“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” ~Revelation 21:1
This blog entry will deal with the “New Age Movement” and sub-categories of this movement. As time progresses, it seems that this movement is being embraced more and more around the world. What exactly does the New Age Movement entail? To be honest, it has a very vague description which encapsulates many sub-categories. Perhaps it is so vague because these set of beliefs are meant to be loose; without borders, lacking rules and order. Many people love the idea of no borders or guard-rails… until, that is, they find themselves atop a proverbial steep and icy cliff in life – then, the borders or “confines” of Christianity do not look so bad. The loose morals in the New Age Movement embrace the practices of quantum physics, self-help, holistic health, channeling spirits through meditation, environmentalism, belief in human power, reincarnation, and positive affirmations which they suppose will cause them to achieve success in anything. People following this deceptive spiritual practice emphasize that the mind, body, and spirit are interrelated and that they are one with the universe.
After reading the first paragraph of this blog, many will shrug their shoulders and say, “This doesn’t sound so bad.” After all, there are a few things we could agree with, right? Even Christians believe that God gave us a mind, body, and spirit – and that, to some degree, they are interrelated. Oftentimes, one can affect the other. If someone is spiritually dry, it can affect their mind with apathy, depression, and fear. And if the mind is ill-at-ease, it can cause the body symptoms of stress. But, here’s where many religions deceive – they have a form of good morals which appeal to us, therefore, we let our guard down and accept it as harmless. It looks so innocent, but its inward parts are foul, evil, and a stench to God Almighty.
As we delve further into this topic, we will see the utterly selfish, wicked, God-defiant origins of such a movement. This type of “spirituality” exalts self and planet Earth above God Himself. Romans 1:20-25 plainly states: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
Those in the New Age Movement are keen to support feminism and any type of sexual orientation (including homosexuality) as a means of spiritual development. This thought of “sexuality leads to spirituality” is absurd to most. However, the New Agers embrace it whole-heartedly. They believe that their thoughts create success, favor, good luck, money, happiness, etc. In their pride, they rely on their own “mind power” or “positive energy” to create; however, this is contrary to scripture. We are humans; we are not God. We are limited. That is why we pray to the Creator God. The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to rely upon God – even for our daily bread (See Matthew 6:11). However, people deceived by the New Age Movement believe that they are as God; having the power to create by their words/thoughts and to heal by their touch within their own power. This is a direct mockery and counterfeit of the one true God who heals and spoke the world into existence by the power of His very words. Psalm 33:9 says, “For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.”
According to studies on New Age spirituality, it is primarily characterized by “an individual approach to spiritual practices and philosophies, and the rejection of religious doctrine.” Likewise, such people are heavily involved in Yoga, meditation, Reiki, organic food, vegetarianism, and advocate living in a sustainable manner to reduce pollution and preserve their idol god which is planet Earth and themselves.
Many New Agers are also self-proclaimed hippies. Hippies have been described as a “new religious movement” by scholars. Immorality such as drugs, illicit sex, and gay rights were strengthened by the hippie movement in the 1960s. Another result of the movement was the creation of Earth Day which is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Not that it is sinister to take care of the planet, but it has gone far beyond that. It has become a political issue of Global Warming, along with people proudly bearing the title of “tree-hugger” – even worshiping trees. Likewise, it has invaded the church.
There are now “Evangelical Environmentalists” who have banded together to form The Evangelical Climate Initiative. This group teaches that it was God’s mandate to Adam to care for the Garden of Eden and they believe it also applies to evangelicals today. The Evangelical Climate Initiative group teaches that it is therefore a moral obligation to care for planet Earth. Incidentally, the call to Adam to tend the Garden of Eden happened before sin entered the picture. Nowadays, “tending the garden” and pruning its trees is secondary and of far less importance than tending to your spirit, pruning sin out of it, and sharing Jesus with others. I agree that it is good to care for the planet, but I see nowhere in scripture where it is a moral issue which would block one from Heaven if he/she did not do so. What about the disabled person who is, perhaps, unable to tend to the Earth? By making this a moral issue, it’s as if some environmentalists are teaching that such a person would be bound for hell simply because he/she did not recycle or plant an organic garden! This New Age absurdity is being embraced by the church under the guise of, “We need to be good stewards of the earth” – when the hidden agenda of New Agers is to get the church to worship the earth. It is an attempt to shift the church’s focus from Jesus, the Bible, and salvation to fossil fuels, gas emissions, and “going green.” Genesis 1:28 says, “And God blessed them [Adam and Eve], and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it…’” In the original Hebrew text, the word, “subdue” means to “bring into subjection, force, keep under; A primitive root; to tread down; hence, negatively, to disregard; positively, to conquer.” Things in the earth were created by God to serve humans and to assist them; not for the humans to serve the things. God will always provide for His children. In Matthew 24:35, Jesus says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Therefore, it is of utmost importance to cling to Jesus and His holy words rather than clinging to this earth which will pass away.
