What Is the New Age
by Matthew J. Slick
A. The New Age movement
has many sub-divisions, but it is generally a collection of Eastern-influenced
metaphysical thought systems, a conglomeration of theologies, hopes,
and expectations held together with an eclectic teaching of salvation,
of "correct thinking," and "correct knowledge." It is a theology
of "feel-goodism," "universal tolerance," and "moral relativism."
1. In the New Age
Movement Man is central. He is viewed as divine, as co-creator,
as the hope for future peace and harmony. A representative quote
might be: "I am affected only by my thoughts. It needs but this
to let salvation come to all the world. For in this single thought
is everyone released at last from fear." (A course in Miracles,
The Foundation for Inner Peace, Huntington Station, N.Y. Lesson
228, p. 461.)
B. The New Age Movement
is difficult to define because "there is no hierarchy, dogma, doctrine,
collection plate, or membership." It is a collection, an assortment
of different theologies with the common threads of toleration and
divergence weaving through its tapestry of "universal truth."
2. The New Age Movement is a religious
system with two basic beliefs: Evolutionary Godhood and Global Unity.
A. What is Evolutionary
1. It is the next
step in evolution. It will not be physical, but spiritual:
a. For the most
part, the New Age Movement espouses evolution, both of body
and spirit. Man is developing and will soon leap forward into
new spiritual horizons. Many New Age practices are designed
to push one ahead into that horizon. Some of them are astral
projection which is training your soul to leave your body and
travel around; contacting spirits so they may speak through
you or guide you; using crystals to purify your body's and mind's
energy systems; visualization where you use mental imagery to
imagine yourself as an animal, in the presence of a divine being,
or being healed of sickness, etc.
2. Evolutionary Godhood
also means that mankind will soon see itself as god, as the "Christ
a. The New Age Movement
teaches that Man's basic nature is good and divine. This opposes
God's Word which says ...
i. that we are
sinners: "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through
one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came
to all men, because all sinned"
b. It teaches that
since man is divine by nature, he then has divine qualities.
i. This is an
important part of New Age Movement thinking. Because the average
New Ager believes himself to be divine, he can then create
his own reality. If, for example, a person believes that reincarnation
is true, that's fine because that is his reality. If someone
he knows doesn't believe in it, that is alright too because
that is someone else's reality. They can each have a reality
for themselves that "follows a different path."
c. In contrast to
this, the Bible says that God alone is the creator: "This
is what the LORD says -- your Redeemer, who formed you in the
womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched
out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself" (Isaiah
a. Though not all New
Agers adhere to reincarnation, most believe in some form or another.
And, many believe the Bible was changed to remove any verses that
might have taught reincarnation. But this accusation only shows
the limitation of their knowledge. The Bible never had any references
B. The second major element
of the New Age Movement is Global Unity which consists of three major
divisions: Man with Man; Man with Nature; and Man with God.
1. Man with man
a. The New Age Movement
teaches that we will all learn our proper divine relationship
with one another and achieve harmony and mutual love and acceptance
through the realization and acceptance of this divine proper knowledge.
i. Within this hoped
harmony is economic unity. The average New Ager is looking for
a single world leader who, with New Age principles, will guide
the world into a single harmonious economic whole.
b. The New Age hope
is reminiscent of the Scriptures that speak of the coming Antichrist:
i. 2 Thessalonians
2:3-4, "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that
day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of
lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will
oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called
God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple,
proclaiming himself to be God." See also Revelation 13:17,
14:9, 11, 16:2, 19:20.
2. Man with nature
a. Since the New Age
Movement says that God is all, and all is God, then nature is
also part of God. Man must then get in tune with nature and learn
to nurture it and be nurtured by it. In this, all people can unite.
i. This is opposed
to the Scriptural teaching of man's superiority over animals
(Genesis 1:26-27, 2:19). This does not mean that Man must abuse
what he is over, but Man is given the responsibility of caring
for and being stewards of God's creation (Genesis 2:15). God
will hold Christians responsible for the stewardship that has
been entrusted to them.
d. The New Agers have
a name for the earth. It is Gaia. Gaia is to be revered and respected.
Some New Agers even worship the earth and nature.
i. This opposes the
Scripture that says we are not to have any other Gods before
God (Exodus 20:3).
3. Man with God
a. Since the New Age
Movement teaches that man is divine by nature, all people, once
they see themselves as such, will be helped in their unity of
purpose, love, and development. The goal is to fully realize our
own goodness. It is obvious that this contradicts Scriptures,
c.f., Romans 3:10-12: "As it is written: There is no one righteous,
not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks
God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good, not even one."
C. Additional beliefs
of the New Age Movement view of God are:
1. He (it) is impersonal,
omnipresent, and benevolent -- therefore he (it) won't condemn anyone.
a. The New Age god
is impersonal. An impersonal God will not reveal himself nor will
he have specific requirements as to morality, belief, and behavior.
This is why reincarnation appeals so much to them. With it, there
is no judgment, there is a second chance, a third chance, and
2. There are no moral
absolutes in the New Age. Therefore, they claim to have a spiritual
tolerance for all "truth systems." They call this "harmonization."
a. There is an obvious
problem here. To say that there are no moral absolutes is an absolute
in itself which is self contradictory. Also, if morality is relative,
then stealing may be right sometimes, along with lying, adultery,
cheating, etc. Living in a world of moral relativism would not
bring a promising future.
3. What the New Age Movement does.
A. It is a sponge that
attempts to absorb all religions, cultures, and governments.
4. What the New Age Movement does
A. It does not teach
that man is a sinner (Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:3).
5. New Age Terminology
A. According to the Bible,
Man is the image bearer of God (Genesis 1:26), and as such, is a
creature of speech. Remember, God said, "...Let there be light"
6. The New Age Interpretation of
A. God is not a personal
heavenly Father but an impersonal force.
7. The New Age View of Man
A. Since all is God,
and man is part of all, then man is God. This is pantheism.
1. This is an eastern
mystical belief system that has crept into mainstream America.
B. Therefore, man is
good by nature.
1. Man is not good
by nature (Ephesians 2:3).
C. Man has infinite potential.
1. This arrogant conclusion
based upon false concepts of grandiose self worth, is a deceptive,
self-satisfying indulgence into pride. As Satan wanted to be like
God (Isaiah 14:12-17) and encouraged Adam and Eve to be like God
also (Genesis 3:1-5), the New Ager listens to the echo of that
Edenic lie and yields to it willingly.
D. Man is one with the
1. Again the difference
between man and creation is blurred. Man is made in the image
of God (Genesis 1:26). The universe is not. Man is different than
8. The New Age View of Salvation
A. Salvation in the New
Age Movement means to be in tune with the divine consciousness.
1. In tune means to
be in harmony with reality and whatever is perceived to be true.
B. Since the New Age
Movement doesn't acknowledge sin or sinfulness, there is no need
for a redeemer like Jesus. Salvation, to them, is simply the realization
of our divine nature. "I am not a body. I am free. For I am still
as God created me. Salvation of the world depends on me" (Miracles,
Lesson 206, p. 380). Such arrogance is mind-boggling.
As you can see, the New Age Movement is not a biblical teaching by any means. It is a false religious system authored by the evil one. It contradicts Christianity in almost all of its main tenets. It is to be avoided, to be guarded against, and to be destroyed. And so it will on that glorious day when the Lord Jesus returns.