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New Age Religion

Updated on March 18, 2015
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INTRODUCTION

The New Age Movement is a religion that denies being a Religion: A set of beliefs and values about the origin, nature, and purpose of man and the world in which he finds himself.

All human beings are religious, by which I mean, all have a "worldview"—a lens or framework that includes morality through which each individual perceives the world and that shapes what they think about everything.

New Age Religion is an admixture of astrology, psychology, pantheism, paganism, the occult, and Gnosticism, combined with a mysticism drawn from Eastern Religions. It is purposefully confusing so as to avoid refutation, admitting to no doctrine but that each person can create his own personal religion and reality. The idea is supposed to include a brotherhood of unity but involves no community, as that would require organization—the dreaded "organized religion."

New Age refers to the Age of Aquarius. It promises a false utopia through a religious and cultural movement that will unify the human race by removing all barriers. It identifies that which divides people as religion, morality, color, gender, economic disparity, and nationality. Therefore, these things must be eliminated, to be replaced by a New World Order.

NEW AGE
NEW AGE

The Age of Aquarius

Astrologers believe that the Age of Pisces—what they term 'the Christian age'—has drawn to a close, and that the astrological Age of Aquarius has begun. Each astrological age of about 2,146 years is named according to one of the signs of the Zodiac. Astrologers think each Age has its own cosmic energies. The energy in Pisces made it an era of wars and conflicts, but Aquarius! This is to be an era of harmony, justice, peace, and unity on the earth. Some reckon that the Age of Aries was the time of the Jewish religion; the Age of Pisces that of Christianity; and Aquarius will usher in a new religion to replace all older (antiquated) beliefs.

So, the New Age necessitates a New Age Religion, one that denies the universal claims of the Christian Faith, while making universal claims of its own. But little in New Age Religion is actually new. Much of it can be traced to Gnostic groups that formed in the early days of Christianity, and to even earlier Pagan or Eastern religions.

"FRACTAL VISIONARY DIGITAL ART 02" BY JACK HAAS
"FRACTAL VISIONARY DIGITAL ART 02" BY JACK HAAS

The New Paradigm

New Age Religion rejects a personal God—and it rejects the very word "religious" in favor of "spiritual." Darwinist evolutionary theory is used to show that religion, too, is evolving towards a higher plane. It declares that all religions were paths to the same destination and all contained an equal but incomplete part of the Truth. The New Age Movement promotes a vision of the future where there will be a planetary spirituality—and planetary political institutions. This is nothing less than a wholesale transformation of human perspective, to develop a completely new understanding of reality, known as "New Age Truth." This involves the creation of a new global paradigm (the entire constellation of beliefs and values shared by the members of a given community). Competing paradigms cannot co-exist and must be eliminated.

The New Paradigm involves a flight from Reason. It includes a more androgynous view of the world, and furthermore, even a running away from the dominance of masculinity and patriarchy to a celebration of femininity. The New Age Movement is decidedly feminine, and since intuition is feminine and Reason is masculine, the New Age is to be lived on the level of feelings, emotions, and instincts. Competition is frowned upon, and the very idea of winners and losers held to be contemptible. The Mother Earth is to be worshiped as divine in place of God the Father.

THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT
THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT

The New Age Movement

One of the most common elements in New Age “spirituality” is a fascination with extraordinary manifestations, especially paranormal entities that can be reached by “mediums” and through “channeling.” The counselors from the spirit world include many levels of guides, beings, and energies. These manifestations are indeed spiritual (otherworldly), but despite the language of love and light that is almost always used by them, they are not from God.

There is no distinction between good and evil in the New Paradigm. Human actions are seen as the fruit of either illumination or ignorance. Hence we cannot condemn anyone, and nobody needs forgiveness. Believing in the existence of evil is to be shunned as "negative thinking" and "negative thinkers" are to be avoided at all costs. So much for being open-minded, another contradictory New Age claim to fame.

While some New Agers believe in reincarnation, all dispense with the notion of Hell and scoff at the idea of any Judgment of us by the Supreme Being. One of the key ideas is that there is no real difference between the Creator and His creatures. Man, nature, spirit, matter—all are the same thing. Here we see the Pantheism that pervades all New Age thought and practice.

MADAME BLAVATSKY
MADAME BLAVATSKY
THE GOD OF THE NEW AGE
THE GOD OF THE NEW AGE
SATAN'S MISTRESS
SATAN'S MISTRESS

New Age Religion

The current strain of New Age Religion can be traced to Helena Blavatsky, a Russian medium who founded the Theosophical Society in New York in 1875. The stated goal: "To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, caste or color," and "reject the 'irrational bigotry' and 'sectarianism' of traditional Christianity."

Mrs. Blavatsky attacked the “male” God of Judaism, of Christianity and of Islam, in the name of the emancipation of women. She urged people to practice feminine virtues and worship the mother-goddess of Hinduism. Her successor was Annie Besant, who was in the vanguard of the feminist movement. Wicca and “women's spirituality” carry on this struggle against “patriarchal” Christianity today.

Also influential in the formation of New Age Religion have been the teachings of Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy and Alice Bailey's “Arcane School.” Far from not believing in the supernatural, these folks erected a set of exalted beings they claimed to be in contact with: the Great White Brotherhood of mahatmas. Esotericism—access to a supposedly ancient and hidden body of knowledge available only to initiated groups—is part and parcel of the movement. New Agers believe in Evolution—that living beings evolve towards superior life forms—to the point of believing that human beings are not the end of the evolutionary chain but simply a stepping stone to a higher creature yet to come, just as was the ape.

The Human Potential Movement was developed at the Esalen Institute in California in the 1960s. Strongly influenced by Carl Jung and Oriental Religions, it intertwined psychology and spirituality by utilizing meditation, parapsychology, and the use of hallucinogenic drugs to achieve "mystical peak experiences" of fusion with God and the cosmos. From this came the idea that not only are humans capable of ascending to invisible higher spheres, we can even control our own lives beyond death through untapped powers in our minds. What New Age techniques such as sensory isolation, holotropic breathing, hypnosis, and mantras really do is create an atmosphere of psychic weakness and vulnerability to the powers of darkness.

"CENTER FOR THE NEW AGE" IN SEDONA, ARIZONA
"CENTER FOR THE NEW AGE" IN SEDONA, ARIZONA
CENTER FOR THE NEW AGE
CENTER FOR THE NEW AGE

ANTICHRIST

The New Age Movement agrees with Friedrich Nietzsche that Christianity has stunted the full flowering of humanity. Perfection means achieving self-fulfillment, according to an order of values which we ourselves create and which we achieve by our own strength. This exaltation of the self—at bottom a rebellion against sexual morality—overturns the correct relationship between Creator and creature, and one of its extreme forms is Satanism.

In order to deprecate the Christian Faith—the ultimate purpose of the New Age Movement—it must be preached that Jesus of Nazareth was not the Christ, but simply one among many Christs among historical personages, such as Buddha, for one example, through whom wisdom has been revealed.

New Agers specifically deny the anthropological vision of the Bible, in which human beings are at the center of the world and considered to be qualitatively superior to other natural forms of life. New Age Religionists tell us that there is no such thing as Sin—in particular no Sexual Sin. This is powerfully attractive to those who wish to justify their sexual immorality.

In New Age Religion there is no need for Revelation or Salvation from outside yourself. You only need to use Yoga, Zen, Transcendental Meditation, tantric exercises, biofeedback, crystals, or transpersonal psychology to reach the "cosmic consciousness" of the Universal Mind, which is nothing more than your very own Higher Self. It's all about you, baby!

NEW AGE RELIGION
NEW AGE RELIGION
THE HOLY TABLE OF THE OCCULT
THE HOLY TABLE OF THE OCCULT
SATAN'S HENCHMEN
SATAN'S HENCHMEN
"PHILOSOPHY OF THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT" BY MARK PLAIN
"PHILOSOPHY OF THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT" BY MARK PLAIN
CHAKRAS
CHAKRAS

New Age Terms

Esalen is a community founded in Big Sur, California, in 1962 by Michael Murphy and Richard Price, whose main aim was to arrive at self-realization through nudism and visions produced by consuming copious amounts of psychedelic drugs.

Feng-shui is a form of geomancy, a Chinese occult method of deciphering the hidden presence of positive and negative currents in buildings and other places, on the basis of a knowledge of earthly and atmospheric forces.

Findhorn is a holistic farming community started by Peter and Eileen Caddy in Scotland in 1965 on a quest for universal consciousness, with the goal of harmony with nature, and the vision of a transformed world. It claims to be in contact with extraterrestrials and built a landing strip for them.

Monism is the metaphysical belief that differences between beings are illusory.

Neopaganism is the concept (believed by Hitler, for one) that whatever preceded Christianity is more genuine to the spirit of the land, more in touch with the powers of nature. It is usually matriarchal and magical.

Occultism is simply involving oneself with the occult (hidden knowledge revealed by evil entities). Examples include necromancy, divination, palm reading, stargazing, soothsaying, Tarot Card reading, crystal ball gazing, fortune telling, sorcery, wizardry, voodoo, séances, spell casting, witchcraft, clairvoyance, horoscopes, and black magic. The popularity of these evil arts in the New Age Movement is not surprising since all are expressly condemned in the Bible. (Some might add chakras, amulets, good luck charms, tattoos, and body piercing to this list.)

Parapsychology can include extrasensory perception, mental telepathy, telekinesis, ghosts, and poltergeists.

Planetary Consciousness is a world-view developed in the 1980s to foster loyalty to the community of humanity rather than to nations, to be a "Citizen of the World," to favor a One World Government and the end to all borders.

Reincarnation means that death is nothing but the passage of the soul from one body to another.

