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The New Age Movement

Introduction
The New Age Movement (NAM) is in the news today because of its fantastic claims.  

 

We must look beyond the surface to the underlying concepts, political goals and programs of the NAM.  We must not spend too much time on nut-cases or con-artists.  The NAM is far more serious than gurus, Zen-masters and psychics ripping off the gullible and the naive.  The success of the NAM constitutes a clear and present threat not only to the Church but also to the nation.  We must look beyond its Surface Sensationalism to its Underlying Concepts/Goals/Programs.

 

I.   I The Terminology of the NAM.
A.   The NAM is Not "NEW" in the sense of not previously known.  The concepts of the NAM are very old.  The same ideas and practices were called the occult or witchcraft not to long ago.  For example, what once was called “mediumship by a witch” is now called “channeling by a psychic friend.” 

B.   "New" as opposed to "Old:"

Age of Pisces

Age of Aquarius

The Old

The New

Christianity

New Age Movement

    
C.   "New AGE" in sense of an idealistic utopianism:  the belief that history is moving toward an ideal age in which harmony and peace will prevail over all the earth.  This was originally a biblical concept involving the Return of Christ, the Resurrection and Judgment Day.  But instead of Jesus making a "new Heavens and a new earth," the NAM says man will bring it about by his own powers. 

Utopianism

Christian

Humanistic

Jesus at His return to earth.

Man will bring it about.

Humanistic Utopianism

Secular

Religious

Materialistic

Spiritualistic

Marxism

NAM

Dialectic

Event/evolution

Both Marxism and the NAM are Christian heresies in this sense.

 

II.   What is the NAM?
It is a religious form of Humanism: the belief that man is the measure of all things and thus the Origin and Judge of truth, justice, morals and beauty.  Man is his own "god" literally or figuratively.

Humanism

Secular

Religious

No God

No God

No absolutes

No absolutes

Relativism

Relativism

Autonomy

Autonomy

Subjectivism

Subjectivism

Materialism

Spiritualism

All is matter

All is mind

Rationalism

Mysticism

"Science"

Parapsychology

Anti-Christian

Anti-Christian

 

III.   The NAM is religious atheism:
It denies the existence of an infinite/personal God who exists outside of and independent of the universe.

 

IV. The NAM Misuses the word “God.”
The NAM takes the word "God" and applies it to the universe.  The problem with this is that the attributes of the universe and God are opposites.

God

The Universe

Infinite

Finite

Eternal

Limited by time

Omnipresent

Limited by space

Omnipotent

Limited in power

Omniscient

Limited in knowledge

Sovereign

Limited in control

Immutable

Mutable

Perfect

Flawed/imperfect

Good

Evil/good

Independent

Dependent

 

V. The NAM's solution:
It denies the existence of the universe!  The world we see around us is an illusion!  Our body does not exist.  Evil does not exist.  Pain, sickness and death are all illusions!  We are not limited or finite in any way.  "Mind" or "consciousness" is all that really exists.

 

VI.  The NAM's world view leads to:

  1. Aolipsism, egoism, selfishness 
  2. No concern, compassion or help for the sick, handicap, old or dying.  The NAM does not build hospitals or nursing homes.

 

VII. When did the NAM begin?
It began in the 1950's with J. B. Rhine.  It became popular in the 1960’s and led to drugs, rebellion, the Beatles, Gurus, free sex, Cayce, Dixon, cults, ESP, etc.

 

VIII. Why did it become popular?
A.   The failure of secular humanism to provide a materialistic basis for truth, justice, morals or beauty.  Man was reduced to an animal, machine, a meaningless accident in a backwater without dignity/worth/meaning.  Man -> a dog

B.   Because of the failure of secular atheism, many '60s humanists became religious atheists.  Example: John Denver.

C.  Humanism has always swung between two poles:

Materialism

Spiritualism

"Man is a dog"

"Man is a god"

 

D.   Humanism is doomed to swing back and forth because it is reductionistic, i.e., man is reduced to only one element:  body/mind, matter/spirit.

E.   When humanism is the dominant world view in any culture, the culture swings back and forth from materialism to spiritualism.

