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The New Age... An Overview...
Part III

Carol Brooks

“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from
the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons”
[1 Timothy 4:1 NASB]

  Also See
The Message of the Bible   and  The Warnng of The Bible
Far from being outdated, out of touch, and largely irrelevant to modern society, the Kingdom of God Jesus was sent to earth to proclaim (No, His main message wasn’t about ‘love’) is exactly the utopian world most men and women can only dream of, not some pie-in-the-sky ethereal place the other side of Pluto where everyone exists in a state of disembodied blessedness. However, there is also a warning. The Bible very clearly tells us that we all have a choice to make in this life - the most important decision we will ever make. And, if the Bible is indeed the word of God, as it claims to be, and Jesus is the Son of God as He said He was, the consequences for the individual who chooses to ignore the ample evidence, or counter it with clever arguments, will be fatal.

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. In fact, all too many people seem to be prejudiced against the Bible, but well disposed towards other 'holy books' like the Qur’an, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Book of Mormon or the  unsubstantiated gobbledygook spouted by ‘spirit guides’ who do not even present a shred of evidence that they are who they claim to be. This is a rather illogical situation, because there is far a plethora of evidence in favor of the Bible being true, including it's humanly impossible authorship, the scientific, historical and archaeological corroboration, and the many fulfilled prophecies... none of which are seen in the books of other religions/beliefs.

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Index To All Three Sections

  PAGE I: What The Term New Age Means, To What Extent The Ideology Has Permeated Our Culture, Celebrity Endorsements, New Age Spirituality... Narcissistic Spiritual Entertainment or ...? Common Themes.... Inner Harmony and Divinity, Collective Consciousness etc. Varied, Mutated, and Disguised Forms, Hybridization & Expansion, Roots of The New Age, General Beliefs, The Higher or 'Divine' Self, We Are All Christs, The Biblical Warning About False Christs, Source of The Teachings, An Ancient Con

PAGE II: The Coming Age of Aquarius and The Reappearance of "The Christ", The "Shift" or Planetary Pentecost, Implementing 'The Plan,' As It Was In The Days of Noah, A "Messiah" or The Antichrist?, The Global Alliance... Much More than A Few Crazies.

YOU ARE HERE 001orange PAGE III: Christians Are Not Only Rocking Themselves To Sleep On The Porch... But, In Many Cases Have Totally Sold Out, Is it Really That Easy To Infiltrate The Body of Christ? Unfortunately ...Yes! Christians and The New Age Anti-christ... Lambs to the Slaughter, A Final Word, Our Extreme Credulity and Gullibility, "Quality" of The Messages? Dismissing The Bible As Being Untrustworthy (in spite of much evidence to the contrary), Intellectual Dishonesty, The Reliability of The Scriptures, Summary and Conclusion


Page III... The New Age Infiltration of The Church

The Sell Out
Christians Are Not Only Rocking Themselves To Sleep On The Porch... But, In Many Cases, Have Totally Sold Out

Is it Really That Easy To Infiltrate The Body of Christ? Unfortunately... Yes!

Christians and The New Age Anti-christ... Lambs to the Slaughter

Our Extreme Credulity and Gullibility
"Quality" of The Messages?

Dismissing The Bible As Being Untrustworthy
(in spite of much evidence to the contrary)
Intellectual Dishonesty

The Reliability of The Scriptures

Summary and Conclusion

 

Christians Are Not Only Rocking Themselves To Sleep On The Porch... But, In Many Cases, Have Totally Sold Out
Christians really need to sit up and pay attention to the fact that this planet is, not so gradually, being taken over by some of the highest intelligences in the universe, beings that are also master manipulators, against which there is no defense except God... ..

While this seething cauldron comes to a head, and the dark minions dig their tentacles further and further into human flesh, believers continue to trot off to their various conferences, watch TBN, read yet another leadership book, indulge in emerging dialogue, and argue about who Cain married... all the while waiting for a Rapture that isn't going to happen in time to save them. [See The Rapture]. Much of the church cannot seem to tear themselves away from their endless round of usually unbiblical trivia ... television shows, conferences, courses, seminars, and books by the latest hot shot preacher who just has to unload his ideas about Christianity on a very gullible public. Each usually more ridiculous, and less doctrinally sound than the last.

It is a tragedy of epic proportions that, not only are most Christians still unaware of the nature, power, and danger, posed by the New Age ideas among us but, like frogs being slowly brought up to the boil, this adulterous generation inside the church has gradually been acclimatized into accepting ideas and practices that any self respecting Berean, unimpressed by "new revelation", would have run a mile from. In the words of Warren Smith

    "God is not in the process of giving the Church "new revelation" that will supersede what He has already given us in His holy Word. He is not in the process of bringing a "new thing" into the Church. He is not in the process of taking His Church to a "new place" or to a "new dimension" or to a "new level." He is not in the process of bringing in a "new dispensation." And He most certainly is not in the process of introducing a "new gospel" that contradicts in word and spirit everything He has ever taught us about our life in Christ. No, these are the plans of antichrist, and the Church had better beware." [71]

Not only have the warnings been ignored but, much of the church has actually sold out to the occult, taking increasingly direct paths into occultism, with so called Christians and, even worse, pseudo 'Christian' ministers endorsing New Age beliefs and channeled works. In The New Age and Devil Worship, Thomas Horn also said

    Many mainstream "Christian" denominations have annexed the New Age ideas, and believers that once held strong doctrinal positions of the supremacy of Christ, have abandoned those views in exchange for a New Age universal philosophy. Examples include a witch who teaches principles of Goddess worship at a Roman Catholic college in California, and United Methodist pastors who propose replacing the name of Jesus with Sophia (Goddess of Wisdom) when reading about the crucifixion. Such persons claim we should join the efforts of New Agers and be sympathetic to "Goddess-minded Christians" and advocate a universal religious system, one designed to be inoffensive to people of any theological persuasion... [See World Council Of Churches]

    Many of the popular "Christian" doctrines advocated today are nothing more than the cultic propositions of Eastern mysticism and ancient paganism. These include concepts of psychic healing, self-realization, emotional experiences, rules of success, breathing techniques, positive confession, name it and claim it, environmental theology, the ecumenical movement, visualization, hypnosis by clergy, mind manipulation, and so on.

    At times, even the activity within the "fundamental" church, including certain physical phenomena we sometimes embrace as the miraculous evidence of "revival," is a modern form of magic and opens the door for "old gods" and their mysticism to invade the church. The line between a true manifestation of God, and human orchestration, is often blurred. Sincere people, in a quest to experience God, frequently mimic the doctrinal and physical activity of others. Some Christians have been drawn to mystical experiences rather than concentrating on God and His Word.

[Read Entire Article The New Age and Devil Worship by Thomas Horn]
Also Section The Modern Church’s Literal Doctrines and Practices of Demons


Is it Really That Easy To Infiltrate The Body of Christ?
Tal Brooke, former New Age disciple of Hindu holy man, Sai Baba, confirms that "the New Age movement, and its progeny, Gaia, are spiritually correct for a new world order. Christianity is not."

In her book, Problems of Humanity, Alice Bailey foretold what she called "the regeneration of the churches",

    The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished. [72]

Many argue that it cannot possibly be that easy.

Oh yes it is! And the New Agers know it.

For example read what Richard Sutphen, author of many New Age titles, said in "Infiltrating the New Age into Society"...

    One of the biggest advantages we have as New Agers is, once the occult, metaphysical and New Age terminology is removed, we have concepts and techniques that are very acceptable to the general public. So we can change the names... demonstrate the power... open the door to millions who normally would not be receptive." [07]

In other words, as said by Ray Yungen, Christian apologist... [Emphasis Added]

    "... instead of opposing Christianity, the occult would capture and blend itself with Christianity and then use it as its primary vehicle for spreading and instilling New Age consciousness! The various churches would still have their outer trappings of Christianity and still use much of the same lingo. If asked certain questions about traditional Christian doctrine, the same answers would be given. But it would all be on the outside; on the inside a contemplative spirituality would be drawing in those open to it.

