New Age...Overview & Appeal
New Age ..An Overview
‘New’ Age Is not new ... it is a modern revival of ancient religious traditions, along with a potpourri of influences: Eastern mysticism, modern philosophy and psychology, science and science fiction, and the counterculture of the 50s and 60s. A movement that over the last several decades has gradually been gathering momentum over the face of this earth.. a movement fueled by the unholy forces that oppose both God and man... shepherded by humans outside the church who have no comprehension of the dark forces they deal with, and, of course, by an “evil and adulterous generation” inside the church who so blithely ignore the warnings from the God they profess to serve.
Whats The Appeal Of The New Age Movement?
Why is New Age thinking showing up in art, music, business, education, environmental concerns, health programs, and social issues? Why do people find a reason for living and personal fulfillment through New Age methods and teachings?
Beware! The New Age Movement Is More Than Self-Indulgent Silliness
It might seem odd to accuse the New Age prophets of these things. After all, they and their followers appear to be nice, well-cultured people who use the correct fork at the dinner table; they claim that their goal is the betterment of the human race and of the Earth. Nevertheless, these radical New Age leaders believe that the two World Wars were necessary for human evolution, and that the birth pangs of the New Age began with the atomic explosions in 1945. They also advocate sending those people who are unwilling to enter the New Age into oblivion, and reducing world population to 2 billion - or less. Such is the blood lust of the "compassionate." Some Scientists Seem to Have Jumped on The Mass Extermination Bandwagon. Details
New Age and Devil Worship
The mystical forces of the New Age movement are genuine (and willing to protect their territory!), and that much of what is currently published under the guise of New Age “enlightenment”, is nothing less than Old Age doctrines of nefarious invisible hosts.
Alice Bailey and The Lucis Trust Alice Bailey, under the guidance of an ectoplasmic apparition from hell, who called himself Djwhal Khul ("The Tibetan"), wrote some 24 books and founded the Lucis Trust (formerly Lucifer Publishing Co.) which enjoys "Consultative Status" with the United Nations and has not only spawned several other organization… the Arcane School, Triangles, World Goodwill, Lucis Publishing, Lucis Productions, Lucis Trust Libraries, the New Group of World Servers, but also maintain the UN meditation room. And the purpose of these groups? At their core ALL of them exist for one purpose ..in their words “the helping of the Great Ones and the rendering to Them of that intelligent assistance which will make their plans for humanity materialize”. A plan that is centered around making conditions suitable (By occult meditation and reciting of the Great Invocation) for what they call “The Reappearance of The Christ. Except that this Christ has nothing to do with Jesus Christ of the Bible.
Benjamin Creme and The Maitreya In 1959, Benjamin Creme was contacted by one of the Masters of Wisdom, (a group of perfected individuals supposedly the custodians of the Divine Plan for this planet). He was told, among other things, that Maitreya, the World Teacher, the Master of all the Masters, would return in about 20 years and that he (Creme) would have a role to play in the event if he chose to accept it. While more than 20 years have passed and certain aspects of Benjamin Crème’s endless and tireless promotion of the Maitreya seem derived from a B Grade science fiction movie, one can not entirely dismiss all of his claims, many of which are based in a monstrous evil long ago foretold by Scripture, and little understood by those claiming a wonderful New Age is about to dawn.
The Global Alliance: In recent years there has been an explosion of individuals and organizations (both large and small) who are actively working towards creating the conditions necessary for the Reappearance of the Christ or The Maitreya, by means of occult mediation, the Great Invocation etc. However perhaps an even more dominant theme, common to thousands of organizations, is the cry for “peace”. However, the problem here is NOT their motives (regarding their peace mission), but their methods... They seek peace by shaking hands with the devil, looking to a messiah (world teacher) to teach them how to live and to bring harmony to the planet. This escalation of people working towards ‘peace’ in under the tutelage of a world teacher is one of the most telling signs of the End Times.
The United Nations: The question to be asked is whether the UN has any ties to the occult, regardless of all the hype by Robert Muller, Djwhal Khul Alice Bailey, the AAC and Seven Ray Institute, which may be the product of very fertile imaginations or simply wishful thinking. But is this the case? Or is the UN actually part and parcel of this whole ‘return of the World Teacher and his cronies... the Ascended Masters/ peace and safety scenario? To answer that question we need to turn our attention to a very interesting organizations... The Aquarian Age Community.
New Thought as defined in the dictionary, is a modern spiritual philosophy stressing the power of right thinking in a person's life, the idea that our thoughts and attitudes affect our experience and that God (or whatever other name a person might have for a Higher Power) is within the individual.
Roots of Evil: While the majority of people may be unable to define New Thought, hundreds of thousands are increasingly becoming influenced by it, since it is the cornerstone for most of the formulas for happy and successful living. Reduced it to it’s essentials, New Thought very simply believes that your thoughts play a crucial role in the kind of life you experience. It is unlikely that many Christians are aware of the the common roots of some popular beliefs in the church, and the New Thought beliefs without. From Clement Stone’s Positive Mental Attitude to Robert Schuller’s Possibility Thinking and Oral Roberts’ seed-faith principles, they all stem from common sources and pretty much say the same thing.
