Do you know anyone that is a follower of New Age religion?
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.
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Thank you for the good advice.
You’re very welcome, I hope you found this blog post helpful 🙂
God bless you!
awesome article Peter.
That’s awfully kind of you Eric, thank you so much!
You’re awesome, as always 🙂
New Age Religion is in error because they are NOT specific and correct on facts and truth. Biblical Christianity by faith is historically and spiritually correct, specific and fully correct.
Amen to that Paul, I agree with you.
I believe simply put New Age is by passing the cross the blood the wrath that God Himself poured out on His Son Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross FOR ALL SIN. Jesus FINISHED FULFILLING THE LAW OF GOD. It IS Father God who sent His Son to pay the price for the three things that are hidden in the ark of the covenant. What are those three things man’s rejection of God’s provision, God’s law and God’s chosen priest. It is Jesus obedience to His Father and Jesus came to reveal the name ABBA FATHER. It’s about JESUS! We are to rightly divide the Word of God that only comes through the power of the Holy Spirit in revelation what is law and what is grace and truth. Revelation occurs through meditation on the Word, asking Father questions and hearing the Word of God (not the word from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, consciousness and or natural man’s interpretation). Remember Jesus was under law when He spoke things in the synoptic gospels and the book of John. Such as what is the way to heaven when the rich young ruler came and asked Jesus? The rich young ruler never just asked which is the way to heaven, he asks his question based on his goodness in keeping the law. There is no salvation in keeping the law. NONE! Jesus knows that as you and I, yet their is still this putting the law Moses and Elijah on the same level as JESUS GRACE FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS. SIN, ALL SIN HAS BEEN PAID at the hands of man and God Himself through the shedding of innocent blood. Let this be our testimony. I am the righteousness of God IN JESUS CHRIST.
Let us speak and preach and teach the BEAUTY OF JESUS CHRIST and that the HOLY SPIRIT has a wealth of words to move anyone to see Jesus as the ONE AN ONLY SAVIOR. My bible says that the strength of sin is THE LAW! JESUS IS NOT COMING BACK TO DEAL WITH SIN IT’S DONE PAID FOR THAT IS THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. THAT IS THE GOSPEL PAUL PREACHED! I am the righteousness of God IN CHRIST JESUS! Jesus the tree of Life, the bread of Life is the answer. The more we meditate and think on Him the more we are full of Him then we can speak of Him His beauty and any question asked will be answered to see Him Hear Him. The greatest Love of all is the Love Jesus Christ has for us. What is this Love? What does it look like, taste like, hear like and feel like?
I agree with you Bonnie. It’s interesting that you bring up this point because just the other day, somebody hit me up on Twitter with a link to their article. In their article, they were trying to make the point that Jesus and the apostles said that it is possible for humans to attain perfection.
Personally, I try to avoid useless arguments like that and use my time elsewhere sharing the gospel with the lost. But nevertheless, it was sobering to see that there are some Christians who actually believe that they can sin no more before they go to heaven.
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I didn’t know Greg that the message Bible is New Age. I think that the message shouldn’t be seen as a translation. It’s like some kind of loose paraphrase or something. But you probably know better.
Personally I like sticking to the NKJV. Sorry for the late reply to your comment. For some reason Disqus didn’t alert me that you had left the comment and it was pending for some reason.
Ha ha, I just figured the comment was lost in the system never to be seen again. 🙂
Yes The Message should not even be a translation as far as I’m concerned.
I have almost against my will moved to KJV. You would be amazed at how many changes there are from the KJV to other versions even the NKJV.
Amen! I praise the LORD that like Paul the apostle, who was a Christian killer, the LORD met me on my own Road to Damascus: I stole my Bible from a hospital, out of desperation, when my 19-year-old son spent his first months of life on the edge of death. To this day, that same Bible is like my first Diamond Ring. And I will Bless the LORD at all times!!
Thank you Father!!
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I think it is helpful to read the KJV, even though for practical purposes and to follow along at church, I use the NIV. I occasionally look something up in an ESV, and i beileve that is what our pastor teaches out of. Any advice on a translation for a young teenager?
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Such a good read!! And so relatable! I have also grown up in a christian home and started travelling when I finished school 3 years ago, have also encountered so many different worldviews and my thinking has become very new age which I am aware needs much attention, hence why I have ready this article. Thank you! Great perspective.
You are so welcome Nicole, I’m glad you found this post to be helpful. If you’d ever like to discuss any New Age beliefs further, please feel free to send me a message through the contact link on my blog.
