Its roots are traceable to many sources: Astrology, Channeling, Hinduism, Gnostic traditions, Spiritualism, Taoism, Theosophy, Wicca and other Neo-pagan traditions, etc.
Helena Blavatsky, (1831) from Ukraine, arrived in New York in 1873. Through a common interest in spiritualism, she became associated with Henry Steel Olcott, a lawyer. Together, they formed the Theosophical Society.
The New Age Movement began with a member of the Theosophical Society named Alice Bailey (1880-1949). She was an Englishwoman who emigrated to America. She laid the real foundations of the New Age Movement and is regarded as its high priestess. As a spiritist medium she allegedly received messages from a so-called master of wisdom, the Tibetan Djwal Khul. These messages, which she wrote under dictation from this demonic being were published in numerous books. Her secret teachings, which to this day are followed minutely in New Age circles, set forth "The Plan for the New World Order."
According to some secret instructions, the Movement was to keep out of the public eye until 1975.
In 1968 and before, it was known as a movement advocating the "Age of Aquarius." This term is taken from astrology. The astronomical shifting of the vernal equinox, which passes approximately every 2000 years through a new constellation in the zodiac, is superstitiously believed by some astrologers to affect the fate of our planet Earth. At the turn of the century the vernal equinox will pass from the constellating Pisces (the Fishes) to the constellation Aquarius.
Some reckon that this already took place in 1962. The fish, a sign representing faith in Christ, was often used by the Early Christians as a mark of identification. Hence New Age members believe that the transition away from the zodiac, sign of the Fishes, means that the era of Christ is coming to an end. New Agers do not believe in the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ.
For them, the world will now enter into a New World Order as the Age of Aquarius unfolds, a New Age will develop. This will be a utopia in which there is one world government, and end to wars, disease, hunger, pollution, and poverty.
Some of the beliefs of New Age are:
- Pantheism: All that exists is God; God is all that exists. Every human being is "God".
- Reincarnation: After death, we are reborn and live another life as a human.
- Karma: The good and bad deeds that we do adds and subtracts from our accumulated record, our karma. At the end of our life, we are rewarded or punished according to our karma by being reincarnated into either a painful or good new life.
- Creation: The universe, life, and matter were not created by God but "are" God.
- Evil: No original sin, no Satan, and no evil. New Agers believe people make "mistakes" when they are ignorant of the power of goodness, which is God, within themselves and others.
- Abortion is not condemned, as there is no official doctrine. Generally, New Agers are supportive of a woman's right to choose abortion.
It may interest you to note that most of the celebrities in the world are New Agers. The movement has millions of adherents worldwide.
The New Age Movement has already done much toward corrupting morality, in our Christian sense, by creating its own values incompatible with Christianity.
At the outset it is difficult for ordinary persons, or even professionals, to recognize the hidden agenda of this Movement because it is presented so nicely and so humanely and with so much concern for the environment that it appeals to common sense to partake in such a common concern.
But in all their plans, as listed above for the New World order, there is no due place for God.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8
Study the Bible daily and pray always.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36