    "In wide segments of Christendom this has indeed already occurred.... Thomas Keating alone taught 31,000 people mystical prayer in one year. People are responding to this in large numbers because it has the external appearance of Christianity but in truth, is the diametric opposite. What a skillful spiritual delusion!" [73]

The body of Christ that should have been a bulwark against evil has, with apostate leaders and a Biblically illiterate population, latched on to the coat tails of the world and adopted practices that are DIRECTLY derived from the Occult. We are cheerfully walking labyrinths, indulging in Contemplative Prayer, adopting Yoga, and babbling in languages unknown to us, and ordering God around as if He were a celestial page boy.

Consider one example (among many) of how New Age doctrines have seeped in to the mainstream church...

From New Age Leader Eric Butterworth and Pioneer Ernest Shurtleff Holmes.
Eric Butterworth was senior Minister of The Unity Center of New York City. He was among the leading spokespersons in modern times on "practical mysticism" who thought Jesus was "perhaps ahead of his time" in that he taught of the endless potential of humanity and its spiritual unity with God while presenting "a workable philosophy, a way of life.".

Butterworth's teaching was focused on the Divinity of all people, and his desire was that everyone would know their Oneness with God. As of March 31, 2008, Eric Butterworth's official website [74] opens with the words "You can change your life... by altering your thoughts". The site ericbutterworth.org says "Eric was considered a legend and spiritual icon in the Unity Movement". [75] [See More on Eric Butterworth]

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) was founder of a movement known as Religious Science, also known as Science of Mind. In his book The Science of Mind, sometimes called as one of the greatest New Thought books ever written, he tells of a fable in which the gods decided to make man "a Divine Being", and held a long discussion as to the "best place to hide his Divinity", finally coming to the conclusion that the best place was "IN THE INNERMOST NATURE OF MAN HIMSELF" since this was the "last place he would look for it". While Holmes admits that this is just a fable, he goes on to say it "clearly sets forth the reality of the case" and "the word is really in our own mouths, and every time we say "I AM" we are repeating it; for "I AM" is the secret of nature and the emblem of Eternity". [76]. In his words...

    "I believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is within me and that I experience this Kingdom to the degree that I become conscious of it. [77]

To Norman Vincent Peale
Peale wrote of Butterworth's book Discover the Power Within You, which is considered a classic in the New Thought Spiritual Movement.

    "A wonderful book... Truly a life changer as many readers know. This book really does release the power within us all".

He also endorsed the back cover of Ernest Holmes' The Science of Mind the book, saying

    "I believe God was in this man, Ernest Holmes. He was in tune with the Infinite."

Peale also wrote on the back cover of Ernest Holmes: His Life and Times:

    "Only those who knew me as a boy can fully appreciate what Ernest Holmes did for me. Why, he made me a positive thinker." [More on Norman Vincent Peale.

From Norman Vincent Peale To Robert Schuller
Not only does Schuller credit close friend and mentor Norman Vincent Peale with fine tuning his own positive faith and laying the foundation for his own Possibility Thinking that was to come, but he also endorsed A Course In Miracles and called Napoleon Hill's book Success through a Positive Mental Attitude one of the ten books that has most impacted his faith and his philosophy. Note that BOTH books are channeled works, that is they came directly from 'spirit guides'.

In The New Revelations, Neale Donald Walsch and his "God" have a conversation in which they both describe Robert Schuller as the kind of "extraordinary minister" who was providing a bridge from the "Christian" church into the New Age/New Spirituality. Walsch and his "God" were obviously pleased that Schuller, like Templeton, was proposing a "new reformation" for the church that would be based on the principles of "self-esteem."

On a 2004 [10/17/04] Hour of Power program, Schuller’s featured guest was New Age leader and A Course in Miracles advocate Gerald Jampolsky, endorsing all of Jampolsky's "fabulous" books, adding that Jampolsky's latest book, Forgiveness, was available in the Crystal Cathedral bookstore. However Schuller forgot to mention that Jampolsky's books are all based on the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles, and that the foreword of Forgiveness was written by Neale Donald Walsch, who is not some obscure New Age leader, but a bestselling author highly regarded by his New Age peers. He also forgot to mention that Gerald Jampolsky also operates under the influence of a spirit guide.

From Robert Schuller To Millions of Christians
Schuller used to be watched by over 20 million Christians on hundreds of stations in more than 180 countries, and his Hour of Power weekly televised church service reached ...

    "... an audience approaching 20 million people on all continents. It may be seen on approximately 185 stations across the United States and Canada, as well on cable and satellite channels around the world including the Discovery Channel, the Sky Channel, the Trinity Broadcast Network, and more. The Hour of Power has also been selected by the U.S. Armed Forces Radio & Television Network to be broadcast to cities and bases in over 165 countries worldwide and to all ships at sea". [78]

Even today the hour of power web site says [Emphasis Added]

    Each week, millions of people around the world tune in for unique and original messages that encourage each viewer to live a life filled with possibilities... to become the positive, hope-filled person God designed them to be! [79]

If millions of Christians are tuning into the 'Hour of Power" broadcasts and listening to Robert Schuller who learned his positive thinking message from New Age occultists, then  what we have is a church that has fallen head first into apostasy... seduced by demonic doctrine that promises them all manner of good things in the here and now. 

And Schuller isn't the only one. Similarly


From Napolean Hill and Norman Vincent Peale to Joel Osteen... to Millions of Christians
An October 21, 2005 article By Tatiana Morales on CBS News.com refers to an appearance Osteen made on The Early Show on which co-anchor Harry Smith ..."compared Osteen's preaching to Norman Vincent Peale's, and Osteen agreed".

    "It's amazing," Osteen said. "I was preaching two or three years when someone gave me one of his books. I was going to say, 'He thinks like me.' I think like him. It seems like it's the same base there. God is on our side and if you think right, I believe, like Norman Vincent Peale did, that your life follows your thoughts. You get up negative, oppressive, you're day will go that way."  [80]

So lets first take a look at the timeline.

    Joel Osteen succeeded his father as pastor of Lakewood Church on October 3, 1999. Prior to this he had apparently only preached once in his life... the week before his father's death. [81].

    Osteen says he had only been preaching for two or three years when some gave him a copy of one of Norman Vincent Peale's books, which would be around 2001 or 2002.

    Which means that Osteen's first book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, was released in October 2004, just two or three short years after he read Norman Vincent Peale's book The Power of Positive Thinking.

In Your Best Life Now Osteen uses exactly the same words as Peale who, in turn, got the expression from Napoleon Hill. (In fact What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve is one of Hill's hallmark expressions, used more than once in his best seller Think and Grow Rich [82]).

And where did Napolean Hill get this phrase from? His council of seven men... non-humans who met at his dining table at night.

    Napoleon Hill
    What the mind of man can conceive and believe, It can achieve. [83].

    He (Edison) knew the mind could produce anything the mind could conceive and believe" [84]

    Norman Vincent Peale
    "Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, and your heart desire, you can achieve" [85]

    Joel Osteen
    "... the first step to living at your full potential is to enlarge your vision... you must start looking at life through eyes of faith, seeing yourself rising to new levels. See your business taking off. See your marriage restored. See your family prospering. See your dreams coming to pass. You must conceive it and believe it is possible if you ever hope to experience it. [86]

Now that is one thing that Osteen got right.. He does think like Peale...and both of them are on the same page. And it is no wonder. Both their doctrines derive from exactly the same source and the "same base". As the author of the book of Ecclesiastes said.. "there is nothing new under the sun". Satan pulls down an old dusty heresy from off the shelf, gives it a spit shine, ties a red bow on top and hands it back to man with a flourish. And man? ... man, completely taken with the shiny wrapping, embraces it with both arms. More About Joel Osteen

The chart on the page Roots Of Evil should give you some idea of how our so called Christian doctrines have, in reality, come directly from the occult. Also See Mysticism in The Church And Doctrines of Demons in the Contemporary Church Section]

The gradual, but sure, infiltration of the church means that there is nothing to hinder the return of pure and unmitigated evil. We are so busy congratulating ourselves on how "spiritual" we have become, that we little suspect that we have actually lost all right to call ourselves "Christians".  In other words, we have endorsed the invitations and are along for the ride... And what a ride it's going to be... a Church expecting revival and the return of Christ will soon find itself face to face with the antichrist instead.

