Christianity and the New Age
There's a lot of confusion, fear and mis-information around what exactly is The New Age or the New Age Movement.
I don't claim to have the last word on it - but here's a few helpful hints which might clear up a few misconceptions.
Firstly the term 'New Age' is derived from 'New Earth' right out of the Bible - in Revelation of John where he sees a New Heaven and a New Earth.
Revelation 21: 1-4
2. And I John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Heaven is the place in consciousness where thoughts begin to manifest. Once created 'in Heaven', in consciousness, they can manifest in Form - in the Earth) (cities are synonymous for places in consciousness)
3. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (In other words, people become God Realised - or full of self-knowledge and bliss. So God is experiencing life through his people - all of us on earth!)
4. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And secondly from the following passage describing the ending of one (astrological) 'Age' and the beginning of the next.
“Behold, when ye are entered into the Holy city, (the new consciousness) there shall a man meet you ‘bearing a pitcher of water’... follow him into the house where he entereth in.”
This is clearly an astrological reference to Aquarius, the "Water-bearer" - the symbol for which is a man carrying a pitcher of water. Astrology and this symbol for Aquarius pre-dates the era in which Jesus supposedly lived by many hundreds of years.
Astrology is frowned upon by many Christians because it may seem to them to be about predicting the future - but it isn't. Although it can be. It is an ancient science based on observations of the movement of the stars and the corresponding changes and moods in people on the earth. Events and propensity of types of events which happened when the stars were in certain positions. It must have taken many hundreds if not thousands of years of study to establish the connections and develop it in the various forms of Astrology we have today.
Countless kings and world leader have historically and in the modern era, consulted astrologers for advice.
Here follows a few more bible references to some major changes and a new earth following them.
2 Peter 3:13
[This is very interesting considering the numerous 'sink-holes' now appearing across USA and elsewhere to.]
(above bible quotes from: http://www.biblegateway.com)
Quantum physics has now proven that the mind of the observer effects the outcome of experiments at the quantum level. Is it a wave or a particle? It depends on what you are measuring! If you and measuring particles - it's a particle. If you are measuring waves - it's a wave!
There have always been people with extraordinary powers, and recently more children are being born with such powers. They can bend objects or move them using their mind. Memorise a book just by putting it under their pillow at night etc. etc. Mind over matter is proven, but as yet undeveloped in most people. (for good reason!)
Outcomes of experiments at the quantum level are said to be unpredictable and have 'probability' outcomes.
Hence - the future can NOT be predicted, but only a 'probable future' guessed at.
Many Possible Futures
There is a school of thought (to which I subscribe) that there ALL possible futures are existing at the same time. In one future Rob Hitchings (me) goes on to be a world best selling writer. In another he develops his music skills and becomes a renowned improvisationalist.
In another scenario the world ends when a meteorite hits it. In another some ET's are there breaking up and potential meteors before they can hit the earth.
What makes your heart sing?
You want to be happy right? So choose to create the more pleasant future. How do you do that? You have awareness of what is going on world-wide, but you FOCUS on a positive PRESENT and future and live and work as if THAT is the future that WILL INEVITABLY UNFOLD. But the important key is THE PRESENT and your FEELINGS - EMOTIONS.
The future is only more days of the "The Present" when you get to it, so find out how to live in bliss NOW you will be all set to finding it there in the future when you get there.
It is said "What you give attention to grows." 'Attention' is 'energy'. If
you are someone who always looks on the bright side of life, you will
always find things to be bright about. The opposite is also true.
So why do we have the 'Horrible' side of the present?
Well, we the collective of humanity has been focussing on the negative for centuries and so the negative has continued to expand and to grow. It HAS resulted in much suffering, and still does, but through adversity people are challenged and shaken up and they have opportunity to draw forth from within themselves depths of caring and compassion, creativity and cooperation that otherwise would not have happened. So the darker side of life does play a huge role in our growth as human beings.
