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Principles of the New Age

Lets look first at some of the principles that underpin the New Age movement. Typically, a person who has fully embraced the New Age perspective believes that he is, in a very real sense, a divine being clothed in a human body but that his consciousness is not yet sufficiently developed to recognize this. So, in order to enable him to release his creative potential or inborn divinity, he uses a number of techniques, such as meditation, contemplation, chanting or yoga, to expand his awareness. As he does so, he learns that he is the author or creator of his own universe and that, with positive thinking and the correct use of his imagination, he can change his reality and create a more fulfilling and rewarding life for himself. Most New Age followers believe that God is unconditional love, that everyone is going to heaven after death, and that death itself is simply an illusion. They also believe that each individual must learn to set aside his mind and find the truth intuitively within himself. This involves harmonising oneself with the creative energy that is meant to permeate the universe and, in due course, entering into the bliss, inner light and divine illumination that is the birthright of every soul.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

Pantheism and Idolatry

Our grandparents would have called this pantheism and idolatry, but many people today have a different opinion. Why? Because they no longer study and believe the Word of God. They have decided instead to experience and determine truth for themselves. They are hooked on the New Age belief that the essence of truth is already inside us, just waiting to be discovered. But this is a dreadful deception. It assumes that we are capable of discerning truth for ourselves through personal experience but we are not! This is the very same deception that Satan used to trap Eve in the Garden of Eden. Firstly, he got her to doubt what God had told her: Has God indeed said? Then he got her to believe that she was divine You will be like God and that she would live forever You will not surely die. And finally he convinced her that she would be able to decide truth for herself, knowing good and evil. The New Age movement teaches all of these falsehoods that death is an illusion, that everyone is divine, that truth is subjective, that good and evil are relative, and that God will never judge anyone. This latter belief is known in the New Age as the law of karma, an impersonal law of cause and effect which they believe governs the whole of creation. They claim that this in turn is connected to the principle of reincarnation, where soul is meant to evolve over many lifetimes in accordance with its karma.

Re-packaged Hinduism and Buddhism

Few truth-seekers seem to realize that the New Age philosophy is simply Hinduism and Buddhism in a repackaged form. There is hardly a single New Age belief or practice that cannot be traced directly to one of these pagan religions. The repackaging was done mainly by H P Blavatsky, a famous Russian practitioner of the occult in the 19th century. She boasted that she received all of her teachings by channeling, that is by mediumistic communication with two disembodied spirits whom she called Morya and Koot Humi. Her principal successor, Alice Bailey, continued her work by channeling the teachings of a spirit guide whom she called Djwhal Khul. Virtually the whole of the New Age movement is built on the writings of these two women. Our grandparents could see that people like Blavatsky and Bailey were actually practising witchcraft and that their spirit guides were fallen angels. In fact, Blavatsky brazenly stated many times in her writings that her god was Lucifer. Further repackaging has been done in recent years like A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman and Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch to make these ancient occult teachings seem even more appealing. And they are being promoted by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey in order to bring them to a wider audience and make them seem compatible in some way with Christianity. But they are not! They are really the teachings of the legions of fallen angels who rebelled against God six thousand years ago.

A disguised attack on Christianity
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
Note: Principalities and powers are categories of fallen angel.

Christians need to realize that the New Age movement is an extremely clever progamme to undermine and destroy Christianity. Its architects and principal exponents despise the Bible and all that it teaches. To open yourself in any way to their influence is to play with fire. They have only one goal, namely to pull you as far as possible into their occult domain. The light of the New Age is the dark light that Jesus warned about If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:23)
For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

The Dangers of Meditation, Angels, and the New Age Movement

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12

The New Age movement is presenting pagan, occult and magical ideas in an attractive, inoffensive format. By using Christian-sounding terms like love, freedom, light, soul, heart, harmony, growth, oneness, angels, and so forth, its principal architects are deliberately concealing the occult origin of their doctrines and techniques. New Age luminaries like Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson are actually promoting pantheism and shamanism in a cleverly disguised form. In doing so they are luring millions away from Christ and toward the god of the New Age.

Our grandparents understood the hidden dangers of the supernatural Dont dabble in it! But todays generation thinks the danger is greatly exaggerated and that by approaching the supernatural in the right way, significant personal benefits may be found. Not only are people dabbling in the supernatural, but they are making a study of it, practising New Age meditation techniques, using visualization, seeking guidance from angels, and getting in touch with their inner selves. If you are in sympathy with the New Age movement and feel it has a spirituality that is worth exploring, then you may wish to reflect a moment on the dangers that our grandparents were warning us about.

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