See The Antichrist and  The Seven Seals


Brian McLaren
What is really fascinating, and repulsive at the same time, is that the so called church now even openly echoes the terminology... Incredibly, a page on Brian McLaren held an "Everything Must Change Tour" in eleven cities around the U.S. in early 2008. A page on the tour links to a web site called deepshift.org, which used to carry a picture of McLaren on it's pages. These pages are now archived on the Vision Project site. [87], both of which quote McLaren as saying "We Are In Deep Shift".

    A time of transition
    rethinking
    re-imagining
    and re-envisioning"

Brian McLaren is a well known and popular leader who by completely redefining the coming 'kingdom' of God, teaches that the message of Jesus could also be good news- not just for Christians but also for Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, New Agers, agnostics, and atheists. In fact, his teachings are perfectly aligned with New Age beliefs about a coming utopia. While professing to be a Christian, McLaren teaches that Jesus might have had a "Secret Message". He says

    "What if Jesus' secret message reveals a secret plan? What if he didn't come to start a new religion - but rather came to start a political, social, religious, artistic, economic, intellectual, and spiritual revolution that would give birth to a new world? What if his secret message had practical implications for such issues as how you live your daily life, how you earn and spend money, how you treat people of other races and religions, and how the nations of the world conduct their foreign policy?  What if his message directly or indirectly addressed issues like advertising, environmentalism, terrorism, economics, sexuality, marriage, parenting, the quest for happiness and peace, and radical reconciliation." [88]

I realize that most of the church, not having given the matter a modicum of thought (much less study), seems to take for granted that Heaven is some ethereal and intangible place somewhere out there, which we go up to. McLaren calls this common, but erroneous, belief "a gospel of evacuation" [89] and "an eschatology of abandonment" which "has disastrous social consequences" such as marginalizing ecology. [90]

He goes as far as to say that a "key idea for a sermon would be to suggest" [All Emphasis Added]

    "that there are two very different understandings of the gospel afoot in our churches today: one is a gospel of evacuation and the other a gospel of transformation. One gospel says that God has given up on creation and plans to destroy it, extracting souls for a disembodied existence in heaven. The other gospel says that God is faithful to creation and is at work to heal it and save it from human sin, and promises that any sacrifice we make to be co-laborers with God in God's saving and healing work will be amply rewarded in this life and the next. One gospel offers little hope for the earth and its inhabitants in history, and focuses their hope beyond this life only. The other gospel is good news for all people (Luke 2:10) offers hope for both this life and the life beyond. [89]

See More About McLaren


Christians and The New Age Anti-christ... Lambs to the Slaughter
Many Christians today have been so totally deceived into adopting practices directly derived from the occult that, unless something changes very radically, huge numbers are going to be deceived by the anti-christ. As so well said by Thomas Horn, RNU (Raiders News Update) News Sr. Reporter, in The New Age & Devil Worship

    For many years Christians wondered how the Antichrist would deceive the earth's masses. How does one convince millions of people, especially in countries where Christianity exists, to exchange their souls for temporary earthly benefits? Then the New Age Movement came along with its focus on human-potential and self-empowerment and successfully drew many Christians away from Christ-exalting doctrines. Old-fashioned gospel preaching was replaced with positive thinking, self-realization, and pop psychology, and mystical experiences which tantalize the flesh were sanctioned as "the last great revival." As a result, celebrity preachers advance sermons focusing on "the inner self," and Sunday morning services begin with shouts of "Are you ready for God to do great things!?" The implication that God will meet with believers and grant their many requests is touted as dynamic Christianity. The days of unconditional Christian devotion are threatened as contemporary congregations expect God to "manifest" Himself and please the whims of the audience. Although Jesus warned of an "evil and adulterous generation [that] seeketh after a sign," physical and mystical "thrills" have become the benchmark of many popular Christian gathering places. The result is a growing superficiality among some Christians who are preoccupied with mysticism and "me-ism."

    An inward-focusing generation of "religious people" willing to trade their soul for whatever makes them happy is exactly what is necessary for the appearance of Antichrist. "You can stamp my hand if you'll give me what I want" is the required attitude.  [Read Entire Article The New Age and Devil Worship by Thomas Horn]

Understanding Deception
Over 500 years before Christ, the prophet Daniel said that "the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many" (1 Daniel 11:32-33). However the key words in this verse are "know their God". How much we know of God and His Word will determine what path we walk and how we much we are able to judge the truth from fabrication, now and in the future.

The very nature of Satan's deceptions has always been to present it as something so good that it is at best... harmless, and at worst... impossible to resist. Most Christians foolishly think we can never be deceived and that, when push comes to shove, God will be faithful and take care of us. But the problem is that this is either wishful thinking, or another case of Christians burying their heads in the sand. The very word deceive means the person will be tricked, hoodwinked, duped, taken in, fooled, misled, deluded, outwitted.

What makes anyone think that a deception, particularly on such a grand scale by the master of deceivers, is going to be easy to identify? Certainly God doesn't! On the contrary Jesus told us that many will be deceived. Two thousand years ago both Jesus Christ and Paul warned us about what was going to happen, and that we had better be prepared.

    "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. "Behold, I have told you in advance. "So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. "For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be”. [Matthew 24:24-27 NASB]

    But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. [2 Corinthians 11:3-4 NASB]

A theme that was only echoing the Old Testament, which says

    There is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death. [Proverb 14:12 Emphasis Added]

But the Church today is not prepared. Ignorant of our adversary's schemes, we are missing our opportunities to expose these false teachings to a lost and dying world. Ignorant of our adversary's schemes, we don't contend for our faith because we don't even realize that someone is trying to reinvent our faith. Ignorant of our adversary's schemes, we have become vulnerable to those schemes". [I believe this is a quote from Warren Smith's book Reinventing Jesus. Regardless, it hits the nail right on the head]

The signs are far from encouraging. In spite of God warning us over and over again about the myriad of deceptive rabbit trails that lead us off the path to God, Christians rarely listen and are deceived in vast numbers with relentless regularity. The church has already been thoroughly infiltrated by every manner of apostasy possible. The seduction has been remarkably easy, not accomplished by a direct challenge from another religion, atheism etc. which would have been stoutly repulsed, but insidiously creeping in under far more subtle disguises... Some of which are "finding God", drawing nearer to or experiencing God, visualization, self-improvement techniques, claiming God's 'gifts', etc. etc. etc.

While the list defies cataloguing, most of it is ME driven. [See Section The Contemporary Church]

So if you aren't listening today, what makes you think you will hear Him tomorrow?

Why do I not doubt that the antichrist will be equally subtle.. initially presenting a message that appeals to Christians and, if the sheer volume of apostasy already flourishing in the church is anything to go by, will very possibly be lauded from many pulpits across the land.

Now that's a scary thought! But, tragically, one that is quite familiar.

