The Dangers of The New Age Movement

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Submitted: September 23, 2016

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The bible warns us of false teachers, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (~Matt 7:15)
History has generated many different cults, David Koresh’s group, The Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993, Charlie Mason and The Manson Family of the 1960’s, Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles brought us Heaven’s Gate back in 1997 where 39 people killed themselves in hopes of reaching a spaceship which was following in the wake the newly-discovered Hale-Bopp Comet. And the Peoples Temple, Jim Jones is the most infamous cult leader in American history. I lived in Oregon when, in 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh brought his congregation to Oregon, where it remained from 1981 until 1985.
New Age religious movements began their popularity in the 1960’s. The term refers to the “Aquarian Age” which, according to followers, is, “dawning”. It is supposed to bring in peace and enlightenment and reunite man with God. Man is presently considered separated from God not because of sin (Isaiah 59:2), but because of lack of understanding and knowledge concerning the true nature of God and reality. The New Age is a huge smorgasbord of beliefs and practices tailored to the individual. They do have some common core believes such as; God is in everything, All things are one, Man is God, Mind creates reality, one’s own experience validates their truth, all paths lead to God, the bible is altered, outdated, untrue and Christianity is dangerous based on their intolerance and narrow minded-beliefs.
Another common core belief of New Agers is they do not believe in evil (sin). They do not accept man’s problem as separation by sin from God. Instead they believe that each of us has forgotten or is unaware of his or her divinity. Their solution is to seek “higher consciousness” through meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, special diets, crystals, channeling spirit guides and beyond. The sole purpose is to awaken the god in man. Their agenda is to prepare the world politically, psychologically and spiritually for a one world government, one world religion and a one world economy.
This particular subject is personal to me. At one time, I was one of these “New Agers.” I liked their beliefs. There were no “rules” to follow, no such thing as sin and I could tailor my own beliefs around my lifestyle. I admit that I always had something inside that kept telling me this belief did not hold true. It was based on nothing concrete. I attended a Christian church growing up and I knew about Jesus. I believed he existed and was a great teacher. However, I can honestly say, I didn’t know that much about Jesus the Messiah. I hadn’t read much of the bible and just accepted what people told me about Christianity.
Part of my rebellion to traditional Christianity was due to my mother’s death. I was angry at God and rejected Him for taking my only living parent from me when I was in my early twenties. It wasn’t until I was challenged on my New Age beliefs did I come to realize how wrong I was. In order to support my beliefs, I had to learn about Jesus. I had to satisfy the answers to these questions; who did I believe Jesus was? Who did Jesus say He was? What did Jesus warn about spiritual paths and other false prophets? Jesus was either who he said He was or He was a fraud. Given his claims and what he endured, I wasn’t able to believe he was just a great teacher. People with strong convictions willingly may die for the truth, but people will never willingly die for a lie.
I researched the life of Jesus and the disciples for three years before I was able to totally turn my life over to Christ and accept Him as my personal savior. I can now honestly say that if I knew I was going to die if I admitted to my faith (like so many Christians have), I would not lie to save my life. I will never deny my faith or my Lord.


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