The beautiful Water Lilly germinates and grows from the sludge at the bottom of the murky pond. When it reaches the light, it opens and reveals its inner beauty and sweet aroma! Transformation. Demonstrating the Lilly's unwavering confidence in its purpose and direction.
At our highest level within - we want this great shift - we are tired of the old world of corruption and self-serving macro-industrial commercial system. We are tired of being slaves to money and prisoners in our own homes and jobs.
This coming Huge Disruption will give us what we truly want.
However, how many people actually make it through the shift remains to be seen. Revelation 14:3 above and re-quoted here suggests a specific number. Not very many considering that we have 6.7 billion people on the planet right now!
It's unlikely that more than a few thousand will ever read this website - so here's hoping my words and pointers have been useful to a few!
The New Age Movement
There is actually no New Age movement per se. There are numerous small groups of awakening individuals, some of whom attach them selves to certain Gurus or methods of expanding awareness. An expanded awareness naturally is more encompassing, accepting, compassionate and loving. Surely qualities that most Christians aspire to?
The major difference I see between Christians and New Earth people is that Christians will do good, because mentally they believe 'it's the right thing to do' and that helping others is good, and that being 'selfish' or uncaring is 'bad', whereas New Earth or New Age people tend to help others because it brings them joy in the moment - it is their bliss to do so. And if it's not their bliss - they don't do it. In other words they are a little more congruent in doing what feels right intuitively as opposed to following someone else's interpretation of ancient obscure and often contradictory scriptures. And New Age people, while believing in a coming age (on Earth) of enlightenment (some call the Golden Age) they tend to focus on living in the present moment.
For Christians it seems that 'Forgiveness' is about judging that someone did something that they shouldn't have and then letting them off, where as New Age people tend to try to not judge and see every possible 'transgression' or 'challenge' as a potential lesson to be learned from. And so forgiveness becomes: "Thanks, for-giving me the lesson!" Smile.
Here's a biblical quote about just this very thing:
And of course, many Christians believe that souls can and 'should' be saved, and that giving your life to Jesus is all that is required to win you a place in Heaven 'After' you die. So suffer now, to win later. And so you get the mentality that 'suffering of the martyr type, is good'.
How often do you hear. 'After all the things I have done for you - is this how you thank me?' No, if it was truly your joy to give then, with no thought of reward (thanks = reward) then you continue in that true giving - because it is your joy your bliss to do so. If it's not, then don't do it. You are only sowing seeds which will eventually bring about a situation you feel justified in being resentful about, or you will feel horribly betrayed or let down. (I know all about this one!)
And so, New Age people will do lots of workshops, meditations or processes to reach within and sort out these negative programs and clear their minds and hearts so that they can be congruent and express light into their worlds.
Finally of course the major difference I see is that Christians believe that their sins were and are automatically forgiven them by Jesus's death on the cross. What amazes me about this particular and peculiar belief is that Jesus is not quoted anywhere as having taught this doctrine!
Jesus was your original 'Hippie' - check out this quote:
This sounds to me like the philosophy of the 1960's Hippie Movement! Which in fact is where the modern era New Age was birthed. (It had been gestating for a long while before that)
I conclude this page with a few more biblical quotes:
[From 1981-9190 I lived in a community in Gloucestershire of a group of people calling themselves "The Emissaries of Divine Light". I then moved to South Africa where, albeit less consistently, I also lived in 3 more Emissary communities, and later started my own eco-spiritual community of no particular persuasion but definitely I still remained in my heart a part of the Emissary Tribe. All but one of those communities have now disbanded, that one being in beautiful Constantia, Cape town, South Africa. Yet the people who passed through all of them were forever touched and shine their lights wherever they are and however they may. In fact there is a Facebook page for ex-emissaries called EDL Alumni where I exchange posts with 842 members! The Emissaries continue to function at the HQ - Sunrise Ranch and in several other locations. see: www.emissaries.org]
Click here to read a relevant page from my book BEFORE CREATION - I AM
Click here for a list of Youtube videos that expand and explain some of what is currently going on on planet earth (as of 15 July 2013)
Om Shanti – Peace be with you!