There are so many branches and offshoots of spiritual fa;sehgood that we can only mention a few, most of which you will probably at least recognize, but some of which may surprise you.
Astrology is big business today. There are over 10,000 full-time astrologers and over 175,000 part-time astrologers in the United States. Over 2,000 newspapers carry daily astrological readings. Zodiac jewelry has become popular. Even restaurant table mats have horoscopes!
- The Scriptures condemn it as an abomination before God and an occult tool of satanic origin and power (II Kings 17:16; 23:5; Isa. 47:13; Amos 5:26).
- Astrology is not a science but only a superstition i.e., a fraud. The scientific evidence against astrology is irrefutable.
Native American religion
“Native American Religions for instance offer a rich tapestry of ideas about our relationship to the earth.”[Al Gore, Earth In the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.].
This attitude is representative of modern both New Age consciousness and the ignorance of those seeking solace in anything but Christ. Just as many voters in the last presidential election supported “anybody but Trump,” New Agers recognize that they can’t play fast and loose with Christianity. So they seek something “noble” and “earthy.” If you’ve ever read the Last of the Mohicans, you’ve probably noticed the juxtaposition of the Noble Savage over against the wacky protestant clergyman who goes running through the middle of a battle shouting Psalms aloud. You’ve probably also heard references to Mother Earth and the respect of the native Americans (formerly know as Indians) for the earth and all the elements. Many New Agers have started practicing such practices as using Shamans (medicine man/woman; magic; incantations) and sweat lodges to clear the spirit and get in touch, etc.)
Native Americans can be just as savage as other human beings. Native Americans, BTW, also resent the New Age trying to horn in” on their religious practices.
Robert Bly teaches “manhood” by getting men back to their “roots.” For Bly this means sweat lodges drum beating and being environmentally aware.
The Unity School
Origins: Unity began in Kansas City in 1889. Both Charles (a spiritist with no Christian background) ) and Myrtle (raised a Methodist) Filmore were involved with Christian Science and claimed that principles in Christian Science lead to healings in their lives. However, they disagreed with the Christian Science doctrine that matter is not real. They broke away, taught the reality of matter (Christian Science denies the reality of matter) and added, among other doctrines, the belief in reincarnation. Charles even believed he was the reincarnation of Paul the apostle. The Fillmores studied Hinduism and wove many of its other principles into their philosophy as their new religion grew. Unity is a mind science cult.
Doctrines: Unity School of (pseudo) Christianity denies the Trinity, the deity of Jesus, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the necessity of the atonement of Jesus for our sins, heaven, hell, sin, and the existence of the devil. Unity teaches reincarnation. “The second birth is that in which we ‘put on Christ.’ It is a process of mental adjustment and body transmutation that takes place right here on earth.” They are largely vegetarians. It teaches that experience, if you are ‘in tune’ with God, is more accurate and reliable than the Bible. God, though, is a divine universal consciousness. Man is a part of that Divine Consciousness and is, therefore, divine by nature.
Unity separates Jesus from Christ saying that Jesus was a man, but that we all possess the Christ consciousness within us. Christ is the one complete idea of perfect man and divine Mind. Atonement is the reconciliation of our minds with the Divine Mind. It says that the Holy Spirit is a latent power within every one of us.
“Problems” disappear when you think correctly; that is, when you think according to the principles of divine mind as revealed in Unity. God is within us all as well as creation. “God slumbers in the rocks. God stirs in the flowers. God awakens in Man.” All are children of God and Jesus was simply here to show us what we, as children of God, can do. It denies that Jesus is God in flesh and that he is to be worshiped. “But because He remained in a high state of spiritual consciousness, He became the ethical Messiah of the world.”
Following are quotes from Charles Fillmore’s book Christian Healing, Unity School of Christianity, Unity Village, MO. They are at the end of each chapter in his book and are meant as summarizations and points of meditation.
- “God is the name of my good” (p. 17).
- “God is the name of the everywhere Principle, in whom I live, move, and have my being” (p. 17).
