This is a brief list of some New Age traps that are meant to deceive and sway a believer off the Way of Christ.
1. Ascension/Ascension symptoms – New Agers feel that there is a dimensional change going on and that the planet is entering into a new phase of existence, into a new dimension. They feel that those that are receiving the higher frequency positive light energy of the universe are in tune to this change and thus they are undergoing a series of physical symptoms that is causing them pain and discomfort – as the earth is evolving into the next dimension. Some new agers feel that the ones who are ‘ascending’ into higher dimensions are to live on another earth that is being born out of the old, while other new agers feel that those who will have ascended to a higher dimensional state will be living on the same planet with those that are too toxic to ascend yet. But they will be experiencing another reality, having gone past the third dimensional mode of existence. (Just do a brief internet search on ascension symptoms to see what is happening with so many people).
Note the twisting of Christian doctrine and the deceitful message : First of all they are using the term ‘ascension’ to describe the changes in their energy bodies. This creates the subliminal connection with the Biblical meaning of ascension .
Christ ascended, and His message of Salvation states that those that believe in Christ and that have repented and been saved will ascend into heaven.
The new age message takes Christ out of the picture – the salvation of the individual out of the toxic three dimensional dualistic world takes place from believing that you are one with the universe, and that having received the cosmic energy of the universe you can cleanse, harmonize and resonate with the cosmic vibrations to a higher tune, to the next higher dimension.
Those that are too toxic, according to new agers, can not ascend into this new earth as they are not vibrating at the higher frequencies. This is the twisted parallel concept mirroring the Christian belief that those who do not repent and live their lives in Christ can not go into heaven.
The ascension symptoms that new agers suffer from during their ascension process are the opposite counterparts of the pain and anguish that believers in Christ go through when they laboriously follow the doctrine of Christ on earth. As Christ suffered beyond measure for us here on earth, we also must suffer if we are to follow on His path. For to follow Christ’s doctrine means to cleanse the body of addictions, to let go of many of our dependencies and life styles. Following Christ’s doctrine also means enduring the pain and suffering of ” not belonging”, having to live among, yet apart, from others in the same society who don’t understand, don’t believe and thus mock , hate and persecute.
New agers don’t have those spiritual struggles, but they perceive physical symptoms in their “ascension struggle”. They believe that they experience physical disorders as their energy bodies change to accommodate their new higher cosmic frequencies. What they don’t realize is that those symptoms that they experience are merely symptoms of spiritual corruption that have manifested physically. Christ leads the way for any spiritual growth. If you seek to ascend spiritually through any other means – through cosmic energy and light energy, etc.. – then you are “ascending” into the unseen world of the dominions and principalities of the dark.
Jesus guides us, who believe in Him, through the unseen worlds, and safely delivers us into His kingdom, where He sits on the throne at the right hand of the Father.
Any other travels into the unseen realms means traveling alone into the realms of Satan.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:11 -13 NIV)
Note the parallels and how the new age movement twisted certain Christian principles in their idea of ascension :
A. Ascension. Christ ascended and we, His children who believe in Him and live according to his teachings and have repented, will ascend to heaven when He takes us there. The new agers believe that they all ascend, energetically, and they do not enter heaven but “another higher dimension” . And this happens during their lifetime, not after their death. They are not led there by Christ, but from their own reception of higher frequencies from the cosmos. So they want to attain a ‘heaven on earth’ scenario without Christ – via spiritual growth through higher cosmic energy that is pouring in from the universe.
B. Pain and Suffering. All Christians know that it is a narrow path and a narrow gate that leads us to heaven. There is much pain and suffering in order to get there. It is intense spiritual growth and suffering that marks the lifetime of a Christian believer on earth. The new age followers have accepted a deliberate twisting of this concept.
In their “cosmic ascension” they too must suffer. And they all assume these incredible discomforts and ailments- unexplainable pain, visual disturbances, and other symptoms which they must endure as their bodies try to accomodate the higher frequencies (the dark parallel to our spiritual growth in Christ) so they can ascend into life in a higher dimension (the dark parallel of heaven). New agers don’t really know when they “get there”, they seek to arrive to this higher state while they are alive, not after they are dead. This “higher dimensional existence” is a type of heaven on earth concept where veils part and they see and hear things previously unseen and unheard. This is certainly a dark and twisted parallel to the concept of arriving to heaven. They have moved heaven to earth, and have made it accessible not through Christ, but through unexplainable cosmic frequencies.
2. Christ Consciousness and Enlightened Expanded Consciousness. This is another area where the new agers believe a twisted and corrupted version of the truth. They believe that we all have a Christ self within us. That we can all be Christ-like individuals, as the divine is a spark within us all. We are all capable of experiencing our Christ Consciousness – which is what liberates us from the less evolved human spiritual state.
They believe that we are all gods in our own right and can create our own reality. This is taught in very subtle ways. Think of the different books such as The Secret, and so many others that have peddled this concept in one way or another. Creating your own reality is a very new age concept. Being one with the universe is another one of their concepts.
We can not become “one with the universe” (which they also call expanded consciousness), because we are but a creation within the vast creation. There are two types of humans, those who can believe in Christ and humble themselves to realize that the human is not the creator. And there are those who exalt and worship the human. But how can the human be worshiped as a creator, exalted as being one with the cosmos? We can’t create a star, we can’t make a nebula, how can we assume to have Christ Consciousness if we are not creators?
