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The New Age movement, An Overview

Written by: Computers for Christ    Posted on: 04/24/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

The New Age movement, An Overview

  STRUCTURE ...

  If you have heard of the song, "Aquarius" by, "The 5th Dimension" from the musical Hair, then you have heard the basic statement and outward goals of the New Age Movement. The New Age refers to the coming "Age of Aquarius". The lyrics of the song are:

  When the moon is in the 7th house And Jupiter aligns with Mars, Then peace will guide the planets And love will fill your heart; This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius.

  If you are not involved with the New Age Movement, this song may have sounded to you like so much wishful thinking. If however, you know about or are involved in the New Age Movement, you are aware that this song is more prophetic than imaginary. There exists in the world today an incredibly huge and well organized network consisting of thousands of groups, trusts, foundations, clubs, lodges, and religious groups whose goal and purpose is to prepare the world to enter the coming Age Of Aquarius. A small sampling of only a few of the organizations involved would include: Amnesty International, Zero Population Growth, California New Age Caucus, New World Alliance, World Goodwill, The Church Universal and Triumphant, The Theosophical Society, Planetary Initiative for the World We Choose, and the Club of Rome. This list demonstrates the diversity of organizations operating in economic, political, and religious spheres of influence.

  GOALS ...

  The major goal of the New Age Movement, as stated, is to bring peace to the world upon entering the Age of Aquarius. This will be accomplished primarily through the leadership of "the Christ", (also known to those familiar with the spiritual side of the movement as Lord Maitreya), who will supposedly come to teach us to live at peace with each other. Some of the other stated goals of the New Age Movement are to establish a World Food Authority, World Water Authority, World Economic Order, and an entirely New World Order. It should be noted here that one of the requirements for a person to enter the New Age is that he or she will have to take what is known as a "Luciferic Initiation;" a kind of pledge of allegiance to the Christ of the New Age and to the New World Order. (More will be said about this later.)

  The primary goals of the movement then, are to prepare the world to receive the Christ and to enter the Age of Aquarius, thus establishing the New World Order.

  THE CHRIST: The World Teacher of the New Age.

  A major idea in New Age thinking is that of the "Christ Consciousness". In other words, Christ is an office rather than an individual such as Jesus, whom Christians Know to be THE CHRIST. This idea of "Christ Consciousness" asserts that Jesus was not the only Christ, but that He equipped Himself to receive the "Christ Consciousness"; as did Buddha, Krishna, and Mohammed.(This is an old occult gnostic teaching which stems from the ancient Babylonian mystery religions.) According to the New Age Movement the answer as to who is the Christ is reflected in the full page newspaper announcement which appeared in Major newspapers throughout the world on April 25, 1982. (At a cost of millions of dollars.)

  The following is a condensation of that ad.

  WHO IS THE CHRIST?

  Throughout history, humanity's evolution has been guided by a group of enlightened men, the Masters of Wisdom. They have remained largely in the remote desert and mountain places of earth, working mainly through their disciples who live openly in the world. This message of the Christ's reappearance has been given primarily by such a disciple trained for his task for over 20 years.

  At the center of this "Spiritual Hierarchy" stands the World Teacher, Lord Maitreya, known by Christians as the Christ. As Christians await the Second Coming, so the Jews await the Messiah, the Buddhists the fifth Buddha, the Moslims the Iman Mahdi, and the Hindus await Krishna. These are all names of one individual.

  His presence in the world guarantees there will be no third World War. (1)

  As you can see by this excerpt the New Age movement claims that "Lord Maitreya", is the fulfillment of the second coming of Christ. He is by their own admission the Christ of the New Age.

  THE ROLE OF LUCIFER IN THE NEW AGE (According to New Age writers)

  The traditional view of Lucifer as the devil or Satan, is clearly absent in New Age literature. Rather, he is described as a mighty being of light and the "Ruler of Humanity", as Alice Bailey, foundational apostle and leading writer of the New Age Movement, puts it. An even clearer description is given by perhaps the most influential man in the movement, David Spangler. He writes in his book, "Reflections on the Christ":

  "The true light of Lucifer cannot be seen through sorrow, through darkness, through rejection. The true light of this great being can only be recognized when one's own eyes can see with the light of the Christ, the light of the inner sun. Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a new age, which is the age of man's wholeness, each of us,in some way is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic Initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and his wholeness.

  Lucifer comes to give us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it, then he is free and we are free. That is the Luciferic Initiation. it is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age. It is an initiation of leaving the past and moving into the new, shedding our guilts and fears, our anxieties, our needs, our temptations, and becoming whole and at peace because we have recognized our inner light and the light that enfolds us, the light of God." (2)

  As to the history and achievements of Lucifer, Benjamin Creme, a leading lecturer and proponent of the New Age, gives us some fascinating information from a recent radio interview. The interviewer asked Mr. Creme, "Who is Lucifer?", to which Mr. Creme replied:

  "Lucifer came from the planet Venus 18.5 million years ago; he's the director of our planetary evolution, he is the sacrificial lamb, and the prodigal son. Lucifer made an incredible sacrifice, a supreme sacrifice for our planet."

