Not everyone who wears a cross is a Christian. Likewise, not everyone who owns a crystal is a New Ager. To accurately identify New Agers we must move beyond superficial symbols such as crystals, unicorns, and rainbows to identify their beliefs and practices.
First, New Agers hold to pantheistic monism. In their view, God is all, all is God, and all is one. They believe that the universe operates under the law of karma and its corollary, the doctrine of reincarnation.
The goal of New Agers is to spiritually evolve and tap into their human potential through the help of “ascended masters” or spirit guides. To attain such enlightenment New Agers engage in occult practices such as astrology, magic, psychic healing, out-of-body experiences, and meditation. In New Age meditation, for example, the goal is to stamp out the self-and to become one with the impersonal cosmic consciousness of the universe. In sharp contrast, biblical meditation seeks to center one’s self on the personal Creator of the universe-and does so through a singular focus on Scripture (Joshua 1:8).
Finally, New Agers share the vision of a coming “age of Aquarius” that is marked by global peace, prosperity, and planetary transformation. Their ultimate goal is encapsulated is such catchphrases as “global village” and “planetary consciousness.” Far from being a monolith, however, the New Age movement is a multi faced amorphous network of organizations such as Planetary Initiative for the World, Divine Light Mission, and Self-Realization Fellowship, loosely linked yet autonomous.
“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.” – Deuteronomy 18:9-13
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