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Who are they?
The New Age is not new. Tenants of New Age doctrine have been a part
of human history since the serpent deceived Eve in the garden with the
promises of godhood. Although those in the New Age movement vary in
their particular doctrines and practices (because it is not one centrally
organized religion) they do have some common core beliefs. According
to Douglas Groothius in his excellent book, Confronting the New Age,
there are nine New Age core beliefs.
Here are their nine commonly held beliefs:
1. Evolutionary optimism
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 cosmos.
“God saw all that He had made [diversity], and it was very
good.” (Genesis 1:31)
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)
4. 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
“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 119:105)
5. 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 oneness.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put
darkness for light and light for darkness....” (Isaiah
6. 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,
7. Spirit Contact
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.” (Galatians 1:8)
8. 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 us.
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 Corinthians 11:14)
9. Religious Syncretism
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.’ ”
What do they believe?
They believe that morality is personal and that the Biblical view of
sin is guilt inducing and an unhealthy concept for enlightened people
Men are held responsible for Adam’s sin as well as their own
About the Trinity?
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;
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
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).
About the Bible?
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
How to Witness to Them
- Remember to 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).
- Various questions to ask New Agers:
• “If there is no absolute truth when it comes to morality,
...what’s wrong with murder, theft, and rape?”
“Why are they wrong?”
Whatever 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
...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 die?”
• “If there are extraterrestrials that commonly invade
our hemisphere through UFO’s, then why is there no hard empirical
evidence that they exist?”
Confronting The New Age,
Douglas Groothius. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1988.
Fast Facts On False Teachings,
Ron Carlson and Ed Decker. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1994.
A Ready Defense,
Josh McDowell. San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, Inc.,
Don’t Check Your Brains At The
Door, Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler. Dallas,
TX: Word Publishing, 1992.
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