The universe, the heavenly bodies and the energies that abound in it are so vast – they are incomprehensible to us. No matter how many NASAs we can have on earth, we will never know and understand the vast complexities of the universe. We have no idea if there is life there and what kind of life there is. We have no idea what resides in our very “space” here on this planet in unseen realms. How, then, can we become “one” with the universe when we don’t know what we are ‘taking into our consciousness” by doing this?
We were created to reside within the universe, in a tiny speck of God’s immense, perfect and infinite creation. And its obvious that we were not meant to venture out beyond this planet, so how can we claim to be of one expansive consciousness with the universe, taking in all that is there, if it is ‘forbidden territory’?
Having a Christ consciousness is a new age concept that has twisted the Christian premise of having the Holy Ghost reside within us. The expanded consciousness and heightened awareness is the corrupted version of the Christian experience of a born again Christian who lives their life with the Holy Ghost in their heart – a truly different experience than life without the Spirit.
3. Meditation/Yoga. The most dangerous thing about these practices is the contemplative, blank , still state that is created. No matter what kind of bliss and serenity they claim to achieve, the truth of the matter is quite dark. When one is in that state, they are prey to demonic forces.
The constant repetitive chanting of Om or whatever other mantra creates an altered state of consciousness. This altered state, just like any other altered state of being such as that which arises from being drunk or from drug use corrupts our being. It puts us on some other earthly plateau which allows for demonic intervention. We don’t realize it but the threat is there.
This is why Christ warned us not to use repeated words as a mode of prayer. It induces an altered passive state. Prayer should be an active and alert communication.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. Peter 5:8-9 NIV
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Luke 21:33-35
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:7-8 KJV
4. Crystals. Crystals to cleanse, heal and alter conditions in the room/area are just forms of earth worship. When one does not have Christ in their life – or rather, when one doesn’t live their life in Christ, there is no source for healing and protection. So new agers have turned to the earth.
The earth is God’s creation. Within this creation God has provided us with our bounty, our daily bread in physical terms, and our pharmacy. However, we take these things with thanks to God, the Provider and the Creator of both us and the bounty/remedy. We do not worship the chamomile for its healing. New agers don’t realize that it is a form of worship when they attribute certain properties to crystals and gems. We worship God who has created us and we do not divert that worship to any other created item.
Those are some basic new age traps which everyone should be aware of. There is one more thing which is very unusual about the new agers. It seems that quite a few new agers get very critical, touchy and even hostile when you mention Christ and His teachings. They can not accept the truth as it is. Many new agers think that they are Christian even though they engage in all new age practices. They don’t realize that by engaging in these practices they abandon Christ’s teachings without realizing it.
There is a strong affinity among new agers with all things Buddhist and Hindu. There is also a strong affinity to the “ascended masters”. These are spirits that speak to them, advise them and guide them. It is the twisted and corrupted version of the angelic advice that is sent by God. Most new agers have quietly included Jesus as an ascended master, and have given Him other names as well (sananda, michael…).
Many new agers believe very strongly in aliens and their presence here, and that they are good and they will save us. New agers feel that they are the good guys, doing good deeds, breathing in love and peace. And they wanted to be saved from the dark – but all in a Christ- less world. Again, this is a twisting and perversion of the Second Coming.
In general, the biggest danger of the new age movement is their relationship with the unseen world. This includes messages from beings, “channeled messages” which are meant to direct and inform people. This is a twisted corruption of the prophesying declared by Christ. They also believe that archangels directly speak to them and give them messages about the world.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8 NKJV)
New agers feel that there movement is filled with light. They think that this is good, divine, cosmic light energy. They don’t realize that it is a guise of Lucifer. Lucifer means “the carrier of light”. But he is not light. He is darkness.
For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV)
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north; (Isaiah 14:11-13 NKJV)
Lucifer is the son of the morning – and he fell to his cursed state. He is not “the morning”‘ . There is only one morning. There is only one morning star. And that is Jesus Christ.
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelations 22 : 12-19 NKJV)
New age is a movement devised by satan to lead people away from the truth of Christ. It directs its believers to conform and commune with an unseen world, with unseen and unknown energies, with unknown entities. Very dangerous and demonic indeed.
I used to be a new ager. I was an energy practitioner. From first hand experience I can tell you that there is a tremendous unseen world about us and we really do not have any idea what lurks there. I know that Jesus saves us from this unseen world through His teachings. We are warned that the battle is with the unseen.
The unseen world reaches out to us in ways that are not blatant satan worshiping. It can reach out in seemingly innocent things or innocuousness.
New age works with the unseen. It professes light and love as a movement, but it sources all of its guidance and its healing/results from the unseen world. Cosmic energy and channeled messages can not be “seen” and “witnessed”. This movement is a movement of false light and false teachings. It is an illusion that is brilliantly put together from demonic inspiration to keep people under a light filled illusion, and far from the Truth.
Jesus Christ saved me. I saw and felt His absence from all of these “light filled” beliefs. Christ forgave me and saved me. I have been born again and was baptized in fire. I will always proclaim His Truth and His Way to Salvation.
Peace of the Lord be with us all.