Ancient Greece

Materialism

Spiritualism

Herbalists

Promenades

Matter

Mind

Empiricism

Mysticism

Aristotle

Plato

20th Century

Early:

Late:

Materialism

Spiritualism


F.   The popularity of humanistically based religions depends on whether the culture is in a materialistic or spiritualistic phase.

Popular Forms of Materialism

Secular

Religious

Atheism

Neo-orthodoxy

Agnosticism

Paul Tillich

Skepticism

"God is dead"

Marxism

Soul sleep

Anti-miracle

Annihilationism

Anti-ESP

SDA

Anti-God

WT

Rationalism

Armstrong

Popular Forms of Spiritualism

Secular

Religious

ESP

Spiritualism

Parapsychology

Occult

SPR

Witchcraft

Psychics

NAM


G.   This explains WHY the NAM is so popular at this time.  Western humanistic culture is swinging toward its spiritualistic pole.

 

IX. Only when a culture is dominated by the Christian world view does it escape from both materialism and spiritualism.

The Biblical World View:

Reality is matter/visible

Spirit/invisible

Man is body/flesh

Mind/spirit

 

X.
The NAM will lose its popularity when the culture swings back to its materialistic pole.  Psychism always becomes boring.  The rip-offs, con-games and frauds run it into the ground.  You can only pretend that "There is no pain" until you are in pain!  To say, "There is no death" never stopped anyone from dying!  Ex.: Mary Baker Eddy.  The mere act of stubbing one’s toe tends to vanquish all claims to divinity!  When you have kids you find out that you are not omniscient or omnipotent.  Is it any wonder that the NAM is primarily composed of affluent singles!

 

XI.  How wide spread is the NAM?
It has invaded every area of society and has thousands of organizations in an international network:

Religion

Sports

Music

Sales

Military

UN

Science

Psychology

Art

Business

Medicine

 

Education

Cartoons

Movies

Police

Politics

 

 

XII. Is the NAM dangerous?  Yes!

       1.It is psychologically damaging. 

      2.It is socially worthless. 

      3.It is financially disastrous. 

      4.It is scientifically fraudulent.

      5.It is spiritually delusive.

      6.It is biblically satanic and demonic.

 

XIII. Why should we be concerned? 
The goals of the NAM call for the destruction not only of the Church but also the nation.  In search of its monistic ideal of "ONENESS," the NAM wants three things:

A ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT run by a charismatic leader trained in the occult arts of psychism.  The NAM names Hitler as their first attempt!  The U.S. constitution must be destroyed.  The UN must take over.

A ONE-WORLD RELIGION run by a NEW AGE CHRIST who will be forced on all religions.  There will be NO FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

A CENTRALIZED CONTROL of money, food, goods, jobs and births.  If you do not accept their one-world government or religion, you will be denied money, food, jobs, goods and the right to have children.  "Illegal" babies will be murdered as in China.  People who resist "re-education," i.e., NAM teaching, will be denied work.  There will be no human or civil rights: No freedom of religion, speech, assembly or of the press!  THIS IS THE DARK SIDE OF THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT.

 

XIV. Our greatest fear:
The NAM is the final fulfillment of the biblical prophecies about the anti-Christ and the end of the world.  What is scary is that there is a direct correspondence between the biblical anti-Christ and the NAM!

NAM doctrines:  I John 2:18-23; 4:1-4; II John 7-11; II Thess. 2:1-5.

NAM miracles:  II Thess. 2:9-12; Rev. 13:12-15.

NAM goals:  A one-world government and religion dedicated to the destruction of the Bible and Christianity:  Rev. 13:3-18.

The so-called "Green Movement" and so-called "Global Warming" heresy are examples of humanistic anti-Christian worldviews that have nothing to do with reducing pollution or protecting the earth. They are politically motivated attempts to justify the redistribution of wealth by stealing it from those who worked hard to earn it and giving it to those who will not or cannot work. We deal with the Christian view of the earth and society in the book,The Bible, Natural Theology and Natural Law: Conflict or Compromise?

Conclusion
Since the essence of Humanism is rebellion against God, it has always sought to destroy the people and worship of God.  Be it materialistic Marxism in the Communist World or the spiritualistic New Age Movement in the West, the Church faces its greatest challenge today as it proclaims the Gospel to a lost and dying world.