|By: Carl Teichrib; ©2003|
|Carl Teichrib begins a new series in which he presents the teachings of the New Age Movement through the words of “new age” authors and teachers.|
[Author’s Note: This is the first in a multipart series on New Age philosophies, taken directly from New Age authors and key figures. All italics and capitals in quotes are found in the originals.]
For many Christians, the New Age movement is a confusing and perplexing phenomena. One question of particular concern is simply, what does the New Age teach?
Answers to this question are as varied as the New Age movement itself; which embraces Tarot cards, astrology, divination, mysticism, channeling, UFO sub-cultures, earth-based worship, numerous rites and rituals, occultism and secret orders, symbols and talismans, eastern religions and spiritual pluralism, and so much more. For the Christian researcher, trying to grasp the full meaning and context of just one of these many manifestations can be an enormous task. For the average person who “just wants to know what’s going on,” the New Age movement can be a quagmire of contradictory information, obscure concepts, and out-right bizarreness.
Sometimes, when faced with this mountain of disturbing information, the best way to grasp what the New Age movement teaches is simply to listen to what New Age leaders and authors are saying. Then, when examined through a Biblical lens, these New Age “teachings” quickly reveal themselves for what they are; anti-Biblical spiritual approaches which advocate the realization of “personal divinity”—in other words, you are “god.”
Consider the following statements,
David Spangler, a long-time leading figure in the New Age movement, expressed this same type of thinking in terms that could—within certain circles—be dangerously considered “Christian,”
Henry C. Clausen, who was the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite ofFreemasonry, wrote similar words in his Masonic-inspired book, Emergence of the Mystical.
Not surprisingly, Clausen’s words fairly parallel Manly P. Hall’s teachings. Hall, who was one of the most important Masonic philosophers of the 20th century and founder of the Philosophical Research Society, clearly taught that man was progressing to godhood.
The Bible also contains a passage in which the reader discovers this same spiritual concept—that is, of man becoming a deity. This passage is found in Genesis, the third chapter. In the first part of Genesis three, the Serpent approaches Eve with a promise that sounds strikingly similar to the quotes found in this article.
“And the women said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die”.’
“And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’.” (2-5)
Notice the two-fold lie:
The result of Eve believing this lie and acting upon it was sin and death. However, the gift of God is a personal reversal of the affects of this lie—providing salvation and freedom from sin and its eternal consequences of death and separation. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Sadly, many have embraced the serpent’s old lie as retold by the voices of the New Age movement. Pray that they would recognize this deception and turn to the “way, the truth, and the life,” which is found only in the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)
(Carl Teichrib is a researcher and writer on world religious and political trends.)