The New Age
is not new. The ideas of New Age thinking has been around since the serpent
deceived Eve in the garden with the promises of godhood. (Now
the serpent said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from
any tree in the garden'?" ... "You will not
surely die," the serpent said to the woman. ... "you will be like
God...." Genesis 3:1-5)
may not share all the particular doctrines and practices as other New Agers,
since there is not one centrally organized religion, there are some common core
beliefs. Here are some gathered from Confronting the New Age, by Douglas
Groothius. Please read these
carefully, and contact us if you have any questions.
Also, please read the rest of our website for more information.
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commonly held beliefs of New Age thinking
New Agers believe that the world is
poised to explode into a New Age of enlightenment. They are convinced that this
“new world order” will be united under a one world government and initiated
by a quantum leap in humanity’s spiritual evolution.
“But mark this and there will be terrible times in the last days.”
(2 Timothy 3:1)
Monism means “oneness.” New Agers believe that we are all one with each
other and the universe. We are all connected by the common cord of the
“God saw all that He had made [diversity], and it was very good.”
New Agers do not believe in a personal God. They believe that the totality of
all the “oneness” in the cosmos can collectively be called “god”. Some
call it “the force”. Others call it “consciousness”. But by any label it
is the deification of the universe and everything in it. That’s why Shirley
MacLaine can proclaim, “I am God.” She believes that as part of this cosmic
consciousness, she is god and so are you.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God... Through him all things were made... In him was life, and that life
was the light of men... The Word became flesh and dwelt among us... No one has
ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side has
made him known.” (John 1:1, 3, 4, 14, 18)
Transformation of Consciousness
New Agers believe that the New Age must be experienced to be transformational.
Through meditation, drugs, yoga, martial arts, or cosmic experiences, the goal
of the New Ager is to become one with the universe. The goal is a state of mind
that is at peace with oneself and at one with one’s universe.
“Do not conform any longer to
the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind....” (Romans 12:2) “Your
word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm
Create your own reality
In the New Age movement morals are subjective. Since their is not an external
objective standard of authority when it comes to behavior then you are free to
create your own moral reality. The New Age encourages its participants to
experiment and experience their own morals on their journey toward
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for
light and light for darkness....” (Isaiah 5:20)
Unlimited human potential
New Agers are convinced that all the
power of the the universe is available to every person. The more that we can
know the god within us the more we can unleash the cosmic force to achieve the
unachievable (ESP, telepathy, out of body experiences, and psychokinesis [moving
or manipulating objects with our minds] are all evidence of their belief in
unlimited human potential).
“Now to him [God] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or
imagine, according to his power that is at work in us, to him be the glory in
the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20, 21)
New Agers believe that there is an army
of spirit guides, extraterrestrials, and entities who are seeking to communicate
to humans through mediums or channelers. These channelers are humans who are in
touch with the cosmic consciousness and are used by these spirit guides to
communicate universal truth to others. These cosmic truths routinely contradict
“But even if we or an angel
from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let
him be eternally condemned.”
Masters from Above
New Agers believe that UFO’s and
those who have had extraterrestrial encounters prove that there is not only life
on other planets, but that these more evolved species have much to teach
Warning: Watch any of the Star
Trek series and/or X-Files, you will see that this is true! Most Hollywood
movies or television series about science fiction and space exploration are
built on the premises of the New Age movement. Many who watch these shows end up
buying the lies they promote!
“...Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2
As Douglas Groothius writes in his book, Confronting the New Age, “New Age
spirituality is a rather eclectic grab bag of Eastern mysticism, Western
occultism, neopaganism, and human psychology”. Many New Agers claim to be
Christian. Most Americans today are New Age in at least some areas of their
belief system. The whole contention, “it doesn’t matter what you believe, it
only matters that you believe,” flows from the New Age belief system.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me.’ ” (John 14:6)
They believe that morality is personal and that the Biblical view of sin is
guilt inducing and an unhealthy concept for enlightened people to accept
Men are held responsible for Adam’s sin as well as their own (Romans
New Agers do not believe in the Trinity. They reject the concept of a personal,
powerful God. They believe that all is god and god is all.
There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4; James
They believe Jesus was an enlightened man. He was in touch with his cosmic
consciousness and was able to tap into this universal power to heal others. They
believe that he is only god in the same sense that we are gods.
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is not a god. He is the God of the
universe (John 1:1,14,18; 8:58; 10:30. Compare Titus 2:13 and Isaiah
New Agers believe that salvation is
found in becoming one with the universe. It is not a personal, permanent
relationship with the God of the universe through faith in Christ, but rather a
melting of ourselves in the cosmic pot of mystic oneness.
Salvation is by faith in Christ on the basis of His death on the cross. Good
works have nothing to do with being saved (John 3:16,17,36; 6:29,47; Romans
4:1-5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5).
Most New Agers would say that the Bible is God’s Word in the same sense that
the Book of Koran and the Book of Mormon is God’s Word. They warn strongly
against taking the Bible literally. They are convinced that it should be gleaned
for cosmic truth mystically, not literally.
The Bible alone is the word of God.
It is without error. It cannot be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy
3:16-4:4; Revelation 22:18-20).
Focus on the literal claims of Christ. Not only did
He claim to be God (John 8:57,58; 10:30), but He also claimed to be the only way
to God (John 14:6).
Ponder these various questions-
• “If there is no absolute
truth when it comes to morality, then...
...what’s wrong with murder,
theft, and rape?”
“Why are they
they give as an answer, they are giving as “absolute truth” which is
inconsistent with their belief system.
• “If Jesus was an
enlightened man, than why...
...did He claim that He was
the only way to heaven?” (John 14:6)
...did He condemn those who
reject Him to an eternity in hell?” (John 3:16-18, Matthew 25:41-45)
• “If we have unlimited
human potential, then why do even ‘masters’ in the New Age get sick and
• “If there are extraterrestrials that commonly invade our hemisphere
through UFO’s, then why is there no hard empirical evidence that they
look through the rest of our website for more information.
The New Age, Douglas
Groothius. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1988.
Facts On False Teachings,
Ron Carlson and Ed Decker. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1994.
Ready Defense, Josh
McDowell. San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., 1990.
Check Your Brains At The Door,
Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler. Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1992.
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