Some Comparisons of Christianity to New Age Philosphy
Some Comparisons of Christianity to New Age Philosophy
Christianity has several things that set it apart from the New Age Philosophy. First: Having a belief in just one God, is the primary difference. Monotheism, is the formal term given to this concept of belief in only one God.
However while the concept of only one Godhead is a basic belief, there are three distinct persons in the Godhead. These persons are, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Each person of the Godhead has His own function. The first person of the Godhead is God the Father, who is what you might think of as the "boss". He established the rules that man was to live by to maintain a proper relationship with Him. The second person of this Godhead is Jesus Christ. He is also known as, Savior, Counselor, the Prince of Peace, and more. He was able to meet the requirement established by God the Father that is needed in order to maintain a proper relationship with Him. A third person of the Godhead is the Holy Spirit. He is also known as The Comforter. This completes the God-Head also known as the, "Three in One."
There are also some other important doctrines that make Christianity unique as compared to the New Age Philosophy. For example: there is the doctrine of "original sin". What is being dealt with in this doctrine is the sin committed by Adam, which can be explained the book of Genesis. It was this sin that broke the proper relationship with God. (By the way, "sin" is not as complicated as sometimes explained. In the Greek, it means, "missing the mark." The term is referring to an archer who aims at a target, but his arrow misses the target.)
But, back to the matter of original sin. Even though the sin of Adam has been passed onto all of us, and has broken the proper relationship with God, there is nothing to fear. Enter the second person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ. Here starts another important doctrine of Christianity. This doctrine is the Doctrine of Salvation. Based on this doctrine the only way to re-establish the broken relationship with God is through Christ. How does this work? God, the Father, had set certain laws and regulations, which can be found throughout the Old Testament. (The most familiar are the Ten Commandments.) However, humans were not able to keep these laws and regulations, so God provided a method for us humans to get to heaven since we humans can't keep requirements in the law. He sent His son, the second person of the Godhead. Christ was able to fulfill the laws and regulations God the Father wanted. (Note: Christ fulfilled the laws - He did not replace them.) As a result of Christ's ability to meet God's requirements, this proper relationship with God can be established again.
Another factor to remember is that while God supplies the grace; we humans must supply the faith for this concept of salvation to work.
This subject of salvation is written in various books of the Bible, but in this author's personal opinion, the book of Romans in the New Testament, explains it best, especially Romans chapter 3, verses 3 through 28.
The third doctrine is that of Baptism. While not a requirement of salvation, baptism is important. Methods of baptism are many, but the meaning is not "many". It is a matter of a person giving an outer, visible testimony to an inner decision that he/she has accepted Christ as personal Savior and has died to sin. Also symbolized is the promise of the resurrection as a person who is being baptized is raised to a new life.
While there are a lot more doctrines in Christianity, these are three of the basic doctrines, in this writer's opinion. These doctrines are very important when comparing Christianity with the New Age Philosophy. The reason for choosing these three doctrines is because they are just the opposite of what is taught by the New Age Philosophy.
Here is some of the New Age Philosophy. First: There is no God. Instead, New Age Philosophy states that we are all gods. Some even go so far as to state that this whole life experience is not really happing, it is just our imagination. Second: Since there is no such thing as, "sin", a doctrine of sin and salvation are not needed.
Since, according to the New Age Philosophy, there is no sin, there is no need for a means of salvation.
A third point of this philosophy is that of reincarnation. (One "factoid" on a major TV network, said that up to 20% of Americans believe in reincarnation.) Reincarnation, to New Age Philosophy, is simply the idea that a person becomes progressively into new lives at a higher level than before until he/she reaches to ultimate life, which is that of a god. How fast a person makes it to this god form will depend on the behavior of the previous life.
Carried to a logical conclusion; a God, Savior, Holy Spirit and sin do not enter into the philosophy of the New Age beliefs.
While it calls itself, New Age, on closer evaluation, it is revealed that it is just a mixture of some old religions. Even Gnosticism is part of the New Age Philosophy. In one sentence, here is what the Gnostic believes - "all matter is evil" and only intelligence matters. The Apostle Paul had his problems with the Gnostics. As a result of this way of thinking, the Gnostics were not capable of sinning. Besides Gnosticism another practice of the New Age believers, which has been adopted from
some of the Eastern religions are that of channeling. Channeling is a process by which a person allows a departed spirit to speak through them.
Danger? The greatest danger of the New Age Philosophy is what it is dong to damage the current church. For example: look at a hymnbook from the 1940's and compare it to a current church hymnal. Notice a subtle difference? How many hymns refer to the blood of Christ in the "old hymnal"? How many in the current hymnal refer to the blood of Christ? Yet, according to what the Bible states there must be shed blood for their to be salvation. Christ did this! (Read about this in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 26 verses 28.)