Rosicrucians are Western occultists involved in alchemy, astrology, and cabbalistic concepts. The Rosicrucian Fellowship contributed mightily to the revival of astrology in the 20th century.

Shamanism involves practices and beliefs linked to communication with the spirits of nature and the spirits of dead people through ritualized possession (by the spirits) of a shaman, who serves as a medium.

Spiritualism is about contacting the spirits of the dead through a medium. Madame Blavatsky was a medium, and so spiritualism had a great influence on the Theosophical Society. Allan Kardec was influential in the spread of spiritualism in Afro-Brazilian religions.

Theosophy is an ancient term linked to Greek Gnostics and Neoplatonists.

Transcendentalism was a 19th century movement of writers and thinkers in New England who touted the superiority of insight over logic and experience for revelation of the deepest truths. The chief figure was Ralph Waldo Emerson, who moved away from orthodox Christianity through Unitarianism and integrated concepts from Hinduism.

Wicca is an Old English term for witches who practice ritual magic. Wicca was reinvented in England by Gerald Gardner in 1939. Sometimes simply called "the Craft," it has grown more popular since the 1960s.

THE NEW AGE RELIGION
THE NEW AGE RELIGION
"HE THAT WARRETH" BOOK COVER
"HE THAT WARRETH" BOOK COVER
NEW AGE RELIGION
NEW AGE RELIGION
THE OCCULT
THE OCCULT

Christian Response to New Age Religion

According to the orthodox Christian Faith, God came down into human history during the Incarnation, in the person of Jesus. Eternity entered into time. The real "cosmic Christ" is the one who is presently active in the various members of His body, which is His Church. Christians are blessed by the loving care of a personal God. Rather than seeking impersonal cosmic powers, they choose to focus on the real historical Jesus, in particular on the meaning of His crucifixion and resurrection.

For those in the True Faith, spiritual life is a relationship with God that gradually becomes deeper through His grace, and in the process teaches us about proper relationship with our fellow man. Conversion is turning back to the Father, through the Son, to eliminate infatuation with ourselves and overcome habitual sin. Christian prayer is not an exercise in self-contemplation, stillness and self-emptying, but a dialogue of love, a flight from 'self' to the 'You' of God. It leads to an increasingly complete surrender to God's will, which in turn brings the joy and peace of soul for which we all long.

By revealing Himself to man in His written Word, the Bible, God wishes to render us capable of responding to him, of knowing him, and of loving him far beyond our own natural capacity. Besides praying for others, prayer includes three parts: expressing thankfulness to God for all blessings we have received, while acknowledging Him as our God; expressing sorrow for our personal sins and asking forgiveness (which is always granted to the contrite of heart); and asking Him to shine a light on our path so we might walk straight according to His purpose for our lives.

Sin can be best defined as "an offense against God." Therefore, only God can reconcile us to Himself. In the divine plan of salvation, Christ Jesus is the one mediator of redemption. This salvation of which I speak is not an experience of self, a meditative and intuitive dwelling within oneself, but the forgiveness of sin, being lifted out of profound ambivalences in oneself and the calming of nature by the gift of communion with a loving God. The way to salvation is not found simply in a self-induced transformation of consciousness, but in a liberation from sin and its consequences which then leads us to struggle against sin in ourselves and in the society around us.

It is by studying the Bible that we come to understand the reality of sin, and how to clearly recognize sin when we see it. No longer do we attempt to explain it away as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, or the predictable consequence of an inadequate social structure. Only through understanding God's plan for man can we fully grasp what sin is: An abuse of the freedom that God gives to created persons of Free Will, so they might be capable of loving Him and truly loving one another.

Sin is an offense against what is good, noble, and true. It is caused by a lack of genuine love for God and your neighbors that displays itself as selfishness. Sin is thus self-idolatry, loving yourself (and created things) more than you love God your Creator.

Anything that promotes conceptual confusion or prides itself on secrecy needs to be very carefully scrutinized. It hides rather than reveals the ultimate nature of reality. It corresponds to the post-modern loss of confidence in bold certainties. It is crystallized in Jung's theory that the human being is a gateway from the outer world into an inner world of infinite dimensions, where each person is Abraxas, who gives birth to his own world or devours it. Our personal responsibility to God for our actions is replaced with a sense of duty to the cosmos, thus overturning the true concept of sin and our need for redemption through Christ.

ASTROLOGY AND THE OCCULT
ASTROLOGY AND THE OCCULT
OCCULT SIGNS & SYMBOLS
OCCULT SIGNS & SYMBOLS
SATAN IS THE LORD OF NEW AGE RELIGION
SATAN IS THE LORD OF NEW AGE RELIGION
THE PENTAGRAM IS THE SYMBOL OF SATAN
THE PENTAGRAM IS THE SYMBOL OF SATAN

CONCLUSION

Loneliness is the scourge of postmodern life. The human spirit longs for religious meaning in a time dominated by the godless public religion of Secular Humanism. There is a certain allure to a religion that promises to satisfy your spiritual longings but requires no faith and no morals, especially one that presents itself as having secret knowledge that leads to "enlightenment," "illumination," spiritual self-fulfillment, and so-called self-realization. One cannot help but notice the prevalence of the word "Self" in all New Age writings.

It is also significant that the New Age Movement has enjoyed enormous success in an era that exalts diversity. Western culture has taken a step beyond tolerance—in the sense of grudging acceptance or putting up with the idiosyncrasies of a person or a minority group—to a conscious erosion of respect for normality. Normality is presented as a morally loaded concept, linked necessarily with absolute norms. For a growing number of people, absolute beliefs or norms indicate nothing but an inability to tolerate other people's views and convictions.

The New Age Movement is populated with strange and exotic beings, masters, adepts, and extraterrestrials. It has become home to psychic powers and occult mysteries, conspiracies and hidden teachings. It is ironic to even call it “new” when so many of its ideas have been taken from ancient religions and cultures. New Age Religion appears similar to Buddhism but only on the surface because New Agers do not practice self-denial.

New Age literature is shot through with the conviction that there is no divine being “out there,” or a God who is in any real way distinct from the rest of reality. Spirituality in New Age terms means letting one's individuality sink into the great ocean of Being. These beliefs, drawn from Gnosticism, in cosmic powers and some obscure kind of destiny precludes the possibility of a relationship with the personal God revealed in Christ. New Age truth is about good vibrations, cosmic correspondences, harmony and ecstasy, and generally pleasant experiences.

To the New Age Movement, all religions are the expression of the same inner reality. Therefore, the death of Jesus on the cross must be denied or re-interpreted. That is why we see phony writings such as the neo-Gnostic gospels fraudulently elevated to seeming authenticity by New Age writers such as Elaine Pagels and Dan Brown.

Both cosmic unity and reincarnation are irreconcilable with the Christian belief that a human person is a distinct being, who lives one life, for which he or she is fully responsible. The New Age will be peopled by perfect, androgynous beings who are totally in command of the cosmic laws of nature. In this scenario, Christianity has to be eliminated and give way to a global religion and a new world order.

It must never be forgotten that many of the movements which have fed the New Age are explicitly anti-Christian. Their stance towards Christianity is not neutral, but neutralizing: despite what is often said about openness to all religious standpoints, traditional Christianity is not sincerely regarded as an acceptable alternative.

Western Civilization is by far the crowning achievement of the Human race. Its foundation rests on the fact that there is a difference between male and female; up and down; yes and no; right and wrong; good and evil; real and ideal; relative and absolute; sacred and profane; finite and infinite; human and divine. New Agers see this as a tragic view of the world, a divided world that they hope to bring together in unity through the fusion of body and soul; male and female; spirit and matter; earth and cosmos; religion and science; human and divine. To them, life is not at all about being a servant of God and a servant to your fellow man—as was taught and exemplified by Christ Jesus—but all about your personal growth. It's all about you!

My primary source for this Hub is JESUS CHRIST: THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE

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      James A Watkins 2 months ago from Chicago

      t ~ There is several definitions of 'religion.' The one I prefer is "a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe," in which case everyone is religious. It also makes sense to me, as you allude to, that Satan has set up innumerable counterfeit religions to deceive people away from The Way.

      Syncretists preach that all religions are the same. The Theosophists built a pantheon for pantheists—a Parliament of Religions. Christians are welcome as long as they place Jesus no higher than Osiris, Attis, Mithras, Ammon, Apollo, Zeus, or Jupiter. To appear broadminded we are expected to boil down all religions, myths, and mysteries into a lukewarm liquid in a great pot of cosmopolitan corruption. The conscious cult of demons is also welcome by egalitarian society with its witchcraft and sexual rituals—hopefully without its human sacrifice.

      The big difference between the Christian Faith and all other religions is that the others are based on the teachings of a person such as Mohammed or Buddha; Christianity is founded on what is taught about the person of Christ. The Christian Faith is not about believing in His teachings; it is about believing in what is taught about Him. The Creeds of the Christians do not mention the teachings of Jesus but instead articulate who He is.

      It is not true that all religions are different paths to the same place. The founders of other religions were not rivals vying for the crown Jesus wears. Mohammed, Moses, Buddha, and Confucius never made the claims Jesus made. Only in the Christian Faith is the very Name of its founder said to possess supernatural power.

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      James A Watkins 2 months ago from Chicago

      Bee ~ Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments. You may well be right about the Illuminati. You are surely correct about the purpose of New Age Religion.

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      Bee 5 months ago

      Apparently the New Age was consciously created by the illuminati (according to many whistleblowers who were once members). It was to point people away from God.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      Syncretists preach that all religions are the same. The Theosophists built a pantheon for pantheists—a Parliament of Religions. Christians are welcome as long as they place Jesus no higher than Osiris, Attis, Mithras, Ammon, Apollo, Zeus, or Jupiter. To appear broadminded we are expected to boil down all religions, myths, and mysteries into a lukewarm liquid in a great pot of cosmopolitan corruption. The conscious cult of demons is also welcome by egalitarian society with its witchcraft and sexual rituals—hopefully without its human sacrifice.

