Did you read “A Story of Good and Evil” in this section of my website? Here’s where it comes into play.
With Christianity dismissed as an outdated and intolerant religion, people are developing their own belief systems. Generally, these systems are based on two criteria:
1. What do I like?
2. What works for me?
Many people are syncretistic, picking and choosing what appeals to them from many different faiths, including Christianity, to fashion for themselves their own brand of religion. No matter what you choose to believe in, you can’t lose. All paths lead to God in the end anyway because–when you come right down to it–we are God!
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s the oldest lie in the world, the original lie of Satan to Eve in the Garden. He convinced her that if she ate of the forbidden fruit she wouldn’t die as God had warned; instead, “…God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). In effect, Satan told Eve to become her own god.
This kind of thinking is none other than New Age mysticism. Today, many commentators on cultural issues agree that New Age is the dominant belief system in America. It’s showing up everywhere, even in our churches. Some Christians are attempting to merge the practices and beliefs of Eastern religions with the Christian faith. For instance, some who place their faith in Christ also believe in reincarnation, or practice the Hindu disciplines of yoga and meditation, or follow enough of the Buddhist faith to call themselves Zen Christians.
Can Christians be deceived? Yes. Especially when something looks good. “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth, and will wander into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
For more information, I recommend:
“Unmasking the New Age,” by Douglas Groothuis
“A Time of Departing,” by Ray Yungen
“For Many Shall Come in My Name,” by Ray Yungen
“They All Can’t Be Right: Do All Spiritual Paths Lead to God?” by Steve Russo
www.christiananswersforthenewage.org the ministry website of Marcia Montenegro, former New Age practitioner, author of “Spellbound”
www.watchman.org Watchman Fellowship: A Ministry of Christian Discernment
www.onetruthministries.com – the ministry website of Brian Flynn, former New Age practitioner, author of “Running Against the Wind”