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.
Briefly, here are some of the basic New Age beliefs:
(1) Pantheism-God is All and All is God.
Bible response: While humanity was created in the image of God, mankind is not and never will be God (Gen. 1:26-27).
(2) Monism-All is One.
Bible response: God has created us as unique beings distinct from other things and people “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Col. 1:16, NIV).
(3) Reincarnation-After you die you will be reborn and live another life.
Bible response: The Bible denies the possibility of reincarnation “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27, NIV). The New Age belief in an immortal, undying soul that can communicate with earth-people is the same old falsehood Satan told Eve in Eden: “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4).
(4) You are God, and must discover your divinity.
Bible response: The Bible teaches that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). New Agers believe 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.
(5) Good and evil do not exist, therefore, there are no absolutes in morality.
Bible response: The belief that there is no difference between right and wrong is illogical because it contradicts itself. Both the Bible (Exodus 20) and our life support the Christian teaching that there is a distinction between good and evil, right and wrong.
(6) Separate the historical person of Jesus from the Christ Spirit.
Bible response: Jesus warned His followers to be on guard against false teachers who would proclaim false Christs (Matt. 24:24-25). The New Age view of the Christ Consciousness is one of these false Christs. Further, New Agers are Universalists, believing that all paths lead to God.
(7) A New Age of enlightenment is coming.
Bible response: Jesus Christ will return to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness (1 Thess. 4:14-18).
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