Thursday, June 23, 2016

Entry #14 in The New Age Series - Special Entry

This is an unplanned entry in our series that I thought I'd include.  A Facebook post I saw recently  included a prayer request for healing from health issues.  I had suspected for a long time that this person is into the New Age, but the comments from the friends pretty much confirmed it.  I know that everything said on Facebook doesn't necessarily reveal the type person the comment is directed to, but I think you will agree that we generally tend to associate with more people who are like-minded than not.  I thought you might be interested in what people said to the person in response to the prayer request.  This is by far not all of them, but it's enough to give you an idea how far away from Jesus Christ people really are.

"Sending you healing energy and light."

"I am sending prayers and reiki for you (sic) healing and highest good.  Blessings."

"Seeing you filled with helping healing energy."

"Seeing you in healing, peace filled moments.  Love you!"

"Sending you love and healing energy."

"Love and light to you."

"Positivity and love surrounds you, sending good vibrations straight on over!"

"Sending healing thoughts and light your way."

"...sending much love and will pray a novena for you..."

"Prayers for you.  Sending white light."

"...I see you healthy and whole!"

"Sending healing energy to you..."

""Healing Light Blessings"  (This one was superimposed on a pink lotus flower, a symbol of Hindu beliefs.)

"I am knowing your wholeness in all ways and ease and comfort now."

"Done and done.  Don't know why, but the light I was instructed to send you is a beautiful bright, limey, spring green.  Much love!"

"...The universe will help.  Keep your hands and your heart open."

"I go to the Source.  I accept this purging.  I am the vibrant light to restore health."

"Sending prayers n love your way.!!!  God we ask that whatever is trying to attack your child that you heal and send the infection and all of its problems back to the pit of hell where's they came from.  Father God we ask for healing and strength in ... body mind and faith.  Your words say where two or three touch and agree,father we are all touching and agreeing that no weapon formed shall prosper.  God you said any thing we ask in your name so God we praise you and give you all the thanks and glory.  We claim victory right now in Jesus name.  Amen."  (There were a number of typos here that I did not correct, but you get the message.  This was one of the very few redeeming comments.)

"Sending bacterial balance and ease of flow so that your body can rejuvenate..."

"Oh no!  Visualizing destroying the infection.  Sending you love and healing energy."

Some of this you may not think is so "off," but please understand that when the New Age folks speak of "energy," it isn't in the same way that others do.  We think of energy as being pep, vigor, ability to plod through a project without pooping out.  We say, "That kid has so much energy I can't keep up with him!"  We think of energy as having stamina to finish working in our garden or cleaning our house or painting a room or just getting through a work day.  Their idea of energy is something from within.  A force.  So when they say they're sending someone energy, it's like they're sending them "a thing."  Maybe some sort of a spirit?

Which makes sense when you pair it with the comments from people sending "reiki."  You'll remember our discussion on reiki from Entry #12 when we discussed The Daniel Plan and Dr. Oz.    Here's a little more.  According to one internet definition, reiki is:

a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

Channel?  Energy?  This sounds very New Age, doesn't it?

Here is a website from an M.D. with his comments on Reiki.

He calls it nonsense.  I call it witchcraft.

You'll notice that one comment says they were "instructed" to send a light that was green.  Instructed by whom?  I have never read or heard of Jesus Christ instructing us to send light.  HE is the light.

Also, people in the New Age are taught to visualize or "see" things.  You'll notice that several of the commenters said they were visualizing things for this person.  This is not a Christian practice and therefore not found in the Bible.

You'll notice that one person mentioned that "the universe" will help.  The New Age followers believe that all of the universe is "God."  (He created it, but He isn't it.)  Remember?  They believe that God is "in" everything.

You'll notice that one person was praying a "novena."  That is a Catholic practice (also practiced by a few other Christian denominations.) so it depends on how you feel about those.  It is a prayer prayed for someone for nine days.  I guess it would depend on what the person is praying as to whether that's a good thing or not.

In light of our New Age postings over the past months, I thought this was a timely occurrence and wanted to share it with you.  I mention no names or places and even refrained from revealing whether this person is a male or female.  My intent is not to embarrass this person but to let people know that the New Age is real and is going on today.  Please...let's pray for this person, really ALL of these New Age people, that they will discover the real God who created the universe and His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, and His Holy Spirit who empowers and guides us once we become Christians through the blood of Jesus as we accept Him and His sacrifice for us.  May God draw all these people to a forever relationship with Him!  Amen!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Entry #13 in The New Age Series

Let’s look at what appears to be a New Ager’s bible. It’s called “A Course in Miracles,” written from 1965 to 1972 by Dr. Helen Schucman, with help from William Thetford.

“A Course in Miracles” (ACIM) is a daily self-help study guide with practices of the lesson taught on that particular day. They seem to believe that they were scribes for Jesus Christ, that He delivered this to them. I’ll give you a couple of examples of their daily teaching and you can decide if Jesus Christ spoke to them.

Lesson 10 says, “My thoughts do not mean anything.” Without going into the practice sessions for that day, let's remember that Jesus has plenty to say about our thoughts. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, He says that we are to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Him. In Philippians 4:8, He says that if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, we are to think on those things. So…our thoughts mean something to Jesus Christ. The real Jesus Christ. The New Age Jesus is interested in CONTROLLING your thoughts.

Lesson 29 starts off by saying, “God is in everything I see.” According to what we’ve already learned, this is cause for concern without even reading further as we learned earlier that God is not IN everything or everyone. Jesus Christ is in every Christian but not in everyone and certainly God is not in everything. Let’s take a look at the practice for this lesson.

The readers are instructed to make a random list of objects they see around them and apply it to today’s lesson, “God is in everything I see.” Their sample list is:

God is in this coat hanger.
God is in this magazine.
God is in this finger.
God is in this lamp.
God is in that body.
God is in that door.
God is in that waste basket.

(Are your eyes bugging out yet?)

They are to do six 2-minute practice periods a day of reciting this list and also repeat it at least once an hour, “looking slowly about you as you say the words unhurriedly to yourself. At least once or twice, you should experience a sense of
restfulness as you do this.”

Does this sound like Jesus Christ to you?

We’ll expound on this next time. In the meantime, you can go here to read some of it for yourself. The whole book is online. 

Stay tuned!