      Pagan mythology and folklore about goblins in the woods, elves, leprechauns, fairies of the forests, trolls, and nymphs—from Valhalla to Mt Olympus we have stories we sympathize with as men or we wouldn’t be human. But these myths were never a religion in the sense that Judaism, Islam, and the Christian Faith are religions. Odin and Thor and Freya are on par with Jack and the Beanstalk not Jesus of Nazareth.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      Jay C OBrien~ Baha'i is an interesting proposition. I love the book 'The Seven Mysteries of God.' But in the end, God does not contradict Himself. God said Jesus was His Only Son; and that Jesus is Lord and Savior of the Universe; and that Jesus was the only Person ever resurrected. Allah says that is all rubbish. Therefore, these opposite messages cannot come from the same source.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      Jay C OBrien~ The big difference between the Christian Faith and all other religions is that the others are based on the teachings of a person such as Mohammed or Buddha; Christianity is founded on what is taught ABOUT the person of Christ. The Christian Faith is not about believing in His teachings; it is about believing in what is taught about Him. The Creeds of the Christians do not mention the teachings of Jesus but instead articulate who He is.

      It is not true that all religions are different paths to the same place. The founders of other religions were not rivals vying for the crown Jesus wears. Mohammed, Moses, Buddha, and Confucius never made the claims Jesus made. Only in the Christian Faith is the very Name of its founder said to possess supernatural power.

      The Christian Faith alone makes the astonishing assertion that the Creator of the World came down to Earth as a man. In no other religion is a man presented as God Incarnate. Jews do not think Moses to be Jehovah; the Muslims do not think Mohammed is Allah. Buddha did not believe in God.

      Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” You must come to grips with the fact that this is an exclusive offer. Jesus is not saying He is ‘one of many paths’ to God but the One and the Only Way. Only Jesus came down from Heaven.

      The religions of the world and their founders are often grouped together but they show very little common character.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you so much Wesman Todd Show for the awesome accolades. You made my day, brother!

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      tsadjatko~I love the way you put this: "it's purpose is not "to promote love and unity between ALL people" but to reveal God to sinful man and provide him salvation."

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      "The purpose of religion is to promote love and unity between all people," says Jay C OBrien. Where do you get that notion? The purpose of the Holy Bible is to teach us who we are and why we are here; where we came from and where we are going. As well as what God expects of us. In the end, it is a proposition that some will accept and others will reject by their own Free Will. There should be Unity among Believers, yes - but not unity with those who reject God.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      Jay C OBrien~ I do appreciate your thoughtful and insightful remarks @ Hxprof.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      Hxprof~ I surely appreciate your most excellent answers to the questions posed.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      tsadjatko ~ Thank you so much for your encouraging words and gracious compliments. Make God Bless You and Keep You.

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      James A Watkins 11 months ago from Chicago

      Jay C OBrien~ I know that God Authored the Bible because He says so and I believe Him. There is no real evidence to suggest otherwise. Did God tell the ancient Israelites to wipe out tribes of Satan worshippers? Yes, He did. Was it terrorism? No, it was not.

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      Jay C OBrien 15 months ago from Houston, TX USA

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      Jay C OBrien 15 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Perhaps we define New Age differently. You are correct in that some New Age thinking is delusional. I suggest the study of Baha'i as a template for New Age thinking. What do you think of Baha'i?

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Sorry, I do not know what a moonie is.

      What lies?

      Can we agree on the Golden Rule?

      Do you agree the Golden Rule has existed long before Christianity in many religions? (see Wikipedia article).

      Do you agree it is wrong to harm children in the name of religion?

      Do you agree it is wrong to harm animals in the name of religion?

      Now read the Book of Joshua and explain why he harmed children and animals in the name of The Lord.

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      TSAD 16 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Sorry buddy, you sound like a moonie, brainwashed to believe lies, everything you have said is a lie. I've shared with you the truth pointing out the lies and you simply ignore the truth and keep repeating the same, meaningless statements, gibberish. The truth is the truth, everyone does not have their own truth and whether or not you know it you can taker this as a wake up call to you from God, if you aren't already too far gone.

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Perhaps you misunderstand me. Let me try again. I am not saying religions are identical. All founders/prophets are the same in that they wished to improve humanity. Each teach from their own viewpoint for their culture and times. This may be thought of as an Evolution of Religious Thought.

      For example, in ancient times there was animal and human sacrifice. Today we have evolved our thinking to reject such sacrifices. Jesus said he did not want sacrifice. It is a change of thought over the years.

      New Age stresses the similarities among religions to promote peace. Google the Golden Rule. Wikipedia lists a version from Ancient Egypt to the Near East to China, India, Greece, to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The similarities exist as stated. All you have to do is look for them.

      The key to New Age thinking is whether you Want to look for similarities. You will find what you seek. If you want to emphasize the differences you may do so. If you want to emphasize the similarities you may do so. Of all the religious books in the world, you Project yourself into them. You will choose what is scripture to you.

      It is self evident that, "The purpose of religion is to promote love and unity between all people. A religion that promotes conflict is worse than no religion at all." Are you opposed to love and unity? Are you in favor of conflict?

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 16 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Epic and powerful. But that describes most of your pieces. Your gift of language and ability to relay massive chunks of history in paragraphs is terrific!

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      TSAD 16 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Jay where is it written that is the purpose of religion? There are all kinds of religions most all of which have different purposes than what you stated.

      You also stated "New Age movement is about recognition of the same principals in all religions. The Golden Rule appears in all major religions, but said a little differently. All major religions believe in One God, a Personal God, a Transcendent God, a Forgiving God." All of which are blatantly untrue as I told you but it seems you are so closed minded or brainwashed that you don't even investigate or research anything, if you did you'd find that your statements are the farthest from the truth that they can be. As I pointed out Christianity isn't a religion, there is no religion even like it, but even if you consider it a religion it's purpose is not "to promote love and unity between ALL people" but to reveal God to sinful man and provide him salvation, those who are born again are on their way to love and unity between people who are saved.

      It's obvious if you look at the history of "religion," if it's purpose is "to promote love and unity between ALL people" it has totally failed. If anything religion has divided and is the enemy of "unity between all people" and that includes New Age which is not "new" but a conglomeration of the oldest pagan practices and perversions of modern religions.

      You my friend are so far estranged from reality, the facts and the truth I am afraid you don't have the ability to save yourself from your own indulgence.

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      The purpose of religion is to promote love and unity between all people. A religion that promotes conflict is worse than no religion at all.

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      Hxprof 16 months ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Jay- You like New Age thinking regards God - bully for you!

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you Hxprof for your direct answers. It is much appreciated.

      I suggest we have a religion which teaches that all Humanity is One. (For proof see, "My Telepathic Experiences.")

      We are all part of a great Soul/God.

      Killing is not justified. (Peace Officers may arrest without intent to harm and bring criminals to trial. I am a retired Peace Officer and taught the course.)

      Do to others as if they are a part of you, because they are.

      Condemn not or you will be condemned in the same measure.

      All condemnation is from Man, Not God. (For proof see, "Near Death Experiences and what they mean.")

      Sacrifice does not and has never removed sin.

      Forgiveness removes sin.

      All sin is in the mind first, in the form of negative emotions.

      Forgive to remove the sin in your mind.

      I suggest the above is Scripture, of God.

      Violence voids scripture.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Hxprof 16 months ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Well Jay, I'll chip in with what I say.

      Q1: Faith.

      Q2: Scripture gives us examples of cases in which God did just that.

      Q3: In such cases as given to us by scripture, no.

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      They are simple enough questions.

      I want to know what You say, not someone else.

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      TSAD 16 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Jay, Why are you ignoring the truth we just shared with you about New Age and asking these particular questions? None of this has anything to do with New Age.

      Is it because you really want to know the answers or because you think they can't be answered? If the latter I'd suggest you study the Bible because these and all your questions can be answered by the actual and inspired words of the Lord himself, by people who have spent their lives dedicated to study of the Word of God and truth.

      Try Googling your questions and seek hits from accredited Bible or apologetic sites. These questions are easily answered and explained from a Biblical perspective, you need to research before asking them, it takes little effort. Isaiah 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

      James, I wish there were more people like you here who aren't afraid tell it like it is! You are blessed.

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      "Jay C OBrien~ The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by forty men over a time span of 1,500 years. The writers wrote what they were told to write by the Creator of all things."

      Q1 How do you know the Creator told them what to write?

      "Jay C Obrien ~ Did God order the extermination of a tribe of Satan worshipers? Yes he did."

      Q2 Does God command one person to kill another?

      Q3 Is killing in the name of God Religious Terrorism?

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      tsadjatko ~ Thank you so much for your remarkable remarks. I agree with you 100% that "The New Age movement is NOT about recognition of the same principals in all religions. It is about total rejection of the one true God who gave his only son as a ransom for the punishment due our sins. It totally rejects that there is only one path to God, that being through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who is THE ONLY way to the father." AMEN! God Bless You.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Jay C OBrien~ You must not have read my article. New Age Religion rejects a personal God; the same personal God at the heart of the Holy Bible. The Bible also forbids one of the most common elements in New Age “spirituality”: paranormal entities that can be reached by “mediums” and through “channeling.” Another of the key ideas of New Age Religion is that there is no real difference between the Creator and His creatures. Man, nature, spirit, matter—all are the same thing. Here we see the Pantheism that pervades all New Age thought and practice. That is decidedly against the teachings of the Bible.