Unity School of Christianity The ultimate goal of those who follow Unity teaching is to recognize their "oneness" with the "Force," thereby realizing their true self... the God-Self. The god of Unity is an adaptation of Hindu belief regarding the divine. God is a part of His creation. God is in all things. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path believing that the spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good. and that we create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
David Spangler an American spiritual philosopher and self-described "practical mystic", is considered one of the founding figures of the modern New Age movement, although he is said to be highly critical of what much of the movement has since become, especially its commercialistic and sensationalist elements. Spangler’s web site that he has, since 1965, “worked clairvoyantly with a group of non-physical beings from the inner worlds of spirit”.
Neale Donald Walsch (Coming Soon)
Oprah Winfrey Every aspect of Winfrey’s empire has the noble aim of helping women become inspired and improve themselves. Unfortunately, this mission has taken her — and by default, the nation — on a spiritual trek through the questionable theology of the New Age. [Section]
Norman Vincent Peale: Peale was a 33rd degree Mason who rejected the Christian doctrine of sin, the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ, and justification by faith alone in the merits of Christ. Although he used Christian terminology and rhetoric, in a sense his theology had little to do with Christianity, because it had little to do with sin and redemption. Although he may never have heard of the fourth-century heresy called Pelagianism, he was a thorough Pelagian -- that is, someone who believes that human nature is essentially good and that human beings are saved by developing their inner potential.
Robert Schuller: is the epitome of the wolf that Paul spoke about in Acts 20:29-30. Called an extraordinary minister by New Age leaser New Age leader Neale Donald Walsch, what Schuller believes about the Bible is actually a redefined, twisted view of it. His repentance is not Bible repentance; his new birth is not Bible regeneration; his Jesus and his salvation is not that of the Bible. Robert Schuller has, by promoting New Agers and their doctrines, done his part to lead the church further and further away from Biblical doctrine down some very dark paths.
John Marks Templeton: Norman Vincent Peale called Templeton “The greatest layman of the Christian church in our time” while Robert Schuller introduced him to the church in 1986. Although (unbelievably) Templeton was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and a trustee on the board of Princeton Theological Seminary he took a broad view of spirituality and ethics. Influenced by the Unity School of Christianity (below), a movement that espouses a shared divinity between God and humanity, Templeton claimed that truth is relative, Christianity is no longer relevant today as it was in Christ’s day and the heart of true religion is the willingness to see truths in other religions. Additionally the Templeton Foundation has been one of the financial contributors to the Parliament of World Religions.
Ken Wilber In his book Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell advises his readers to read Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything, “For a mind-blowing introduction to emergence theory and divine creativity". Credited with developing “a unified field theory of consciousness”, Wilber is "a longtime practicing Buddhist" who's key ideas "are Buddhist or Buddhist inspired " and who declared his “love and devotion" for the meglomaniacal cult leader Adi Da (formerly known as Da Free John. He is also not above twisting the plain meaning of Scripture to conform to his philosophical outlook.
A Course In Miracles: The Course uses Christian terminology and its followers believe it to be the revelation of Jesus... But is it?
A Return To Love As I read A Return to Love, I could understand why people are attracted to it. It's upbeat, optimistic, and nonjudgmental. Williamson bases much of her thought on A Course in Miracles — a channeled metaphysical work. Additionally Williamson is not able to apply her belief system consistently to the everyday world with which we are all familiar.
The Secret Occultist Manly P. Hall probably said it best.. “Though the demonism of the Middle Ages seems to have disappeared, there is abundant evidence that in many forms of modern thought - especially the so-called "prosperity" psychology, "willpower-building" metaphysics, and systems of "high-pressure" salesmanship - black magic has merely passed through a metamorphosis, and although its name be changed its nature remains the same”.
New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose Chances are that Eckhart Tolle would have been just another nobody, with another weird story, relegated in short order to a few dusty book shelves in New Age shops.. had his book not caught the fancy of America’s most dangerous woman. Now thanks to a self styled orchestrator of American spirituality, he is pretty much a household name, with hundreds of thousands wolfing down his diabolical ideas and opening themselves out to whatever it is that controls him.. God have mercy on us.
Chicken Soup for the Soul So why are some Christians critical of these books? If there is something so un-Christian about them, why are so many Christians reading and enjoying them? These are good questions that deserve answers. As is the case with many books dealing with infusing spirituality into the workplace, the books of Jack Canfield contain a great deal of common-sense. Nonetheless, Christians should be aware that the books also are steeped in a spirituality that is opposed to biblical Christianity.
Witnessing to New Agers
Christians are called to proclaim the true gospel of Jesus Christ to New Agers by developing appropriate evangelistic strategies. This article will make some suggestions along these lines. But first it will be helpful to summarize the New Age world view. (Biblical references which are helpful in refuting these ideas also follow).
