Tips on Witnessing to New Agers
New Age—or Conscious Living—Movement is not a tightly knit movement. Rather,
it is a term we use to describe a diffuse group of Eastern religious ideas as
they have been filtered through Western culture in the late twentieth and early
twenty-first century. Few people would label themselves New Agers, and most of
those who adopt one New Age viewpoint may not accept another. Thus, when we deal
with the New Age, we are not always dealing with a tight religious system. We
can never assume we know what a New Ager believes—we need to spend lots of
time talking with people to understand exactly where they are spiritually. In
the 1960s, we heard about the Age of Aquarius, usually voiced in between heroin
trips. Today the New Age is much more diverse—and much more commercialized.
1. Some Common New Age Beliefs
Douglas Groothuis summarizes some common New Age
perspectives in Confronting the New Age (InterVarsity, 1988). Among
optimism—We are preparing to enter the next great step in human
evolution, a leap in consciousness into the Age of Aquarius in which we wake up
to the God within us and see the establishment of a new world order. Some even
say Jesus will usher in this New Age!
is one. Distinctions are just an illusion. I am just an illusion of an
individual. In reality I am but an expression of the universal that is
we see—the illusion of diversity and distinction
we don’t see—All is really one. You are the cow are the rock.
is one... ‘Monism’ or Oneness.
is God. God is the universe, and the universe is God. Everything is therefore
characterized by divinity, including us.
of Consciousness—Through anti-intellectual, mystical activities like
yoga, crystals, meditation, visualization, drugs, near death experiences, and
channeling we experience the unity of all things, our true divine selves, the
your own reality—There is no objective moral law or commandments. We
live according to our own standards. Since all is one, good and evil cannot be
human potential—If you’re God, you can do anything if you believe in
yourself. A Course in Miracles can show you how to create your miracle,
Contact—Channeling brings us into contact with other spirits that exist
in the oneness that we are. Christianity, of course, calls this demonic
from Above: Angels—Angels and extraterrestrial beings in UFOs are both
manifestations of the mystical spirit realm, servants from the stars who teach
us the New Age.
Syncretism—Then true essence of all religion is the New Age, all
religions being one. “Externals” like theology might be different, but the
mystical core of them all is one.
2. Some Questions for those involved
in the New Age
you really believe that’s true? Can you really live it?
I remember Deepak Chopra on PBS talking about how the physical body
doesn’t really exist—it’s just an illusion. And I was amazed at the
respectful, well-dressed professionals nodding in wonder at such a dumb
statement. I wanted to grab them, shake them and ask, “Do you really believe
that? Think about it!” I even called the station and complained that, were our
children to follow Chopra’s teachings, they’d be walking in front of
speeding cars, thinking themselves illusions. Chopra’s teachings cannot be
lived out. They aren’t objectively true. It’s a neat idea, but it’s not
reality. Nothing can really fulfill us if it doesn’t satisfy both the heart and
anything Evil other than not recycling? There is no basis, if all is one,
to distinguish that which is good from that which is evil. If all is one, why is
it okay to eat a head of lettuce but not a two-year old boy? Does this satisfy
this satisfy your heart? Ultimately, since the New Age isn’t
objectively true, it works only to cover over the longings of the heart. After a
while, the hunger for a deeper experience becomes a realization that you’re
living a lie. Make-believe spirituality does not answer the real questions about
our purpose in life. We all have a God-given need to worship, and the New Age
offers no personal God. The New Age says we live for ourselves—it’s all
about us getting more personal spiritual power. In this sense, it’s an
incredibly selfish spirituality. But if the Bible is right in saying that we
exist for God, then we’ll never find satisfaction in the New Age.
New Age isn’t new. Have you seen what it’s done to India? They’ve
had it for years.