In my usual day, I rarely come into contact with the “new age” belief structures. For those of you who are like me, this might need a moment of explanation. New age belief structures praise the natural things. By natural things I mean everything that man can see, hear, touch, taste, smell and consider. There is a powerful pull to follow after their ways because what they worship is larger than any individual man. Not to mention that the evil of man has corrupted the natural world by his wickedness. So, not only does their object of worship have a larger place than man, it also has an enemy that they can identify.
But there is One who is higher. In the new age religion peace among all men and nature is the objective. Tolerance is the vehicle of their objective. And wickedness is only something we can correct on our own. There are many things to say against the religion of this age. But these three are enough to build a case against the worship of the created.
Peace among men is a useless desire. We want peace from a selfish point of view. We want peace because we want to pursue our own interests. And though we cloak our desire for peace by saying that we want peace for all men, we are not addressing the peace of God in our search and work. Peace cannot be accomplished by selfishness. They are at odds with each other and will never produce eternal peace. I want what is right for me. But by wanting that peace which is right for me, I consume, or take away, from someone else something they want. Given full rein, this work of establishing peace will only end in a war over something trivial.
Tolerance cannot be the vehicle to that which is pure. We tolerate everyone regardless of their actions, thoughts, desires, and ability. But we cannot do that in order to establish purity and eternal happiness. For in the toleration of many things we are upholding sin. Wickedness is sin. And there is no wickedness or sin which will remain eternally. Those who willingly accept this idea that tolerance will produce eternal peace are fooled. And those people are only willing to accept something less that perfection.
Many stories which come from these people portray an age where everyone gets along. Even though their dreams depend on technology to bolster their manufactured peace, they don’t see that this is not the way into eternity. They don’t desire to be rid of their weakness, they support or hide it by use of their own hands. They imagine that they can invent a machine which can transform a criminal’s mind into a righteous man’s mind. What they believe is false. It will never happen. They are trying to create what God has said cannot be. All men are corrupt and are in need of a transformation that can only come from God.
And finally, the only great success this new age belief accomplishes is that they rid themselves of an awareness of God and His Holy demands of all men. He has created us. It is not the other way around. They worship what He has created as though it is worthy of eternity. But God says this place of testing will one day be rolled up like a scroll to make way for the eternal. To you who practise this new age religion in it’s many forms I have this to say to you. You can do anything you wish for now. You can believe and say that anything is true. It’s been given to you to pursue any lie you want for now.
But you make one grave mistake. You mistake this life you now live as an end to itself. God has given this life in this place as a testing ground. He is watching and will judge every action and thought of the heart. A day is coming when what we see will be evaporated. Right now you look at what is created, even your children, and see something “good”. You balk at my words of warning and say to yourself, “It is not right to think of destruction of all this around us”. You look at yourself as special and worthy of God’s approval. But you have not sought the One who made you. Rather, you turn to the work of your own hands to supply what you call holy. You have no idea at all of the Holiness of the One who made you.
Even Christians are tempted to fall into your belief. Yet it is He who corrects our understanding and continually urges us to submit to His Holiness. In that way we do not worship what is created and keep our focus on Him. He is willing to teach all men how to worship and follow Him. But you must lay down your own religion. If you earnestly seek Him you will find Him. But if, along the path of your search, you settle for something built by man you will stumble.
Jesus is His name. You will find the account of Him in the Bible. From the first page to the last, Jesus is the name. Anything less will not survive what is coming from the Most High God.
By His Grace.