioning of our God the Father and the Son, the Christ. But we don’t do it for the sake of duty only, but what you must understand is we love Him.

  6. I don’t know, Josiah. It seems to me that you may be misinterpreting the lyrics in Enya’s song to make them say un-Christian things they just don’t say.

    Enya:
    Pilgrim how you journey, on the road you chose…

    Jesus:
    Come, follow me…

    Me:
    I chose to follow Christ. Maybe you were constrained against your will to follow Him, but for most people, the decision to follow Christ is a choice. I therefore don’t see how Enya contradicts the Gospel here.

    Enya:
    to find out why the winds die, and where the stories go.
    All days come from one day, that much you must know

    Jesus:
    I am the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. (Rev. 1:8, 21:6, 22:13)

    Me:
    All days come from the first day of creation, wherein God said, “Let there be light.”, and light came to be. (Genesis 1:3)

    Enya:
    One way leads to diamonds, one way leads to gold…

    Jesus:
    The way is narrow which leads to life, and there are few who find it
    The way is broad which leads to death, and many there are who go there (Mat. 7:13-14)

    Me:
    Do you even know what Enya and Roma (Ryan), Enya’s lyricist, mean by their use of the symbols of diamonds and gold? The use of these symbols seems awfully similar to St. John’s description of heaven in Revelation. How, then, do you deem it so safe to assume that Enya was singing of something different?

    Enya:
    Pilgrim on your journey, you may travel far,
    For pilgrim it’s a long way, to find out who you are.

    Jesus:
    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mat. 11:28-30) He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (3:36).

    Me:
    Are you not familiar that the language of self-awareness is used even in the Gospel? The parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, wherein the publican was painfully aware of his sinfulness before God, comes to mind, as well as Christ’s admonition that we pull the plank from our own eyes before we try to remove the speck from our brothers’ eyes. How else can we obey Christ’s call to repent if we are not aware of ourselves and our own sins?

    I’m also aware of Christian traditions outside your own that teach that the life of following Christ is also a path to full self-realization. Even though our primary search is to be for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, one benefit of the Christian way is that by following it we also find out who we are. Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when He said, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

    • The beauty of poetry is that it can be interpreted in more than one way. Based on the ethos of the whole song, and the others on the album, and of what little I know about Enya, I listened to her through a new-age/Hindu lens. I think her lyrics fit very well with that model. But I’ll agree that there is enough latitude in the poetry to read it through a Christian lens as well.

      As I mentioned elsewhere, I would not necessarily discourage Christians from listing to her stuff. But one needs to be awake and alert to the messages they are hearing.

      I don’t think the language of self actualization is absolutely opposed to Christianity. Certainly, when we get to know God better, we find out who we truly are. “Now we see in a glass dimly, but then we will see face-to-face, as we truly are” (1 Cor. 13:12) – Some have interpreted that verse as referring to a clear glass through which we will seek God. But it is more likely a mirror, meaning that in heaven we will see ourselves perfectly, whereas now we do not know ourselves well.

      But the language is ambiguous, and obscures the essential question.

      The real difference between Christianity and Hinduism/New Age (as well as what some have called “Oprah/Depak-Choprah Christianity”) is that Christianity leads towards a narrow gate, which is Christ himself (John 14:6). We must go through the gate – find it, and fewer enter it (Mat. 7:13).

      But in Hinduism, the door is within you. You are the center of your own universe. Everyone is. And so eventually – perhaps after many reincarnations, or after some other supernatural experience – each one will find their way “home.”

      But I hope you realize that the two religions are fundamentally irreconcilable. You may dress Hinduism up with the vocabulary of Christianity, or you may try to dress Christianity up with the vocabulary of Hinduism. But at the root of it, we must ask, “what is the goal and destination of this teaching? Are they trying to achieve oneness with God through the only son of God who came in the flesh, lived spoke and taught in real words that are recorded for us in the Bible. Who died for our sins and made one way of salvation which must be preached, believed, received an lived? (Romans 10:8-10) Or is the religion teaching that the path to salvation is within each of us, and we must ascend within ourselves to find oneness with the universe through self discovery & deification?”

      The two lead to self-knowledge and self-actualization. As we get to know God better, we will know ourselves better too. As we are freed from sin and made whole, we become who we truly are. As we walk towards the light, we find ourselves becoming brighter, because His glory shines more fully on us. But the order is all important. We cannot stay in the cave and look intently at ourselves, trying to make ourselves glow. We cannot try to fix ourselves, then know ourselves, then know God by entering into the hole in our navel, or listening to the sound of one hand clapping.

