The New Age Twist - Finding New Age Doctrine In The Bible
Because of the presupposition of the various New Age groups,
the Bible is used as an authoritative source only when it appears
to agree with the New Age philosophy. Despite the fact that neither the concepts of Karma, Reincarnation,
Communication with the Dead nor Man being God are set forth
in the Bible as Christian ideas, the New Age groups wrench
passages from their context, twist the meanings of these verses
and endeavor to prove that the Bible does, in fact, teach these
The following examples are from four different New Age organizations.
Each uses a different biblical passage to attempt to lend credibility
to their unscriptural interpretation.
Karen Howard, who writes for Intuitive Explorations states,
"Western belief in karma is a combination of many beliefs,
due in part to the melting-pot nature of our society. To use
the most familiar text, THE BIBLE, the following quotes are
offered for your consideration:
"`The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming
in from this time forth, and even forever more,' (Psalm
121:8) Going out or coming in from where?
"`Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap,' (Gal.
6:7)" (Vol. 2, No. 10, April 1989, p. 9).
Following Howard's article the editor of the magazine interjects,
"...my favorite Bible passage which I believe could speak
of Karma (is) `try to get reconciled with your accuser promptly,
while you are going on the road with him; for your accuser
might surrender you to the judge, and the judge would commit
you to the jailer, and you would be cast into prison. Truly
I say to you that you would never come out thence until you
had paid the last cent.' (Matthew 5:25-26).
"Might (just might) this be suggesting we should try to
right our wrongs and correct our errors in this lifetime
(while going on the road with) in order to prevent karmic debt/repayment?"
From a Christian perspective, the notion of sinful man ever
being able to correct his errors enough to pay the debt is
to deny the necessity of a savior. If man were capable of such a feat, there would have been no
need for Jesus to pay the price on the cross.
In the magazine produced by Benjamin Creme, proclaimer of the
Lord Maitreya, comes the discussion on this subject.
"Generally speaking people are unaware that there are definite
references in the New Testament that unequivocally imply reincarnation.
In fact many ask why... there is so little mention of it in
"One obvious answer is that the reality of reincarnation,
at least in the New Testament, was simply taken for granted...,"
(Share International, Special Information Issue 1986,
p. 19, Tara Center).
Jeanine Miller, author of the article continues with, "The
first sign of a `taking for granted' of the doctrine is found
in Matthew, 11:13-14; 16:13. Jesus is asking his disciples:
`Whom do men say that I, the son of man, am?'....
"That Jesus is actually asking the question shows he is
aware of the doctrine and considers it valid," (Ibid).
Not only is this passage cited as proof of reincarnation, but
so also is the passage concerning John the Baptist.
"So Elias, according to Jesus himself, came back to earth
in the personality of John the Baptist," (Ibid).
From a Christian perspective, the context of the passages demonstrate
that Jesus was not speaking of reincarnation, but rather revealing
His identity as the Messiah to His disciples. While other "men" said Jesus was one of the prophets,
it was Peter who was commended for his confession that Jesus
was the "Son of God."
In fact, the Bible categorically denies reincarnation when it
states, "And as it is appointed unto men once to
die, but after this the judgement," (Hebrews 9:27).
Communication With the Dead
In an interview, George Anderson, author of the book We Don't
Die, set forth several interesting twists on the scripture. Anderson is called a "passive receiver" or medium with
the ability to receive "...communications from the other
side," (Body Mind and Spirit, June 1989, p. 46).
A portion of the interview is as follows:
"Spirit: We were taught in Catholic school, though, that
we should stay away from mediums because they were in league
with the devil or at the very least, devilish spirits.
"Anderson: If people really want to believe that, I'm
not going to change their minds. A lot of fundamentalist Christians
cite the Book of Deuteronomy, where it states that it's wrong
to consult with the dead.
"Well, I'm not consulting with the dead, I'm not asking
them to advise me; I'm thinking for myself.
"This experience (of a reading) is the fulfillment of the
beatitude: `Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be
"I don't raise, conjure, summon or invoke the dead. I discern
them," (Ibid, p. 47).
From a Christian perspective, the Beatitude cited is not referring
to being comforted via an occult medium, but rather by the
goodness and mercies of God. Also, with reference to communication with the dead, on this
point the Bible is very clear.
"There shall not be found among you... an enchanter, or
a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits,
or a wizard, or a necromancer," (Deut. 18:10-11).
Nowhere does the passage say it is acceptable to "discern",
but inappropriate to "conjure, invoke, etc."
Men Are God
One of the most unique interpretations of a Biblical passage
has to be that of Leonard Orr's view on Exodus 20:3. This is
the first of the Ten Commandments which states, "Thou shall
have no other gods before me."
Orr explains, "First you have to define thou. Thou
is you. Then you have to define me. Me is you also.
God is Thou and me (otherwise there is more than one God).
Me is the God in everyone. God is the me in everyone.
"The me of you is the same as the me of me. The me of you
and the me of me are one and the same -- which is God. This
Commandment says I am God or You are God.
"Since it is you who is God, then you have to create God.
Man created God in his own image," (Rebirthing
In The New Age, p. 211).
From a Christian perspective very little needs to be said concerning
Orr's interpretation. Every Christian knows with out a lenghthy
discourse that Man is not God. Also, despite all the Realization
and Visualization, Man will never be God.
The New Age Movement, in its myriad of forms, continues its
deception by citing biblical passages, but with radically different
interpretations for those verses.
As with any cult, beware of the interpretation given by those
in the New Age to any verse of the Bible.