Do these modes of belief and thought represent THE truth?
For those who were not raised in a faith-based family or became disenchanted with traditional religion or were influenced into agnosticism, atheism, anti-theism and evolution by our education system any number of cults or the new age movement may appeal to them as a new form of enlightenment. Some folks while claiming to be Christian also dab in cultic practices and belief. One thing all cults have in common is a variant point of view on the person of Jesus as described in the Bible. This does not include Judaism since Christians and Jews claim the same book as Holy Writ but differ in its interpretation. Below are some of the cult’s views on Jesus.
Christian Science: Jesus is a pleasant idea; Unification Church: Jesus failed in his mission; Bahai: Jesus is one of 9 great world manifestations; Unitarians: Jesus a good man mistakenly deified; Spiritists: Jesus an advanced medium in the 6th sphere in the astrological projection; Rosicrucians: Jesus is a manifestation of cosmic consciousness; Transcendental Meditation: Jesus an enlightened guru who never suffered or died for anyone; Islam: Jesus is an Islamic prophet who was not crucified but will return at the end of time to destroy Christianity; Ahmadiyya Movement: Jesus was not killed on the cross. He revived and died in India; Mormons believe Jesus is the brother of Lucifer and Witnesses believe that Jesus is really Michael the Archangel.
The New Age Movement combines Secular Humanism, Eastern Mysticism and the Occult. New Agers believe we’ve evolved from animals, people are basically good, we are all part of the impersonal cosmos and we can tap into cosmic forces through Channeling, Spirit guides, Astrology and Crystals.
Many people routinely become religious concerning reading their horoscope. This is called astrology where they put their trust in the cosmos rather than the creator of the cosmos. Astrology is an entirely separate aspect of paganism that is very different from Satanism. TM, Eckankar, psychotropic drug use and other New Age mind-emptying rituals can provide an easy opening for demonic possession, but they are not Satanist — they are just foolishly agnostic. Yoga is Hindu in origin, was later picked up by Buddhism, and is now practiced as a “health discipline.” In its modern Western form, it is more like a physically active version of TM than a religion. Again, the hazard here is not that it is Satanic, but that it is mind-emptying, creating an opening that Satan can and will exploit.
How then does the Bible respond to these contemporary challenges?
1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, believe NOT every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Only in God’s holy Word the Bible are future heresies predicted and in these predictions we are warned in God’s word what they will look like and told how to avoid them. New Agers and Cults merge atheistic thought with mysticism and the occult. They create an alternate Jesus and tend to gravitate away from biblical absolutes. They resist giving the God of Heaven Lordship over their lives but rather give control to a persuasive individual or organization.