For the rest of this article I quote from one entitled The New Age of Disgrace, by Sherry Shriner

    "In a New Age there is no tolerance for true Christianity. Michaelsen (Johanna Michaelsen, author of "Like Lambs to the Slaughter") says, "In New Age thought traditional Christianity blocks the evolution of the human race, threatening the global unity necessary for racial survival. "Unity" is the password of the day. Unity at all costs; unity at the expense of truth. Those who stand in the way of "unity" - especially religious unity - are increasingly being viewed with a hostile eye, for these "narrow-minded disrupters" are seen as standing in the way of the establishment of the peace and the very survival of the entire planet. Those people (such as Fundamentalist Christians) who insist on maintaining their "archaic and provincially orthodox" beliefs and literal interpretations of Scripture must either learn to become "open-minded" and blend in or else risk being eliminated -entirely."

    Like many other "one world" groups, New Agers look forward to the elimination of existing political systems and national boundaries. They are prepared to welcome the subsequent blending of all nations and peoples into planetary culture, with a single court of justice, a single police force, a single economic and education system - all under a single government dominated by a super-bureau of what they call themselves, "enlightened ones".

    You should know, if you are a Christian - a Bible believing Christian who believes in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God - that you are a primary target of The Plan. In fact, the only thing that stands between Satan and the successful implementation of this global blasphemy of one world religion and government is you and the other determined Christians throughout the world who stand against them. This is why the defeat and conquest of Christianity is their number one priority.

    As Michaelsen said New Agers find it difficult, if not impossible, to tolerate "narrow minded" people. You could say that they themselves are somewhat "narrow-minded" about accepting "narrow-minded" people...at which point we might conclude that these "open-minded" people are somewhat less "open-minded" than they would like us to think. It simply will not do to declare we must all unite in a mutual, open-minded and global love, acceptance, and tolerance of one another while all the while plotting the deliberate and untimely demise of those who don't agree.

    New Age leaders know that only if they are able to undermine credibility of the Bible, discredit it, and weaken the Christian church will they be able to fulfill the ascension of power of their New Age Messiah and the establishment of one world religion and one world government. The horrible truth about this movement is that they do not want to compete with Christianity, they want to destroy it. They seek to replace it with the religious system described in Revelation 17: Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. To attack the Christian believer by mocking the Bible is common among New Agers who at the same time infiltrate churches as pastors, priests, and other titles of leadership to promote its well-disguised occultic doctrines. [91]

Think these are the rantings of a Christian "fundamentalist"? Think again. The Seven Ray Institute that supports the work of the United Nations believes, along with countless other groups, that "no religion has the last and final word concerning the relation of God and man." They state that

    It is necessary for adherents of the world's faiths to understand that each great world religion comes, ultimately, from One Source which The Secret Doctrine reveals.... Introducing and explaining these few points to the unenlightened millions is a huge work and it will be resisted strenuously by the fanatical adherents of various faiths - and all faiths have their fanatics! But the day of the fanatics has its term and is destined to fade away.... The Great Lord Maitreya, the Christ, the Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy is "on His way". His intention is to reappear when a measure of economic sharing prevails, when a measure of peace has been restored, and when the "Church cleans house" ... [92]

Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin of The Center for Visionary Leadership say that "war is only one form of change, and often the least effective", but add there is yet ... [Emphasis Added]

    "... a role for the right use of destruction when it is used against rigid and crystallized forms of thought and cultural patterns that prevent Life from evolving to it's next step" [93]

    "If groups are aligned with the Higher Will when this energy is released through them, they will expand and become more creative, alive, powerful. If they are out of alignment, they will degenerate emotionally, physically and mentally. This process has already begun, as we can see through the downfall of groups that are opposing evolution and synthesis, and will only accelerate in the years ahead. [94]

In other words... They believe that the Shambhala energy will get Christian fundamentalists out of the way... To which I only have one thing to say.. Good luck with that!

(Incidentally, the Dalai Lama, that "messenger of peace" also teaches exactly the same thing. [See The Kalachakra Prophecies]

Again these are not just certifiable kooks. Corinne McLaughlin coordinated a national task force for President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, while Gordon was formerly the Executive Director of the Social Investment Forum, and of The Center for Environmentally Responsible Economies. They both have served on the adjunct faculty of The American University and the University of Massachusetts, and are Fellows of The World Business Academy.

[More about These Groups]

Once more I quote Warren Smith...

    "God's message today is loud and clear. This is not a time for celebration. This is not a time for the church to be expecting some kind of a special blessing. This is a time to be sober and vigilant. This is a time to watch and pray. This is a time to be spiritually prepared. This is a time to be warning your brothers and sisters and family and friends about what is happening in the world.

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8–9)

    When storms with the potential to kill are just offshore, reasonable people make reasonable preparations. They don't party in the face of the impending danger. They don't sit on their front porches pretending that nothing is happening. Jesus warned in Scripture that storms would come. He particularly warned about those that would come at the end of time. He wasn't being negative. He wasn't trying to scare us. He was telling us these things ahead of time so that we would be prepared; so that we would not be deceived nor intimidated nor frightened into compromising or questioning our faith. Jesus said that if we listened to His words and applied them to our lives, that our faith would withstand any storm. [95]


A Final Word
Our Extreme Credulity and Gullibility
Centuries ago, because Satan himself can and does come disguised as an angel of light, the Bible warned us not to have any truck with the spirit world, regardless of how benevolent they may appear to be ...

So what do we do?

Lay out the red carpet of course.

Why, the Bible is just a handful of old dusty pages that belongs in the realm of myth and ancient imagination, thereby it can not possibly know what it is talking about. It certainly cannot understand the modern world, modern problems and, even less, the modern psyche.

But us?

We believe ourselves to be altogether too smart to fall for any form of subterfuge or duplicity. We are, after all, on the cutting edge of a new world.. boldly going where no man has gone before...well equipped to fine tune our spirituality and raise the global consciousness of the planet. After all, we are well informed by ectoplasmic apparitions that show up on our doorstep one fine day, asking that we write a book (or two or three) for them and, of course, the uplifting of humanity.

The so called "ancient wisdom" messages given the world come from people like Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Helena Roerich, Napoleon Hill, Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Steve Rother (President of Lightworker, who "channels the loving entities simply known as The Group).  Over the last few decades these, and other, people have been contacted (read... manipulated by) spirit guides, such as Alice Bailey's sidekick Djwhal Khul, David Spangler's spirit friend John, Barbara Marx Hubbard's ectoplasmic pal who, I believe, called himself Jesus, and Neale Donald Walsch's guide... whatever his name might be.

Certainly in the west, other than the information provided in the Scriptures, little was known about this so called great world leader before people like Alice Bailey were approached by spooks that spouted great torrents of gobbledygook.

These spirit guides believed to be "Ascended Masters", the "Masters of Wisdom”, the "Hierarchy of Light" etc. have indulged in philosophical exchanges, or communicated their messages, which have been duly written down by their compliant minions, and then presented to the world as "truth". This done without one ounce of evidence that the spirit guide was who he claimed to be, or that his message could, in any way, be trusted.

No further proof or evidence asked for, and none received.

It is accepted that these spirits are who they claim to be, and that the particulars they provide are unreservedly true. They speak... and human beings fall over like ninepins, rushing to embrace whatever "wisdom" is being put forth. Why bother with little things like credentials? Why bother to entertain the possibility that this wraith may actually be lying? He calls himself Jesus, Maitreya, Seth, or Djwhal Khul so, by golly, that is who he must be.

For example, Barbara Marx Hubbard, president of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution, is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch's book "The Mother of Invention...The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of YOU" (Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations With God is a well known New Age leader). A short summary of main lessons from the book is presented on the site "Poetic Mind" owned by Gil Dekel and Natalie Deke (Reiki Masters and Visionary Artists) [96]. Here is some of what it says....

    Pg. 9: In her meditations Barbara would feel a vibrant field of light which she saw as an inner vision – a presence and a feeling of a non local essence that is totally present here and now.
    Page 13: She asked the 'presence' who he was, and got the reply: 'I am the guardian of the gate way, the passageway to the next evolution.'

