The New Age Movement
The term “New Age” refers to the “Aquarian Age” which according to New Age followers, is dawning. New Age beliefs have been held by Eastern religions for thousands of years and it is a combination of different religions, astrology, occultism, religious mysticism and nature worship. The New Thought Movement, Spiritualism, and the Theosophical Society first introduced New Age beliefs and practices to America in the 1800s.
The New Age Movement presents a diverse array of spiritual beliefs and practices. Let us examine several key areas where the Bible opposes the beliefs of the New Age Movement.
1-Monotheism vs. Polytheism:
The New Age Movement often embraces a form of pantheism or polytheism, which suggests that divinity is inherent in all things or that there are multiple gods or deities. In contrast, the Bible teaches monotheism—the belief in one God who is the Creator and Sovereign of the universe (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; 1 Corinthians 8:6). The Bible emphatically opposes the worship of idols or false gods and declares that there is no other God besides the Creator (Isaiah 44:6-8).
Further the New Age Movement teaches Monism (All is One). But the Bible teaches that God has created humans as unique beings distinct from other creations. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).
The New Age Movement addresses man by the words “You are God, and must discover your divinity.” But the Bible teaches that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). New Age believers teach that each of us has forgotten his own divinity. Therefore, the New Age solution is to seek “higher consciousness” through meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, diet, crystals, channeling, spirit guides, and more. Each of these diverse practices has the same purpose which is to awaken the god in man.
2-Jesus Christ as the Only Way to Salvation:
While the New Age Movement acknowledges the existence of Jesus Christ as a spiritual teacher or enlightened being, it often rejects the exclusive claims of Christianity regarding Jesus as the only way to salvation. In contrast, the Bible teaches that salvation is found only through faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning blood that was shed to pay the penalty of man’s sins (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). According to Christian doctrine, Jesus is not merely one path among many, but the exclusive path by which humanity can be reconciled to God and receive eternal life for His both the Creator and the Redeemer (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9).
3-Authority of Scripture vs. Subjectivism:
The New Age Movement tends to prioritize subjective experiences, intuition, and personal revelations as sources of spiritual truth. In contrast, the Bible presents itself as the authoritative and inspired Word of God, providing a reliable and tested standard for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible warns against false teachings and urges believers to test all things against the standard of Scripture (1 John 4:1; Acts 17:11).
4-Sin, Redemption, and Atonement:
The New Age Movement often downplays the concept of sin and the need for redemption and atonement. Instead, it emphasizes self-realization, inner harmony, and personal enlightenment. In contrast, the Bible teaches that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The Bible proclaims that Jesus Christ died on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for sin, offering redemption and reconciliation to all who believe in Him (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
5-Spirituality vs. Spiritism:
The New Age Movement often promotes various forms of spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, and channeling, which may involve contact with spiritual entities or forces. In contrast, the Bible warns against involvement in occult practices, spiritism, and contact with familiar spirits (Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-12). The Bible teaches, “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there[a] is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
The New Age Movement teaches Reincarnation (after a person dies, he will be reborn and live another life). But the Bible denies the possibility of reincarnation “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). The New Age religion teaches that man has an immortal, undying soul that can communicate with earth-people. But this is the same old lie that Satan told Eve in Eden: “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4).
6-End Times and Eschatology:
The New Age Movement often espouses optimistic views of human progress and evolution, envisioning a utopian future of global harmony and enlightenment. In contrast, the Bible teaches that human history will culminate in a final judgment, the return of Jesus Christ, and the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth (Matthew 24:36-44; Revelation 20:11-15). The Bible warns of false prophets and deception in the end times and urges believers to be vigilant and ready for the return of Christ (Matthew 24:4-5, 24-25).
7-Morality and Ethical Standards:
The New Age Movement tends to emphasize personal autonomy and moral relativism, suggesting that individuals are free to determine their own ethical standards based on subjective values. In contrast, the Bible provides clear moral guidelines and ethical principles grounded in the character of God and His moral Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 22:37-40). The Word of God teaches that moral absolutes exist and that obedience to the Scriptures are the fruits of genuine repentance (Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 3:5-6).
In conclusion, the teachings of the New Age Movement are incompatible with the teachings of the Bible. From the nature of God and salvation to the authority of Scripture and ethical standards. The Bible presents a distinct worldview that stands in contrast to the relativism and paganism of the New Age Movement. As Christians, it is important to discern truth from error and to hold fast to the teachings of Scripture as our ultimate guide for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In His service,