      The order really is everything. And it matters who is doing the work here – God or us?

      Enya, just from this song here seems to be leaning far towards the Hinduist path to salvation. But if you know of other songs that lean in the other direction I would be interested to hear the lyrics. (Except I think ONLY songs she actually wrote should be used to learn about her theology/beliefs. In my opinion, Christmas songs that an author has borrowed in order to enter into the festivities of the season don’t necessarily speak to what they truly believe. Think for a moment about the diverse range of people you hear on the radio around Christmas songs singing “Christ the Lord” and “Joy to the World, the Lord is Come” and other Christian lyrics, I think you will agree with me).

      Based on the interest post has generated, I am thinking I may review more of a new songs in the future – but I am not making any definitive promises.

      If I do so, I’ll post a comment at the bottom of this post.

      Be sure to subscribe to this post, so that you will be notified when and if I write such a post. It may be a great time in the future, but I won’t forget.

      • I think you may have missed the point of the hesychastic practices in Orthodox Christianity, as evidenced by your negative comments about navel gazing, but I digress.

        An Enya song I think you would do well to review: Athair ar Neamh, from her album “The Memory of Trees”

        The lyrics, translated to English, read as follows:

        Father in heaven, God be with us.
        Father in heaven, God be with me.
        My soul, my heart, my glory.
        Praise be to You, O God.

        Long the peaceful day.
        Long the night without gloom.
        Delight, joy, love.
        Praise be to You, O God.

        I glorify You from day to day.
        I glorify You from night to night.

        Father in heaven, God be with us.
        Father in heaven, God be with me.
        The moon, the sun, the wind
        Praise be to You, O God.

        I’ve often thought of her reference to “moon, sun, and wind” as a possible reference to the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, since I believe I’ve even seen C. S. Lewis use this analogy before. Even if not, I don’t think anyone can doubt that the very personal language for a very personal God shows this song to be nothing less than a hymn of worship directed to God. Since Enya has identified herself as loosely Catholic, I can only imagine that this song worships the same Christian God you and I worship.

      • Those sound like very pretty lyrics! I’m sure a Christian can sing along with those to the worship of the true God.

        However, there’s not a lot of content there either. Just about everybody worships God, and quite a few religions call him father. But it kind of depends what is meant by God and father, doesn’t it?

        I must apologize for my comment about entering ones navel. That was directed towards Hinduism, not Eastern orthodoxy. (But you are right that a certain strain of the Eastern Orthodox has often been maligned as navelgazing’s for repeating the Jesus prayer. At prayer which I often use myself) But it was unnecessarily derogatory, and I thank you for pointing it out graciously.

        But in all this, I never set out to make a definitive statement on what enya’s theology was. Only the theology of this one song. Perhaps for theology changed? Who knows. But in this song, and on that CD, I feel that she was wondering very close to the new age path, if she was not walking on it boldly and leading others confidently down the road.

        I’m enjoying discussing this with you, and I thank you for copying those words here for me to read. I truly pray that God blesses you on your journey today!

  7. There’s also “The Journey of the Angels” from her latest studio album, “And Winter Came”:

    Somewhere In a winter night
    The angels begin their flight;
    Dark skies with miles to go,
    No footsteps to be lost in snow.

    They fly to you, O newborn king
    They fly to you, O angels sing

    One is sorrow, one is peace
    One will come to give you sleep
    One is comfort, one is grief
    One will take the tears you weep,

    New star in a midnight sky
    In heaven all the angels fly
    Soft wings so true
    And all things they will give to you.

    Somewhere in a winter night
    The angels begin their flight

    Tonight all sing
    Oh, angels, a newborn king.
    Tonight all sing
    Oh, angels, a newborn king.

    Having posted this, I do have to agree with you on one thing regarding her song “Pilgrim”, which you critique above: the lyrics of the song are vague enough to allow for a plethora of different interpretations, from the most Christian to the least. I know this lack of clarity may be disconcerting to many who would like her to speak much more precisely, and it’s for this reason that I don’t really consider her music as fitting the genre I would call Christian music (unlike the latest music of her sister Moya, which clearly speaks of Christ and overtly Christian themes). I would be careful, though, not to read too much into Enya’s lyrics, as I fear you may have done with “Pilgrim”. As you said, the lyrics are poetry, and the thing about poetry is that it can be read in a number of different ways. This trait of good poetry is the reason why it is often just as much a mirror reflecting back what the reader brings to his reading/hearing of it as it is a conveyor of its own intrinsic meaning.