- “I am the son of God, and the Spirit of the Most High dwells in me” (p. 29).
- “I am the only begotten son, dwelling in the bosom of the Father” (p. 29).
- “I am the Christ of God” (p. 29).
- “I and my Father are one” (p. 29).
- “I am one with Almightiness” (p. 29).
- “God is good, and God is all, therefore I refuse to believe in the reality of evil in any of its forms” (p. 60).
- “My perfection is now established in Divine Mind” (p. 83).
- “I see the light of the Christ consciousness always” (p. 106).
Publications: Wee Wisdom, for Children; Good Business, for business people; Weekly Unity, their devotional magazine. They use mail order extensively. There are many other writings some of which are “Mysteries of Genesis” and “Christian Healing” both by Charles Fillmore.
Much of the environmental movement has gotten back to its pagan roots as it subtly fosters rejection of the Bible and Christianity. The Sierra Club Environmental Health Sourcebook, Well Body, Well Earth, tells us to “turn to the traditions of ancient cultures” such as Buddhist meditations and Native American Hopi rituals in order to “reaffirm our bond with the spirit of the living earth.” “The more you contact the voice of the living Earth and evaluate what it says, the easier it will become for you to contact it and trust what it provides.” In the New Age environmentalists view, starvation, plagues, and death are blessings that simply buy more time for planet Earth. They are pantheistic; their god is an impersonal god, who resides passively in every fiber of the universe; to them, to destroy a plant is to destroy their god; to decimate the quality of human life, on the other hand, is of no concern, because humanity represents the greatest danger to the rest of creation.
Greens in all categories generally agree on one point: Today’s ecological crises is rooted in Christian traditions. They tell us:
The Judeo/Christian belief that God assigned man to “rule over” the earth has caused us to exploit and abuse it. Sound familiar? There is a wing of one of the political parties that also accepts this viewpoint.
Perhaps more influential in raising the religion of environmentalism in recent years was the Clinton/Gore administration. President Clinton and his New Age spokesman, Al Gore, consistently pushed an agenda of “control” and promoted false “science” using their office and taking advantage of the Leftist “education” establishment to make sure our kids knew nothing else. The teaching of Humanism in the schools for several decades has created a spiritual vacuum in the hearts of our people and it has opened those hearts to receive the New Age Spiritual answers such as Vice President Gore’s solutions. We have a pantheistic, pagan type philosophy dominating the thinking of the Vice President of the United States who is a zealous New Ager advocating “a new faith in the future” which will be a return to paganism’s worship of the earth as sacred. Gore identifies the root problem of Western culture in that “we lost our feeling of connectedness to the rest of nature” and finds answers in pantheism. He attempts to blend Christianity and pantheism where the source of all life, instead of God has become Mother God, (Mother Earth/Mother Nature also frequently referred to as Gaia). He, like the radical eco-feminists who support him, see the earth as the pagan goddess Gaia who “has been seriously ‘wounded’ by the expansion of human civilization, and now there must come a universal atonement for these many millennia of grief on ‘her’ part” through an event or process they call ‘cleansing.’
For Gore and other environmentalists, the Judeo-Christian faith is the source of ecological evil, from oil spills to global warming. He asserts it is ignorant Christians who are afraid to open their minds to teachings outside their own system of belief who have become a dangerous threat to the survival of humanity…blights on the environment. To Al Gore, it seems obvious that a better understanding of a religious heritage preceding our own by so many thousands of years could offer us new insights.
“The richness and diversity of our religious tradition throughout history is a spiritual resource long ignored by people of faith, who are often afraid to open their minds to teachings first offered outside their own system of belief. But the emergence of a civilization in which knowledge moves freely and almost instantaneously through the world has … spurred a renewed investigation of the wisdom distilled by all faiths. This panreligious perspective may prove especially important where our global civiilzation’s responsibility for the earth is concerned.” (pp. 258-259)
What’s the point? No sees God. No not one (Romans 3:11). Man wants to be “spiritual,” but he does not wish to do it God’s way. Man will worship anything but the God who made him.