I’m asking you this question because a few months ago, I shared my story of how I left atheism, and became a Christian.
Ever since I shared my testimony, I’ve had a number of people email me about different faith stories.
The stories have either been about people’s journeys of faith, or about their children’s departure from the faith.
One person reached out to me recently and told me the story of how her daughter left the Christian faith, and became a believer in New Age religion.
She was heartbroken for her daughter, and she had a lot of questions.
I asked her permission if I could share her story with you on the blog, and she agreed. She only asks that I would keep her and her daughter’s names anonymous.
So for the sake of this blog post, I’m going to call the mom who reached out to me by the name of Marla. Also, I’ll call the New Age believing daughter by the name of Judy.
Here’s an excerpt from Marla’s email that she wrote to me about her daughter Judy:
“Basically, Judy says she’s not a Christian but leans towards New Age beliefs more. She feels like she was brainwashed all her life.
Once she started traveling, she says she was able to see other viewpoints, and expand her mind and beliefs from the narrow view she was taught as a child.
She says that she accepted those beliefs to please us and out of fear. Plus, she says how can a child make that kind of decision at such a young age?
Judy says religion is bad because it divides people. Jesus was good–if we all followed His teachings, there would truly be world peace.
Church is okay if it’s just a community of people that are there for each other.
There isn’t any hell. If God is supposed to be running this world, He certainly is making a mess of things.
And why would He create a system where the majority of His creatures would be going to hell just because of what they believe?
Even if it was true, why would she want to believe in a God like that? He certainly couldn’t be a good God.
She says she is happier now than she’s ever been–and there’s no void or emptiness in her life. She’s fulfilled.”
Other Parts of Marla’s Email
There are other parts of Marla’s email that I didn’t include in this blog post.
Some of those things that Marla wrote in her email has to do with her own struggle of whether her daughter was truly saved when she accepted Christ as a child.
That’s a great question, as some youth are leaving the church today after they’ve made a profession of faith when they were younger.
Were they truly saved?
That’s one of the questions that I’ll be answering in this blog post. I’ll also be answering the objections to the Christian faith that Judy had in Marla’s email above.
You’ll want to check out these questions and their answers because there’s a good chance that you’ll run into a number of New Age believers in the future, as this religion is growing fast.
10 Objections New Age Believers Have to Christianity and Their Answers
1. Religion is Bad Because it Divides People
I agree with Judy on this one. Religion is bad and it causes so many problems.
This is one of the biggest objections that atheists also bring up as to why they don’t believe in God.
I wrote about this objection in an earlier blog post. You can read more about how religion is evil by clicking here.
The bottom line is that Christianity is not a religion. Religion is about things that we have to do to get to God.
Christianity is a relationship. It’s about what God has done for everyone so that we can have a relationship with Him.
So yes, religion is hurtful, but Christianity isn’t a religion once you understand what it’s really about.
2. “Jesus was good–if we all followed His teachings, there would truly be world peace.”
Some people think that Jesus was just a good moral teacher. But that’s not what Jesus claimed Himself to be.
The big difference between Jesus and other leaders who founded long-lasting faiths, is that Jesus is the only One who claimed that He was God.
Judy is mistaken about her statement when she says that if we followed Jesus’ teachings, then there would truly be world peace.
The reason Judy is wrong is because it’s impossible to follow the teachings of Jesus without the help of the Holy Spirit.
The unregenerate heart is wicked and evil. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?” says Jeremiah.
Jesus commands us to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. Additionally, He commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
But the problem is that we’re a deeply selfish people. We care about ourselves, and the only way to love others with Christ’s agape love is by having Jesus Christ live deep within our hearts.
So it’s impossible to follow Jesus’ teachings without accepting Him first through faith.
3. There isn’t Any Hell
One of the biggest spiritual deceptions going on now is that there isn’t any hell.
The enemy is at work trying to convince people that hell is a false concept that’s just made up.
Why? Because if there is no hell, then there isn’t a need for accountability. If there’s no accountability, then there’s no reason to follow God’s commandments.
And if that’s the case then you can just live life, do whatever you want, and try to be happy.
But this couldn’t be farther away from the truth.
Imagine that there was a judge who let people go even though they committed crimes.
The perpetrators stole, deceived, murdered, and committed adultery.
Would you consider this judge to be a good judge?
The answer is of course not!