    Page 14: The inner voice said: 'The first reward of your writing is a union with me and the second will be keeping the sense of a universal person, unbound by the local self.”

    Page 17: She paid attention to this inner voice; her inner 'partner' who was on the other side. He told her to go into her mind's eye and see into the future, the 'future' in a human perspective. She was then able to see the next step in the human evolution, and the tools we need to develop to reach it. [97]

This all happened in response to a question she supposedly directed to God — "What is our story? What in our age is comparable to the birth of Christ?” [98]

("What in our age is comparable to the birth of Christ?" Did she seriously ask that question?)

Together Hubbard and "Christ" have rewritten the Bible's Book of Revelation, to say nothing of re-interpreting the other books of the New Testament. Hubbard's "Christ" gave her specific instructions on how a united humanity, purposefully partnering with God, can literally re-create the future. This "Christ" teaches that the "violent" Armageddon script described in the Bible does not have to happen, that it is only a "possible" future.

    The alternative to Armageddon is a Planetary Pentecost.  It will be a time when a critical mass of people will hear from within - in their own voices and languages- the inner voice of God. [99]

Not by any stretch of the imagination can Barbara Marx Hubbard be placed in the same category as the gypsy in a tent crouched over her crystal ball. "In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket. She also co-designed three major Soviet-American citizen summits during the 1980s Hubbard graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A in Political Science. She also studied at L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques and the Sorbonne in Paris." [100]

Yet intelligence and abilities seem not necessarily to go hand in hand with common sense. She, like so many others believed, without any apparent reservation or question, what was told her by a "presence" or "inner voice" and, like so many others, continues to attempt to shape the world according to the scenario these beings paint, and the instructions they issue.

This is spite of the fact that, from the very camp that endorses every form of lunacy came one warning that has, apparently, been completely ignored...

    "When spirits begin to speak with a man, he must beware lest he believe them in anything; for they say almost anything; things are fabricated by them, and they lie; ... they would tell so many lies and indeed with solemn affirmation that a man would be astonished...if a man listens and believes they press on, and deceive, and seduce in divers ways... They induce so strong a persuasion that it is the Lord Himself who speaks and who commands, that man cannot but believe and obey". [101]

 [See What Eastern Gurus Say About Occult Practices]


"Quality" of The Messages?
Benjamin Creme says he leaves it "to a study of the quality of the Messages themselves to convince or otherwise". [35]

Who is he kidding? There is no "quality" in these messages, leave alone one single bit of proof that they are true. For example, have these Masters of Wisdom" made a single definite prophecy that has actually been fulfilled? No they haven't! And why not? Wouldn't fulfilled prophecy be one of the best ways to establish the authenticity and validity of the claims made... that the speaker can indeed tell us what is going to happen? Yet, unlike every other 'holy book', there are innumerable prophecies in the Bible, many of which already have been fulfilled to the letter, with absolutely no errors.

See The Odds, Daniel’s Amazing Prophecies, Assorted Prophecies, and very importantly...
Messianic Prophecies which include The Seven Feasts of Israel
 

The problem is that these "Masters of Wisdom" are not omnipotent and cannot see the future. Only God can do that. So they have sought to cover the duplicity of their claims  with streams of elaborate, even tortuous blather. But then, there may be a method to their madness. It certainly seems that the more convoluted the language, the more people go Ooh! And Ah!, The more enigmatic (read.. ridiculous) the principle, the more impressed they are with the 'wisdom' of the speaker. Seemingly all a person has to do is come up with a lot of profound sounding statements, and thousands, who have checked their brains in at the door, will follow them anywhere.

Combine this with the feelings of peace, or 'other worldliness' that people often feel when they meditate etc, seems to bolster the claim that they are awakening their consciousness and/or getting closer to God. Sadly, for them, these feeling are caused by the Alpha State, which is the first of a series of stages the brain goes through when we are falling asleep, or when the brain is lulled into a more 'relaxed' state. This can even occur when driving, or listening to certain musical compositions... a certain tempo or beat has something to do with it.

What is certain is that, regardless of the fancy sounding spin, these feelings have nothing to do with "spirituality".

And they call Christians fools? Seems to me the boot is on the other foot.

So why do people fall for this highly dangerous codswallop? Perhaps there is a clue in something Barbara Marx Hubbard says [Emphasis Added]

     I went through the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and the book of Revelation, verse by a verse, writing for six months without stopping or "thinking" in the ordinary sense.  I just asked "what does this mean?" and the ideas flowed through a poised mind.  It was the most wonderful period of my life. I produced a massive treatise that was called a book of Co-Creation. [The last section, inspired by the book of Revelation, has been published as The Revelation: A Message Of Hope For The New Millennium.]

    I was infused with the spirit of the evolutionary Christ and felt that this is what we can become, as we are all changed... [102]

When the simple God given gifts of rational thought and logic are thrown out of the proverbial window, we allow our minds to become blank canvasses, fertile ground for a powerful spiritual being to plant in it whatever he wishes...the meaning of the Scriptural texts carefully manipulated to give credence to his ideas and his plans. Common sense dictates that when we are reading and endeavoring to understand something written by someone else, we ask the question "What did the original author mean?"  But, of course, common sense and logic are now seen as the antithesis of 'spirituality' and don't stand a chance against exotic concepts such as being "infused with the spirit of the evolutionary Christ".

Similarly Barbara Marx Hubbard also says she “returned to the New Testament and experienced it as a coded evolution”. In her words

     “when we read it from the perspective of what we are becoming, we can see the story of Jesus prefigured our own future. The virgin birth, the miracles, the death of this body, the emergence of a new body sensitive to thought - is this not what may be possible as we put together our full capacities?”[103]

After all, how can the down to earth, simple reasons the Bible gives for the life and death of Jesus Christ compare with seeing the New Testament as this mysterious "coded evolution" which, of course, it took one woman in the 21st century to figure out. I guess virtually everyone else in the last two thousand years, some of whom gave their lives to studying the Scriptures, must have been extremely deficient in the grey matter department.

Which is a load of crock if I ever heard one.


Dismissing The Bible As Being Untrustworthy
New Agers dismiss the Bible as being unreliable (in spite of much evidence to the contrary).

As pastor Gregory Koukl put it "Christians are made to look like the local yokels that really don't know the truth and the truth is that the Bible is a bunch of malarky, myths and made-up stories to make us feel better about life after death ... narrow-minded, provincial types, the fundamentalists who just haven't caught up with twentieth century scholarship". [See Jesus Plain And Simple]

Many atheists and non believers even refuse to accept that the Gospels were even written by the people who's names are attached to them, The simple question could be asked... Whose word is more reliable? Those closest to Jesus who, walked with Jesus, were eyewitnesses, who signed their testimonies with their lifeblood, or those (like Benjamin Creme) who are two thousand plus years removed from the events, and have absolutely nothing to back up any of their claims or teachings, except the words of a spiritual being who cannot prove he is not lying?

Perhaps the most common reason which people advance for choosing to reject the Bible is because they believe that the original text MUST have been changed significantly since it was first written, and therefore, it is said, there is little point in paying much attention to a corrupted book. Others, who believe the Bible is one of the Holy Books (the words of which they usually twist to suit their own agenda), seem to be under the impression that, on the whole, it cannot be trusted... that the apostles got Jesus' message wrong and/or deliberately added teachings and requirements not endorsed by God... that the Bible has been tampered with over the centuries, the victim of innumerable additions and deletions. Yet, as said by Dave Miller of Apologetics Press...

    men who literally spent their lives poring over ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, devoting their lives to meticulous, tedious analysis of the evidence, conversant with the original languages, without peer in their expertise and qualifications, have concluded that the Bible has been transmitted accurately. [Dave Miller. Academia's Asinine Assault on the Bible].

