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Later, after reading and researching the New Age Movement deeply, the pope made deep denunciations of the movement. 4. The biggest Protestant compromise with the Movement was two-fold: a. Rev. Moon and his Unification Church b. Doug Coe and Paul Temple with Temple's INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES -- this was the biggest and most serious breach. There were interlocking directorates and Paul Temple was a big bucks funder of both. I have materials posted on this on my blogspot and they are available now numerous places on the web. Doug Coe headed the Prayer Breakfast Network as well as the Fellowship Foundation aka "The Family" in Washington,D.C. Saving..... Post Reply Close Saving..... Edit Comment Close Premium member Presentation Transcript New Age SpiritualitiesorThe New Age Movement (TNAM): New Age Spiritualities or The New Age Movement (TNAM) Dr David J VineIntroduction: Introduction Definition Review of history and the main influences in its development What are it’s beliefs? What challenges does it bring to Christian witness?What Does The Term Mean?: What Does The Term Mean? Umbrella term” embracing Eastern religions, mysticism, occultism, etc.What Does The Term Mean?: What Does The Term Mean? A movement, network, synthesis “No structure, no membership, no headquarters or hierarchy, and no statement of faith or religious ceremonial”. John Stott What Does The Term Mean?: What Does The Term Mean? Essentially a syncretism of ideas from a wide variety of non-Christian Religions mixed with modern theories of philosophy and psychologyWhat Does The Term Mean?: What Does The Term Mean? Characterised by a flight from the secular worldview Religious manifestation of postmodernity Historical Development: Historical Development “New” does not imply novel Drawn from ancient spiritualities in East, West, ancient Egypt, pagan Europe, India, Western occultism or esotericism Helena Petrovna Blavatsky: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 1831- 1891 Mother died when 11yrs – brought up by various relatives Talked with animals – became a mediumHelena Petrovna Blavatsky: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Had face to face encounter with her Hindu figure master who told her to organise the Theosophical Society Married when 17 to elderly general for three months only Helena Petrovna Blavatsky: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Wrote two books – Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine – the latter an occult classic Both dictated from her masters, “The Ascended Masters of Wisdom” – more highly evolved beings who after various reincarnations had left earth’s plan and were now guiding mankind Helena Petrovna Blavatsky: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Adolf Hitler was a follower of her teaching keeping a copy of The Secret Doctrine by his bed From theosophists he derived his beliefs of a controlling hierarchy of initiates Theosophists’ Beliefs: Theosophists’ Beliefs All great religion and the teachings of he wise throughout history have a certain core of basic knowledge that is referred to as theosophy Principle doctrines are closely connected with Hindu traditionsTheosophists’ Beliefs: Theosophists’ Beliefs Universe is a unity based on universal laws Humanity is part of a general evolutionary processTheosophists’ Beliefs: Theosophists’ Beliefs Life forms are transient but the human spirit is eternal Upon death the individual spirit continues and in time will be reincarnated Theosophists’ Beliefs: Theosophists’ Beliefs Individual’s resulting earthly conditions are determined according to the law of karma However, within this, individuals have the power to free themselves from all human limitations and to experience reality directly through the process of meditationAlice Bailey: Alice Bailey 1880 – 1941 – first to coin term “New Age” Born in Manchester to parents of high social standing both dying when she was young. Alice Bailey: Alice Bailey She rejected Christianity after a time in Christian work. She had a painful marriage and was left with three young daughters. Alice Bailey: Alice Bailey She was "converted" to theosophy through reading The Secret Doctrine. She then became a channel for thirty years for the "Tibetan Master”. Alice Bailey: Alice Bailey She died just thirty days after she claimed he had finished writing through her. She held extreme anti-Christian and anti-Jewish views Alice Bailey: Alice Bailey She wrote twenty four books and founded the Lucis Trust, under the name Lucifer Publishing Company. Today it has 6000 membersAlice Bailey: Alice Bailey Members include some of the most renowned financial and political leaders such as Robert McNamara, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and George Schultz, headquartered until 1980's in the United Nations Plaza. Carl Gustav Jung: Carl Gustav Jung 1875 – 1961- born in Switzerland Presentation of the occult as a science Strong family history of occultism in maternal grandfather and mother especially. Carl Gustav Jung: Carl Gustav Jung He had a very strong bond as a child with nature. He had a significant