We have all done these things and so much more. We have broken God’s commandments.
Jesus calls the hating of someone the equivalent of murder. He says that just looking upon another person with lust is the same as committing adultery.
That’s God’s standard, and we’ll be judged according to God’s moral law.
The good news is that even though we committed the crime, Jesus paid our fine. God, who is a righteous judge, will drop the charges against us if we will put our faith in Christ.
4. If God is Running This World Then He’s Certainly Making a Mess of Things
This objection boils down to the equivalent of atheist’s claim that if God really existed, then why is there so much suffering in the world today?
Why doesn’t God heal amputees? Why doesn’t God give food to starving children in Africa? Why doesn’t God heal people with cancer?
The truth of the matter is that God created a perfect world, but humans messed it up by choosing to sin. By the way, there’s more about this topic in objection #5 below.
While God is most definitely on the throne, He has also temporarily given Satan limited power to do what he wants here on earth.
While this truth might be difficult to understand, giving Satan limited power does serve God’s purpose of giving us a free choice to either follow Him, or to follow the enemy.
The Bible says that there will be a day in the future when God will restore the world to its original sin-free state. But until then, Satan is the God of the present world.
Check out 2 Corinthians 4:4:
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
So keeping these things in mind will help you understand a little better why there are so many bad things happening in the world today.
5. Why Would God Create a System Where the Majority of His Creatures Are Going to Hell ?
When God first created the universe, the Bible says that everything God created was good. There was no evil, there was no suffering, Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony.
But then Adam and Eve sinned, and everything changed. Sin entered into the human race, and has plagued every person ever since.
That’s why there are so many problems in the world today.
The human heart is inherently bad instead of being inherently good. We are sinners rather than saints. We do bad things more than we do good.
Now on the outskirts you might not think that it’s true. You might think that you do more good things than you do bad things.
But the truth of the matter is that God holds you accountable for your words, actions, and thoughts.
Jesus said in Mark 7:21-23
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
So God created a good universe but human beings made a mess of things. He gave us a way out, and that way out is to put our faith in Jesus Christ, and to repent of our sins.
The result is that we’ll avoid God’s judgement, and we can spend eternity with God in heaven.
6. What About People of Different Belief Systems, Where Are They Going?
I’ve written an in-depth blog post about where people of different faiths go after they die.
To answer this question, consider this scenario: imagine that you are driving in the street, and somebody crashes into your car.
It was totally their fault, and not your fault at all.
Can the driver of that car that hit you go to another driver, and apologize to them for crashing into your car?
Can the driver of the car that crashed into you go to someone else, and have their insurance pay for fixing another driver’s car?
The answer is of course not!
The driver hit your car, so the driver has to come to you and apologize to you. He has to make things right with you. He has to pay for the damages that he’s responsible for to you, and not to someone else.
We’ve sinned against God and we’ve created a lot of damages against Him. It’s not right for us to go to another god (an idol), and to apologize for the wrong things that we’ve done, when we’ve wronged the God of the Bible.
We have to go to the only God that actually exists, and the God that I have sinned against. And the only true God is the God of the Bible.
Questions of Parents and Loved Ones Answered
7. If my child or somebody that I know believes in New Age religion, but they professed to be a Christian before, does that mean that they were never saved?
This is a question that’s often asked by parents or family members who know someone who was once a Christian but they’re not anymore.
This topic is also known in the theological world as eternal security.
It boils down to, “Can you lose your salvation? Can you be saved at one point in your life, and then get unsaved?”
There are answers to this question in multiple passages of Scripture, but I’m going to focus on just one. Jesus said:
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
-Jesus, John 10:27-28
The sheep in this passage are clearly Christians, or those who have put their faith in Christ.
From this verse, we see that Jesus says that Christians will never perish, and that no one can snatch them out of God’s hands.
The problem is that we rush to judgment in cases where people made a profession of faith, but have then departed from the faith for a season.
We make an error by saying, “Oh well, I guess they were never saved to begin with.”
But the truth of the matter is that God is not finished with anyone until their life on earth comes to an end.
So for Marla who is asking the question about whether her daughter Judy was saved when she was younger, the answer is that God is not finished with Judy yet.
If Judy was sincere in her profession of faith and she was truly saved, even though she has become a follower of New Age religion, the Scriptures teach that God will bring her back.