Hi Peter, just like Nicole i found this article of yours as i was searching for the truth about New Age beliefs. i can describe myself as a curious person, i am an African Immigrant living in Canada, i grew up in a very conservative christian family, In 2001 that is when i really encountered Jesus Christ the following two years after that i was very spiritual and very happy with God. but later my relationship with Jesus started declining slowly by the time i get to Canada i was almost on my own but i kept going to church once in while but very dry spiritually. then just recently i came across a book called Power vs Force by Dr David Hawkins which talks about consciousness to be honest i loved it, i felt like it was very informative and awakening, i ended up reading most his other books.
Then i noticed that he keeps referring his ideas from another book called THE COURSE IN MIRACLES, I quickly downloaded the book on Audible and started listening to it. In it there are all the seven beliefs you described above and that made me uncomfortable but the other insisted that it is an advanced way of looking at things, so i kinder started buying in to the ideas that we all one and the only enemy we have is the ego instead of the evil.
Keep in mind that this was my first encounter with the New Age philosophy.
What had me think twice is when i called one Christian Library in my city asking for a copy of the book The Course In Miracles, they called me back and told me that they don’t carry those kind books because they are Anti-Christ! Ooh My God i couldn’t believe all this time i was excited reading anti-Christ teachings even believing them to be true. in fact i am still in shock because that what lead me to this blog, because this scared me to the core. i have been watching videos of similar teachings by different kinds of GURUs, a term itself i just learnt few days ago.
Anyways, Peter thank you very much for the article, it made me feel a little relieved, i was felling completely lost and hopeless after receiving the message from the library.
Charles, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful comment! You sharing about the things that you have been going through, and that book that you read is going to be extremely helpful to the Not Ashamed of the Gospel community.
I’m wondering about how you are doing spiritually now? Are things getting better? Are you back on the right track?
Hi Peter, i shared my story on your blog because after reading the article i felt like you understand world of the so called New Age gospel and Enlightenment. I think they are extremely smart people, what made me feel attracted to their is because they talk have some teachings that sounds very logical and intriguing, like there approach on how to deal with ego and how they emphasizes on kindness and the Eastern meditation of compassion. they sound like holy people with genuine heart for humanity. But they think Jesus was just another Enlightened human being!!
Peter please, i would like to hear more of your comments on the above.
Anyways, as to your Question: I am now feeling much better, because now i kinder starting to see the differences between Christians and the New Age, i am now very careful on the interpretation of different things, i also went to see my pastor today for some discussions about this. thank you peter your ministry is a special one. God bless you.
Yes you are right Charles, their teachings about dealing with the ego is very appealing.
At the time when I looked into New Age, it did seem like it made sense. However, what doesn’t make sense is that we are all God. Now that I zoom out instead of zooming into this philosophy, it just doesn’t jive with science and with what we know about our world today.
I really praise the LORD for His good work in you. For today, many churches are “moving away” from the gospel of Jesus Christ, to areas of making more money, getting that job, hooking up with our future spouse, etc. Although they remember to bring up the way of salvation during the last five minutes. But it is during these days that “whom we choose to serve” (Joshua 24:14-15), will be what really determines “who holds our future,” as the song goes. Too many self-satisfaction teachings are not bringing truth to the hearts of young people. And our curious kittens (young in spirit), are seeking the LORD with the voice that calls out to their curiosities.
I pray the LORD increase His strength within you, and that His Word will continue to move mightily throughout the internet. For as it is promised, “The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the froward tongue (difficult to deal with), shall be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness… A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is His delight.” (Proverbs 10:29-11:1)
I’ve being interested in if you can blend christian faith and the newage together. The part I have had grate help from is being responsible with my life. I believe that we are not the creator that’s god. Yet what we do with the responsibility of our faith is very powerful, consequence with how we live it out. So we by default create, and being responsible for that learning life lessons, being a light unto this darkness, the world so eager to disprove the perfection of god living out in our life, Newage dose have some good lessons that church is still to shamed to look into. Newage loves to overturn everything, question everything, christians tend to fear what if I find I’m a impostor. Thoughts about this?
So are you saying, Leigh, that it’s possible to attract something to yourself if you have faith and believe that you have already acquired it?
I agree with your ending statement, “Newage loves to overturn everything, question everything, christians tend to fear what if I find I’m a impostor.”
How can you be an impostor of the Truth of God? Just like Jesus compared what is clean and dirty. How can you mix clean water with dirty water? By how it moves. You see the difference:
The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. Why? Because it pierces through every level of who we really are: it divides the soul, heart, and spirit of man.
The soul that will spend eternity;
The heart that surrenders the life;
The spirit that worships.
Everyday we must choose whom we will serve. Some believe in the “once saved always saved.” But Jesus said that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord!!” will enter the kingdom of heaven.