esoteric dream that proved to be an initiation into darkness. He worked closely with Sigmund Freud. Carl Gustav Jung: Carl Gustav Jung He was searching for an answer to the sense of lostness, an alienation within modern humanity Concluded due to lack of mythologyCarl Gustav Jung: Carl Gustav Jung Impressed by the Pueblo Indians – they had a much closer relationship with the earth and a mythology that gave them meaning Carl Gustav Jung: Carl Gustav Jung His teachings include the concept of the collective unconsciousness containing archetypes. An archetype is a universal thought form or predisposition to perceive the world in certain ways. Carl Gustav Jung: Carl Gustav Jung They appear to people through dreams, myths, art and ritual. They represent the total latent potential of the psyche. Some include birth, death, magic, the hero, God, the wise old man, the demon and mother earth. Gurdjieff: Gurdjieff 1866 – 1949 – born in Alexandropol, Russia – travelled to Paris in 1922 Established “Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man”Gurdjieff: Gurdjieff All human beings are like prisoners but are all capable of obtaining the “enlightened state” Done much to encourage transformation techniques Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881 – 1955 - born in France to traditional Catholic family Studied geology and became passionate about evolutionPierre Teilhard de Chardin: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Developed a pantheistic blend to his Catholic background leading to a warning from the Catholic Holy Office on his works in 1957 and again in 1962. Now his works have been accepted by Pope John Paul 2 and he is hailed a great thinker and scientific genius. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin In The Aquarian Conspiracy - arguably the most important modern work on the New Age movement - there are numerous different references to him. Many powerful world leaders quote him, e.g. Al Gore.Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Died 10/4/1955 Easter Sunday with lines of a litany on his desk: "Focus of ultimate and universal energy Centre of the cosmic sphere of cosmogenesis Heart of Jesus, heart of evolution, unite me to yourself" Edgar Cayce: Edgar Cayce (NAM and medicine) - 1877 – 1945 Born in Kentucky Only son of family of five childrenEdgar Cayce: Edgar Cayce Didn't go to school but educated by a Mormon but was introduced to Christianity as a child. He had an "angelic" visitation when he was 13 years old and was allowed a wish - he wished to help others with healing Edgar Cayce: Edgar Cayce He discovered healing powers through hypnosis, moving on to clairvoyant and psychic readings. He also gave prophecies and predictions and there were similarities to Nostradamus. Edgar Cayce: Edgar Cayce He birthed the holistic health movement with the marriage of the occult to health issues. Barbara Hubbard: Barbara Hubbard (World unity) - 1929 - Grandmother figure from privileged background committed to bringing global unity through a restructuring of the world's governments. Founder or member of many political organisations.Barbara Hubbard: Barbara Hubbard Founder or member of many political organisations. She was heavily influenced by Chardin's writings. She became a channel for her "voices" re-interpreting the book of Revelation. John Randolph Price: John Randolph Price (World unity) – 1932 - He and his wife Jean are co-founders of the Quartus Foundation He champions a global society, a world religion. He held World Healing Day, hoping for five hundred people to give "mental consent" for the healing of the planet. John Randolph Price: John Randolph Price His spirit guide, Asher, communicated to him about the destructiveness of "negative thought patterns". When enough people think "black thoughts" it affects the entire planet causing tornadoes etc - called Hundreth Monkey concept - "quantum leap". Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (The environmental agenda) – 1931- Grew up in home of Russian Orthodox peasant farmers. He rejected Christianity aged 21 and became member of the Communist Party. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev He became President of the Soviet Union 1990-1991. He wrote his books with his policies of glasnost, openness in the media, and perestroika, economic and political restructuring or reform. Nobel Peace Prize 1990 Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev "Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep" Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev He launched his program in 1995 - a virtual "coming out party for New Age elitists". The Earth Charter and Green Cross International are his initiatives. Rio Earth Summit 1992 included the Convention on Biodiversity and Agenda 21. Robert Muller: Robert Muller (Global citizens) (Education) 1923 – Born in Belgium and raised in France he experienced constant political turmoil. He was a member of the French Resistance and captured by the Nazis. Robert Muller: Robert Muller In 1948 he won an essay prize on "how to govern the world" - the prize being an internship in the newly created UN. Eventually he reached the post of assistant