NEW  AGE  MOVEMENT

(Repackaged Hinduism & Buddhism)

There is nothing new about the Hindu based New Age Movement! This abyss of deception is old Hinduism, Buddhism and witchcraft repackaged for western consumption, an eastern philosophy clothed in Christian words. As the blind lead the blind into this seductive trap, they encounter Satan and think they are in touch with God.  Their belief in reincarnation, not resurrection, salvation by works, false christs, and false gods separates them from Christianity.

All world religions come under two categories:            

(1) Christianity has Christ as Savior from sin. (2) All others try in vain to save themselves from their sins by some do-it-yourself system of works: keeping ceremonial, moral and dietary laws or the golden rule. Religion is man reaching up to God by his own goodness. Christianity is God reaching down to us in the person of Jesus. The gospel is a down-to-earth message of Jesus coming down to earth from heaven to die on the cross for our sins.

First: A false way of salvation, works & reincarnation:

     Jesus dealt with sin at Calvary by dying as our substitute to pay our death penalty for our sins but in reincarnation one tries in vain to pay for his own sins by self effort. Reincarnation does away with morality. It is acceptable to steal because he stole from you in a previous life. You return in millions of different lives doing good works and cleaning up your act a little in each life until you get it right. Jesus got it right for us the first time on the cross. Millions are psychologically defeated by failures in imaginary past lives. We are not saved by our good works and sacrifices but by Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary.

Good and bad deeds result in good and bad karma. More bad than good deeds results in a karmic debt, like a Visa debt, to pay off. Karma refers to the law of sowing and reaping. You sow wild oats in this life and reap in another but karmic scales can tip in your favor through manipulation of auras and more good works. Evil works bring bad karma and rebirth in lower life forms. This pantheistic pagan concept brings humans down to the level of rocks and reptiles. Spirit guides are demons.

The New Age movement started in the heyday of the 1960s counter-cultural revolution and Hindu gurus from India solidified it in 1970s. They found the western mind in a fast food culture wanted Nirvana NOW and would not wait millions of years. They repackaged the lie so people can attain it in short order through money, meditation, out of body and out of mind experiences.  Altered states of consciousness and blank minds with the feel, don’t think, philosophy are doorways for demons. Some claim abduction by UFOs. Christians meditate in the Word of God (Joshua 1:8).

They claim by chanting secret words, mantras, you lower blood pressure, reduce desire for drugs and meet the real You. Mantras are names of the 350,000,000  Hindu gods. I could not  grasp the concept of Nirvana, a state of non-being where one is swallowed up into ultimate reality becoming one with the universe, so I asked a guru of Hinduism.

He said, “A river has its identity flowing through the countryside but at the end it ceases to exist and becomes one with the ocean.” Another Hindu way of cosmic oneness is cremation and scattering ashes. A state of non-being sounds like a rather bleak way to spend eternity. Cults have missed eternity with God in heaven. Hinduism ruined India and now has you in its grasp.

There are no further reincarnations after escaping the hamster wheel of karma and reaching Nirvana.  In Christian resurrection one comes back in the same body, now glorified, but in reincarnation with transmigration of the soul one allegedly returns to live in millions of different humans, plants, fish, animals and objects. “It is appointed unto man once to die [not millions of times] and after that the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

In pagan hypnosis people regress through imaginary previous lives as mind games develop a false memory syndrome. Jesus produced enough perfect karma on the cross to blot out all the sins of the world. Accept it by praying, Jesus, I am a sinner. Forgive my sins as I accept you as my Savior now. Thank you God for the gift of salvation that is not of works, Amen.

Jesus denied karma, the law of sowing and reaping, and healed a man (John 9:1-25). The disciples asked, “Who sinned this  man or his parents that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents have sinned but this is to manifest the glory of God.”

New Age says to create your own reality, truth and moral code, through yoga, hypnotism, visualization, chanting and meditation. In this world view there is no biblical standard for truth so there are no absolutes. Hitler created his own reality at Auschwitz and other death camps. The ultimate reality found in Scripture is, “You shall not kill so each person is not a law unto himself. The Falun Gong Chinese cult is repackaged Hinduism and Buddhism with multiple gods, yoga, meditation and reincarnation. They claim to practice truth, compassion and tolerance. Yoga means yoked with god but points to false New Age gods. Tattoos can spread aids  from dirty needles.  When people say they believe in God or Christ, ask, “Which god or Jesus do you believe in?” Buddhists have no god but follow an eight fold path to Nirvana: Right belief, right feelings, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right memory and right meditation.

