As I heard that Oprah will be stopping her shows, I decided to publish the last part of this series as well.

So far, we have discussed the following points

Part 1: What is the meaning of a jealous God?
Part 2: Why are there Rules, Belief systems And Doctrines in the church?
Part 3: Did Jesus came to start Christianity?

In the last part of this Series, I would like to quote this from Oprah. I have decided to summarized it as it was pretty long

Oprah :

"There is another book by a woman name Elizabeth lesser its called "A Seekers Guide" where she talks about the new spirituality verse the old spirituality.

She said "The old way is one which the hierarchy has the authority. Church authorities tell you how to worship in church and how to behave outside the church. In the New Spirituality, you are your best authority. You discover how to live a more spiritual life as you go through the process of working and loving yourself."

She also said "The old spirituality tells us that the path to worship God is already defined, and all you need is to follow the direction. The new spirituality is about being able to listen within yourself for your deeper longings and your compass for your own definition of spirituality."

The old spirituality is exactly like what Eckhart is saying "There is only one path to the right way and all other ways are wrong." while the new spirituality tells us that many paths leads to spiritual freedom and peace. You have a richer array of gems from which you draw illumination. The world’s religious traditions, Mythology, Psychology, Healing Methods, Scientific Wisdom, your own experience, and that you began to string a necklace of your own."

So.. what is she trying to say?

In short
1. Old spirituality religions (such as Christianity), had many traditions and they have a defined rules of worship and life, believers must follow them in entirely.
2. New spirituality (such as new age Religions), you can define your own string of belief base on your experience, drawing reference from many religious traditions, myths and wisdom.
3. There are many ways to achieve spirituality; there is no right way to achieve it.

Big words you may say, sometimes i really wonder so, after mixing and matching the spirituality, do you get a new spirituality, or an old one? or a hybrid one? What is the ultimate purpose of being spiritual here? I know for sure that I followed God because I want that eternal life that is to come and I want to inherit heaven. I want to be reconciled with God and to face him with a clear conscience when he is to judge the world. But i guess since everything in the "new spirituality" is self define.. i am sure most new age religion friends will not be able to tell me why they want to be spiritual.

Why are there so many religions in the world?

When the first man Adam fell, sin entered the world. Mans inner conscience has always had a God shaped vacuum in it. Hence many religions of the world is born out of human being trying to reconnect with God. Somehow or rather, all human beings believe that there is a greater being that created them, and the form gods out of anything that they see with their eyes. Moreover, the effect of sin is such that man is constantly warring against his conscience, the good that he will to do he cannot do, while the evil he willed not o do that he does. So much so that Paul once exclaimed

"O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" – Paul (Rom 7:24)

All of the world religions centered around 3 issues
1. What is the purpose of life?
2. What is going to happen after I die?
3. How do I live my life now?

Though most religions will not deviate too much in the question "How do I live my life now?" they have very varied response to the first 2 question. We cannot deny some of the religions may have opposing view with regards to life after death. Some may even have conflicts when talking about the purpose of life. Therefore, it is impossible to say that they are complimentary to each other and are self inclusive. It will be impossible to say that they are "many roads up the same hill" as the roads here are definitely not the same.

The New Age Movement Is Not New

When faced with these choices, human sometimes become undecided, and they decided to "take in what they feel is right" and "Cast out the parts that we do not agree". They make their decisions base on their own life experience and they define. They claimed that as long as your heart says its ok, it got to be all right. They claimed that they are the ones to declare what is right and wrong, and to define spirituality.

They talked about living a higher consciousness and attain inner peace by themselves. They called this a new spirituality. But honestly, if we were to look into the bible, such spirituality is definitely not new. Let us look at what Satan told Eve in the garden of Eden

""You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." – Serpent (Gen 3:4-5)

Eve wanted to "define" good and evil on her own, and desired to be wise, therefore they took the fruit. From then on, Man had always wanted to define good and evil.

In fact, the new spirituality just echoes the same old satanic deception that came from the time of creation. Many of the worlds traditions and mythology were all created by people who felt the emptiness without God and was trying to satisfy their need. Satan continues to deceive them and allow them to conceive a multitude of different belief systems. Throughout history, Satan turn his strategy again and again, starting from simple folk superstitions to sophisticated new age religion, he offered the people of the world thousands of ways to "reconcile" with God.

Now as mankind got so In fact, the new age movements completely shy away from the typical question that religion is suppose to answer. They place huge emphasis in this life but leave the first 2 questions regarding the purpose of life and the life after death to its believers to "choose to believe base on the worlds religious traditions".

, he decides to use the same old strategy in the garden of Eden, where he now ask man to pick from everything he had concocted, to freely believe in anything they want and this is being packaged as "New Age Movement".

In fact, the new age movements completely shy away from the typical question that religion is suppose to answer. They place huge emphasis in this life but leave the first 2 questions regarding the purpose of life and the life after death to its believers to "choose to believe base on the world’s religious traditions".

Man Ways and God’s Way

These new age practitioners are always busy defining spirituality, enriching their lives, working hard to achieve higher consciousness, to achieve inner peace. They wrote long books talking about the new spirituality and how it is a much better way compared to the old ways. Ironically, they then advised the people to search for their answers based on the world’s religious traditions.

This is very similar to the way man first reacted when they realized that they have sinned. Let us look at the record of the Garden of Eden

"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings." – Moses (Gen 3:7)

Unfortunately, the many efforts from Adam and Eve could not cover their own shame because leaves do dry up. This situation is resolved only when God intervened.

"Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them." – Moses (Gen 3:21).

From here we can see that no matter how we try to define spirituality and to get inner peace, our ways are not perfect and it is difficult for one to lead a life that is peaceful through. God gave man the choice, to follow his way or to continue to "string your necklaces". God already warned man through the king Solomon that man would one day need to account for his deeds before God.

"Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil. " – Solomon (Eccl 12:13-14)

Through Jesus, he had already offered his pardon and all he requires man to do is to follow the instruction of Jesus from the bible. The only problem is that the "New Spirituality" now says that one should define for himself his own spirituality. The question is, are we willing to follow the instructions of Jesus? If our answer is yes, we would have to drop the "pursuit" of new spirituality but to follow Christ whole heartedly.

The End Of The Day

As I have mentioned early in the series, I am not interested to attack Oprah or insult the new age movement. I would like to share with everyone my thoughts regarding the new age movement and what it is really trying to tell us. In fact, the new age religion is a subtle distraction to people who felt the hunger for God and the need to be close to him. They keep people busy by making them go on while goose chase and many of whom never found God at the end of the day.

Sadly, sometimes we find our own Christians falling for the same trap, thinking that they can embrace the new spirituality together with the Christianity.

The apostles had already warned the church that in the last days there are many strange belief that will arise, Satan plan is to deceive everyone, possibly even the elect of God. The situation in the world on the last days is very different from the situation in the church , just like what was spoken by Prophet Amos and Isaiah.

" Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD,
" That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the LORD.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
And from north to east;
They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD,
But shall not find it." – Amos (Amos 8:11-12 )

"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORD’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say,
" Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths."
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." – Isaiah (Is 2:2-3)

It is our choice to choose whether we want to fill our lives with the word of God, or to fill up our lives with our "Necklaces of experience". Let us not debate if the new age movement is good or not, but rather, let us learn to hold fast to our faith right to the day when God comes to judge.

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