secretary-general until he retired in 1986. Robert Muller: Robert Muller He has authored 14 books. He and his companion, Barbara Gaughen, refer to themselves as "The Cosmic Couple". He has been referred to as the "Philosopher" and the "Prophet of Hope". His New Age views have become the driving force behind his political activism. Robert Muller: Robert Muller His motto in his writings: "See the world with global eyes Love the world with a global heart Understand the world with a global mind Merge the world through a global spirit"Robert Muller: Robert Muller Associated with others like Lucille Green in other organisations especially WCPA World Constitution and Parliament Association Now boasting a network of more than 430 organisations. Robert Muller: Robert Muller Robert Muller became involved in education creating the WCC Manual - World Core Curriculum. Robert Muller: Robert Muller The Manual states: The world is indebted to Dr Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, author and lecturer, for the formulation of the World Core Curriculum in its skeletal form. It is upon that scaffold combined with the Ageless Wisdom teachings that this present work has precipitated. The underlying philosophy upon which The Robert Muller School is based will be found in the teachings set forth in the books of Alice A Bailey by the Tibetan teacher, Djwhal Khul (published by Lucis Publishing Company)”. Emphasis from The New World Religion Robert Muller: Robert Muller Muller’s spiritual quest He grew up in a Catholic home but practised Eastern meditation. At the UN it was Secretary General U Thant, a Buddhist, who left the deepest impression on him. Robert Muller: Robert Muller It was U Thant who introduced him to Chardin's philosophy. His personal beliefs are summarized in his book, New Genesis. Robert Muller: Robert Muller In another book, My Testament to the UN, Muller favourably quotes Sri Chinmoy, a Hindu priest, regarding the UN's ultimate destiny: "No human force will ever be able to destroy the United Nations, for the United Nations is not a mere building or a mere idea; it is not a manmade creation, The United Nations is the vision-light of the Absolute Supreme, which is slowly, steadily, and unerringly illuminating the ignorance, the night of our human life. The divine success and supreme progress of the United Nations is bound to become a reality. At his choice hour, the Absolute Supreme will ring his own victory-bell here on Earth through the loving and serving heart of the United Nations" The “Sixties”: The “Sixties” Upsurge of interest from the counter-culture movement “Flower power” – sensual freedom Drugs, mind tripsThe “Sixties”: The “Sixties” Beatles – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – new holistic approach to meaning of life George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord – in praise of Krishna The “Sixties”: The “Sixties” “Age of Aquarius” – musical Hair - symbol of the initiation of a new age Marilyn Ferguson – The Aquarian Conspiracy – “we are entering a millennium of love and light …. the time of the mind’s true liberation”The “Sixties”: The “Sixties” “Hippie” trail to Nepal and India Hindu yogi from east to west bringing meditation and yoga Beatles, Shirley MacLaineMass Media: Mass Media New Age concepts have become commercially profitable especially when linked to science fiction and fantasy Jungian psychologists say that science fiction has become the mythology of Western peopleMass Media: Mass Media The Star Wars series of films Luke Skywalker’s use of intuition rather than computers TV series e.g. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The X-filesMass Media: Mass Media These films however have a commercial purpose rather than merely to propagate New Age ideas Recent History Of TNAM: Recent History Of TNAM 1970 – Findhorn Foundation 1982 – Maitreya 1986 – Assisi Interfaith MassRecent History Of TNAM: Recent History Of TNAM 1989 – Canterbury Interfaith and Multifaith Event 1991 – Proliferation of NA shops, psychic fairs, alternative medicines, festivals Aims Of TNAM: Aims Of TNAM New World Order One World Leader One World Religion One World Political System One World Economic SystemInfluence - Politics: Influence - Politics Organisations: UNO, UNESCO, Illuminati Ecology, food supplies Health issues, genetics, Aryanism, abortion, euthanasia etc Influence - Politics: Influence - Politics Disarmament, law enforcement Education, Feminism Media Economics: Economics Controls on credit, companies, countries, cashless society, monetary union Global finances Economic manipulation crucial to NA goals Medicine: Medicine Ethical issues; abortion, genetics, euthanasia Alternative medicine bridgehead Health food shops, holistic Medicine: Medicine Infiltration, acceptance by allopathic medicine Sexuality issues Counselling and psychology based on Jung’s ideas Education: Education World core curriculum More of an issue in USA Influence of Robert MullerEntertainment: Entertainment Personalities: Shirley Maclaine Films: ET, Star Wars, Ghost Busters etc Theatre : Hair Books, videos, tapes Entertainment: Entertainment Children: Dungeons and Dragons, bracelets, symbols, rainbows