The New Age movement is a religion that affects people’s choice of food, where they shop, and even how they decorate their home. There is a rise of Greek god décor, Feng Shui décor, and New Age décor. These styles of decorating incorporate the use of crystals, statues, wall art with hidden symbolism, and paintings which are either abstract or of nudity. Stephen Dollins, ex-Satanist High Priest for seven years with Anton LaVey’s Church Of Satan (now saved by Jesus’ blood) says he could walk through the home of most any Christian (or non-Christian) and would be able to fill a large box with items that (would shock you to discover) are occultic and giving Satan permission to destroy you and your family. He also says that the peace symbol, which some decorate with or wear as a symbol on their clothing or jewelry is actually a symbol of the broken cross which is part of the initiation into Satanism. He says that to be initiated into Satanism, you’re given a ceramic cross and told to turn it upside down and break it symbolizing that there is no God. It is also a spell-casting symbol referred to as the “crow’s foot.” Dollins says, “It never has been and never will be a symbol for peace.” It embodies the hippie movement of rebellion. Furthermore, he states that Gaia (worship of the earth) and the Earth, Wind, Fire Triangle are highly exalted in witchcraft, even used as a spell-casting symbol. There is also a symbol which looks much like a circle divided into fourths with smaller circle dots in each section. It represents “Holy Earth” in Satanism as part of the New Age Movement. Furthermore, many believe the New Age Movement is tied with the New World Order and Free-Masonry.
It is not shocking to find that there is also a money-making market for New Age goods. I, personally, used to work at an Aveda salon and spa. I did not realize it at the time, but the Aveda company is heavily involved in New Ageism. I saw it subtly being introduced when I worked there. I am not telling a story from the perspective of an ex-employee trying to “get even”. That is not the case, as I left of my own free will. I am simply sharing this information to show how New Ageism may even be exalted in your neighborhood salon. The owner at the Aveda salon and spa I worked for preferred the lids be kept closed on the restroom toilets as to not let “positive energy go down the drain.” I just thought she was a strange person and ignored it, but now I know her motives were all based in New Age theology. An unbiased customer opinion online says, “As a trailblazer in the aromatherapy movement, Aveda has more than a bit of New Age in its philosophy.” The Aveda Institute website says, “Our spirit has created a network of exceptional strength and energy.” They also state that there is a “new age of opportunity for young people” who attend their institute. The Aveda salon and spa I worked at openly played new age music and chants. Now, Aveda also sells Chakra Balancing Body Mist aromas. The word, “Chakra” is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “circle.” The Chakras are said to be located in the midline (spine) of the body where the Chakra gems are placed during a treatment. Eastern cultures believe they are vital energy centers to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Wait… did they say, “spiritual health“? The state of my spirit is dependent upon my spine being aligned? That is laughable to most, but New Agers openly embrace it as truth. Aveda has other cultural beliefs such as stated on their website. They say, “Our earliest roots lie in Ayurveda, the Indian healing tradition based on the knowledge of life and the interconnectedness of all things. Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of healing that strives to create balance in body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda means ‘the science of life‘ and it has been central to Aveda since the very beginning, when we partnered with the Ayurvedic Doctors…” Not only Aveda, but several companies worldwide cater to New Agers and have found popularity and riches in “going green” or organic. It is not problematic that organic goods are sold but it doesn’t stop at that. It goes deeper to the heart and beliefs of the person who sells these goods, many of which do it out of a New Age belief… therein lies the problem.
Not only is New Ageism being pushed and popularized in the marketplace, it is also being pushed by celebrities. A few years back, Oprah Winfrey aired a series of broadcasts promoting Eckhart Tolle’s book, “A New Earth” where their meditation/chant-sessions were televised. Many viewers allowed this into their homes and into their hearts. One blogger wrote, “Oprah is extremely dangerous because she is leading millions of people (especially women) into the New Age movement and away from Jesus Christ.” 2nd Timothy 3:5-7 says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1st John 4:1 also warns us by stating: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” Christian author and speaker, Eric Barger, says this: “Any system that tells you to look inside yourself for enlightenment, wisdom, or power is generically the New Age.” Many wandering souls try to find a sense of inner peace within themselves. They want to find a place of “Zen” which they hope will bring intuition and good fortune. However, such a belief stems from Buddhism and emphasizes looking within rather than studying holy scripture and sensibly looking to God.
In conclusion, I would like to leave you with what the Bible says. Scripture says that no person can succeed by their own strength (see 1st Samuel 2:9). Exodus 15:2 echoes that by saying, “The Lord is my strength and my song…” Jeremiah 17:5 states: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.’” And finally, 1st Corinthians 1:25. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” We all need God. We are not gods nor are we spiritually self-sufficient; only His grace is all-sufficient. Sooner or later, we must all come to this realization: We can’t conjure up enough positivity, energy, or inner strength to save ourselves from hell; nor can we prevent the earth from passing away. When gut-wrenching trauma happens, when devastation strikes, we can’t make it on our own with positive affirmations or cultish Yoga chants… we need the strength of God and the blood of Jesus to save us, help us, and give us peace. Life is not about focusing on the created, but rather, the Creator God.