Besides which the very authorship of the Bible makes it impossible to account for upon ordinary principles. (Below)


Intellectual Dishonesty
However, claiming that the Bible is not to be trusted, does not stop people from embracing parts of the Bible, while rejecting the rest. They decide what is good for them and reject what curtails their freedom. This is not only dishonest, but self serving in the extreme. Take for example Benjamin Creme's words in his book The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, which I have previously mentioned in this piece. He says...

    It is an enormous, and embarrassing, claim to have to make - that the Christ is giving messages through oneself. But if people can rid their minds of the idea of the Christ as some sort of spirit, sitting in 'heaven' as God's right hand; if they can begin to see Him as indeed He is, a real and living man (albeit a Divine man - Who has never left the world; Who descended, not from 'heaven', but from His ancient retreat in the Himalayas, to complete the task He began in Palestine; as a great Master; an Adept and Yogi; as the chief actor in a Gospel Story which is essentially true, but much simpler than hitherto presented; if people can accept that possibility, the claim to receive telepathic communications from such a closer and more knowable Being is also, perhaps, more acceptable. In any case, I leave it to a study of the quality of the Messages themselves to convince or otherwise. [35]

The problem here is that the only way we know that Christ preached the gospel message in Palestine, is from the Bible. So why then are we so willing to accept that the Bible was truthful about that, but lied about other details of Christ's life and death. The very same books written by the very same authors that tell us that Christ preached in Palestine, also tell us that the Savior has already come, and He is the only way to the Father.

    But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”. [Luke 2:10-11 NASB]

    "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. [John 3:18 NASB]

    Jesus *said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me”. [John 14:6 NASB]

Again, so many are all too happy to believe Benjamin Creme when he says Jesus "descended, not from 'heaven', but from His ancient retreat in the Himalayas", and "never left the world". But once more, these very books tell us that He came from heaven, ascended back into heaven after His resurrection and will, in future, return in the same way He left.

    "No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. [John 3:13 NASB]

    And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." [Acts 1:10-11 NASB]

And, even if only parts of the Bible are true, how do we know which parts to believe and which parts we are supposed to reject? The fact of the matter is that ....

There is no intellectually honest way to carve up Biblical texts according to ones own liking and spiritual preferences.

Incidentally, when Christ does return, he will not do so surreptitiously, but it will be an event that every person in the world will see.

    Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. [Revelation 1:7 NASB]

And the every eye will include Benjamin Creme, Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Eckhart Tolle, and the so called "Ascended Masters".

Similarly, Barbara Marx Hubbard asked God "What is our story? What in our age is comparable to the birth of Christ?” [98]. She obviously thinks that the birth of Christ was a pretty momentous happening. However, the only place that she could have learned that He was born at all was from the Bible. But, in the usual pick and choose mode, she ignores almost everything else the same book says. For instance...

    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, [John 1:12 NASB]

    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. [John 14:6 NASB]

One more example, among many, of people choosing to believe whatever suits their own preferences comes from ....


The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ

This "gospel" was written by Levi H. Dowling who was, I believe, a one time Church of Christ pastor. It was first published in 1908, and is seen as one of the formative works of New Age spirituality. Dowling said he transcribed the text from the Akashic records (the Book of God's Remembrances), a compendium of mystical knowledge supposedly encoded in a non-physical plane of existence.

This book is, in reality, nothing but a re-write of the New Testament to make it fit into the New Age/Occult view of Jesus Christ. For example, it says Jesus Christ was not tempted by Satan in the wilderness, but emerged the victor from a struggle between His carnal and "higher" self.

    But Jesus said, Away from me all tempting thoughts. My heart is fixed; I spurn this carnal self with all its vain ambition and its pride. For forty days did Jesus wrestle with his carnal self; his higher self prevailed. He then was hungry, but his friends had found him and they ministered to him. [105]

I am almost amused at the number of five star ratings this book has received in Amazon. Truly we are a foolish and gullible people. As said by Eric Pement, student at North Park Theological Seminary..

    For a book supposedly transcribed from the Akashic records, The Aquarian Gospel is riddled with error, beginning from its first verse. It says "Herod Antipas was ruler of Jerusalem" when Jesus was born. That should have been Herod the Great, not Herod Antipas. It has Jesus visiting Lahore in Pakistan (31.1); Lahore didn't historically exist until 600 years later. It shows Jesus visiting magicians in Persepolis (39.1); Persepolis was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and was never rebuilt. Nonetheless, this book has been adopted by many unwitting readers as "proof" of a secret occult past for Jesus Christ. [106]

Seemingly all a person has to do is come up with a lot of profound sounding statements and claim they are from the "Akashic record", or some other "spiritual" source, and thousands will become instant disciples. It is a never ending source of amazement to me that the same people who claim that the Bible has been so tampered with that it has been rendered completely unreliable, will fall over backwards believing one man who decided to re-write the New Testament.

Similarly many even reinvent the historical Jesus by claiming that He traveled to India and learned the New Age doctrines there during His "silent years" (Shirley MacLaine, Out on a Limb, pp. 233-34). [See The Lost Years of Jesus].

Again we have to ask... Whose word is more reliable? Those closest to Jesus who, walked with Jesus, were eyewitnesses, who signed their testimonies with their lifeblood, or those who are often two thousand years removed from the events and have absolutely nothing to back up any of their claims or teachings? [See Jesus.. Plain And Simple]


The Reliability of The Scriptures

Although the Bible does not glow in the dark, levitate or exhibit any other supernatural qualities, it is possible to determine the validity and the authenticity of the claims made by the Scriptures. Just for a start... If you take the time and trouble to examine just one facet of the Bible's reliability you will find that even it's authorship cannot be accounted for on ordinary principles.

    The Bible was written over a 1,500 year time span by forty independent writers, on three different continents... Asia, Africa and Europe, in three different languages. The authors had as many as twenty different occupations ranging from a couple of kings, a general, a musician, a priest, a tax collector, a physician and at least two fishermen and, obviously, widely differing levels of education.

    The Bible has a cast of close to 3000 characters in 1,551 places, and covers a huge number of different subjects. Isaiah wrote to warn Israel of God's coming judgment on their sin, Matthew wrote to prove to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah, Zechariah wrote to encourage a disheartened Israel who had returned from Babylonian exile, and Paul wrote addressing problems in different Asian and European churches.

    It was written under many different circumstances. David wrote during a time of war, Jeremiah wrote at the sorrowful time of Israel's downfall, Peter wrote while Israel was under Roman domination, and Joshua wrote while invading the land of Canaan.

    Its message is expressed in all literary forms (poetry, prose, etc.).

Yet, this diverse group, as once said by Robert Roberts, who is generally considered to have organized and established (not founded) the Christadelphian movement. 

    Without  possible concert or collusion, they produced a book which, in all its parts, is pervaded by one spirit, one doctrine, one design, and by an air of sublime authority which is its peculiar characteristic. It is amazing that with such diversity, there is such unity in the Bible. That unity is organized around one theme: God's redemption of man and all of creation. Hundreds of controversial subjects are addressed and yet the writers do not contradict each other.

In fact the Book is a literary miracle. See The Authorship of the Bible and Could You Write The Bible? On THIS page]

(Note: The quote by Roberts above hits the nail on the head, regardless of what you may think of Christadelphian. But, as a by the way, and for what it's worth, although Christadelphianism does not believe Jesus is co-equal with the Father, in many respects it is often closer to what the Bible teaches than is the so called 'mainstream' church (they certainly got Heaven and Hell right).

Besides which, there is one test that we can apply to all 'sacred writings'.... The test of prophecy, or foretelling of future events. It is a simple matter to ascertain whether such prophecies have been fulfilled or not.

Also See

The Reliability of the Gospels: the evidence produced in the last fifty years provides powerful proof that the Gospel writers were eyewitnesses and contemporaries of Jesus of Nazareth. If liberal scholars applied the same arbitrary standard of rejection of all historical evidence to other ancient historical personages, such as Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, they would be forced to reject all history as myth.

