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APOLOGETICS & CULTS

NEW AGE MOVEMENT

Jacob Thomas, Pathanamthitta 

 

 

6. What is Channeling and using of crystals?

 

A new wave of spiritism is sweeping all over the world since mid-nineteenth century. The word spiritism refers to the practice of attempting communication with the departed human or extra human mediums. The contemporary eruption of spiritism is called the “channeling” movement. Channeling is a New Age practice. It is a spirit possession where a “human channel” or medium relinquishes his mind/body to an invading spirit who then possesses and controls that person for its purposes; usually as a mouth piece to give the spirits’ own teachings. Robertson, explains more about this.

Communicating with extraterrestrial entities appears to be one of the major activities of New Age followers. The channels, or channelers, are the mediums by which these extraterrestrial spirit guides are contacted. The process approximates that of the mediums of historical spiritism. “The channeler yields control of his/her perceptual and cognitive capacities to a spiritual entity with the intent of receiving paranormal information.” The extraterrestrial entities, or spirit-guides, are currently discarnate souls who have, for the most part, lived many lives. Presumably having attained enlightenment, they choose to be bodiless now in order to minister to those in the body. They are not unlike the bodhisattvas of Buddhism. These, having reached enlightenment, choose not to enter nirvana, but return to earth in order to help souls who are still on the wheel of karma. (Robertsdon pp.145-146).

There are series of channelers such as those who are on full flow in the western world as Robertson shows:

A Time magazine cover story, "New Age Harmonies" (December 7, 1987), suggests that "probably the most celebrated of all current channelers is J. Z. Knight, a handsome ex-housewife in Yelm, Washington, who has performed for thousands at a price of $150 each per session. She speaks for Ramtha, a 35,000 year old warrior who reports that he once lived on Atlantis. He has dictated a book, I Am Ramtha, which was published by Beyond Words Publishing."" (The name Ramtha apparently embodies a claim that this entity was, in a previous incarnation, none other than the god Ram, or Rama. Ram was, in Hinduism, one of the incarnations of Vishnu.) This entity was featured on the Merv Griffin Show in October of 1985. When asked, 'what is your most important message that you want everyone on this planet to hear?" Ramtha answered through his channeler, "What is termed God is within your being-and that which is called Christ is within your being. And when you know that you are God, you will find joy."

Seth Speaks is a "complete book by the Personality who has dictated over 6,000 pages on the universe beyond the five senses.,," Seth is the extraterrestrial entity, Jane Roberts the channeler. As he (it) dictates, the first chapter is entitled I Do Not Have a Physical Body, Yet I Am Writing This Book. In the introduction, Jane Roberts writes that her psychic initiation began as she was writing poetry one evening in 1963. Suddenly her consciousness left her body; "on return" she discovered that her hands had produced an automatic script.

There are many types of channeling. Although all channeling involves communications to humans from a non human source through a human medium, the manner in which the communication take place can vary. In certain cases the "messenger" is quite aware and in full control of the message. There are believed to be some channeling done in cases in which the spirit is thought to bypass the medium's mind and communicate through direct control of his or her body. Automatic writings, the Ouija board, and the use of pendulums fall in this group (The Urantia Book). Another category is known as Light-trance channels. At the time of channeling also they are partially conscious. In the case of deep and full trance channels, their experience is compared with the sleep in which they have no consciousness. Their voices changes and personalities change. In this case their consciousness is fully vacated.

 

New Agers believe that impersonal exists as an energy that is vibrating everywhere in the universe. This energy can be absorbed in an object. Usually crystals are used that vibrate in harmony with God. New Agers believe that focusing and directing of crystal energy can be used for various purposes such as psychic healing, contacting the spirits, developing higher consciousness and other psychic powers.

 

The Word of God warns that following the spirit guides is the source of defilement Leviticus 19:31, God has forbidden the children of Israel for it is an abomination unto the Lord. They seek after the dead ones who whisper Isaiah 8:19. The Bible warns against these philosophies, empty deceitful traditions of men Colossians 2:8, 18.

 

7. Why are the nonreligious people embracing NAM? (Scientists, atheists, rationalists, etc.)

 

                  It is true that various nonreligious people are also attracted towards New Age Movement. One reason is that man is created in the image of God, and he is a spiritual being (Genesis 1:27; Ecclesiastes 3:11). To give the meaning for life they require some kind of spiritual reality. Scientists agree that they cannot find the meaning of life purely in the material science; they are not satisfied with Christianity. New Age Movement offers them some interesting "revelations" which they can easily digest. The most delightful side of the NAM that charms the scientist is the idea that there is "divine potential" within man. While embracing the New Age Movement, they have integrated science with NAM ideals; in the process they have distorted science and made it a religion. For example, some leading scientists now state that because of their conversion to the NAM, they changed their mind as to the nature of the universe. What they once believed as real is now seen as an illusion. What they used to think was an illusion is seen as reality.

            But what reality did they find in NAM? What connection has science with primitive pagan ideas reinvented by some Eastern gurus? No real answer can be found for these questions. What is really happening is that the God-rejecting world has joined hands to stand against the transcendent God and his revealed truths Romans 1:18-23.

 

8. Why the New Agers are antagonistic to Christianity?

 

Many members from the nominal Christian backgrounds and liberal Christians seek to combine Christianity with New Age Movement. But from the beginning onwards there are some Christians even though few in number who stood vehemently against such kind of unholy compromise. These true Christians are not carried away by tempest generated by NAM. These Christians pledge to follow the Scripture and Scripture alone. Although not all the New Agers are openly hostile to Christian faith, many of the New Agers realize that Christian faith is a formidable barrier to New Age views. Christian faith always stood against pantheism, deity of man, spiritual evolution and salvation by personal merit. Christian teachings can never compromise with new age ideas. So the leaders of New Age Movement realize that the Christian God is harmful to their interest. For this reason they labeled Christianity as an "enemy" of mankind.

 

9. What should be done to withstand the New Age Movement?

 

The Church needs to have a higher degree of commitment to Christ as the Lord in every area of life, to studying and living the Bible teachings and to learning apologetics (Christian evidences). We need to heed the warning of Scripture against the friendship with the world. James 4:4.

As a Christian, first we have to be informed about the New Age Movement; that means we need to know their false teachings and devices that enslave the human mind. The second thing is that one has to fortify himself by sanctifying Christ in his heart I Peter 3:15, then earnestly contending for the faith Jude 3. The Bible admonishes us to test every spirit I John 4:1. Thirdly we are to effectively prepare for spiritual warfare Ephesians 6:10, for the Word of God is the two-edged sword Hebrews 4:12. Another significant step we can take is to encourage preachers and Christian leaders to powerfully preach on these issues from the Bible.

 

There is a need for effective rehabilitation of our friends who are already brainwashed by the New Age leaders. First of all we need to realize that we are not simply dealing with man's philosophies which can be encountered with mere arguments. In reality we     are dealing with satanic deception that requires prayer, patience and the use of the Word of God. These false philosophies and practices have the devils power behind it, which cannot be defeated by human means alone James 5:16. We should have patience and courage to deal with these people Joshua II Timothy 2:24-26. Another factor necessary is love for others to respect the people that disagree with us.

 

 

 
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