This just in: Morgan Freeman says that he is God. The first thing that may go through your mind is, “Oh my goodness, he must have gone crazy!” Not necessarily. To be honest, this is a typical New Age concept. In fact, according to New Age thought or Cosmic Humanism as it is referred to by some; you, me, and everything else are God as well. I don’t know how much you’ve looked into New Age Theology, but I thought with Mr. Freeman’s latest “revelation,” now might be a good time to share with you a little of what I’ve discovered.
I was sharing with a New Ager once, and I told him that I agreed with a lot of what he said, but that I had to go with Jesus’ words when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father except through me.” I went on to share with this man that Jesus is God come in the flesh. Without batting an eye, he responded, “Well yeah, we all are.”
If you are about the business of being a disciple of Jesus, you will no doubt come into contact with New Age(ism) in one form or another. I put together the following outline that will give you the skinny on New Age(ism)/ Cosmic Humanism. I pray this helps you to be better equipped to share the gospel with people caught up in this deception
New Age Theology and the Church
Whereas Christianity portrays God as sovereign creator of all that is, holy and entirely separate from all else, New Age theology is founded upon the idea that each individual as well as all of creation is in fact God. Although various elements of New Age thought has integrated itself into the modern church, the astute student of the word recognizes that such integration is to be avoided in that New Age theology is not compatible with orthodox Christianity.
I. New Age theology (Cosmic Humanism) forms the foundation for all other aspects of its worldview.
A. “The New Age movement differs from Christianity, Islam, and the secular worldviews in that it embraces neither theism nor atheism”.
B. “Cosmic Humanism begins by denying the preeminence of any purported special revelation over any other.”
C. “Cosmic Humanists believe that the Bible is no more the word of God than is the Qur’an, or the teachings of Confucius. New Age advocate David Spangler says, ‘We can take all the scriptures, and all the teachings, and all the tablets, and all the laws, and all the marshmallows and have a jolly good bonfire and marshmallow roast, because that is all they are worth.’”.
D. Christianity views the Bible as God’s revelation to man, as that which is “inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (II Tim. 3:16, 17)
II. New Age theology sees Jesus as just an example of the potential of all men.
A. In that the Cosmic Humanist views the Bible as just another book, the significance of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is nullified.
B. “The Cosmic Humanist sees Christ’s life as important only in the sense that it showed humanity to be capable of achieving perfection, even godhood.”
1. The significance of incarnation and resurrection is not that Jesus was a human like us but rather that we are gods like him—or at least have the potential to be.
2. The New Age theologian to postulates that “The Son of God . . . is not Jesus but our combined Christ consciousness.
3. Jesus is looked on as one of a select company, having achieved Christ consciousness. Every person is encouraged to acquire this same level of consciousness.
C. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ was not just an example of a self-actualized man who had reached his full potential, but rather God himself clothed in flesh, crucified, dead, and resurrected.
1. John 1:1-3 teaches Jesus is God.
2. Colossians 1: 15, 16 teaches Jesus is both God and creator.
3. Romans 1:4 teaches that Christ is risen from the dead and proclaimed as the Son of God.
III. The core of New Age theology is that, “I am God.”
A. According to New Age theology each of us has access to a supraconscious, creative, integrative, self-organizing, intuitive mind whose capabilities are apparently unlimited; this is the part of our consciousness that constitutes our God-likeness.
B. According to New Age theology, sooner or later every human being will feel a call from the cosmos to ascend to godhood.
C. “The Cosmic Humanist grants each individual the power of determining reality by creating or co-creating truth.”
1. “Special revelation need not exist in books or in any other form outside of us, because each of us has our own special revelation in our higher consciousness, our own ability to get in touch with the part of us that is God.”
2. “Inner soul-searching becomes the only significant means of discovering truth.”
D. Christianity teaches that man is not God, but rather a creation of the one true God, who cannot by reason of his own faculties, comprehend God, much less be God.
1. Psalms 139: 13-16 reveals that man is a creation of God.
2. Genesis 1 teaches that man is a creation of God.
3. Isaiah 55:8, 9 teaches that God’s ways and thoughts are not comparable to man’s.
IV. New Age Theology consists of an “all is one consciousness.”
A. “It is important to understand that the belief that every individual is God and God is every individual is tied inextricably to the concept of consciousness.”
1. “Because New Age theology has this “all is one” mentality, Cosmic Humanists necessarily believe that humanity can become attuned to all the powers of its godhood by achieving unity of consciousness.”
2. New Age theology adheres to the “godlikeness within us; the perfect love, the perfect wisdom, the perfect understanding, the perfect intelligence, and when we do that, we create back to that old, that essential oneness which is consciousness.”
B. According to New Age theology, “only the unity of all can bring the well-being of all.”
C. The Bible teaches that God has dealt harshly in the past when man has attempted to assert his “godliness” through unity, and that only in Christ can men be truly united.
1. Genesis 11 tells of God’s reaction to a unified humanity’s attempt at godhood.
2. Galatians 3:28 speaks of the unity, the “oneness” we have in Christ.
V. New Age theology espouses the idea of reincarnation.
A. The Bible, in Hebrews 9:27 teaches that once a man dies, then comes judgment.
B. II Samuel 12:23 implies that those who deny will not return in this life.
VI. New Age Theology is pantheistic in that it asserts that everything is God.
A. Pantheism is the very foundation of New Age theology.
B. “Humanists worship the creation and the creator at the same time. For them, there is no difference.”
C. New Age theology asserts that since we cannot “delineate between God and ourselves, how can we be certain that we can delineate between other living or dead things and God? Indeed, if all is one, perhaps everything that exists is God.”
D. The Bible teaches that God is holy and entirely separate from his creation.
1. Romans 1:20 teaches that God’s attributes can be seen in his creation, but by definition he remains distinct from it.
2. Numbers 23:19 clearly says that God is not man, and therefore, man cannot be God.
3. Romans chapter one condemns the worship of creation.
Perhaps to summarize New Age theology, one could say,” every person and all reality is God, and therefore that any “truth” our inner self discovers is God’s truth. If we fail to realize our godhood in this lifetime, never fear! We’ll soon have another incarnation and another chance to achieve Christ consciousness. Ultimately, every person will achieve godhood, and total unity will be restored.” By contrast, Christianity asserts that man along with everything else that has been created, both seen and unseen, has been created through and for Jesus .