    I guess I need to apologize for my part in the miscommunication regarding Orthodox Christian hesychasm. I wasn’t aware that Hinduism has its own tradition of navel gazing, so I automatically assumed you were criticizing the hesychasm and the use of the Jesus Prayer that are part of my Church’s spiritual tradition–yes, I am an Orthodox Christian. I wasn’t offended by your comments, though. I just didn’t know what you were really talking about.

    It has been a pleasure discussing this issue with you. You have been very respectful in our disagreement, and I hope I have been the same for you. As an Orthodox Christian, I’m still in my Church’s season of Lent–we don’t celebrate Easter (Pascha, as we call it) until May 5–so I’m trying to limit my activity in online discussions such as this. I pray, nonetheless, that your journey today is blessed by the presence of God and His rich mercy.

    • Respecting your desire to keep chat to a minimum, I will only say that I too have thoroughly enjoyed the chat. Your comment about poetry being a mirror is right on. Did I read New Age ideology into Enya, then critique that belief system according to my own Christian beliefs? Perhaps I did. IF I did, would that be a bad thing? If poetry opens many doors, is it wrong to critique a wrong door, to guide people to the right one? But maybe I came across as so strongly warning against that door, I denounced the same poetry which could open other doors for other people?
      Hm…questions to ponder, anyways.
      Again, I want to say that I have very much appreciated your comments. And as for the navel-gazing comment…don’t try too hard to figure out what I was saying. I just typed out the two first examples that came to mind of finding enlightenment through introspection. Although it fit the flow of the paragraph well, I probably should not have used it (and DEFINITELY would not have, had I known your denomination) based on the connection/connotation of that word to hesychasm. (Which as you know is only PEJORATIVELY called navel-gazing, since they in reality are reaching out for God’s power through the name and sacrifice of Jesus to lift them to union with God)
      I feel like that slip was the one mar in our otherwise profitable conversation. But since you have forgiven me, I will forgive myself and just remind myself to be more cautious in the future.
      I truly hope I bump into you again!

      – Josiah

      • Ok for me this is pretty simple. Unless the artist is a born again Spirit filled Christian whom writes lyrics n raps/sings to those lyrics to glorify God through His Son Jesus Christ i will not listen to the music. Even Christian artists who preach Christ in their lyrics who come across as compromising their lyrics or record deal to suit the world i will avoid because if its not Holy Spirit its another Spirit n is Gods anointing present when compromise is? For example a rap artist who hsed to rap according to scripture, his last album was about him and his struggles with not much hope, pretty depressing. Of course it mentioned Jesus but to me didnt edify my faith or encourage me. Rather it encouraged me to also look inward n didnt make me wanna b any more holy. He also included secular artists n would prefer not to b seen as a Christian rapper but without the “Christian” in the label.

        G Craig Lewis is a Pastor who speaks of the power behind music to influence our minds. He has a series called “the truth behind hiphop” that applies to not jus hiphop but other genres. Its not jus the lyrics but the spirit behind them that is influencing the person that affects the hearer. Satan was a musician in heaven n certainly is still one for his agenda in bringing ppl into bondage n eventually hell.

        For me, i dun hav time to listen to lukewarm artists let alone secular artists. I also am careful to look at the doctrine of the artists as there r many heresys out there today n even if an artists talks about Jesus, it could b a different Jesus. Ultimately only God knows the hearts of ppl but its something ive been real careful of lately. I monitor closely what i see (no secular entertainment that is sinful) and listen to (always got headphones on in shops so i dun listen to secular stuff)

        Work out your own salvation with fear n trembling!

        Great u brought this up. Sorry i didnt hav anything to say specifically i dunno the artist u mention but i am glad some Christians out there wanba b discerning!

      • There must be good reason for the purpose of the efforts drawing the host, Josiah here to reveal what God will have for those you have the pleasure of reading it. I do not ever post anything because they want you to give personal info-I give false info in order to respond here, more than once I might add and look how late it is and I told you above that I listened to her music from girlhood, what I mean is, it must me a precious and wonderful hand that hand of the Holy Ghost of the only God that wants his children to know and see truth. Can I give up Enya and keep my Christ for eternity, as above was written by one, “He came only once..” and we in this life have only a short season to be prepared for the place Jesus prepares in His kingdom. So let me lose whatever I have hidden in my bosom and let it be counted as for the Lord. I cannot do it for myself, but I can do it for Him.

