Genesis 3:1-5 (KJB) Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
As I approach the beginning of this study, and after mentioning it to several people, I have had comments about it that range from disinterest to puzzled as to why it is of any interest, to actual interest in the subject. Let’s look at the responses. “Of what value is it to a Christian? What value is it to me?” Another is, “I don’t study or look at that stuff, it’s a waste of time” Really? Yet another is “Sounds like old hippies, but they’re gone now.” (Actually, that last one is half true) I also realize that there has not been much teaching on it other than books, but there is far more to it than meets the eye initially!
It is the result of both the mind of a man wanting to delve into the next or unseen world… and the lies of the devil (hence the title of the series). Having “hidden knowledge (esoteric)” and “god-like wisdom” along with BEING a god, has always been around in the minds of men, and you saw it in the text passage. I think we tend to overlook that last part! Did Satan not promise that? Was it a powerful temptation? Sure it was! Still is! It got them to disobey God! But what is it today and is it worth studying? I mean, what has it got to do with anything today? I think you will be surprised.
Now, when the person said to me that it sounds like hippies, they were right. That is a great part of where it started in this country. Remember, too, the hippies did not just go away or cease to exist. They morphed into people who wear suits and nice clothes (and actually bathe), drive BMW’s, AND are professors at all the major colleges in America. They have been since the end of the ’60s. They NEVER let go of the drugs and pantheistic beliefs. They also never let go of the universal peace thing either. They got into Eastern mysticism and religions and changed their ways of working for it! But I still don’t see why this is of interest or how it affects me, you might say.
Before we go on, I want you to memorize something. “When you throw out God and the Bible, you NEVER have a spiritual vacuum.” If you have not God and HIS Spirit, you WILL HAVE the spirit of the devil and his influence. Period. There is no such thing as a spiritual vacuum! Also, the devil has NEVER given up on ruling the world; politically, financially, and spiritually. And we are NOT to be lazy, blind, or asleep to this stuff!
In the last 40 years, New Age has moved out of the realm of the “counterculture” or subculture, into the mainstream of all life in this country. If you know what to look for you will see it. It is in commercials galore and all over Hellywood. (If you do not have the real God you will have the one of this world in all his genres of religion) When you see a woman doing yoga and sitting with her legs crossed and her hands on her knees with a circle formed with her fingers, you are looking right in the eyes of new age and eastern mystic religions! When you see her with her eyes closed she is channeling the inner self and the universal spirit. She is getting into her “essence” and the “essence” of the universal spirit. I use right guard, myself! New age affects also religion, medicine, nutrition, science, politics, culture, and psychology!
CEO’S of all the major businesses are into this stuff, world leaders are into it, our politicians are into it (surprise), many doctors are into it, and of course, Hellywood is DEEP into it. IF YOU HAVE NOT GOD, you have the devil!
Fortune 500 companies routinely send their managers to New Age seminars to “expand their minds” and increase productivity. Entertainers like Shirley MacLaine have written books on it. She is a deep believer in reincarnation. What was it Satan said in the garden to Eve? Ye shall not surely die. Richard Geer and MANY others routinely travel to India and Tibet to study with “the masters.” Remember that terminology.
Doctors and therapists increasingly employ healing techniques that are based on “pantheistic” principles. My mother, I believe was like that when she used a pan on my head several times. I kind of thought I saw God a few times, I must say!
As I said, advertisers (approved by the companies they are paid to advertise for) use their symbols and visual methods. ALL advertising is meant to get something in through either your eyes, or ears, or both, that will alter the way you think. It is meant to get ideas into your “imagination.” Imagine yourself on that beautiful beach; teeth gleaming, smiling every moment of the day and night, having all that fun. Then see yourself in calming meditation; legs crossed, eyes closed, hands on your knees, and SO relaxed and at peace. (Until your knees lock up. MAN is that bad!)
I will touch on this in greater detail later, but here we need to also know that all these hippie professors (both male and female) have been turning out tens of thousands of little ones, all over this nation, for over 40 years. Some over 50 years now. And where have they gone? Into business, politics, Hellywood…………. and more teachers, professors, and parents.
New age, when it is unopposed or checked by the Bible, is a trendy, hip, intoxicating “religion” that engulfs the unregenerated mind. It’s the cool and “in crowd” thing to do. It drags the mind and imagination down into a black hole that is advertised as light (imagine that; see 2Cor. 11:14). It has now morphed and intermingled with earth worshipers, dressed up hippies with real soap, Zen Buddhists, Hinduism, and yes, even Christianity. It has done that last one by the proliferation of the watered down bibles that proliferate churches and pulpits all over this nation! I’ll touch more on this later. They mention “Christ” and “Jesus” but it isn’t the real one. And they NEVER teach His true Deity! They are useful terms to fool the suckers! (P. T. Barnum would be proud!)
When the real light grows dim or goes out entirely, a false light will seem to be…. well real light! It promises things that are exactly what was promised in Gen. 3, but repackaged and expanded for today’s modern thinking, enlightened human species! Oh, the higher self! The higher mind, and universal light of the universal spirit. Makes me want to put ice picks in my ears!
In closing, and follow me here, read 1Tim. 1:4, 1 Tim. 4:7, 2Tim. 4:4, Titus 1:14, & 2Pet. 1:16. Go back now and read 2Tim. 3:1-8. DON’T skip these! Now read Eph. 6:10-18. Girded with… the Truth! Have the Real Light of this world, and watch out for all that Hindu, Who-Do, Voodoo, stuff! It is as subtle as the one who initiated it… be careful! Be aware! (Ex. 22:18, Lev. 20:6)