Dating The New Testament There is but a mere 15- to 40-year gap between the life of Christ and the writings about Him

In fact while you are about it, take a look at the whole section. A Remarkable Book Called The Bible.

Also See Barriers to Faith and Questions Skeptics Ask

But, this is not to say that the Bible is not without problems, the large majority of which arise from a shallow and incomplete understanding of the book as a whole. Most skeptics do not bring to the Bible the powers of comprehension and understanding, that they would bring to a reading of the average newspaper, often assuming that because something is unexplained, it is unexplainable. Skeptics rarely take into account that the Bible was written in another time and culture (s), a basic understanding of both required to understand much of what is written in it's pages.

Depending on how fast you read and absorb the material, the articles linked above could take from two to six months to get through.

In other words, the Bible does not spoon feed anyone. It takes time, effort and study... things that a generation accustomed to 30 second sound bites is rarely willing to do. But the links above are for those who have even the slightest interest in pursuing a matter which has eternal consequences. God's kingdom... His gift of eternal life, while free, does not come cheap. You do not attain "enlightenment" by fifteen minutes of chanting "Ohmmm", but obtain eternal life by belief in Him and in what He has done and will do for you... this  accompanied by a lifelong commitment to His ways. None of this can happen without a deep knowledge of His word.

And if, after this, you have the slightest reason to believe that the Bible is not the bunch of malarkey you once thought it to be, then it is time to read the information on sin, repentance, salvation and the coming kingdom of God... which is the whole point of the Scriptures. [See Heart of The Matter]

And, as far as the alleged discrepancies are concerned, I have to ask you if you can actually, off the top of your head, name even one? Or are you relying on what 'so and so said'. Also, if you Google 'discrepancies and contradictions in the Bible", remember that the material that comes up is, in many instances, written by someone whose sole qualifications are that he/she has an opinion, and access to the internet.

    Does The Bible Contain Contradictions? Does the Bible contradict itself? That charge is frequently made by skeptics. A careful consideration of the "law of contradiction, " however, will demonstrate otherwise. As Dr. Norman Geisler said "After forty years of continual and careful study of the Bible, I can only conclude that those who have "discovered a mistake" in the Bible do not know too much about the Bible... they know too little about it. This does not mean, of course, that we understand how to resolve all the difficulties in the Scriptures. But we have seen enough problems resolved to know these also admit answers.”


Summary and Conclusion
The messages and teachings outlined of this page stem from unholy forces that, in spite of soothing words to the contrary, are enemies of both God and man. And, of course, these minions of hell are aided by people who have no comprehension of the dark forces they deal with.

The truth is that what often passes as "spirituality" today is little more than supernatural beings, well disguised as benevolent "masters" with nothing but the good of humanity in their collective hearts, weaseling their way into our world by any means possible. Deception, subterfuge, misrepresentation, half-truths, outright lies, and trumped-up stories, all part of their arsenal.. just as Emanuel Swedenborg wrote in his Spiritual Diary (above).

[See What Eastern Gurus Say About Occult Practices

In this day and age the church needs to wake up to the fact that there are now dozens of organizations spread across the globe dedicated to world peace. Peace being something that only someone with a few loose screws would not want. However, the problem here is not their motives (regarding their peace mission), but their methods... They seek peace by shaking hands with the enemies of God, looking to them to provide a messiah (world teacher) to teach them how to live, and to bring harmony to the planet.

This escalation of people working towards peace under the tutelage of a world teacher is one of the most telling signs of the End Times. As many millions of New Agers correctly believe, this will be a new chapter in the history of mankind. 

Where they are wrong is that it will not be quite the time of peace and love they expected, but will bring death and destruction in it's wake.

Whether you knows it or not... whether you believe it or not, Scripture, many hundreds of years before communication with the "Ascended Masters" was so widely disseminated, told us that this day was coming. Those who have not yet given up on all study and reflection will find that many of the world religious systems, as well as the literature of the occultists simply echo what has already been taught in Scripture... albeit with a slightly different slant.

    New Agers believe that there is a utopian new age dawning with many changes on the horizon.
    The Bible teaches that there will be a time of peace, but it will be relatively short and will be followed by a terrible time of God's judgment.

    New Agers [and some other religions] believe in a coming world teacher who sets up a Golden Age on earth.
    The Bible warns that this individual will be a pawn of Satan himself.. the antichrist.

    Alice Bailey wrote that there will be "a return to the situation which existed in Atlantean days", when "the Members of the spiritual Hierarchy were openly guiding and directing the affairs of humanity," and the "Masters will walk openly among men."  [107]
    Jesus said, "As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37). A quick reading of what the Bible says about the days of Noah makes it clear that beings who are not human will walk the earth again.

    Tolle says there will be a New Earth..
    The Bible says so too.. when Christ Himself comes back to judge, put an end to all evil and create a new heaven and a new earth.


God Has Promised Peace... In His Coming Kingdom
The heart of Jesus' preaching was the good news of the kingdom of God. Not only did Jesus define his purpose as being the announcement of the kingdom (Luke 4:43), but He spoke continuously about the kingdom of God, which really isn't surprising considering that without the kingdom, there is no Gospel (See, for example, Matthew 4:23, 10:6-7. Mark 1:14-15).  Additionally, many of Jesus' parables emphasized the importance of this kingdom. He likened it to a mustard seed which grows into a large tree, a treasure, a merchant looking for pearls, and a king who gave a banquet (Matthew 13:44-47; 22:2).

The kingdom of God and the heaven Christians look forward to, are synonymous.

However, the kingdom, defined as God's authority and rule, has already been established itself on earth in the hearts of men. It arrived with Jesus' preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom and secured itself within the disciples, who were the initial 'subjects' of the kingdom. It made huge strides among the Jewish community at Pentecost, then was taken to the Gentiles and spread throughout the known world. It exists wherever men truly gather in His name. However, it's final fulfillment (which is around the corner), will take place when Jesus makes His glorious return to establish His physical rule on earth.

    for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes." [Revelation 7:17 NASB]

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them [Revelation 21:1-3 NASB]

And we will have heaven at last... a coming utopia that the rest of the world only fantasizes about. [See What and Where is Heaven?]

Salvation of the Righteous... But, which is truly interesting is that God is slightly more realistic than most people on this planet, and knows that as long as there is sin in the world, there will be no real peace, and no freedom from fear of those who commit crimes. God's Word tells us that only those who have been transformed by His spirit will be admitted into His kingdom.

    "... unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)

The concept of salvation doesn't get much simpler than in Scripture. You sin...you die. If, at this point you are screaming "how primitive", "how archaic", you need to read this page.. The Final Message.

The short form is that God Himself has paid the price on your behalf... all you have to do is to trust Him, acknowledge Him as Lord, obey and follow Him and you will live a happy, fulfilled, and peaceful life in His kingdom forever. [See Salvation].

And what happens to every one else? The apostle John said

    "Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. [John 5:28-29 NASB]

Peter was no less descriptive, saying that ungodly men are kept for destruction.

    But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. [2 Peter 3:7 NASB]

The author of the book of Hebrews did not mince words, telling us that it is

    "a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God". [Hebrews 10:31 NASB]

Similarly, Paul makes it very clear that those who do not obey the Gospel will "pay the penalty of eternal destruction". When the Lord Jesus returns with His mighty angels in flaming fire, He will deal out

    "... retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, [2 Thessalonians 1:4-9 NASB]


... And Destruction of Evil
The word of God also tells us that [Emphasis Added]

    For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. [2 Thessalonians 2:7-10]

    And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. [Revelation 19:19-21 NASB]

In other words this Maitreya fellow and his motley crew of 'Ascended' demons are toast.