We just have to keep Judy in prayer, and ask for God to encourage Marla, as she sees her daughter going through a rough season in her life.
8. Will My Prodigal Son, Daughter, or Family Member Come Back to Christ?
I believe that if someone truly was a Christian and they chose to walk away from the faith, then ultimately God will bring them back.
That’s exactly what happened to me.
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You realize after watching the video that even though the son chose to walk away from the father, he never lost his relationship with his dad.
The prodigal was still the son of his father, the relationship never was lost.
However, the prodigal did lose fellowship while he was living a life of sin. He wasn’t able to fellowship with his dad for that season of his life.
But after that season of wayward living, after he saw how bad it was to live away from his dad, the prodigal son chose to come back to his father.
So as long as your son, daughter, friend, or family member is still alive, then there’s still hope that they will rededicate their life back to Christ.
9. Why Are So Many Young People Leaving the Church?
There has been an exodus of young people who have been leaving the church recently. Usually, this happens during their college years, or after they start their professional career.
There are many people who have tried to answer why this is happening. I believe that there isn’t just one answer to this question.
There are many reasons why young people are leaving the church, and each person’s situation is different.
So here are some of the reasons why I think some of today’s youth are leaving the church.
1. Some young people are not taught apologetics.
Apologetics is the study of defending the faith. 1 Peter 3:15 says:
“Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.”
When young Christians are asked questions by skeptics about why they believe God exists, or why they believe the Bible is true, many times they’re unable to answer.
It’s crucial that every Christian be able to answer these types of questions.
That’s why if you’re a parent and you still have access to your kids, then I highly recommend that you pray about teaching them some apologetics.
Here’s a great resource for you from Pastor Charlie Campbell and his ministry, Always Be Ready.
2. Some young people are never taught to have a disciplined devotional life.
The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119, “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.”
This verse doesn’t just apply to men, but also to women.
If we want our youth to keep the Christian faith, then we have to teach them the importance of having a disciplined devotional life.
Every day they need to pray, read the Bible, and do what it says. That’s the only way to keep a strong faith.
3. Some young people want to try things on their own.
The saying goes, “Curiosity killed the cat.”
Many youth are just kittens who are curious about life.
They’ve been taught by the church that they shouldn’t have sex before marriage. However, their friends in school are doing it. Additionally, the shows that they watch on TV promote couples living together before marriage.
So naturally, young people are faced with the question, “Is it really true that I shouldn’t have sex before marriage? Or is the Bible making a big deal out of nothing?”
This is just the nature of temptation, and young people need to learn that they need to trust God’s Word more than they trust their instincts.
10. How Can I Equip My Children So They’re More Likely to Stay in the Faith?
As you can probably guess, you need to counteract the obstacles that are mentioned in question #9 above. You can do that by having conversations with your kids.
Don’t let the enemy condemn you if you haven’t had these sometimes difficult conversations with your kids.
Many of us haven’t talked to our kids about these subjects, but it’s better to do it now than never.
Here are some things for you to pray about if you’re a parent:
1. Teach your kids to have a disciplined devotional life
Your kids need to know that just like they can’t live without physical food, they also can’t live without spiritual food.
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.”
2. Teach your kids to defend the faith
Do some research on what are skeptics top questions, and find out their answers.
These are the kinds of questions that they are most likely going to be challenged with in their classrooms, and from their friends.
Don’t forget that you have Pastor Charlie Campbell’s website as a great resource.
3. Teach your kids it’s okay to ask questions
Remember when you were a little kid and you always asked your parents, “Why does ______?” (fill in the blank)
You were always curious when you were a kid, and you had some questions about why things are the way that they are.
Likewise, your kids have questions too, and they want to know why you believe what you believe.
Provide for them a safe and comfortable atmosphere where they can approach you with any question.
You’ll be glad that you did.
Did I Miss Anything?
So this blog post started out with answering objections of New Age believers to Christianity.
But since this blog post was inspired by Marla and her daughter Judy, it also addressed parent’s questions and concerns about their prodigal children.
New Age objections to Christianity are mostly just an excuse for New Age believers to live they way that they want without accountability.
As the Bible says in John 3:19:
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
But although we worry about our unsaved and prodigal loved ones, we can be confident that God will be faithful to reach them with His glorious gospel.
Now over to you. I love conversations, so if you have anything to add, please do so in the comments below.