    • Eldred, I do agree with you and Josiah. I believe once a message in any form becomes vague, then everyone can decide his own interpretation and do whatever He or she pleases. In essence, you really have not passed any message. This leaves no much room for basic principles and lifestyles which have sustained mankind. It becomes anything goes.

      • Ayo, I then have to ask whether music needs to always communicate a “clear message”. If so, why?

  8. I find this song amazing, perhaps the most introspective and encouraging song I’ve heard, and we have used it in a Benedictine-focused spiritual formation group. It is an incredibly authentic look at the Christian life.

    Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” This song is about a pilgrim journey to “find out who you are”. Do you take the path that leads to “everything you’re told” or do you take “the road that leads to nowhere, the road that leads to you”. For centuries Christians, along with Muslims and Jews, have made pilgrimage – leaving behind their entire possessions and taking only what they need for the journey. The courage to make a journey as pilgrim. The heart of Christian life is to become our most authentic self, as we follow Jesus the ultimate authentic person, true to His father’s will for him.

    “Pilgrim, how you journey
    On the road you chose
    To find out why the winds die
    And where the stories go.

    All days come from one day
    That much you must know,
    You cannot change what’s over
    But only where you go.

    One way leads to diamonds,
    One way leads to gold,
    Another leads you only
    To everything you’re told.

    In your heart you wonder
    Which of these is true;
    The road that leads to nowhere,
    The road that leads to you.

    Will you find the answer
    In all you say and do?
    Will you find the answer
    In you?

    Each heart is a pilgrim,
    Each one wants to know
    The reason why the winds die
    And where the stories go.

    Pilgrim, in your journey
    You may travel far,
    For pilgrim it’s a long way
    To find out who you are…

    Pilgrim, it’s a long way
    To find out who you are…

    Pilgrim, it’s a long way
    To find out who you are…

  9. Get over yourself! For where 2 or more gather, I shall be there. No one says you have to be in a church to worship God. So, she worships God different from you, that’s what is wrong with you christians, you seperate all of us, which are just trying to follow the same One True God. Didn’t the bible says “thou shalt not judge?” It looks to me like you’re doing just that. You christians are what is distroying this world, not the pagans, for wake up, the bible has been changed over 100 times starting at the council of nycia. Books have been pulled out and versus have been added, do your research and quit judging Enya for her beliefs, she has beautiful music, she talks about nature, the elements, the seasons and GOD!! I worship God through meditation, what next are you going to judge me and call me a witch? If you believe that strongly in your bible, maybe you should listen to it about not judging, or ye’ without sin, cast the first stone. Hypocrite!! Kat

    • Kat, Jesus also said that there will come a time when His followers will worship Him in spirit and in truth. And in truth. I may disagree with Josiah’s methods and his conclusions, but I see that he is trying to discern the truth and how Enya’s music compares against that. This is not an act of judging someone. If you think he is judging Enya, than I might suggest that you’re doing what so many of our opponents spend so much of their time doing and misapplying the word “judge”. If anything, Josiah is following the advice of the Apostle John and testing the spirits to see if they are of God. Alas that more Christians don’t do what Josiah is attempting to do here…

      • Eldred, I do believe in what you are saying, but one final comment. This world doesn’t need our tithe, our hoodey, our idea’s on what the Bible means. Just get out of God’s way! This remark comes from a druidic spiritualist that does believe in God and also believes in Satan, as well. Even though I am Pagan, I do not worship Satan, I do not believe in different Gods/Goddesses, I worship and believe in “The One True and Only God”, for the same God christians believe in. Kat

