"Fundamental Errors of The New Age Belief System"
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Before any meaningful dialogue can take place on any subject matter, it is necessary to define terms ahead of time so as to eliminate the chances of misunderstanding.
As the New Age belief system encompasses many things, for the purposes of this dialogue, I will use the term New Age to describe those with beliefs in the following:
1) That God resides within us all.
2) That earth is a grand experiment from other life forms on other planets.
3) That aliens, angels, and other beings called "ascended masters" walk among us in human form, having either a) been reincarnated into physical form or b) having taken over by the means of a soul exchange, a human being.
4) That lifeless objects such as gemstones, crystals and statues of certain deities have consciousness; life.
5) That someday, there will be those that are made one with God and become pure spirit without death, by means of their own spiritual evolution, because of their own hard work in evolving spiritually. This is called the ascension movement.
6) That humanity suffers illness due to their thought processes alone.
7) That spiritual communication with angels, guides, and ascended masters is possible and more to the point, a necessary part of their spirituality.
8) That the Bible is a lie.
Now, certainly there are many more errors found within their belief system, but these are the primary ones I will address.
Due to the limited space allowed per blog page, I will cover the first 3 only in this entry and carry on with the others in subsequent entries.
Starting with #1 - God resides within us all. No, He doesn't.
The Bible is quite clear on this.
Ephesians 2: 1-9
"And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
First of all, note, this is not written to the unsaved. It is written to those whom the Lord has saved and what was our condition before that salvation? Verse 1 clearly states we were dead. That word "dead" in verse 1 comes from the Greek word "nekros", which means "lifeless."
I know of nothing a dead person can do for themselves and these verses make it very plain that there is nothing indeed that we as humans can do in that condition. Dead people are just that; dead.
Further, in verse 2 it is clear that the spirit that works in the children of disobedience is not God, but rather the prince of the power of the air - also known as satan.
Therefore, God does not dwell within every human being.
#2 That the earth is a grand experiment from life forms on other planets.
Again, this is something totally against Scripture.
We need go no further than the book of Genesis to answer this.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
And further in Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
#3 - I am of the belief that angels can and certainly do still upon occasion appear to human beings in times of dire distress. However, there is nothing in Scripture that indicates they live among us.
There is nothing in Scripture concerning alien life forms from other planets.
The belief in "ascended masters" has its roots in Theosophy and was made popular in the US primarily by the efforts of one woman named H.P. Blavatsky and her "conversations" with these beings that claim to be the spirits of those who by their own efforts had become "self realised" - that means to be aware of their complete and indivisible union with God, and were able to somehow "by-pass" death through their own efforts and become pure spirit - however, they believe that some of these beings, in order to serve mankind, come back to earth in human form.
PURE WICKEDNESS! It's trusting in works, it is NOT Scriptural, and further, it is my firm belief that those spirits with whom Blavatsky spoke are nothing less than demons from satan himself.
Lastly, as God has given mankind a soul, I do not believe that other beings may come and steal it away, leaving another soul in its place even if a person has agreed to such.
Going back to Ephesians 2:1 we find, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: "
Although written to Christians, it is easily understood from this verse that there are only two powers that work in humanity. Either one belongs to the Lord and serves Him, or one serves another spirit, that of satan.
Demonic possession is very possible as can be seen from the number of people who had demons cast out of them by Jesus during His earthly ministry, as written in the four gospels.
I assure you, as one who has been on the other side of this mess, that possession is very real, very ugly, and if God does not intervene, it shatters the life of one possessed completely.
1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.