So everyday each one of us must “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” It does not say to seek our own righteousness. Because there is none that is righteous, except the Son of God, who gave His life, so that though Him, we could obtain the righteousness of God.
If all we do I stretch out our hands everyday to glorify God, and acknowledge Him in all things. Then He is faithful to direct our paths, as He promises. And everything that has breath WILL Praise the LORD!
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That young lady will demolish her mother with that non intellectual apologetic advice. Only a fundamental christian mind could be convinced with those weak explanations.
I’m interested, Rodney, in how did you come to find this article? What were you searching for?
What if you are Christian and believe just a tiny bit of the new age stuff like their meditation cause sometimes I’ll do it and I could feel what they call chakras opening up (also part of middle eastern religions) and it feels like it cleanses my body and mind but I don’t believe in the one world government or anything that has to with evil, do you think that it would be connected to the true God and not just buddha
Can a Christian say he is Christ-like if he also seeks after other gods and beliefs?
You are either For or you are Against God. Jehovah is a jealous God. Do you have two fathers or two mothers? Consider this equation: On Mothers Day I go to my mom’s house, and I wish her best friend a Happy Mothers Day and give her the present that should be given to my mom.
Does my mother have any right to be jealous?
Whom am I choosing as my mom?
My Real mom that raised and loved me, all my life, or the one From the new age, now that I’m grown up?
Whose son/daughter am I now choosing to be?
You can only be a child of One God. That’s why in Joshua it says, Chose This Day.
I pray the Lord will reveal His faithfulness to you.
Blessed Again 📖
In my opinion, the only way to know for sure would be to search the Scriptures. I can’t seem to find anything in the Scriptures that would support the kind of meditation that your speaking about. Although I have heard of some people doing a different kind of meditation which is more aligned with breathing or being aware of the breath.
What is being requested is summed up as, ‘Can I meditate using an alternative system that does not “seek first the kingdom of God,” but still makes me feel like I’m getting a tingly feeling?’
No. Many will seek that which does not even acknowledge God, but will instead make the seeker “clear their mind.”
This is nothing that relates to the spirit of man. This is a self-meditation.
Man cannot please God by clearing his mind. The mind is tricky devise, and the heart is deceived. This is why we are directed to”guard our hearts.”
You cannot serve two masters: you will serve one and deny the other. But you cannot share yourself between both. Jesus said that if we deny him befor man, he will deny us in the presence of the Father and the angels.
Chose this day whom you will serve.
Nice article. I was raised Christian but NEVER. really followed. Too much goes on in the Christian/Catholic world. Life is simple. Know that their is something greater than us all (God/Universe/Earth). Know that YOU are also GREAT. Everyone and EVERYTHING is EQUAL. Some maybe more “superior” but all equal. Help each other in time of need. God is Love #energetically717
Aloha, Prophetic Teachings.
Like yourself, I too was raised “Christian,” but never followed that path.
What is “Christian” anyway? The title the Disciples/Apostles were given in Antioch, by the people, because they displayed the same characteristics as Jesus Christ.
But those Christians did not consider themselves “equals.” The same way Jesus described himself as a servant, we, as Christians should be servants, and not equals to God. For only God is the Father and the Creator of all things.
The ministry of Jesus was to be a servant to the lost. He spoke of the unbreakable bond between the Father, who made all things, and the Son, who are one in, and of each other.
And if we, by faith, believe in the Son, and receive the Son into our hearts and lives, as our Savior, then we will inherit the riches of the Father, that we too may be called the sons of God. For to be called sons of God is to have the forgiveness of our sinful nature that is an enemy of God. That is received only by the belief and acknowledgement of the crucified Son who bore our sins on the cross at Calvary; and the freedom of death at the Son’s resurrection.
This is what makes this ministry so simple. There is nothing complex about whom we serve.
I, personally, may not use the word “Christian,” to describe who I am. Because I give that authority only to the Lord. And it is by the word of others that I hear them glorify God, and praise the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Recently in the process of soul searching and my purpose in life. I came across a book “conversations with god ” i really loved the ideals,especially the part where you are responsible for your own destiny through your thinking and actions.
My only redflag there was no mention of Jesus Christ. I believe in Jesus Christ, and i now acknowledge this new age as false. But i have some questions..
Does it mean we dont have a hand in how our destiny turns out?does it mean our actions and thoughts can not or does not determine outcome? Does it mean that our only enemy is the devil and that our attitude and behavior does not play a role in out misfortune?Does it mean our energy,negativity and so on dosent matter as long as we believe in Jesus christ and ask for forgiveness? Does it mean we can have faith without necessarily doing anywork?
Beware of this book, Princess. Like you said, it is a New Age book. I read exactly the same book when I was searching for “the truth” in my 20s and this book definitely was one of the resources that led me astray.