      In order to deprecate the Christian Faith—the ultimate purpose of the New Age Movement—it must be preached that Jesus of Nazareth was not the Christ, but simply one among many Christs among historical personages, such as Buddha, for one example, through whom wisdom has been revealed.

      New Agers specifically deny the anthropological vision of the Bible, in which human beings are at the center of the world and considered to be qualitatively superior to other natural forms of life. New Age Religionists tell us that there is no such thing as Sin—in particular no Sexual Sin. This is powerfully attractive to those who wish to justify their sexual immorality.

      It must never be forgotten that many of the movements which have fed the New Age are explicitly anti-Christian. Their stance towards Christianity is not neutral, but neutralizing: despite what is often said about openness to all religious standpoints, traditional Christianity is not sincerely regarded as an acceptable alternative.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      PomeliaikoMikhail ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Jay C Obrien ~ Did God order the extermination of a tribe of Satan worshipers? Yes he did.

      If you want to understand why the books in the Bible are the books in the Bible, I wrote another short Hub about that: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/New-Testa...

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      no body~ Bob, your response to Alexander Mark is awesome. Thank you so much. I could not agree more with all you said. You truly have the spirit of discernment.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Alexander Mark~ You are most welcome, brother. Thank you for your extraordinary commentary. You are spot on about "the infusion of modern new age beliefs into church philosophies." And you are truly right that "Like the devil in the garden, he mixes a bit of truth with lies to simply get us away from God." I love your insights here as well: "these teachings have been around for decades, and that is why we are seeing a selfish society of hateful humanists who proclaim tolerance and love while speaking hate towards Christianity under the umbrella of tolerance." AMEN

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      no body! You are quite welcome, Bob. It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from you. I very much appreciate your note that you, "voted up, interesting and useful and pinned it on my Pinterest board about false religion." God Bless You!

      James

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Jay C OBrien~ The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by forty men over a time span of 1,500 years. The writers wrote what they were told to write by the Creator of all things. Therefore, the whole Bible is really one book by one Author—God Himself. The Bible is both fully human and fully divine, as is Jesus.

      The first 39 books—the Old Testament—were originally published in Hebrew and written over a period of one thousand years, 1400-400 BC. The last 27 books were written in Greek and comprise the New Testament, all penned in AD 45-90, with eight contributors. Moses is the chief writer of the Old Testament; Paul of the New Testament. God chose to communicate with man in those particular languages at those particular times—Hebrew and Greek.

      In the Bible, we meet God. Without a doubt, He is presented to us as a living Person, who speaks and acts. He also despises people that worship men or demons dressed up as phony gods. God has always been. There has never been a time when He was not. He lives outside of time, which was created for us. God is transcendent. That means He is beyond and above all He has made, which is everything except Himself. God is independent of this universe, but all of it is dependent upon Him. We should worship Him, for He is worthy of our adoration.

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      TSAD 16 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Jay, I have to disagree with the statements you have made. The New Age movement is NOT about recognition of the same principals in all religions. It is about total rejection of the one true God who gave his only son as a ransom for the punishment due our sins. It totally rejects that there is only one path to God, that being through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who is THE ONLY way to the father.

      All major religions DO NOT "believe in One God, a Personal God, a Transcendent God, a Forgiving God."

      Where on earth do you get that idea?..I'll tell you where, from New Age because it is what they want you to believe, Their blatant lie.

      The "god" or (gods) of all major religions that do not believe in the one true triune God of the Bible, the God of the trinity, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are not the same god.

      In truth, all "religions" are man made creations of Satan, from the pit of hell designed to lead you away from the truth, Jesus Christ. True Christianity is not a religion,

      https://philippians1v21.wordpress.com/why-believe-...

      and New Age is just another evil concoction, a ruse of satan, schemed up by those who in their hearts have rejected God.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Artin2010~ You are most welcome. Thank you for the 'voted up' and your gracious words. God Bless You Brother.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Curiad~ Thank you! Thank you very much for your kind compliments.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      bradmasterOCcal~ Yes, it is true that we are a fallen race and all of us are tainted by Sin in our human nature. I never said we are 'controlled' by God. He gave us Free Will. That should be obvious. And it is truly false that the Power of Christ has caused no improvement in the world. Billions of individual stories say otherwise, not to mention Christendom itself (Western Civilization).

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Grant~ You seem like a very nice fellow. But you went off the rails with this comment: "I don't like this naive perception of humans being more important than all other life-forms, we are no more valuable than a bird or spider." That is a demonic worldview and completely against the Truth revealed to us in the Holy Bible.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Grant~ Thank you for your conciliatory tone. You say you "don't understand why you're describing Oprah as "Satan's mistress" because that just really hurts the credibility of your article." She is an apostate from the One True Faith and through her influence Satan has led millions of American women astray, down the Path to Perdition. I totally agree that "she has a right to believe what she wants." And I am not "angry" about her beliefs. It is not 'nonsense' that New Age Religion is demonic. It is true.

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      James A Watkins 16 months ago from Chicago

      Hxprof~ Your comments are so extraordinary they bear repeating for those who missed them: "What scripture calls "the doctrines of demons" are things that depart from the truth. While it is man who gives expression to these "doctrines", the doctrines are demonically inspired. Thus Hinduism, Islam and etc. are all inspired by demons, but given an outlet through men. God works through His people (it's in scripture). Satan works also through men, using his people (again in scripture). Everything we see on the physical plane of existence has behind it a spiritual component." AMEN

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      Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      In my view the New Age movement is about recognition of the same principals in all religions. The Golden Rule appears in all major religions, but said a little differently. All major religions believe in One God, a Personal God, a Transcendent God, a Forgiving God.

      All have similar statements such as:

      Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo, he between whom and you there was enmity shall become as though he were a bosom friend. Islam

      Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Christian.

      God said, "Resemble Me; just as I repay good for evil so do you also repay good for evil." Judaism

      A superior being does not render evil for evil; this is a maxim one should observe. Hindu.

      But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.... Christian.

      Hatreds never cease through hatred in this world; through love alone they cease. Buddhism.

      The essence of all the Prophets is One and the same.

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      PomeliaikoMikhail 16 months ago

      Nice hub. Some new age ideas are interesting, useful & awesome to implement.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      James, would you care to comment on the number of books in the Bible; Protestant vs. Catholic?

      Did God/Jesus actually come to earth and assign land to the Hebrews? Did God/Jesus authorize killing for that land? See the Book of Joshua.

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      Robert E Smith 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Wow, you have said so much in your comment, I really don't know where to start. I see that you wish to be totally in God's favor because you seek out all that people have used for evil, and currently is being used by some for evil. Satan always has used subterfuge to infuse his agenda to weaken people that wish to love God more accurately.

      The thing is that Satan has had many many years to infiltrate everywhere and you simply can't reject everything simply because the devil has attempted to influence it. For example one should not give up on the idea of marriage even though Satan has subtly changed it over the years from an idea of a "marriage covenant" to a "marriage contract." Study of Scriptures is plain that marriage is a covenant, so you as a truth-seeker can get married because in your mind and heart you know you are doing what for you is right.

      Remember when some early Christians were having trouble with some buying meat sacrificed to idols. Some were eating and some could not. The concept in Scripture became, if you are convicted in your heart that it is wrong and then eat of that meat, then "for [you] it is sin." The inference is that for others who aren't bothered for whatever reason about the meat being used to say prayers to idols of wood and stone, not living gods, they can eat of it. I think that you have to be careful not to push yourself away from everything that you worry may be tainted and only push yourself away from things you know are evil within the perception in your own heart.

      Simply because some people sing about holy fire which is accurate in the way that they mean (as you stated in your comment) it doesn't mean that some may think of the same things as evil fire. It seems to me that in the desire to become separated from evil you have forsaken what should be blessings in your life, like church fellowship and mutual edification. Those traps that New Agers have put into our culture are only traps if you let them be traps.

      I think also that the reason most Christians are wary around ecological endeavors is because lots of the money donated to such causes goes to scientists who have a world view that does not coincide with the Scripture but more with a world view of evolutionists and the billions of years of evolution paradigm. We know that Jesus is coming and we know that there is no way that we will blow up the whole earth and still have the events that evolutionary scientists say will happen. But we also know we are to care for the land so it is up to you to decide and be convicted of what is right. I thank you for commenting and if you desire more dialogue I will love to hear your further comments. Bob.

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      Alexander Silvius 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Insightful. One thing I have noticed over the years, and the reason I don't presently go to church is the infusion of modern new age beliefs into church philosophies. You can hear it in modern Christian music which is repetitive, repeating the same things over and over such as "burn me with your consuming fire". They think they are referring to the purifying process, the refining to become pure gold, but the way it is presented in modern Christian music, all you can really hear is the desire to be burned, which is saved for those who do not turn to God!

      The reason I don't go to church is because they advocate the emptying of yourself, clearing your mind and destroying your sense of self for emptiness and then the supposedly the Holy Spirit can replace your individuality. But this is so far from the truth. When you look at the entire Bible, God does want us to follow him, but he also elevates individualism, and being his creation, of course we should be distinct and different personalities!

      It's a fine line because as you stated, new age religion exalts the self, but it raises us up not even above God, but it attempts to completely eliminate the concept of God as we know it. Like the devil in the garden, he mixes a bit of truth with lies to simply get us away from God. The devil doesn't even care if we follow him or not, he simply wants to take away from God so he can justify his own position that he thinks he is higher than God.

      And that is the point, the spreading of confusion to take away God's glory, to destroy what God has built: especially us. How wonderful we are that God specially made us and how unique we each are, but how can we be unique and glorified if we deny that very thing that made us so?