      • If I may slide into the conversation here. And Kat, I know you said this was your last comment so don’t feel obligated to pick it up from here. But I honestly believe our religions are very much different. They may seem the same from your perspective. I think that’s perfectly normal, but remember that the world just looks “different” depending upon which religious worldview we begin with. Have Christians misinterpreted paganism? This is what happens when we are not careful to separate our perspective about what a religion is, from what people within that religion actually believe their religion is.
        From the Evangelical Christian standpoint, we believe we are following Jesus, the only begotten Son of God who said He was the only way to the Father (John 14:6) http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=way%20life&version1=NASB&searchtype=all&limit=none&wholewordsonly=no
        Jesus gave specific commands, and told us “if you love me, you will obey my commandments.” (John 15:10)
        http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14:15&version=NASB
        The greatest commandment is to love God and love one’s neighbour. (Matthew 22:34-40)
        http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2022&version=NASB
        However, it is God and not us who decides what love looks like. Jesus describes love in Matthew 5-7.
        http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5-7&version=NASB
        It is not just vague ideas about being a nice person and not judging. There are specific commands against lust, against a certain kind of prayer, against divorce, and against false teaching.
        If anyone looks carefully into this law, they will realize that they are unable to live up to it. They will realize that they are in need of saving – and thus in need of a saviour. They will realize they need to repent of their sins, and place their faith in Jesus Christ, the only saviour of the world, and begin living for Him, with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. This can only happen through the name of Jesus Christ, for there is only one name given under Heaven by which we may be saved. (Acts 4:12). http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=one%20name&version1=NASB&searchtype=all&limit=none&wholewordsonly=no&startnumber=76
        I guess I say all of this to say that we cannot simply “get out of God’s way.” That is not how it works in our religion. God does not ask us to surrender our wills, to drift away and allow him to enter us and take over. Rather, our God has created us with wills, and wishes us to “awake from our slumber,” (as it says countless times throughout the bible) so that we can follow Him, participate in His message, and especially to preach the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.
        Concerning the question of the errors on Scripture. I can save you the trouble of researching by telling you that any good study Bible (NIV, NASB) will note which verses may not have been in the originals. The issue is that we have one set of texts which have been passed down through 2000 years of re-copying. But recently, we have also discovered manuscripts dating from within 20 years of the authoring of Scriptures. Where there are variations, as I said, a good study Bible will note them. If you take up such a Bible, you will see how very minor the differences are. Opponents of Christianity often say what you say – that Scriptures have been changed and perverted over the years. Atheistic as well as Christian scholars have been scrutinizing the Scriptures for the last 200 years in a science known as textual criticism. In a nut-shell, what they have concluded is that the Bible we have today is exactly what they had at about 100 AD (Jesus died in AD 36 or so). You may doubt that the original Christians spoke accurately of Jesus – but don’t try to blame the Medieval church for distorting the Bible. Scientifically, this has simply been proven to be false.
        *phew* well, you did say this was your last comment, and I’m not trying to drag you into a long debate or anything. Feel free to take or leave what I have to say.
        I pray that the God blesses you this night.

  10. the lyrics of the song below
    “Athair Ar Neamh”

    Athair ar neamh, Dia linn
    Athair ar neamh, Dia liom
    M’anam, mo chroi, mo ghloir
    Moladh duit a Dhia

    Fada an la, go samh
    Fada an oiche, gan gruaim
    Aoibhneas, athas, gra
    Moladh duit a Dhia

    Moraim thu, o la go la
    Moraim thu, o oiche go hoiche

    Athair ar neamh, Dia linn
    Athair ar neamh, Dia liom
    An ghealach, an ghriain, an ghaoth
    Moladh duit a Dhia

    [Translation]

    Father in Heaven, God bless us
    Father in Heaven, God bless me
    My soul, my heart, my glory
    Praise be to you, oh God

    Long is the peaceful day
    Long is the night without gloom
    Wonder, joy, love
    Praise be to you, oh God

    I praise you from day to day
    I praise you night after night

    Father in Heaven, God bless us
    Father in Heaven, God bless me
    The moon, the sun, the wind
    Praise be to you, oh God

  11. Most people do not realize that most (not ALL) music today – even so-called ” Christian ” music is written by satan himself. Most songs are obviously demonic , yet many are not so clearly perceived as such by the careless listener . It’s not so much about being “closed-minded” – our God tells us to be Holy as He is. Personally for me , the Holy Spirit has warned me extensively of all secular music. Even the ones that seem “innocent ” and “inspired by the Bible ” —- such as Enya. Many famous singers , actors practice occult witchcraft and secretly worship satan behind closed-doors. Who do you think Enya really refers to when she sings ” O come O come Emmanuel ” ? I believe the Holy Spirit has shown much knowledge and wisdom to the author of this post . God bless you brother.

  12. The New Age also uses Jesus or Christ but Not as the Son of God. The see Him as an enlightened one, but only one of many and that they too are striving to be on the level that He attained. While trying to bring themselves up to His ‘Level’ they in fact, bring Him down to theirs’.

