new ageTHE NEW AGE MOVEMENT

 

 

The New Age Movement is a free-flowing spiritual movement, made up of a network of believers and practitioners who share similar, but not identical beliefs and practices, which are tacked on to their own religious beliefs.

 

There are six main characteristics of New Age thinking are:

(i) all is unity

(ii) all is divine

(iii) humanity is divine

(iv) a change in consciousness

(v) all religions are one

(vi) cosmic evolutionary optimism.

 

The New Age Movement has no holy text, no central organization, no membership, no formal clergy, no geographic center, and no creed. They have no centers of worship. Seminars, conventions, books and informal groups replace sermons and religious services. The movement does not have a single creed or set of beliefs. Rather, its followers choose from an array of sometimes contradictory beliefs. However the basic beliefs are set out below.

 

 

 


Doctrinal Comparison – The New Age Movement vs. the Word of God

 

What New Ager’s teach

What the Bible teaches

Supporting Scripture References

Monism

All that exists is derived from a single source of divine energy.

God created the universe through Jesus Christ. Contrary to divine energy, God spoke the universe into existence.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)

God

God is an impersonal energy/force, immanent in all things. He (it) pervades all nature. This view of god is similar to the pantheistic beliefs of Hinduism. In pantheism everything that exists is God, and God is thought of as being in everything that exists. This leads on to the idea that we are individually divine. We are all gods and just have to completely realize our own goodness. It can be said that God and I do not just communicate; we commune and are one.

Shirley MacLaine’s book, Out on a Limb, asserts: “I know that I exist, therefore I AM, I know that the God-source exists. Therefore IT IS. Since I am part of that force, then I AM that I AM.”

“We are at any given moment living the totality of everything; the vibrational oscillation of nature is quickening; just remember that you are God, and act accordingly.”

Shirley Maclaine

There is one God, manifested in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All that exists is not God. It was created by Him, who is Holy and Sovereign over all things.

God is always referenced in the masculine gender.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5)

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24)

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; (Colossians 2:9)

But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

Reincarnation

After we die, we are reborn and have another human life. This closely resembles the concept of transmigration of the soul in Hinduism.

The Scriptures reject reincarnation. We die once, and them the judgment. We do not return as another person or in some other form.

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

(Hebrews 9:27)

"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' "Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "

(Luke 16:19-31)

Personal Transformation

This may be brought about by a mystical experience and by following New Age beliefs and practices. To achieve this end, a number of practices may be adopted, such as hypnosis, meditation, and even the use of hallucinogen-genic drugs.

Humans are incapable of transforming themselves. We are born in sin, and we sin our entire lives. Resolutions, meditations, they all fail. The flesh cannot be reformed or transformed.

Only in salvation through Jesus Christ can one be made new. At that time we are recreated in Christ Jesus. The Bible uses the term 'born again'. It is a work of God, not humanity.

knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. (Galatians 2:16)

Care for the Earth

The New Agers call the earth Gaia. It is to be revered and respected, and is even worshiped by some New Agers.

Worshiping the earth in any form is idolatry. It is clearly spelled out in the Ten Commandments, as well as other places in Scripture.

We are to take care of the earth as stewards, but not worship it.

"You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them… (Exodus 20:4-5)

A Universal Religion

New Agers have no desire to promote one religion over against another, or one set of religious beliefs against any other set of religious beliefs. Rather, they are more interested in a synthesis of religions and in some kind of unity among the different religions.

They look forward to the day when a new universal religion, containing elements of all current faiths, will develop into a widely accepted global religion.

There is no universal religion. There is only one way to God, and that being through His Son, Jesus Christ.

All other religions on earth are man-made and false.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

New World Order

New Agers believe that as the Age of Aquarius becomes established, so a New Age will be ushered in. This will be some kind of utopia. There will be no more discrimination, and such present horrors such as wars, disease, hunger, pollution, and poverty will be swept away by a new world administration.

There is an element of truth here. There is going to come a new world order. A one world government, currency, and military, headed by the Anti-Christ.

Those bound by the New Age Movement will play a vital role in bringing this to pass, to their own demise.

Scripture speaks of a later New Heaven and New Earth. However, by reading its passages it becomes clear it is not referencing this.

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. (1 John 4:2-3)

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

The Devil

The NAM thinks more of a “force,” as in Star Wars, than any form of personal devil, which they view as a mere illusion.

The Devil does exist. He is the fallen angel Lucifer, and carries out his bidding to lead men and women way from the Truth … away from any hope of salvation.

Those dedicated to this New Age Movement are unwittingly doing so at his bidding.

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. (John 8:44)

Speaking of Lucifer the Devil, "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! (Isaiah 14:12)

Speaking of the Devil’s influence over others, “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; (Revelation 20:2)

Salvation

There is no concept of original sin in the NAM, so salvation means enlightenment.

Man by nature is a sinner. All men and women sin. Only by receiving God’s saving grace trough faith in Jesus Christ as having made payment for our sins on the cross, can we find forgiveness from sin.

Salvation is not possible by any works on our part, whether in mental devotion or physical works.

SEE TOPIC ON SALVATION

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

For "WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED." (Romans 10:13)

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Moral Absolutes

There are no moral absolutes in the NAM. All truth systems should be embraced and everyone should work towards harmonization and unity.