      I do wonder about things like Yoga, when practiced merely as an exercise, is it evil? No doubt it comes from a form of paganism, most likely knowledge given to us by demons, and its allure is the acceptance of it by society at large, and the wonderful benefits people talk about who practice this art. I once walked into an apartment of a friend who had arranged everything according to Feng Shui, and it was very comforting. Do we need to reject everything that has its source in demonism or can we pick out what is good if we completely eliminate the evils it came with? I don't even care to get involved with those things because I have learned over the past several years that when we play with these things, we become affected by dark spiritual forces. I used to have premonitions and still do from time to time, but I have learned to pray against those attacks. I used to think they had some use, like astral projection. I used to leave my body when I was younger, and tried it several times again over the years, but the result ALWAYS was I would fall under spiritual attack. I have completely rejected these practices now and more and more I have that peace that passes all understanding.

      Living in liberal Portland Oregon is fantastic, and I have met more genuine liberals who are truly open minded. Sadly, they do some things that mainstream Christians refuse to do, like taking care of the environment. God said we are to have dominion over all the earth and the animals. Modern progressives are doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, they worship the earth. And here it is again, replacement theology to deny God. It seems like Christians are rejecting Godly practices while at the same time including pagan practices like emptying the mind and the destruction of self in a misguided effort to make God first in their lives. The problem is that Christians don't think anymore, they don't study the Bible. This is of course because of new age teachings, the elevation of self over God while being absorbed into the collective society of Oneness. We need to elevate God so we can be the individuals he meant for us to be.

      I cannot get out of my head a statement made by Obi Wan in Star Wars 3, "only the Sith believe in absolutes." What a hypocritical statement! It's Lucas's attempt to infuse humanistic doctrine into society. Since Star Wars is targeted toward children, you can imagine the ramifications, and indeed, these teachings have been around for decades, and that is why we are seeing a selfish society of hateful humanists who proclaim tolerance and love while speaking hate towards Christianity under the umbrella of tolerance. Tolerance is only for those who tolerate everything, and must by its very definition deny those things that oppose complete tolerance. Again, the hypocrisy is very evident in their words and deeds.

      Of course it must be so because in order to believe that humanity is evolving, we must reject that God made laws for us for all of our time on earth from the beginning of history to the end, because God made us in a special way and he knows we cannot evolve as humans, we do not change and we remain just as human as the day he made us. Naturally, new age philosophy must oppose Christianity because faithful followers of God cannot live under that lie. Humanists see a future devoid of religion because fundamental conservative religions cannot coexist with humanism. Sorry for the rant, but I just wanted to support the hub and add my two cents!

      I love how you laid out the feminist agenda, and how new agers are turning common thinking toward intuition rather than logic and reason. I love reading Writer's Digest, but the switching of genders to describe characters and writers and readers drives me nuts. I notice often that article authors will use the male to describe something negative and the female term to describe the actions of a hero. They mistakenly see centuries of oppression of women, but then in turn do the exact same thing to men! it goes to show that we can ultimately identify hypocrisy in every man made religion. I have never seen a picture of Baphomet with breasts but its perfect not because women are evil, but because it elevates the feminist push.

      Thanks for posting this on Facebook brother. As always, educational.

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      Robert E Smith 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Hi Jim. I really enjoyed this rundown of so many popular views of rejecting Jesus. I always learn so much in these articles. I don't really retain as much as I would hope. But not retaining keeps this information fresh to my eyes and a good refresher for me. I couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the Oprah caption. I voted up, interesting and useful and I pinned it on my Pinterest board about false religion. That's where I stash all of the photos of idols and gods as well. Thank you, Bob.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Let us look at the foundation of the Christian faith, The Bible. It is a collection of books written by many authors over centuries. The Roman Catholic Bible has 73 books and was bound together in the Fifth century. About 1,000 years later the Protestants removed books from the RC Bible to reduce it to 66 Books.

      Which Bible do you follow (RC or Protestant)?

      Did Joshua have a covenant or divine directive to enter the land of Canaan and kill women and children?

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      Artin2010 2 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Thank you James for sharing this timeless work of hub. Enjoy reading comments also. I vote up! It surely is about WHO HE IS!

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      Mark G Weller 2 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      As usual, this is very clearly stated and explained. Well done James.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      I see what you mean, and this backs up the point I was trying to make earlier, so I'm glad someone else sees through the manipulation in our society.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Grant

      There are currently seven billion people that are alive today, and tens of billions that have died.

      This should be more than enough of a sample to show that human nature prevails over the concept of a deity controlled or created lifeform.

      People are as evil as they have been since recorded history. There has been no positive change before AD or after it.

      No one has to be taught to be evil, it is a basic part of our human nature. People have to be taught to be good, and reminded over and over with laws, punishments, and other methods.

      Thanks for asking.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      I'm not clear on what that meant, Brad. Please elaborate if you're reading this. Thanks!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Isn't seven billion people that can't agree on much enough,

      Check please

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      Grant 2 years ago

      Hxprof: I get what you're saying, and I believe it is possible that the world is full of demons just like Jesus spoke about, but even so, there are 2 sides to a story, and I believe there is a lot we aren't being told. How did those demons come to exist in the first place? What if from their perspective humans are evil? I don't like this naive perception of humans being more important than all other life-forms, we are no more valuable than a bird or spider, just because we are so intelligent by comparison does not make us a special-species. Look at all the animal cruelty in the world, from their perspective human beings must seem just as evil as any demon. I could go on about this stuff but I think you guys get the idea, so thanks for your time anyway.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      Please forgive my tone in earlier messages, I was just speaking out of anger because I don't like the way that Satan is used to scare people away from alternative faiths, but I didn't mean anything personal by it. In all honesty, I don't even consider myself New Age, or strictly follow any one faith, but I do believe in the concept of the afterlife and God, I just have more of a scientific perspective on these concepts.

      You seem to know a lot about other religions, James, you seem like an intelligent person, so I don't understand why you're describing Oprah as "Satan's mistress" because that just really hurts the credibility of your article. I think she has a right to believe what she wants, and I understand that someone with such a large following like her will turn many away from Christ, I get why you're angry about that, but she does not have any associating with Satan, so why resort to that kind of nonsense?

      I actually do believe that reality is the dream of a higher being, but I think that we are that entity, so if it were to wake up, we would wake up. I think that our own dreams are our personal world that we create which only we inhabit, but this reality is a dream stabilized by what you call God. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but I do not share your black or white view on spirituality, I don't believe that absence of Christ equates to demons and hell, I guess we'll have to just agree to disagree on this.

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Grant: What scripture calls "the doctrines of demons" are things that depart from the truth. While it is man who gives expression to these "doctrines", the doctrines are demonically inspired. Thus Hinduism, Islam and etc. are all inspired by demons, but given an outlet through men. God works through His people (it's in scripture). Satan works also through men, using his people (again in scripture). Everything we see on the physical plane of existence has behind it a spiritual component. Note that when Christ returns the sky is "rolled up like a scroll", revealing the reality behind our physical world.

      This world is temporary. What lasts forever is God and those who live with Him.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      There is a huge gulf between these world views and the Christian Faith, namely that other religions are about the teachings of a man whereas the Christian Faith is far more about the WHO Jesus is than what He taught. None of the great Christian Creeds even mention Jesus' teachings. It is about WHO HE IS.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Confucius was not bringing a message from heaven to earth but trying to organize China. While he addressed morals and manners he was not a religious teacher. The Hindu tradition is that all the gods and men are only the dreams of Brahma; and will cease to exist the moment Brahma wakes up. Gautama, the great Lord Buddha, was among the greatest intellectuals in human history. He was noble, sincere, and magnificent among men. He was reared in pomp and luxury but deliberately lived life as a beggar. Buddha was a philosopher who founded a school of philosophy.

      Whereas in the West we see the universe, life, and human beings as having a beginning and progressing to an end; in the East the view is of an endless cosmic wheel. And the chief idea is to get off.

      From the concept of this wheel of life, the Hindu constructed an ever-expanding, extraordinarily extravagant mythology. A great deal of it is idolatry—the local and literal worship of idols—that was not true of the original Brahmins. Hinduism sees a spiritual superiority behind social superiority in contrast to the Christian Faith in which kings and paupers will stand equal before God. All Hindus are not brothers and sisters as are all Christians. Along with this concept of the cosmic wheel of destiny in Hinduism comes belief in reincarnation.

      The Buddha proposed a metaphysical or psychological discipline by which to eliminate desire, which he saw as the cause of all sorrow. But with this came the idea that reality is not real. A Buddhist could exist—as far as he could be said to exist—in an ecstasy of indifference. It is as if the Lord of Compassion pities people for being alive. One thing is for certain: this has never borne any resemblance to a Church.

      The mind of Asia can be represented by a 0—the great Asiatic symbol of a serpent with its tail in its mouth. Everything is a dream and a delusion. The problem with creation is differentiation and individual personalities. All will be well once we disappear into nothingness.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      In regard to Satan and demons, everyone who believes in the New Testament must believe in them because they are mentioned in 100 places as the enemies of God, working non-stop against Christ, against His Church, against Christians. The Bible clearly teaches that any person, government, judge, court, newspaper, school, or other form of communication that works to thwart the Kingdom of God is from Satan.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Grant~ It is a satanic myth that Christianity, or even the Catholic Church, ignores science. The Scientific Revolution was sprung entirely by Christian men. Christians love science---science in its proper sense being repeatable observations and experiments. What they do not appreciate is Scientism--which is not science but, to quote one scholar, "the wrong-headed belief that modern science supplies the only reliable method of knowledge about the world, and its corollary that scientists should be the ones to dictate public policy and even our moral and religious beliefs simply because of their scientific expertise."

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you SirDent for your outstanding comments. I agree with you.