The New Interfaith Agenda, The Earth Charter’s Unholy Ark, Men Who Run The World, The European Union.. Fulfillment of Ancient Prophecy? One World Religion, and more.
The number of Christians ignorantly involved in paranormal practices is very alarming. Section includes Wicca, Satanism, Witchcraft, Psychics, Paganism, Astrology, Near Death Experiences, Shamanism, UFO’s, Reincarnation, Halloween and more
Contemplative Spirituality and Mysticism
There is an increasing number of professing evangelicals involved who, under normal circumstances, would have nothing to do with the Church of Rome, but who, wittingly or unwittingly are caught up in mystical practices (or at least advocating such practices) which are either a direct legacy of Roman Catholic mysticism or are a deceptive derivative of it.
Alternative medicine remains a controversial issue. Do these medicines actually work? Do these alternative therapies embrace an Eastern religious system? Should Christians be involved with alternative treatments? How do we evaluate a particular practice that is unconventional?
Man as god... New Age teachings in the church
On p. 19, In The Book Positive Magic: Occult Self- Help, by Marion Weinstein, She says..
"The Age of Aquarius is when we are all supposed to come to the understanding that man is God. As one New Age writer put it, 'A major theme of Aquarius is that God is within. The goal in the Age of Aquarius will be how to bring this idea into meaningful reality.'
What has me scratching my head is what makes people think they are unrealized gods. As far as I can see they are subject to the same foibles and failures as the rest of us, the same needs and desires, even the same diseases. I am reasonably sure they bleed the same colour, and can be killed by the same well placed bullet that would fell the rest of us mere mortals. In other words.. what exactly is it that makes them gods? Can they fly, read thoughts, travel to distant planets, create something out of nothing, lay an egg? So what is all this about ‘being god’? What exactly constitutes a ‘god’? Methinks it closely resembles horse manure wrapped up in fancy phrases.
It is always mystifying to me as to how people come to the conclusions about spiritual matter that they do... and where they get their information from. At least 99% of any information or knowledge a person possesses is from sources outside of themselves... the quality of the information being only as good as the source. So where did the inside dope come from, which gives rise to statements like ‘Christ will pronounce this Earth Planet of God before leaving it forever’. Either it originates in a very fertile imagination (bordering on the totally loony) or in an outside source.
Many of the beliefs of, and statements by, the New Agers in these article (and otherwise) comes from different spirit guides such as David Spangler's spirit friend John, Barbara Marx Hubbard’s ectoplasmic friend who calls himself Jesus and Neale Donald Walsch’s guide, whatever his name might be. All of which begs the question.. What or whom are these guides? How can anyone KNOW they are trustworthy and not lying in their teeth, or that they are even privy to the information they hand out so freely?
New Agers dismiss the Bible as being unreliable (in spite of much evidence to the contrary). Many atheists and non believers refuse to accept that the Gospels were even written by the people who’s names are attached to them. Yet, as in the case of Barbara Marx Hubbard, a spirit that identified itself to her as "Jesus" is believed without reservation or question. It is accepted that these spirits are who they claim to be and that the particulars they provide are unreservedly true. No further proof or evidence asked for and none received. These people are making an effort to shape the very world on the words of a spook without credentials or any form of evidence that they are who they say they are..
And they call Christians fools? Seems to me the boot is on the other foot.
And An Observation
The lead-in to a 1993 Thresholds interview with Barbara Marx Hubbard said this
“Barbara Marx Hubbard is a futurist whose life is a testimony to her belief that humanity has the power to cause its own evolution consciously. Born into a wealthy family with a father who taught her to “do her best,” Hubbard was free to pursue her spiritual needs at an early age. When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, Hubbard as a teenager began questioning the purpose of our power. From that point forward, she approached her education, her relationships, and her life’s choices in the context of two questions: “What is the purpose of humanity’s power?” and “What is my purpose?”
Which is fine for a person with the inclination, time and means to pursue metaphysical interests (although most of them come to conclusions far removed from the truth). Most of humanity should be so lucky. The vast majority of people on this planet live far more plebian lifestyles, more concerned with making a living, saving for college and hopefully having something to retire on. Survival itself is the day in and day out burning issue for too large a percentage of this planets inhabitants. So, for the vast majority of humankind, the Christian hope of something better in the age to come is the only light at the end of an often very dark tunnel, and one that anyone, regardless of age or education can fully comprehend. No abstract concepts, no convoluted arguments, no incomprehensible terminology.. just a simple story, a simple faith and an unshakable reward.
See Choose Life That You Might Live
It is tragically true that few of those who believe 'all spiritual beliefs are valid paths to God" seem to have made an in depth study of various religions to see if their claims are based on fact, or fairy dust. There is far more evidence in favor of the Bible being true, than there is for any of the other 'holy books' like the Qur’an, the Bhagavad-Gita, the writings of Confucius, or the Book of Mormon. This evidence includes it's humanly impossible authorship, it's candor about the faults and failings of it's main characters, fulfilled prophecy, and it's archaeological and scientific accuracy... none of which are seen in the books of other religions.