Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:27 AM

New Age Thinking

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:27 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:27 AM

New Age Thinking

How often have you met someone who claimed to be a spiritual person? This is a common “New Age self-acclamation. Scratch the surface of their beliefs and you discover a lot of so-called transcendental knowledge of the environment, politics, and self-actualization through meditation achieving a glorious mix of health and morality often attained by the aid of mind altering drugs, but nothing Holy…just some claim of a goodness through an ambiguous unknown and undefined “higher power”. For these spiritual people there is not a need for the God of the Bible who stands in judgment. In fact, they believe the God of the Bible is a myth which actually is hindering and harming the ability for world understanding. And the sooner people give up any notion of a God that saves and stop relying on this sin and salvation myth; the sooner mankind will live in peace. To these spiritual, Christianity is the cause of all evil.

D.A. Carson in his book “The Gagging of God”, he describes the “New Age” such: the branches of this highly heterogeneous movement have certain features in common. Most visions of “god” in the movement are pantheistic; some are tied to ecology or to the more radical strains of feminism. The aim is not to be reconciled to a transcendent God, who has made us and against whom we have rebelled, but to grow in self-awareness and self-fulfillment, to become self-actualized, to grow to our full potential, until we are rather more at one with the god/universe than we otherwise would be. The focus, in short, is self; evil is reinterpreted and thus emasculated; and any notion of judgment imposed by a personal/transcendent God whose wrath has been and will be displayed, is utterly repugnant. Thus “spirituality,” a popular notion that enjoys full scope even in the New York Times Book Review, is divorced from any biblically faithful worldview.[1]

When evil can successfully convince most people Christianity is the root of all that is evil and Christians fail to stand for fear of offending evil, what chance do your children have?

 



[1] Carson, D. A. (2011). The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Fifteenth Edition., p. 41). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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