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      Sorry there were a few errors there, I hope that made sense.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      SirDent, No offence but you are way off. "If it feels good do it" That is not what New Agers believe, I don't know where you're getting that idea. It is just a form of spirituality that revolves more about energy rather than prayer, I know that contrasts with what you're all about, you have every right to dislike it, but this idea that it's demonic is nothing but a theory. In Buddhism, when you have learned all there is to learn, you ascend to a higher realm of existence, you don't just cease to exist, and maybe they do ove not having to answer to someone, but can you blame them? I mean who does like that idea? The only reason you think there's something wrong with it is because you've been raised to believe that you will be punished for NOT answering to God. Fear is the driving force behind all this, those idiots from the Westboro Baptist church who go around protesting at soldier's funerals, they do this because they're brainwashed to believe that they will go to hell for NOT doing that crap.

      Do you see why myself, and so many others, are genuinely worried about the grip that religion has on the world? If the only reason someone tries to be good is because they are afraid of hell, then that person is just trash. All the people out there who actually do good in the world, not because a book told them to, but because they genuinely care about others, they are the ones who deserve to go to heaven, not someone who's just trying to save his own ass.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      James, I have to admit that my previous comment did not properly explain what I was trying to say and I agree that there are more than 5 senses, I am just used to discussing this sort of thing with sceptical Atheists, so I try to avoid mentioning anything to do with a 6th sense.

      I also don't think science can explain EVERYTHING but I don't think it should be ignored and swept under the rug, which is what the Roman Catholic church have been doing for a long, long time. I think the mistake I often make is putting all religion in the same basket, because Catholicism is really were the problems lie, Christianity may not be something I subscribe my beliefs to, but I do like the philosophies of forgiveness and all that. I think you have the wrong idea about the point I'm trying to make, I am saying that even if Christ is the only way (This is an IF mind you) there is no evidence that it is Satan who is responsible for those other spiritual beliefs, that quote still doesn't confirm your claims.

      Did it ever occur to you that human beings came up with those beliefs? Seriously, why do people like you have to keep playing this game of Pin The Blame On Satan? I'm not even saying that Satan is a good guy, I'm just stating that there is absolutely 0% proof that Satan is involved with New Age religion, since there is no proof at all that he even exists. I am sorry if what I say offends you, but I find it offensive that you go and label Oprah "Satan's mistress" just because she is part of the New Age movement. I see where you are coming from, but I think you are just going the wrong way about it.

      What if Satan becomes more powerful by the amount of people who believe in him? For thousands of years people have been going on about the devil and what has it actually accomplished? I think it's just time for a new approach, if you really want to turn people away from these "demonic" cults, I can assure you this is just not the way.

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      SirDent 2 years ago

      What a great article! of course, you know I love to read your writings. it amazes me sometimes what people will say and do to keep from seeing the truth. A few thoughts came to mind as I read this.

      Many like Buddha and his writings. They love that they have no one to be responsible to, just they have to be enlightened. What happens after enlightenment? They come back as someone else, a christ spirit? Of course these thoughts might be off base a little.

      Hindus believe in reincarnation. You musty be born over and over again until you learned your lesson. What happens after you learn the lesson? Do you disappear forever?

      New age started after the fall of man, just before the first murder to be exact. Cain tried to get in touch with God in his own way instead of the way God intended. We know the story.

      Finally, the Bible is believed only by those who believe in Christ Jesus. Some say there is no way of telling if it is true or not while others say it cannot be true. Yet, they will believe anyone else no matter how absurd it is simply because they have no one to be accountable to except themselves. The simple belief of New Age is if it feels good, do it no matter the consequence.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      You think everything in the universe can be perceived by your five senses? Nonsense. Science cannot explain everything nor does it claim to be able to or to ever be able to. Science cannot even explain consciousness though you and I know it is real. And recent studies show that man has not 'evolved' since the 'Dark Ages' but instead has 'devolved'---getting dumber not smarter as evolution would predict (if it was true which it is not). You are standing above God and judging Him. What utter arrogance you display! Everybody dies and evil satan-worshipers deserve to die sooner rather than later before they lead others to eternal damnation. God doesn't have to conform to your opinions or expectations. Your problem seems to be with Judaism. Take it up with some Jews why don't you. Or do you hate Jesus too? You wrote, "even if tomorrow Jesus showed up and proved your religion to be true, that still doesn't imply that other faiths like Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Taoism, Paganism, and the New Age movement are all fucking invented by Satan." SURE IT DOES! Jesus said, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the father except through me." That is either right or wrong---there is no middle. If it is wrong then your other religions might be right. But if it is right then your other religions are wrong and if they are wrong they are false and if they are false they are set up to deceive people and are against God and if they are set up to deceive they come from Satan--absolutely. Those other religions do not even present the same universe or the same reality. No one else is competing for Jesus' crown---Muslims do not think Mohammed was God, Jews do not think Moses was God, Buddhists do not think Buddha was God. Buddhists do not even believe in God at all and Hindus believe in a million of them. All of these world views cannot be true at the same time. Jesus either is who He said He is or He was a liar or a lunatic. Furthermore, the Lilith story is tied to demons---not by me but by everybody familiar with her myth. Lilith means 'night monster' for a reason. In the Talmud--in the first mention of her in history--she is described as a demon. In the Dead Sea Scrolls she is a demon. In the Dark Age Jewish mysticism she is a demon. Naturally, this makes her an object or worship to Occultists or at least one to be admired.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      Tsadjatko, it is not a "YouTube production" it's a legitimate documentary that happens to have been uploaded there, there are all kind of sources you can find about this story, and even if the story of Lillith is not part of the original text, the things you can actually find in there still portray God as a mass-murderer, are you denying that?

      Hxprof, Perhaps I will do what you suggested.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      You misunderstood my comment, I didn't mean that the whole thing about a sentient self aware universe is scientific fact, I mean the part about how everything is energy which only exists in the way that we perceive it through the 5 senses in the mind. If you don't want to believe that, well that's your business. I'm getting really tired of you bringing demons into things, even if what you say about Lillith being just a story is true, that does not mean demons were behind it. You go on about how I have no proof, where the heck is your proof that the old testament is true? Just because something is written in ancient scrolls or books does not mean it's true, your faith is no more believable than the ancient myths of Greece, Egypt, etc. I could talk to a Muslim who is just as convinced that his faith is the one true way as you are. So you don't have to believe what I say, but don't talk to me about proof. Look, this debate is getting out of hand, all I'm trying to say is that you should not be so quick to condemn alternative religions as Satanic, even if tomorrow Jesus showed up and proved your religion to be true, that still doesn't imply that other faiths like Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Taoism, Paganism, and the New Age movement are all fucking invented by Satan! Do you get what I am telling you? You have every right to worship a God who has killed thousands of people, a God who tortured a man just to prove his loyalty, who killed babies to get even with a Pharaoh, who tells his people to kill all those who do not obey his will, and many more horrific things such as that. If that's the kind of God you want to hand your soul to, then great, but do not think you can write all this ignorant slanderous shite on here without receiving backlash. If your God had his way, I'd have been executed for speaking my mind on this, thank God (The real one) that we've evolved past the dark ages.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Grant---Lilith was NEVER in the Hebrew Scriptures. That's the bottom line. Lilith is a medieval legend derived from old myths about a female DEMON. Lilith is common today in horror and fantasy literature as well as in Occult (Satan-worship) practices. They may even actually be a demon named Lilith but such a thing was never in the Bible and she was not around when Adam was created by God. It is simply nonsense dreamed up by evil spirits and perpetuated by evil people. You calla YouTube video 'proof?' That's a joke. Why don't you ask Jewish Torah Scholars instead of some kook. Yes, God existed before the universe. He has always existed. What you are saying IS NOT 'scientific fact.' Even hard core atheist do not make such ridiculous claims. You think science has proven who God is? You are a nut. Jesus said we should address God as "Our Father." Who in the hell are you to claim Jesus is a liar or that you know better? That in no way means human men are better than women, as femi-Nazis stupidly claim. The Bible clearly says men and women are equal in the eyes of God and equally bound to God's moral law. I am not angry in the least. But your arguments are kindergarten stuff. You are believing in demonic doctrines because you are in rebellion against your Creator. The stuff your propose is nothing but claptrap. Scientific indeed. Good grief. Grow up!

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      When will people learn that a you tube video production is not proof of anything.

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Grant, you seem passionate about this. Why don't you take the time to say your piece in an article?? People on Hubpages write about all sorts of things - you'd be in good company.

      You've rejected scripture as the Word of God, but you may as well accept that others DO believe the scriptures are the Word of God....that being the case, your posting the kind of nonsense you've posted here is a waste of your time. Write your article Grant.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      Here's the link again, just in case you actually want to face the facts for a change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92mKsjp_GdM

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      Grant 2 years ago

      The proof is there, you just choose not to accept it, I showed you a link to back up what I'm saying, and all you have to do is google this to see that Adam was in fact a misogynist who wanted his wife to submit to him. Where is your proof that Adam & Eve were the first humans? I also seem to be hitting a nerve, I can tell by your tone that this angers you, because it's something you don't want to hear, who's really in denial? The God of the old testament is a bloodthirsty tyrant, are you going to tell me that there is nothing in there about killing those who do not obey his rules? If you really want to follow "God's word" to the letter, go out and kill everyone who works on the Sabbath, or who do not believe in God, but have fun in prison, since morals and ethics of modern day civilized society are not compatible with this ancient scripture. The bible also speaks about slavery as though it's not such a big deal, guess why? Because back when it was written slavery was legal. The bible doesn't mention Dinosaurs, why? Because they hadn't been discovered yet. See a pattern here? You think it's ridiculous for God to be the universe, well how the hell can God exist BEFORE the universe? What made God? The truth (As I see it, which you will condemn me for) is that with the big bang the universe was created and so was what you call God, IT is an energy being that is constantly learning and evolving, and each one of us is a manifestation of that energy source, we don't owe anything to this creature because it IS us.