Clothes: fashion, symbols, jewellery Religion: Religion Creation centred spirituality: worship of nature, mother earth One world religion: worship of Lucifer Worship of man Apostasy of Church World Council of Churches: World Council of Churches Created in 1948 pro UN; a report in 1994 stated "after the Second World War, the establishment of the World Council of Churches in 1948 signalled the resolve of the ecumenical community both to work for the fuller unity of the church and to participate in the struggle for a new just world order".One World Religion: One World Religion Vatican 2 in 1962 by Pope John Paul 2 established the Secretariat for World Religions In 1986 an interfaith summit was held in Assisi, Italy.One World Religion: One World Religion In 1993 the Parliament of World Religions was created. This organisation issues the Templeton Prize, of the Templeton Foundation, an umbrella for a wide assortment of interfaith religious activities Gorbachev considers Pope John Paul 2 as "the world's highest moral authority". One World Religion: One World Religion The United Religions Initiative headed up by Rev William Swing of Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco. He hosted a Global Interfaith Summit in 1996 co-sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation and the World Conference on Religion and Peace - WCRP - an organisation of strong Catholic representation. One World Religion: One World Religion Muller and Swing have become facilitators for the UN, the Vatican and the Gorbachev Foundation in establishing the new religious order. Tenants Of Belief: Tenants Of Belief Cosmic consiousness Man’s higher self capable of reaching cosmic consciousness Awakening of higher self is goal of life Tenants Of Belief: Tenants Of Belief Process of awakening is transformation New Age techniques help this process Personal transformation leads to global transformation Four Pillars of the NAT: Four Pillars of the NAT 1 Evolution - humanity is part of an evolving god-force 2 Reincarnation - progress up the ladder to perfectionFour Pillars of the NAT: Four Pillars of the NAT 3 Astrology - guidance through the stars and planets 4 Occult meditation - music, triangles - creative meditation, divine energy, life force, vibrations The Cosmos: The Cosmos Pure, undifferentiated, universal energy, or “life force” – one vast interconnected process considered as deity I.e. God is all and all is God = pantheism, characteristic of HinduismThe Cosmos: The Cosmos Regarded as living organic entity rather than mere material object Atoms not basic building blocks of physical world but energy fields The Cosmos: The Cosmos Reality is a total, all-embracing whole No distinction between natural and supernatural The Cosmos: The Cosmos Dreams and fantasies of equal value to objective experiences Nature a reflection of ultimate reality Ecology therefore very important The Cosmos: The Cosmos Undefinable reality which transcends all else may be perceived in a multitude of forms which are expressed in the major world religions New Age exponents tolerant of religionsThe Cosmos: The Cosmos Syncretism Resulted in turning back to pre-Christian tribal religions Humanity: Humanity As All is One humanity is one and part of the divine Basically spiritual not merely physicalHumanity: Humanity Individuality is an illusion – there is but One Self Main objective is to discover the reality that one is divine through subjective experiences of the mind Humanity: Humanity Western people need to develop right hemisphere rather than left i.e. music, images, not organise, analyse etc Reincarnation – the progression of the soul through many life cycles according to the working out of one’s karmaHumanity: Humanity Final aim is to achieve mergence with Absolute One Escape only achieved through mystical knowledge – key to being awakened from our ignorance of divinity Humanity: Humanity Pain and illness derive from imbalance of spiritual energy – chi, prana Healing requires balancing of these forces e.g. yoga, herbs etc Different concepts of sickness and healing than Western secular view Humanity: Humanity Individual must achieve cosmic consciousness through individualistic means Hence “self-actualisation”, “human potential”, “self-potential” key words Humanity: Humanity Emphasis on unity leads to need for world peace – important theme Political boundaries becoming obsolete – one government to rule the world Values: Values No absolutes – all relative No absolute dichotomy between good and evil – they are what society labels them People essentially good although they may do bad things Values: Values Sin is ignorance of unity and belief If All is One, then unless violence is used, no form of sexual activity violates another person’s sanctity Quote: Quote “All true mystics have agreed that the essence of life is soul, or consciousness. That all living creatures, whether, plants, bacteria, dinosaurs, shellfish, animals, birds or men are, in essence, drops in the Divine Ocean of Being, Consciousness or Life. The material universe too, is His creation, His play or projection, and there is no part in which He is not present. He is within everything; there