    As for those critisizing Christians for wanting to be sure of what is influencing them and what they want to add to their Christian walk, we have a command by God to:

    Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21

    So there is nothing wrong with dissecting, scrutinizing and testing all things in light of Scripture.

    To Shane Everythingtoeveryone Bryant: I’m not sure you’re a Christian and if so, I would suggest as a Christian, you start reading your Bible and learn what you, as a Christian actually stand for before arguing foolishly. Your thinking or Faith is full of holes. If you are not, then you should still read the Bible if you want to discuss Christian behavior with Christians by trying to at least know Why they believe What they believe. God Bless.

  13. we have to be honest to what ever we speaks..fr d bible said judge not..one fact is that enya seems dynamic in nature..fr this reason..enya have noting to do with us but God that made her..

    • well….
      I’m a very big fan of enya.. i love her songs even before i figure out what she’s saying… And most of the time i check the lyrics, she’s always saying something reasonable .. ( not contradicting my faith)..

      when i began to have doubts was in songs like ebudae and pax deorum.where people where unable to make meaning from what she sang… in d case of ebudae the 1st stanza was neither gaelic nor latin and yet she was saying something… not just humming.

      but i truely find misinterpretation… extremely improper…. as Enya’s lyrics can be very ambigous..
      one can only find fault in a nice song like athair ar neamh.. if u listened to the song with a bad intention.. (finding fault)

  14. There are many roads that lead to Christ. It takes some people longer to realize that there is only one true king, so it is OK if other people are trying to find their way, and don’t exactly rely on him at first. I have many friends who are atheist and into “spirituality”, and that is fine. I am not afraid that they will never go to heaven because of worshiping false Gods. For God is very forgiving, but he might even smite some people for worshiping falsely, but eventually ALL PEOPLE will find him. Why? Because even when people are in hell (earth), now and even after the Resurrection those that our suffering will ALWAYS have the opportunity to cry out to our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and he will give them his hand. If you do not believe me, pray about it, and the Holy Spirit will testify to this truth.
    I think the lesson is, if you are Christian, don’t be lead astray, if you aren’t then, keep on with your journey, pilgrim. But, at any rate, let’s just enjoy the beautiful music that Enya produces, and be satisfied!

    • I believe that if you prayerfully studied the Scriptures, you would find that Hell is not a place on earth, but an eternal destiny. I am available to provide Scriptures and arguments if you would like to take a journey towards God’s truth, friend.

    • The Holy Spirit has already testified through the Scriptures and the witness of the Church. Sadly, both testify that the fire of hell is eternal and that there is no further opportunity for repentance after one is condemned to hell. If after much prayer, some spirit leads you to believe otherwise, then it cannot be the Holy Spirit, for God cannot contradict Himself.

  15. josiah I just came across this post. I think you have a point in the main post. when I first came across enya it was through her song Caribbean blue. I really liked the song but i could not hear anything she said but the song filled me up and it was like it was speaking to me in a language I had once known but could not remember and I definitely didn’t understand. I looked for her most popular songs and the impression I got was that she glorifies the aspects and elements of nature. not in a way to draw people through creation to the Creator. her lyrics are so ambiguous they can mean anything to anyone according to their beliefs. Thirdly her son boadicea. Boadicea was the Queen of the Iceni one of the tribes the Romans defeated during their conquest of the land which is nowadays known as U.K. why would she pay homage to a long dead queen she did not even know? with enya I have more questions than answers

  16. There is no basis to compare enya’s songs with the Bible, she never claimed to be a preacher. She just sings to inspire and does a great job at it now she is respected and loved world wide…

    No amount of criticism will change that. Leave her alone all your article is doing is making people love her more and respect her even more. Let her be. Thank you.

  17. well, that could be a very interesting article!
    there is something funny here: I was searching if Enya proclaim somewhere verbally speaking her faith. & I find your article. I read all the lyric passage you mentioned which you compare to the bible. Apparently you totally interpreted her lyrics. I don’t even see in some of your interpretation the link between what she is singing and your biblical references. What is funny is that from your interpretation you are lead to think she is not following Christ, but when I am reading the sentence you post of her lyric, .. I see God. Very interesting… and.. kind of funny 🙂
    Anyway.. blessings 😉
    (sorry for being awkward in english, it is not my first language)

  18. forget this: now, I said I saw God in those lyrics: but the true question is “which God” ?
    I wll continue thinking on this. But now, I am thinking it is Yahwe
    🙂

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