      All that you see around you is energy, it's only programmed to appear this way through the brain. This is scientific fact, not a myth or a theory, a fuckin FACT!, but it contradicts the bible so let's just deny that, eh? Look, I'm not trying to antagonize you or anyone, but seriously, wake up and get with the times. You're pushing a religion that was written back when women were considered property and men were dominant, this is evident by the writings in both your religion and that of Judaism, Islam and whatever religion that refers to God as "Him". Put aside your faith for a moment, use logic... why would God be male? For what purpose? To believe this you are essentially believing that men are superior, and they wonder where misogyny comes from...

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Grant---And allow me to clarify some things as well. You apparently do not believe in God. Because God is NOT 'the universe.' ROFLMAO. God MADE the Universe but it is not HIM. HE would exist without a Universe. The Universe would not exist without Him. You are quoting Pantheism which is warmed over Satanism. 'Gay or straight?' Yes, you are right that God would not recognize these categories of human beings. There are no such real people. Homosexual is not what people are. It is what some people DO. There are people who COMMIT homosexual actions and God does care about those behaviors---He condemns them and abhors them. HE designed human sexuality with male and female organs that just happen to fit together and perpetuate the entire human race. Any deviant use of those organs makes God sick because they represent a rejection of HIM and a rebellion against HIM and the way HE designed nature. God not only wants 'people to help each other.' HE wants people to make an effort to be HOLY. Look that word up. You are in denial probably because you want your favorite sins to be approved of---just because they are your favorites.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      NO GRANT---Lilith was not 'removed from the Old Testament.' That is what is known as horse shit. Where is your proof for this insane assertion? There is none because is is not true and not thought to be true by any serious person.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      Sorry but I just want to clarify something: I actually do believe in God, I believe that the universe is a being that has given us the gift of self awareness and emotion, I believe in the spirit and that when we die it is not truly our demise. I just don't believe that what the bibles say about God is true, God is not a male for starters, and he does not want people to be killed in his name, nor does he give a damn whether we're straight or gay. God is the source of all life and wants us only to find peace and help each others, that's it! All this witch-hunting propaganda is just redundant.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      I may not have all the details right but essentially that is what happened, and it's easy for you to decide which is truth and which is a fairytale but that sounds more like denial to me. You realize that the part about Lillith was removed from the old testament right? Seriously, I mean no disrespect but you guys only seem to acknowledge the sugar coated version of your religion, you have no idea how much has been removed and re-written by the powers in charge. Even many of the things still left in the bible are pretty bad, God commands his followers to kill everyone who does not worship him and who disobey his commands. Do you people go around killing everyone who works on the Sabbath? If not, you aren't following your God's wishes, because that is in there, look it up.

      Here's something you guys might be interested in:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92mKsjp_GdM

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      Great comments all. Grant-- Lilith is a fairy tale. God is not a man. God ordered the Canaanites killed because they were evil satan-worshipers standing in defiance against Him. Nazis were killed because they were evil. Serial killers are put to death because they are evil. You are starting off at the wrong place to truly understand the cosmos you are in. You want to stand above God and look down at Him and judge Him. (All the while probably standing for non-judgmentalism.) To understand God and the Bible you must start by placing yourself UNDER Him and It, seeking understanding and wisdom--not searching for excuses not to believe.

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      hxprof, "Lilith was the original daughter of God, but he destroyed her because she did not want to serve Adam" Anyone who puts their "faith" in the Lilith myth instead of the Bible which has proven to be more historically and archaeologically accurate than any other ancient book. It has been subjected to the minutest scientific textual analysis possible to humanity and has been proven to be authentic in every way, has serious cognitive problems. Don't encourage him. You can find plenty of this sort of lunacy on hubpages already. It's like giving a loaded gun to a child.

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Grant, I don't know who is expecting you to "bow to" our "murderous God"; you're free to do what you wish in regards to the Gospel. What I know, both through scripture and experientially, is that God does love me (us). God loves me enough to show me the truth about myself, about what's really in my heart, so I can be cleansed by Christ's sacrifice for me.

      But to your point, God did tell the Jews to put all Canaanites to the sword when they conquered the land God gave them. Why? Why did God have so many of those He created put to death? The answer is in scripture, but the short story is that all those He had killed He knew would never repent...they'd never allow God to free them from their sins so they could live with Him for eternity.

      Everything we see God doing in scripture dovetails with God's perfect nature. If I insist, however, on looking at God as I look at mortals I completely miss God. All-knowing, all-powerful, all present. God knows each of us before we're created, and subsequently knows what decisions we'll make....and what decisions we won't make. He sees our lives before we're formed in the womb, knowing that some of those He's creating will choose evil over the wonder of knowing Him; still, God creates all of us and allows us the choices He already knows we'll make. He also holds us accountable for those choices.

      What James has written here is grounded in scripture. Grant, you don't believe that scripture-the Bible-is the inerrant word of God. That being so, it's unlikely you'll agree with most of what James has written here. It's that simple.

      If you're not on Hubpages I encourage you to join and to write a piece specifically to stand in contrast to James' piece. I'll read it if you do.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      Just because you don't want to admit the truth about your religion, that does not make me a charlatan. I know it's not easy to hear these kind of things, I was pretty disappointed to hear that Satana Claus doesn't really deliver gifts, so I understand why you're playing shoot the messenger here. All I have stated here is that the sugar-coated version of Christianity you hear about in the church is not accurate because it contradicts itself. There is a part of the old testament where God commands that people kill everyone who does not submit to his will, this is the same God that Moses worshipped, Yahweh, also known as Jehovah. He has killed countless human beings as part of his grand plan, but we're so supposed to believe that he loves us? What have I said so far that is wrong? Lilith was the original daughter of God, but he destroyed her because she did not want to serve Adam. The bible was written during a time of male dominance, and this is evident in the way it is written, God is a man, why would the creator of all that is be male? Seriously, you guys can bash new age spirituality all you want, but don't expect me to bow to your murderous God.

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      tsadjatko--- Thank you ever much for your wise words of wisdom. You clearly have the spirit of discernment able to separate truth from falsehood. Great commentary and I surely appreciate it.

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Grant, I'd suggest you consult with some legitimate experts on the Bible instead of using your own interpretations without the advantage of counsel and study guides because your ideas of what is in the Bible are from la la land my friend at best or suggested by Satan himself at worst.

      James, terrific overview of "new age"! For any of the Bible to be true the 5 basic tenants of the Bible have to be 100% true (and not subject to any different interpretation). But if any one of the new age beliefs are true then according to them all religions, except Christianity can be true. What does that tell you? It tells you that Satan is the father of all religions save Christianity.

      Besides any of that, Christianity is the only "religion" that makes sense, is logical, historically correct and has multiple eyewitness accounts of the creator of the universe. People like Grant, if they were serious would search the facts, ask his questions of Christian apologists and draw his conclusions from the truth instead of forming his opinion and then looking for things that support it, and that is what he does as I have known many like him...the are called charlatans.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      I don't agree, even IF Christianity is 100% correct (And I mean if) that does not directly imply that all other religions are Satanic, mankind has always been curious about the unknown, trying to make sense of where we came from, look at things like Egyptian and Greek mythology, this is man's attempt at explaining life on Earth and the universe. Over centuries religion has been translated, re-written, and edited to the point that so much has been lost and misunderstood. We're taught that in the beginning there was Adam and Eve, but this is a rebooted version of your faith. In the original context, there already were humans on Earth before Adam, he was just made in God's image, also the first woman was Lilith who Adam did not like because she did not want to serve him, so God killed her and created the more submissive Eve. Also it states in Genesis that there were "Giants" on Earth before man, so why do we hardly ever heard of that? I mean no offence by this, I'm just saying that it's wrong for the church to brainwash people with a revised version of the truth which works better for their system. Wouldn't you rather know what has been covered up?

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      James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago

      I appreciate your point of view Grant. However, if the Christian Faith is right all the others are wrong. There is no middle ground. If Jesus is 'the Way and the Truth and the Life' so that 'No one comes to the Father (GOD) except through me' all other religions are not only false but they are evil, spawned by the Devil himself to deceive people into going down the Path to Perdition. If Jesus was a liar, then the Christian Faith is null and void. as far as that guy in Iraq, no honest man ever found fault with Jesus or with His Program. Thank you for your comments.

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      Grant 2 years ago

      So much for tolerance and understanding, nope... Jesus said not to listen so... case closed huh? Somewhere there's a guy in Iraq who thinks Christianity is evil. Who gets to decide what's what?... Try to learn about something with an open mind before condemning it.

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Per your encouragement on Facebook, I have taken the time to read this article. I agree and disagree with various parts.

      Jesus himself performed alchemy when he turned the water into wine, and he has said others will do greater things because "I go unto the Father."

      One story in the Bible suggests reincarnation when the disciples ask the master who did sin--this man or his parents that he should be born blind? The man was born blind and did not have the opportunity to sin unless reincarnation were a possibility. Of course, if the parents had, the blindness might possibly be interpreted as a punishment for their transgression in their fruit. Jesus, of course, answered that neither situation was the case, but that the works of God might be done.

      Astrology is a system, not a belief. At least one of the wise men who attended Jesus' birth used it to determine the location and time of the birth. The "star" was very real and very bright. Of course, any system can be abused. Unfortunately, some persons consult "the stars" as if the signs were inevitable.