is nothing in which He is not the inward and continuously active Creator. He is everything, and yet He is also all in all.” John Davidson “The Golden Womb and the Formative Mind” in New Humanity, April-May 1989, p 10Muller’s Objectives: Muller’s Objectives 1 To make this planet a paradise 2 To eradicate from it all poverty, misery etc engendered by power, greed and egotism 3 To make out of all humans one family 4 To create a new social, political world order for the centuries to comeMuller’s Objectives: Muller’s Objectives 5 To attain a life of fulfilment and happiness for all humans 6 To achieve a human family in harmony with the Earth and the heavens 7 To be the ultimate cosmic success of theIs There A New Age Conspiracy?: Is There A New Age Conspiracy? Variable levels Some extreme views see New Age influence everywhere Many are ignorant – lack of discernmentIs There A New Age Conspiracy?: Is There A New Age Conspiracy? The truth probably lies between but everyone has an agenda and Satan is behind all these things Conspiracy?: Conspiracy? Marilyn Ferguson – a leading New Ager claims in her book The Aquarian Conspiracy there is a conspiracy, but it is “a conspiracy without political doctrine. Without a manifesto. With conspirators who seek power only to disperse it, and whose strategies are pragmatic, even scientific, but whose perspective sounds so mystical that they hesitate to discuss it”. i.e. shared assumptions rather than centralised planningConspiracy?: Conspiracy? Russel Chandler in Understanding the New Age argues that it seems inconsistent to assume that such an unstructured, effervescent collection of movements and ideas that are embraced by the term “New Age” could be part of some gigantic, centralized conspiracy against the church headed by Satan.Conspiracy?: Conspiracy? Douglas Groothuis in Unmasking the New Age presents a more moderate view: “The New Age movement is better viewed as a worldview shift than a unified global conspiracy. This is not to minimize its influence but to recognize it as an intellectual, spiritual and cultural force to be reckoned with in all sobriety.” Worldview Shift: Worldview Shift David Burnet in Clash of Worlds says: “In the New Age Movement one sees the evolution of a new worldview based upon a syncretization of Eastern and traditional themes with secular worldview themes.”How Have Christians Responded? : How Have Christians Responded? There has been an attempt by some to syncretise historical Christianity with New Age thought There has been assimilation of New Age thought into Christian doctrine without the realisation of error How Have Christians Responded?: How Have Christians Responded? There has been a failure to recognise that the new thought has appeared as a response to lack in Christian experience and teaching Areas of Compromise?: Areas of Compromise? Positive confession Self-esteem teachings and related psychology Inner healing involving visualisation techniques etc Complimentary medicine The Challenge : The Challenge The church needs to: Be a living witness to Biblical revelation and to move from her secularisation The Challenge : The Challenge Be taught correctly and have answers that are relevant to the times To recognize the opportunity she has to reach out to people seeking spirituality Transforming Worldviews: Transforming Worldviews Personal transformation to Jesus Christ Become convinced about the Biblical worldviewTransforming Worldviews: Transforming Worldviews Transformation of a culture must be concerned with changing worldviews – e.g. Jesus’ teachings and parables Discover key themes for change e.g. the person and nature of God e.g. Paul at Athens Quotes: Quotes “I got the impression that instead of going out to shoot birds, I should go out and shoot the kids who shot birds” Paul Watson (founder of Greenpeace) as quoted by Dixie Lee Ray, Trashing the Planet, p 166Quotes: Quotes “Childbearing (should be) a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license … All potential parents (should be) required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing” David Brower (first executive director of the Sierra Club, founder of Friends of the Earth; and founder of the earth Island Institute), as quoted by Dixie Lee Ray, Trashing the Planet, p 169Quotes: Quotes “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal” Ted Turner (medial mongul and United Nations advocate), as quoted by Donald McAlvany, The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, June 1996, MIA, PO Box 84904, Phoenix, AZ 85071Bibliography: Bibliography Clash Of Worlds by David Burnett The New World Religion by Gary H Kah Understanding the New Age by Roy Livesey Understanding Alternative Medicine – Health Care inn the New Age by Roy Livesey Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow by Constance E Cumbey Bibliography: Bibliography The Seduction of Christianity by Dave Hunt and T A McMahon Beyond Seduction by Dave Hunt Peace, Prosperity and the Coming Holocaust by Dave Hunt The Psychological Way, The Spiritual Way by Martin and Deidre Bobgan You do not have the permission to view this presentation. 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