What is a New Age vision of the future? (Part 2)

Let’s continue to examine the future according to various worldviews.  To New Agers, man is considered separated from God, not because of sin, but because of lack of understanding and knowledge concerning the true nature of reality—that all is God.

Because everyone has not yet grasped this, some New Agers believe a savior, or World Teacher, will appear to guide man to this status of godhood and the utopia that is sure to follow. Beyond global civilization, “it is also hoped that this leader will unite the world into a spiritual unity; that is, a one-world religion.” To New Age thought, this savior would be similar to spiritual gurus of the past like Jesus and Buddha. We need counselors who will direct us in our path to enlightenment. Yet some of these advisors have not only died, but have also taken the next step in evolution—they are spirits. This New Age concept is seen throughout films and television today.

In Lion King, Mufasa dies, but continues to counsel his son Simba through visions. Likewise for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars; his mentor, Obi Wan Kenobi, is killed, but returns at critical junctures of Luke’s life in order to advise him. Similarily, in the TV series Lost, appearances by deceased loved ones were critical in aiding the survivors of the airplane crash. The New Age worldview has a name for these departed advisors: they are spirit guides. Spirit guides are humans who once lived, were reincarnated through the years, but are now evolved spirits. Guiding man in the continual evolutionary journey to godhood, they have two ranks: upper and lower. The lower rank is known by a variety of names, including “Spirit Guide,” “Enlightened One,” and “Custodian of the Plan.” The upper rank is known as the “Ascended Masters of Wisdom,” which include, among others, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed. Contacted by meditation, as well as other occult practices, spirit guides speak through telepathy and visions. Their message is clear: man can become God, developing a “Christ-consciousness” since the universe is God. And their message is life-saving.

According to New Age, had it not been for these spirit guides, humanity would be gone. Gary Kah explains: “These Masters, they claim, penetrated the darkness, thereby preventing mankind from destroying himself. Jesus, they would have us believe, was one of many such great masters.” Examples of their planet-saving teachings are love, shown by Jesus, and enlightenment, given by Buddha. While Jesus is an Ascended Master, Buddha is placed in a superior position. An example of Jesus, as Ascended Master, bringing truth today is A Course in Miracles. Back in 1965, Columbia University professor Helen Schucman heard an “inner voice” stating, “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes.” For seven years “Jesus” gave spiritual dictation to this professor. Some of his New Age teachings were the following: “There is no sin” … God is in everything I see” …“Salvation comes from my one Self.” Sadly, this online course is heartily endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, and many have listened to her.

These spirit guides and their false teachings are examples of the warning in 1 Timothy 4:1. It states, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

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