      The "divine feminine" does not replace the Father, rather the Alpha and Omega are side by side in balance. (Personally, I can't imagine nature not being a part of God's kingdom.) Again, the concept can be abused by denying the Alpha principle.

      "Self" with a capital "s" is not the same as "self," the human ego prone to err. Rather, it is the pure essence of God perfectly balanced in wisdom, power, and love.

      You have obviously done a lot of reading on this subject. There were several terms and names of which I had never heard. Voted interesting.

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      James John Bell 3 years ago from Union, Washington

      James, pretty impressive job to get many of the components of the "new age" meme into one place. I did not get the sense while reading this however that you have in fact read Blavatsky, or Steiner?

      The reason being is because theosophy and the resulting off shoots like anthroposophy are classified in my religious studies class as 'Christian' in the sub category of protestant (using the same criteria Mormonism is categorized as christian and protestant by the same academics). For example Steiner links anthroposophy with the archangel Michael in much of his writings, heavily quotes scripture, and puts forth an esoteric Christian praxis. This mirrors the interests of Christian fantasy writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

      Blavatsky, Steiner, etc. all write about the overthrow of Christianity's original mission, the summary of which goes something like this: from around 0-300 AD Christianity was very revolutionary causing wide scale political upheaval. The Roman Empire adopted Christianity, co-opted the religion, outlawed possession of scripture (even little pieces written down), and removed the community of Christians and replaced them with appointed religious leaders.

      This continues over centuries with various revolts that try to free the original message of Christ, i.e. Cathars, Templars, etc. Then with the invention of the printing press "illegal" english translations of the Latin bible are printed and the distribution causes wide scale revolt among peasants as they learn the true meaning of Christianity and see that the church is not living up to that message. Revolts grow more widespread, eventually there is the protestant reformation. Protestant Princes battle Catholic Kings for a few hundred years, the dust settles and once again politics has transplanted the original message of Christ. The theosophists research this history, and an entire connected cosmology, and work at disseminating an anti-instutional christian-based dogma..

      My point is that it is not as black and white as your overview of New Age beliefs makes it out. The main folks you reference all write about the suppressed teachings of Christ and in their lifetimes worked to wake people up about an ongoing suppression. Sure they're spiritualists and now made into occultists, but they would all swear at having accepted Christ into their lives, etc.

      Anyway, research the Wycliffe Bible, and how possession of a translation of the bible or even a piece of paper with scripture on it during the Middle Ages would get you burned at the stake for being a 'witch'. It would appear that you are promoting the same sort of attitude towards these "new age" people, their crime being that they tried to liberate Christian teachings from institutional control. Read some of their actual writings, not just the cherry picked out of context stuff cycling around the internet. Go visit a Waldorf school, etc. I think you would see, at the very least, that most new age folks are actually oblivious to these "new age founders" actual Christian beliefs as well, and have wildly misappropriated them.

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      Artin2010 3 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Hello James. it's been a long time. Just read this and some of the comments. Wow, awesome good work. It's true, you can't help but notice the word (self) and the connection to New Age Religion. A very interesting read for me. Be true to thy self! Two thumbs up ! :-) Blessings to you hub friend..

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      Robert E Smith 3 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Hey Jim. I learned a bunch. Thank you as always. I need to read your article on Ms. Oprah because I know she does stuff I disagree with vehemently but the title you gave her makes me wish to read your article on her. As always, MFH. (my favorite historian)

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      Rod Martin Jr 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      James, you bring up some important points in this piece. But some New Age beliefs include a corrupted form of Christianity, too. Ego, and the psychopathic elite who feed off of it, love to blur the lines in order to confuse people. But because they use some of Christianity does not mean that Christianity is bad. Stop basing your logic on simple, mechanistic associations.

      Many Christians blur the lines, too. Not everything you say, here, is truth. Your intent is good, to bring people back to God and Christ. But that requires humility and love, something on which we can all improve.

      Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. You dismiss Buddha. Why? Because people revere him to the exclusion of Christ? Much of what Gautama Siddhartha taught is exactly what Christ taught. No different. Even the Beatitudes.

      Jesus is the leader. He is first amongst God's children. There can be no doubt about that. However, I have read that even Buddha said that there would be a red haired one who would exceed him in spiritual standing. I've known some Jewish people with reddish hair. Did Jesus fit this description? Was he the teacher who was to be greater than Buddha? I think this is possible. Because of Buddha's love and sacrifice, he may well have been "following Christ" in the truest, spiritual sense.

      James, you do a good job of pointing out some of the pitfalls being used by the NWO gang, but then you fall into a few of those pits, yourself. Perhaps even I have made similar mistakes. We need to remain humble so that we may become aware of such potential flaws in ourselves. Let love guide us. Every other great spiritual teacher was not a source of evil. Some may have gotten some things wrong, but they got much of it right. Why can't we celebrate that fact? We need to be able to recognize the good and separate it from the bad. You don't do that with literal labels. Please reread 2 Cor. 3:6 -- the letter leads to death; only the spirit of scripture leads to everlasting life.

      One Christian, in a YouTube video, said that Kabbalah is New Age and an abomination. Why? Because Madonna, the "material girl," is into it. The New World Order corrupts everything to play on our egos.

      Kabbalah, according to the early Jewish mystics, was here at the beginning. Some Christian scholars claim that Kabbalah didn't start until the 12th century. Who is right? During my research, I found the Kabbalists' "Tree of Life" matrix embedded in 2 chapters of Genesis. In other words, those of the ancient Kabbalah wrote at least part of the Bible. So, the NWO is wrong. Kabbalah is not New Age. Their perversion of Cabala is New Age. Their perversion of Christianity is New Age.

      Again, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. Stop using generalities (labels) to pigeonhole things. That's what the NWO does to divide us. Some degree of categorizing is useful, but don't go overboard with it. Labels are not always accurate. Labels are like the basin containing both the baby and the bathwater. It takes a little more care to get it right. Less judgment and more discernment.

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      Drive By Quipper 3 years ago from Wrong Side of Town

      It's like the old sign going into Myrtle Beach. All roads lead to Mammie"s Kitchen.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening .

      James brother, what a masterpiece of several hubs in one and a double as many out in comments a curriculum in several subjects. SIGH. After hours of reading,-re-reading , with closed eyes , speechless, I asked the Holy spirit for assistance if and what to say.

      One can feel the spiritual demonic oppression while reading individual religion names conspiring agains the Lord YHWH and His Anointed One, as you've summarized " the ultimate purpose of the New Age movement - it must be preached that Jesus of Nazareth was not Christ." It's a battle for the soul of a man once estranged to His Creator, now having Way through Jesus redemptive act to come back via faith to not only have the fellowship with the Heavenly Father and the LIFE ETERNAL, but now and here under the same anointing as Jesus' continually destroying the devil's work. See, the Satan wants to eliminate any trace of " Christian " religion because in essence every believer, the child of God '" christianos"- anointedians , we are endowed by the power of the Holy Spirit anointed to do the same deeds of the Kingdom as Jesus Christ has showed and taught His disciples to do. This faith in Jesus and the power in His name is dangerous "religion" actually much more then any other religion, because Satan and Satanists do not seek to destroy any of the religions under his control, as they try this movement of supernatural spiritual kingdom of God within the hearts of His people…

      Obviously, the New age movement is apparently gaining some territory, only where the look -warm believers ( Christians ) ceased to pray and speak out loud the Name of Jesus any given opportunity, using it every time when one says my Lord,my Savior Jesus Christ, my God. In His Name we do have Victory and satanists know that.

      Voted up, awesome and very useful.

      May the Lord bless you and keep you in His peace.

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      Charles 4 years ago from Wales, UK

      Though the attention to various details in this hub is great, I feel like the overall premise is sort of founded on something that is very amorphous. The term 'New Age' covers so many things, really, so I'm not sure it's possible to condemn 'new age' in that way. It means so many different things to different people.

      And as to the specialness of Christianity, all I can say, is that I've spent time with Buddhists, Hindus and Moslems, and the constantly curious thing, is that humans can only ever operate from the stand point which was delivered to them through their culture or peers etc. Thus, I've heard very succinct arguments from various religious positions that do a good job at detailing why their way, really is THE right way. Of course it is, it has to be, otherwise the personal belief system would be foundless.

      My personal view is that so many Christians talk about love and so on, while abusing God's gift of creation and pouring scorn on his creatures, and devouring them for lunch or dinner, exclusively for the sake of taste pleasure. I don't get that, it's so barbaric. Having zero compassion. Also, it's so unhealthy.

      If 'New Age' also includes the increase in Buddhist and Hindu teachings (both vegetarian), then I'd have to say, that's fantastic. As the Buddha said: The eating of meat extinguishes the flame of great compassion. The wholesale abuse of the animal kingdom is directly linked to mankind's current dire predicament.

      An interesting hub to read!

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      Ravi and Swastha 4 years ago from London, Canada

      What understanding I had in life has been well said.

      All religion in general says that dissolve in oneness & surrender to the DIVINE. By this way you would attain enlightenment.

      In order to preach this truth, Enlightened Masters/Spritual Leaders who were representative of God came to this earth, preached the message of God to people at any point of time and tried balancing the negativity; for this world to run peacefully.

      This hub inspires me to write more on Meditation & Super consciousness. I would do my bit for this society.

      Really a very good hub.

      Thanks James.

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      Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      So cool about the book, James! No need to reply here either. Concentrate on your book.

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      Robert P 4 years ago from Canada

      Great job giving an overview of this movement. I think it is a shame that many people lack proper historical and theological context to properly understand these new age religions and what they may be getting into. Some are aggressively marketed and normalized by mass media.

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      MrHunter 4 years ago from Highway 24

      Godspeed, James. Please take this as encouragment. Don't feel you need to reply! Happy Easter.