Hinduism has three paths: The way of knowledge, the way of works and the way of devotion.

Second: False gods:

New Age mania says, “God is All and in all” just like Hinduism, Christian Science, and Unity. For years I was puzzled about that description of God. Then suddenly the light bulb came on and I understood the concept.

Gravity, for example, is a force that is In All. Whether you are falling off a ladder or on the moon it permeates everything. The greatest New Age god is Brahman, the supreme Hindu god. It is not a person but a neuter principle, a universal energy or cosmic force like gravity. To discover our Christhood and become one with the universe we must line up powers of darkness, Brahman energy forces, in and around us. Crystals concentrate this energy for healing and divination which means predicting the future.

This philosophy teaches that Brahman energy flows through meridians in our bodies just as blood flows through veins. Health problems indicate an uneven energy flow that can be redirected by acupuncture, manipulating auras, yoga, meditation or chanting. It can also be concentrated in the body to break bricks. In hypnotic mind games patients reach altered states of consciousness that give a placebo reaction.

They  invoke seducing spirits to program aura energy fields to give higher levels of consciousness. Buddhist, Dalai Lama, charges $350 to bring you to the first degree of energy and $500 for the second. Psychosomatic illnesses  respond to imaginary cures.  They lost their compass, the Bible, and through mystical mind games claim to discover their own divinity. This earth based concept has no distinction between creator and creation for all is one, Monism. Wicca also believes they are “One with the Divine All” and develop their latent psychic powers to harmonize with nature. They are Satanists since Satan is the father of the whole belief system.

In their “holistic health” approach, traditional medicine and surgery are deemed unnatural and most are vegetarians. They say natural medicines from plants enable the force to take its course. If you buy into New Age practices and martial arts you encounter the same demonic forces called Yin, Yang and CH’I in Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism.

The Bible says: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for church elders to pray anointing with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up. If he committed sins they shall be forgiven” (James 5:14,15). Since man sinned in Eden, weeds still grow in gardens and the death rate is one per person.  In the new world order after Jesus’ second coming there will be no more tears, pain, sorrow or death (Revelation 21). Non Christians are dead in sins (1 Tim. 5:6). A dead person’s greatest need is life. “He that has Jesus has life and he that does not have Jesus does not have life” (1 John 5:12).

Atonement means we are reconciled to God by the death  of Christ. New Age redefined and pronounce it at-won-ment meaning we are one with God, we are God. To find out for sure if  a man is a God or not, ask his wife.

New Age does not follow one leader or school of thought but is a loosely knit network with various views. Shirley MacLaine raised her hands on Malibu Beach in California and said, “I Am God.” They say the New Age of Aquarius started in 1987 and soon famine, wars and environmental destruction will end with  advent of a New Age Utopia. God created the original Utopia and needs no help for the future one spoken of in Revelation 21.

They do not practice animal or human sacrifice like Satanists but speak of Gaia, mother earth, and their Green Party is environmentally friendly. New Age includes human potential movements such as The Forum, Lifespring and Scientology with its greed and reincarnation. Tony Robbins, motivational speaker,  walks on hot coals to overcome phobias, a  practice  forbidden by God (Deut. 18:10-12). They hold seminars to increase productivity in  work places. Humans have unlimited potential for evil.

  True self realization is realizing you are a sinner. Never mind Rock & Roll; get Jesus in your soul.  You can save the dollar

 but it can’t save you. Jesus saves from sin (Matthew 1:21).

A False Christ:

The Bible warns of counterfeit Christs (2 Cor. 11:4). The Mormon false Christ is the brother of Satan. JWs’ Christ is Michael the Archangel. Ken Copeland’s  Christ took Satan’s nature at Calvary and was born again in hell. New Ager’s counterfeit Christ is an “Avatar,” a spiritual teacher appointed to a given era. The real Christian Jesus is the God-man, in the form of God and man (Phil. 2:6,7). He is 100% man and 100% God for a total of 200%. Anything less is just a prophet or Michael. Jesus is the only way to heaven not one of many equally good ways with Buddha or by recognizing your own divinity which means you are god.

