Written and compiled by Chris Lawson
What is the New Age and the World of Occultism?
The New Age Movement (NAM) is based on a belief system that is essentially a Western hybridization of pantheistic and pan-en-theistic Eastern occult philosophy and practices. The New Age movement encompasses countless thousands of autonomous (and sometimes contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and events. “New Age” beliefs also incorporate practices from 19th century Western occultism including teachings from “channeled spirits” or “universal energy” [in actuality they are fallen angels which the Bible refers to a lying spirits, or, demons]. The term “New Age” is also used by many to describe organizations, teachers and teachings, which exhibit at least one or more of the following beliefs:
“(1) All is one, all reality is part of the whole; (2) Everything is God and God is everything; (3) Man is God or a part of God; (4) Man never dies, but continues to live through reincarnation; (5) Man can create his own reality and/or values through transformed consciousness or altered states of consciousness.” (Index of Cults and Religions)
Meaning of the term "Occult"
Throughout history people across the globe have attempted to gain supernatural power and "secret" knowledge apart from the God of the Bible. In doing so, they tap into "occult" (hidden) power. The term “occult” comes from the Latin occultus or “hidden.” It is generally used to denote "secret or mysterious supernatural powers" or "magical, religious rituals." The word "occult" is also used to describe the "hidden power" that forms the basis of pagan religious divination and esoteric manifestations. Occultism refers also to Witchcraft, Satanism, Neo-Paganism, Druidism, Shamanism, Yoga, a myriad of forms of “Psychic” discernment (clairvoyant, clairsentience, etc.) and divination (astrology, séances, palm reading, etc.) New Age alternative medicine therapies such as Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Crystal healing, and many others are part of the occult explosion as well. The Bible is very clear regarding these things, all of which have their root in rebellion against Almighty God: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..." (1 Samuel 15:23)
Occultism: God forbids and condemns it all!
The Bible is very clear concerning the occult and its methodology. There are over 150 prohibitions in the Bible against the occult, witchcraft, demon worship, etc. Here is what God has to say on the subject:
"When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD..." (Deuteronomy 18:9-12a)
Beware of the dangers of the Occult, the New Age, and hybridized Christian Mysticism
New Age beliefs and practices are steeped in the world of the occult. Those who open the doors to the kingdom of darkness trifle with occult power - with demons! The results can be absolutely terrifying to say the least. Psychic phenomena, paranormal manifestations, demonic oppression and possession, insanity, suicidal tendencies, and much more are part and parcel in this game of cosmic deception. These so-called revelations, experiences and phenomena are nothing more than satanic parlor tricks. The Prince of darkness knows exactly what he is doing with human souls and his goal is total destruction of human beings. People who subject themselves to occultism, New Age influences, and hybridized forms of Christian mysticism oftentimes suffer from the effects of full-blown occult delusion. Some call it ‘Spiritual Emergency’ while countless millions in India mistakenly label it ‘Enlightenment’.
In reality, the dangerous possibilities of occultism’s fruit is myriad: occult bondage, altered and destroyed personalities, painful and undiagnosable diseases, insanity, irreversible psychoses, hatred toward Jesus Christ, the atonement, and the Bible, demon possession, death - and ultimately, eternal ruin. Only the Jesus Christ of Scripture, the risen Savior of the world, can set individuals free from the powers of occult bondage and their demonic origin.
Don’t be deceived!
The following articles are here to help educate you on the dangers of these practices.
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