non-volitional, non-responsive life-force from which all personal beings originate and intowhich all personal beings will ultimately be absorbed.
— the belief that the universe is an emanation of God and that, therefore, allthings have a divine essence. In absolute pantheism God does not exist apart from thenatural cosmos.
All is God
— the belief that all things are of one essential substance, giving rise tostatements like, "I am the universe. I am one with all things." There is no room for adualistic view of God transcending creation, and being apart from creation, in this mindset.
All is One
The Divinity of Man
— those who subscribe to this philosophy deify man, teaching thatall men have a divine essence, giving rise to affirmations like, "I am God. You are God. Weare all God." The problem with this point of view is simple: in ascribing divinity to man, thenext step is necessarily ascribing evil, darkness and sinfulness to God. All things, includingthe evil rampant in this world, are an emanation of God.
The Power To Personally And Subjectively
— Most New Agers tend tobelieve that reality is subjective not objective, that any person can create his or her ownreality by the embracing of certain beliefs, or by making certain affirmations, declarationsor confessions. This gives rise to statements such as, "You can have your truth. I can havemy truth. And we can both be right simultaneously" (even if the viewpoints appear tocontradict each other).
A Weak View Of Satan And Sin
— Usually New Agers either have no belief in Satan or aweak view of the Devil. Some negate the existence of this being, equating Satan withmerely the negative attitudes that dominate the world system. 'Demons' are merelyunbeneficial or negative attitudes that tend to dominate the hearts of men and carry themaway from the truth. Some groups differentiate between Satan and Lucifer, lifting the latterto the level of a divine being, even a 'god' (the 'Light bearer'). Lucifer is the one who bringswisdom and enlightenment. Man's problem is not sin; it is ignorance--ignorance of his owndivine essence. Man does not need to repent, as one accountable TO God; he needs to beenlightened, as one who IS God.]
— Most New Agers avidly seek after an 'enlightened' state of mind andhave many terms for it (Samadhi, Nirvana, Christ-consciousness, God-consciousness, etc.).Many means are used to accomplish this: chanting, meditation, yoga disciplines, etc. Thereis a difference between the Christian experience of being 'born again' and the experienceof enlightenment. The born again believer comes into a relationship with God (through thewashing away of sin by the blood of Jesus). The 'enlightened' person comes to a realizationthat he IS God.
— Most New Agers accept the coming of a 'New Age': a time of greater spirituality and harmony on this planet, a time when many of the problems facingthe human race will be resolved.
The Coming Of A Messiah
— Though great differences of opinion exist concerning theexact nature of this person, most New Agers await a Messiah-like figure who will be thepivot heralding and fully bringing into manifestation this 'New Age' in all of its facets. NewAgers tend to assert that the Messiah of Judaism, the Christ of Christianity, the FifthBuddha of Buddhism, the Imam Mahdi of Islam, Saoshyant of Zoroastrianism and Kalkin of Hinduism are all to be fulfilled in one individual. However, the legends and traditionsconcerning these hoped-for individuals are so diverse (except for Judaism and Christianity),they cannot logically be merged into agreement.