I once heard a great sermon by Dr. Tony Evans in which he talked about abiding in Christ. If you are abiding in Christ, then you will be a partner with God. That means that you are responsible for your actions and are responsible for making decisions. But ultimately, you’re also trusting in God’s sovereignty to work all things together for your good.
One good Bible verse that I can think of that applies to your question is Proverbs 16:9 (NLT), “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
The New Age takes advantage of the fact almost EVERY religion has some form of self-actualization / self-transformation ecstatic process. If one is relatively inexperienced, the process can seem entirely unique, the TRUTH has at last been found, however, it is a phenomena that knows no ideological or religious boundaries. Lee Stobel’s book (and movie) the Case for Christ is helpful in beginning a fact based investigation.
In my eyes, the biggest problem with the New Age, is PROGRESSIVE REVELATION. There is simply NO WAY to verify if the seer is a genuine messenger for the celestial personage stated (which can include Jesus).
Lee Strobel and others have written WHY and HOW the New Testament has various levels of verification that attest to its trustworthiness. Though much of Paul’s ministry seems derived from progressive revelation, Paul is trusted because, among other things, he did change 180 from what he was before and turned early Christianity from a Jewish only cult to all embracing movement. Paul’s credibility was further cemented by the fact he did miracles. The Book of Revelation, the product of a vision, might have been discarded from the canon, however the author, believed to be apostle John, the son of Zebedee also had established credibility, which allowed the book to be accepted.
The New Age, has no such verification. It may incorporate Christian personages such as Jesus and others into its pantheon, and even if they were speaking Gods Truth, how is one to know for sure? Jesus and the Apostles (and later others) did miracles of a quantity and quality that truly challenged the rational and honest skeptic.
Indeed, the New Age seems like a type of Tree the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Since the days of Helena Blavatsky, the published literature of the New Age fills countless bookshelves with vast amounts of exciting and interesting Knowledge. However, without VERIFICATION of such alleged personages sharing the Knowledge of the Tree, there is no way for the seeker to really KNOW what is GOOD or EVIL. Hence one can get lost in the vast forest studying another intriguing leaf.
I’m sorry but I do not feel that you really gave an answer to #5. This is the one thing that really bothers me about Christianity. God is omniscient and he knows before you are born whether or not you will go to hell. Knowing that most of us will go to hell, he created us anyway. That does not seem fair or just.
So in order to discuss this further, may I please ask you which group are you in? Are you in the group that’s going to heaven or are you in the group that’s going to hell?
I am the group where I very much love God and his son Jesus Christ.
Everyone who posts any comments in this blog should know already, or at least be aware the desire of God:
That all men come to believe that Jesus, the only begotten Son, surrendered his life on Earth so we may live eternal Life in heaven, for eternity.
Seek first the kingdom of God. Stop depending on the traditions of man, and find that the Father teaches more beautifully with a peace that cannot be taught by man, and a joy that words will never describe.
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Faith comes from the Lord, who is the only one that proves Himself faithful.
Man has no faith, and to challenge the flesh-mind to be faithful,
It immediately assumes faith must be a proven factor. Therefore, the mind goes to “work.”
But faith comes by a codependency.
Example: I cannot accomplish anything.
But I know that if I believe God created heaven and Earth; then I I trust His teaching of sending His Son, so that I may never see death.
So I will trust in Him, and He begins to lead me to do things for Him to be glorified by someone else. This is how my “work” is produced.
Not by me, but by Him; for your sake; So that none should perish. But that all would come to salvation
Most people are disagreeing with my thoughts, if you have time and desire, I would like to know God’s answers through you-or-your opinion. My friends are getting so caught up in these earthly horrors that Satan is increasing more and more. To me, these horrors are Satan’s way of getting Christ’s followers focus off of our Lord and onto these horrors. These are horrible things to children, etc.–But–they look at a way they can go help these people themselves, not what is God’s will in this all. One of the verses that hit the nail, on the head for me was in the book of Matthew: ” Woe to you Scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are filled with robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisees, first clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside may become clean as well”. I feel like Satan is getting our focus off our Lord. I feel like Satan is getting our focus more and more on the world and what can be done to help the children and everyone/thing else.–But–if people must first be cleaned from the inside ,so there outside can be cleaned as well, isn’t our main job to spread the Good News so they will be blessed with salvation as well, so the Holy Spirit within? The world will be totally destroyed with all of it’s horrors at some point–but–we have been left here on earth to save people from the never ending, all consuming fires of hell and damnation! where should our focus be and who should we be serving?
I will be up in heaven with the Lord for the rest of eternity!!! : )