I suspect that the Tolles, Barbara Marx Hubbards, Benjamin Crèmes, David Spanglers, Oprah Winfreys, Marianne Williamsons, Rhonda Byrnes, Bernie Siegels, Gerry Jampolskys, Wayne W. Dyers, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Robert Schullers, Brian McLarens, all those good folk out there at the Lucis Trust, and anyone who watches any of these completely misguided, misinformed, deluded people on TV, reads their books, or allows any of their perverted ideas to shape their theology in any shape, form or fashion, is not going to like this new earth very much.

Oh wait a minute! They will never see it, but will perish before it happens...

    "For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch." "But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. [Malachi 4:1-2 NASB]

    Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. "They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. [Malachi 3:16-18 NASB]

Unless, of course, they do a complete about face...

    "... when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life. "Because he considered and turned away from all his transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. [Ezekiel 18:27-28 NASB]

Note: The Bible makes no bones about the fact that Jesus will condemn and destroy evil. However, the million dollar question is who or what, according to the Scriptures, is evil? Compiling into one list many of the NT passages in the that speak of evil persons, is an eye opener. See Footnote IV

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. (Matthew 7:24–25)"

 

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Footnote IV ... According To The Scriptures, Who Or What Is Evil?
The Scribes and Pharisees

    "You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. [Matthew 12:34 NASB]

    And some of the scribes said to themselves, "This fellow blasphemes." And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? [Matthew 9:3-4 NASB]

The General Population, or the World

    "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! [Matthew 7:11 NASB]

    But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; [Matthew 12:39 NASB]

    "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. [John 3:19 NASB]

    "The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil. [John 7:7 NASB]

Unsaved People

    And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, [Colossians 1:21 NASB]

    Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. [2 Timothy 3:12-13 NASB]

    We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. [1 John 5:18 NASB]

Especially telling are the following two verses that call people 'enemies' before they were reconciled to God, through Jesus Christ.

    For if while we were enemies (echthros) we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. [Romans 5:10 NASB]

    And although you were formerly alienated and hostile (echthros) in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach [Colossians 1:21-22 NASB]

A so-called Christian who is an immoral or covetous person, or an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler

    But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves. [1 Corinthians 5:11-13 NASB]

Friends of the World

    You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. [James 4:4 NASB]

Backsliders

    Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. [Hebrews 3:12 NASB]

False Teachers

    If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. [2 John 1:10-11 NASB]

    Note: Unfortunately, as a false teacher, McLaren himself doesn't qualify as non evil. And please, please do not write me silly e-mails telling me that one person cannot know what is in another person's heart. While, in many cases, this may very well be true, at this point in time, McLaren's heresies are numerous, and well documented in several of his books and other writings. No wolf in sheep's clothing, including McLaren, can possibly be saved, unless real repentance is involved.

Summary
By process of elimination, the only group of people that the Scriptures do not define as evil, and who will not be destroyed, are true born again, righteous, followers of Christ.

 

EndNotes.
Unless Otherwise Stated, All URLs were accessed in July 2013.

[71] Warren Smith. Reinventing Jesus. The Final Word. http://www.reinventingjesuschrist.com/ This site seems not to exist any more

[72] Alice Bailey. Problems of Humanity. as quoted in A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen. Pg 116. Publisher: Lighthouse Trails Publishing; 2nd edition (April 5, 2006)

[73] Ray Yungen. Will the Evangelical Church Help Usher in the "Age of Enlightenment" and the Coming False One?
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/alicebaileyfalseone.htm

[74] www.ericbutterworth.com

[75] http://ericbutterworth.org/html/eric_bio.html

[76] Ernest Holmes. The Science of Mind. By Page 32. Emphasis in Original. Text can also be read on the Sacred Text Archive web site ...http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/som/som10.htm

[77] What I Believe by Dr. Ernest Holmes. [http://www.religiousscience.org/sanrafael/BELIEF.HTM

[78] About The Hour Of Power In Canada. Crystal Cathedral’s Official Web Site. http://www.hourofpower.ca/about.cfm. Link is no longer active
[79] About Hour of Power. http://www.hourofpower.org/about/index.php

[80] Osteen: God Is On Your Side... http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/10/21/earlyshow/leisure/books/main961627.shtml.
http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500186_162-961627.html Emphasis Added

[81] Jennifer Mathieu. Power House. Apr 4 2002. Houston Press http://www.houstonpress.com/2002-04-04/news/power-house/4/

[82] Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich: The preface to the original 1937 Edition, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2010)

[83] Napoleon Hill (1937). Think and Grow Rich. Chicago, Illinois: Combined Registry Company. Pg 14

[84] Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich: Your Key to Financial Wealth and Power [Paperback]. Publisher: Success Co. (September 30, 2009) Pg 202. And on page 241 of the 1988 edition, published by Fawcett Books.

[85] Norman Vincent Peale. Positive Imaging: The Powerful Way to Change Your Life. Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (August 27, 1996).

[86] Joel Osteen. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. Chapter 1 Enlarging Your Vision. See Excerpt
http://www.readersread.com/excerpts/yourbestlifenow.htm

[87] http://web.archive.org/web/20070715202152/http://deepshift.org/site/ and
http://web.archive.org/web/20070712052219/http://deepshift.org/site/?page_id=8

[88] Brian McLaren. The Secret Message of Jesus. Thomas Nelson Paperback Edition (April 2007) Ch. Troubling Questions About Jesus. Pg. 4

[89] Brian McLaren. Sermon Ideas for Everything Must Change.
http://www.brianmclaren.net/emc/archives/imported/sermon-ideas-for-everything-must.html

[90] interview with Planet Preterist, Jan. 30, 2005, http://planetpreterist.com/news-2774.html

[91] Sherry Shriner. The New Age of Disgrace. http://www.sherryshriner.com/sherry/disgrace.htm

[92] 27th Annual International Conference of the Seven Ray Institute and The University of the Seven Rays. Mesa, Arizona. April 3 to April 14, 2013. Envisioning an Ideal World Spirituality: Resurrecting the Soul of Humanity. http://www.sevenray.net/sri_conference.html

[93] Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson. Spiritual Politics: Changing the World from the Inside Out. Ballantine Books; 1 edition (July 19, 1994) Pg. 41

[94] ibid. Pg. 245

[95] Warren Smith. Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel. Pg 129

[96] http://www.poeticmind.co.uk/

[97] Lessons from Neale Donald Walsch 'The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of You'. Part 1. by Gil Dekel, PhD. Part 1. http://www.poeticmind.co.uk/creative-thoughts/lessons-neale-donald-walsch-mother-invention-legacy-barbara-marx-hubbard-future-of-you-part-1-by-gil-dekel/

[98] Neale Donald Walsch. The Mother of Invention.The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of YOU. Publisher: Hay House (January 15, 2011). Pg 218

[99] ibid. Pg. 176. Also See Pages 76 and 121

[100] Party Line. Barbara Marx Hubbard by Judy Williams. http://www.planetlightworker.com/articles/judywilliams/article1.htm

[101] The Spiritual Diary of Emanuel Swedenborg. http://www.swedenborgstudy.com/books/H.Lj.Odhner_Spirits-Men/sm3.htm

[102] Benjamin Creme. The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom. Share International Foundation (March 21, 2011). I do not know what page this quote appears on, as I read it on a sample Kindle edition

[103] Neale Donald Walsch. The Mother of Invention.The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of YOU. Publisher: Hay House (January 15, 2011). Pg. 176

[104] ibid. Page 175

[105] Levi H. Dowling (1844-1911). The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. 65:15-16.
http://www.aquariangospel.org/Aquarian-Gospel-1911.html

[106] Eric Pement in "Don't Touch That Dial! The New Age Practice Of Channeling. copyright 1988.
http://www.pement.org/docs/channeling.htm

[107] The Reappearance Of The Christ. Chapter Five - The Teachings Of The Christ. Copyright © Lucis Trust.
http://www.lucistrust.org:8081/obooks/?q=node/264

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