  Benjamin Creme uses this same exact description to describe a being named Sanat Kumara. The only difference in the description is that in place of the name Lucifer, Sanat Kumara is used. Mr. Creme further adds that "Sanat Kumara is our God." Thus we have a clear picture of who Lucifer is according to some of those at the forefront of the New Age Movement. He is a mighty benevolent being of light, the Ruler of Humanity, our inner guiding light... the light of God, the sacrificial lamb, the prodigal son, and is also known as Sanat Kumara our God. (A scrambling of Satan Marduk?)

  THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT (The spirit of truth, or the Spirit of error?)

  "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the spirit of God; every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. ... we are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. ... whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." 1 John 4:1-3,6; 5:1a (NKJ)

  In this attempt to present a brief but clear description of the New Age Movement, much emphasis has been given to the spiritual teachings of the movement. This is because esoteric philosophies and occult beliefs govern the actions and objectives of the political, economic, and educational factions of the movement. The apostle Paul writing in the New Testament said, "We do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places." Such is the case in the New Age Movement. The principalities and powers of the movement are the keys to all the other facets. So, it is in the spiritual realm that we will discover the origin and true motivation behind the movement.

  As stated earlier, the belief in the "Christ Consciousness", is a denial that Jesus is, "THE Christ". New Agers make no bones about this. They believe that Jesus received the Christ Consciousness at His baptism, and that it left Him at His crucifixion. This is what was previously identified by the apostle John as the spirit of the Antichrist. The New Agers not only say that Jesus was not the Christ, but that He was a Master of Wisdom; an ordinary man who equipped Himself to receive the Christ Consciousness. If this was the case, the real Jesus who lived on this earth knew nothing of it. Listen to the words of Jesus Christ as He spoke to His disciples:

  "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. Thus it was written, and thus it was necessary for, "THE CHRIST", to suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and that the repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem."

  Before Jesus was crucified, He asked His disciples this question: "Who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are THE CHRIST, the Son of the Living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven."

  Thus Jesus openly accepted this acknowledgment and personally testified that He was THE Christ, not A Christ, but THE Christ. This fact alone may not convince you that this movement is guided by the spirit of antichrist, but there is ample evidence available which would support this. For example, Alice Bailey in her book, "The Rays and the Initiations" calls 666 a sacred number and shows how to use occult numerology to calculate it. In "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire" she said that, "666 holds the mystery hid of one of the three heavenly men." The "Keys of Enoch," a standard in New Age reading, instructs the reader to use the numerical sequence 6-6-6 as frequently as possible. Movies such as "The Exorcist" and "The Omen" have introduced many to the concept of the Antichrist (or, "the beast") and his identifying number, 666. The meaning of the number and its origin is found in the New Testament book of Revelation of Jesus Christ:

  Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding count the number of the beast (Antichrist); for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six."

  If you are still skeptical about who the true mastermind and guiding force behind the New Age Movement is, let's pursue another area of New Age doctrine. As previously noted, David Spangler, in speaking of "the Luciferic initiation," states that a person must have such an initiation experience in order to enter into the New Age and that, indeed, "it is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing." There is only one historically reliable and enduring source where the true identity of Lucifer may be found, and that is in the Bible. In the Bible, the book of Isaiah, Lucifer is identified as a great angel who thought to exalt himself above the Most High God, and for that he was banished from heaven and came to be called Satan. Again, if you are skeptical concerning the Bible's description of Lucifer, you will find in Anton Le Vey's Satanic Bible a list of "infernal names" for Satan. This list includes Kali, Lilith, Pan, Shiva, and Lucifer.

  In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chapter thirteen, is found the following passage:

  "And he causes all, small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead; and that no man might buy or sell, except he who has the mark, or the name of the beast or the number of his name."

  It is very probable that the above scripture accurately portrays the final visible manifestation of Spangler's "Luciferic Initiation." When you add together the propagation of the number 666, the acceptance and worship of Lucifer (who is Satan), and the requirement of a Luciferic initiation to enter the New Age, we see all the ingredients for the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy concerning the reign and terror of Satan through the world ruler Antichrist. Diabolically, as we have previewed, Antichrist will not at first appear in this manner, but as a great benevolent spokesman with the solutions to the world's problems, deceiving many into pledging their support to him and his program.

  Then, when it is too late for the followers of Antichrist, Satan will show his contempt and hatred for the human race and will release his wrath upon all mankind, and, in so doing will also be playing a part in carrying out God's own judgment and wrath upon those "who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" and who "exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."

  If you haven't already, NOW is the time to give your life to Jesus Christ without hesitation, and to receive Him as your Lord and Savior; for the time could soon arrive when you will face a Luciferic initiation, and it will cost you your life to refuse it, but cost you your soul to receive it. But praise be to God that to all those who have received THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is given the promise:

  For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."

  (1) Newspaper advertisement on April 25, 1982. (2) As quoted in Constance Cumbey's "The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow," p. 139

  (For an in depth study and documentation of the New Age Movement, read "The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow" by Constance Cumbey, Huntington House, Inc. Other excellent books for study and documentation are: "Occult Shock and Psychic Forces" By Clifford Wilson and John Weldon, Master Books (San Diego, Ca.); "Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust- The New Age Movement in Prophecy" by Dave Hunt, Harvest House Publishers (Eugene, Oregon); "The Seduction of Christianity" by Dave Hunt, Harvest House Publishers.)

  Computers for Christ



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