New Age and New Thought say no outside God is needed for divinity is within and Jesus had 30 reincarnations to reach Christhood. In contrast, the Bible says he was Christ at birth (Luke 2:11,26). They say, “While Jesus was an historical figure, the Christ that propelled and inspired him was a divine energy that may be harnessed by anyone.”1 They take the name, Jesus Christ and twist it like a pretzel. To them, Jesus is the man and Christ is the Christ consciousness within us. Their focus is within  not on Calvary where Jesus died for our sins.

In this occultic mumbo-jumbo  there is no personal Christ as Savior just an impersonal force like gravity. Christian Science and many splinter groups in New Age are known as Mind Science cults because they believe sin, sickness, pain, physical bodies and death are illusions of the mind. They claim people are healed by convincing them they are not sick. Many in this suicidal head game refused medication and died.

Channeling:

In witchcraft, mediums pretend to conjure up spirits of the dead to give messages to living relatives. Some New Agers have a different twist in channeling claiming to conjure up unrelated spirits with messages from ascended masters: Saint Germain, Mary, Confucius,  Buddha and others. These are part of the Great White Brotherhood, a Fraternal Order of superhuman beings who after many reincarnations realized they are gods.  Witchcraft, trying to contact the dead, is an abomination (Deut. chapters 13 & 18). New Ager, Elizabeth Claire Prophet of The Church Universal and Triumphant, built bomb shelters in Montana. Marianne Williamson promotes The Course in Miracles and believes in communicating with the dead. Swedenborg also rejected the Christian gospel.

“No man has ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven even the Son of man which is in heaven” (John 3:13). Here we see Jesus is the only ascended Master and all others descended into hell unless they knew Christ as Savior. You will be taken up to heaven if you are taken up with Jesus on earth.

New Agers traffic in demons with tarot cards, ouija boards, seances, hypnotism, meditation with blank minds, crystals, zodiacs, conspiracy theories, astral projection, channeling, yoga etc. These tools are doorways to contact Satan just as Christians use the Bible and prayer to contact God. People become possessed, depressed and oppressed by the devil. Harry Potter books  refer to the Wiccan witchcraft website and characters get drunk, curse, lie, steal and cheat.

Edgar Cayce taught reincarnation and channeled healing information while in a trance. Did anyone in the Bible do that? He believed in Atlantis and said Jesus is the incarnation of the world’s soul. Nostradamus, 16th century French astrologer, used trances and horoscopes to predict Hister (Hitler) would win the second world war. He was a forerunner of tabloid prophets, Jean Dixon, and others. Christians have a more sure word of prophecy, the Bible, which is history written in advance.

Robert Schuller teaches the cult of self-esteem and said Jesus lost his on the cross. “Esteem others better than yourself” (Phil. 2:3). True self-esteem is based on whose we are not who we are. Jesus bought us with a price. Schuller says, “Jesus never called man a sinner so why should I?” Jesus spoke to men about to stone a woman for adultery. He said, “He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). A person can positive think himself into hell if he does not realize he is a sinner in need of the Savior.

Charles Fillmore (1854-1948), founder of Unity, claims he extracted the best from many religions including reincarnation from Hinduism. In this belief system one saves himself by works so there is no need for a Savior. Mostly New Agers camp at their headquarters in Kansas City. Like Hinduism they say Christ is not a person but a principle.

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded  Religious Science. It has no personal God and humans eventually become Christ by realizing their oneness with the divine principle. They teach that humans are basically good so there is no need for salvation.

New Agers repackaged astrology and speak of  “the gospel in the stars.” Stars are a general revelation of God’s glory but the gospel of salvation is seen only in  Scripture. God used a star to direct people to Jesus at his birth. Wise men still seek him. You cannot have creation without a creator and design in creation directs us to the designer. Monism, like pantheism is a pagan belief that creator and creation are all one and all is God. The King of Babylon found the prophet Daniel ten times wiser predicting the future than all astrologers, magicians,  sorcerers and soothsayers in the country (Daniel, chapters 1 & 2).

Pray: God, I have lost my way in the fray but now return to Jesus, the Shepherd of the sheep. Forgive my sins as I receive you as my Savior now, Amen.

1. Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions & the Occult. G.A. Mather & L.A. Nichols, 205.


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