This is diametrically opposed to what the Bible teaches. We are a moral being, with a moral God. The moral law applies to all, and they who refuse to trust in Christ for salvation will one day be judged by that same moral law.

... nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:10)

"You shall not murder. "You shall not commit adultery. "You shall not steal. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's." (Exodus 20:13-17)

Jesus Christ

Christ is a reincarnated avatar, Messiah, or messenger, sent to give the living on earth spiritually advanced revelation. He is not thought of as being the God, the Son of God, but is one of many historical teachers or “christs.” He is viewed in the same light as other teachers, such as Hercules, Hermes, Rama, Mithra, Confucius, Muhammad, Vyasa, Sanskaracharya, Krishna, and Buddha.

One greater than all these teachers will soon come to usher in the New Age.

The Christian teaching of Christ’s crucifixion as atonement for sin is completely rejected.

This is the ‘crux’ of the issue. What one thinks of Christ has eternal ramifications.

Jesus was not just a great teacher. He was God incarnate, the Son of God, come to save men and women from their sins by being crucified on the cross. He died our death. He made payment for our sin. And, on the third day, He rose from the grave.

He was not created. He has no beginning. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the eternal God

All thing were created through and for Jesus Christ, and are sustained by Him. He created Buddha. He created Muhammad. He created all of the self-proclaimed, self-righteous men. He also died for their sins, regardless of the fact that they reject Him as having done so. All of these men, in their pride, refused to echo three simple words … ‘I have sinned.’

All men, who do not turn to Christ, will one day stand in judgment for their sin.

Jesus Christ is coming again to this earth in great power and glory.

Jesus said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:8)

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." (Revelation 22:13)

Speaking in reference to Jesus’ birth, "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which is translated, "God with us." (Matthew 1:23)

Speaking of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)

Astrology

Astrology is an important part of the New Age movement.

There is no place in astrology for Christians. They are forbidden to practice such.

Thus says the LORD: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. (Jeremiah 10:2)

Speaking of astrologers and Sorcery, “So the seers shall be ashamed, And the diviners abashed; Indeed they shall all cover their lips; For there is no answer from God." (Micah 3:7)

UFOs

The belief in UFOs links with the NAM’s belief in masters who guide us on to a higher evolutionary plain.

Just as there is no evolution, there are no UFO’s guiding us. Not one word in Scripture supports this. Those looking for or claiming to have seen a UFO cannot support their claims.

Scripture is silent in regard to any life outside earth. God created the universe, but makes no mention of extra life.

Channeling

Mediumship, or spiritism, is the ancient practice of attempting communication with either departed human spirits or other spiritual entities. Today, this practice has been revived under the banner of “channeling,” a practice wherein Ascended Masters (persons who have allegedly died and progressed to higher levels of knowledge) and other departed individuals transmit “truths” to help those searching for enlightenment. It is the “process of receiving information from either the ‘higher self [one’s most spiritual part lying beyond the conscious mind] or a metaphysical entity.”

God forbids this kind of behavior. Anyone involved in this will meet His judgment.

To look to another ‘medium’ if you will, is to steal His glory. He created us, and He wants us to turn to Him.

'Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:31)

'And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people. (Leviticus 20:6)

I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. (Isaiah 42:8)

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24)

 

 


The New Age Movement falls into the occult. Occult practices are infused with satanic power and are designed to gather hidden, secret, or mysterious truths. The world of the occult covers everything from séances to astrology to witchcraft to Satanism. For New Agers, occult techniques and tools (e.g., Ouiji boards, crystals, tarot cards, etc.) are used to penetrate into a dimension of spiritual reality where they hope to gain knowledge that will help them reunite with the great One. God, however, forbids man to enter such a realm because it is the realm of Satan.

'Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:31)

 

 

 

 


Quotes regarding the New Age Movement

The New Age Movement is a very broad, feel-good, movement. It teaches inner-divinity, goddesses, the Christ conscious-ness, spiritual evolution, being one-with-nature, and anything else you want to believe—except Christianity.

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

The New Age Movement is the most dangerous enemy of Christianity in the world today, more dangerous than secular humanism.

Norman L. Geisler, professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas (Tex.) Theological Seminary

 

New Age practices are the spiritual version of AIDS; they destroy the ability of people to cope and function. It is essentially the marketing end of the political packaging of occultism, a breeding ground for a new American form of fascism.

Dr. Carl Raschke, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver

 

 

 



            END NOTE TO THE READER

                Every cult in the world has three things in common:

1.   They deny salvation by grace – one must work for his salvation

2.   They deny the priesthood of the believer – on cannot understand the Bible, so someone else tells them what to believe. They cannot go directly to God, but must go through someone else for confirmation.

3.   They deny the eternal security of the believer – They must work to keep their salvation, once they perceive they have it.

Scripture makes it very clear of the danger and severity of anyone that changes the truth regarding salvation by grace and grace only:

Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

However, it is our responsibility to pray for them, that they may come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and remove themselves from this cult.

Remember, a man will go to any length to keep from saying those three life changing words.... “I have sinned”.

 

*        All Bible references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted.