Brad T. Bromling, M.A.



It was a perfect day just like so many before---but unlike any to

follow. The garden greeted sunrise with the pristine freshness and

beauty that it possessed on the very day of its creation. It was

perfection---nothing less! Human imagination could not have forecast

the ruination that would be seen by sundown. But it happened, and

nothing has been the same since! Moses reports that fateful day in

these few words:

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the

field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the

woman, "Has God indeed said, `You shall not eat of

every tree of the garden'?"

And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit

of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree

which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, `You

shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"

And the serpent said to the woman, "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."

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,

that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable

to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She

also gave to her husband with her, and he ate (Genesis


The rest of this story is written on every page of history. Eve's

acceptance of the lies of Satan resulted in man's loss of both his

virginal home and intimate relationship with his Creator. Fellowship

with the God of the Universe was severed, and the need for redemption

violently appeared. But now, several thousand years later, with sheer

joy Christians shout: "Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!" (II

Corinthians 9:15), for an even greater paradise than was lost may be

found in Christ Jesus.

History stands as an unimpeachable witness to another distressing

fact: Satan has not changed. Jesus accurately portrayed him as the

father of lies (John 8:44), and to this attribute he has remained true.

He has always promised what he could not give, and given what he did

not promise! The deceitful voice of Satan is being heard through the

New Age Movement (NAM) today. His line has not changed, and is being

swallowed by millions of misguided people.

As Christians who have been charged with the responsibility of

worldwide evangelism, we must rise to the challenge and answer Satan's

lies. His destructive message is refutable. As we attempt to answer the

NAM, it is essential that we accomplish two things: (1) isolate the

fundamental lies that form its basis, and; (2) provide a biblical

response. Three foundations of New Age thought are well summarized in

Satan's words to Eve (Genesis 3:4,5). This article will show how Satan

effectively employs these same lies today.


Satan promised Eve immortality, all the while knowing that it was

the very thing of which she would be deprived if she obeyed him and

rebelled against God. In the NAM, immortality is promised in two ways.

First, monism---the cornerstone philosophy of the New Age---teaches

that when reality is simplified as far as it can be, everything is a

part of every other thing. This is commonly expressed by the term "all

is one." Shirley MacLaine, probably the most popular advocate of the

NAM, explains in these words:

Basic to New Age subatomic discoveries is the concept

that in the subatomic world---the stuff of the universe

---everything, every last thing, is linked. The universe

is a gigantic, multidimensional web of influences, or

information, light particles, energy patterns, and

electromagnetic "fields of reality." Everything it is,

everything we are, everything we do, is linked to everything

else. There is no separateness (1989, p 85).

New Agers argue that since "all is one" and the universe is

eternal---you are eternal. Second, the doctrine of reincarnation

promises perpetual existence. They assert that you have been here

before and you will return until you attain perfection! Ramtha, a so-

called spirit who allegedly speaks from a higher realm through New Ager

J.Z. Knight, told one person: "You have nothing to fear. You have

lived...13,342 and one-half times. You have been every race of peoples

existing from this universe to the twenty-third to the seventeenth to

the one-hundredth universe.... You are a divine creature" (1985, p


In response to this lie, we need to stress that, in the first

place, "all is not one." The Bible distinguishes between the material

and spiritual realms. Solomon once wrote: "Then the dust will return to

the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it"

(Ecclesiastes 12:7). The writer of Hebrews agreed: "Furthermore, we

have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.

Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of

spirits and live?" (Hebrews 12:9). Jesus was even more explicit. He

affirmed that "God is Spirit" and then later stated, "...handle me and

see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have"

(John 4:24; Luke 24:39). Not only does the Bible teach that there is a

distinction between spiritual and material, it also teaches that there

is an essential difference between the various orders of creation.

Genesis reports how God created plants, animals, and men all

separately. Hence, it is inaccurate to speak of man as an animal---for

he is not! Paul said: "All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is

one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, and

another of birds" (I Corinthians 15:39). So, far from all being one,

everything really was created by God to fulfill its separate role in

the Universe. There is, therefore, no hope of immortality in the all-

is-one notion.

In the second place, reincarnation is decidedly out of harmony with

biblical teaching. The Bible teaches that we have not always existed,

but rather that we are the result of a divine act of creation which

took place just a few thousand years ago (Genesis 1,2). We were made in

the image of God, and have as our purpose to serve and reverence God

(Ecclesiastes 12:13; Micah 6:8). We have only this lifetime in which to

determine where we will spend eternity (II Corinthians 5:10; II

Thessalonians 1:7-10). The Bible plainly states: " is appointed

unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).

Ramtha once said: "Do not preach to this world---live in spite of it.

And let everyone else be. The world doesn't need saving---leave it

alone" (p 130). Shall we listen to the voice of an imaginary warrior

from a mythological place, or to the historical Jesus who died to save

this world from sin?

It is time for Christians to affirm that "all have sinned and

fallen short of the glory of God," that "the wages of sin is death"

(Romans 3:23;6:23), and that there is hope only in Jesus. Instead of

viewing themselves as immortal, New Agers need to understand that life

is but "a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away"

(James 4:14).


Satan tempted Eve with the possibility of obtaining divine

illumination. No longer should she be limited with human knowledge---

here was her chance to know what God knows! Satan is repeating this

promise through the NAM today. In their efforts to know "the mind of

God," as it were, New Agers are turning to Eastern gurus, channels

(alleged disembodied spirits which are said to speak from another

dimension), extraterrestrials, dolphins, crystals, and even to the

"Higher Self" within. For example, Ramtha promised an audience: "I am

Ramtha, the Enlightened One. Whatever you do not know, whatever you

need, you will have" (p 16). Hear him again: "In the hour to come

knowledge, enlightenment, understanding, truth as it is so seen this

hour, shall be given unto you as the Lord God of my Perfect Being shall

manifest it for you..." (p 26). Ironically, however, not only does

Ramtha claim that he has the information we need, but he also says that

this precious knowledge is within us: "There is no teacher save you the

teacher. And who be your master indeed? There is no master save you,

Master" (p 129, emp. in orig.). Shirley MacLaine concurs:

We have been looking outside for the answers. Perhaps

they have resided all along in the vast interior of

our own individual consciousness.... Maybe the more

we go within ourselves with love, using the techniques

and age-old procedures of color and energy and sound,

the more we simply remember who we are and come away

enlightened with the truth that we were all there at

the beginning (p 623, emp. in orig.).

All such efforts are destined to fail. Deuteronomy 29:29 teaches

that there are some things that man will never know---regardless of his

arrogant attempts to discover them. When God hides something it stays

hidden (Romans 11:33)! But, since God has "given us all things that

pertain unto life and godliness" (II Peter 1:3), we should rest easy

that we are not lacking any essential information.

This is precisely the point that we need to make. All we need has

been provided. It is not hidden, nor is it within. One of Jehovah's

humble penmen observed: "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in

himself; it is not in man who walks, to direct his steps" (Jeremiah

10:23). Wise king Solomon agreed: "A man's steps are of the Lord; how

then can a man understand his own way?" (Proverbs 20:24). Jesus claimed

that He was the only way to God: "I am the way, the truth, and the

life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). He

also said, "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that

which judges him---the word that I have spoken will judge him in the

last day" (John 12:48). Only the truth has the ability to set one free

(John 8:32), and Jesus stressed that the source of this truth resides

within the Word of God (John 17:17). The pursuit for illumination

"within" amounts to nothing more than simply groping in darkness. There

is no more light "within" than there are words between the lines! We

must realize what the psalmist of old correctly perceived when he said

to God: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path"

(Psalm 119:105). Little wonder he later proclaimed: "The entrance of

Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Psalm


The messages of gurus, channelers, and supposed extraterrestrials

are easy enough to verify. If they contradict the Word of God, they are

false! John wrote: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the

spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone

out into the world" (I John 4:1). Paul issued the same warning when he

told the Galatians: "But if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any

other gospel unto you than what we have preached unto you, let him be

accursed" (1:8). The points of conflict between the New Testament and

the New Age are so abundant that they hardly require documentation.

Indeed, Satan has once again set out to convince man that God is

keeping all the important information to Himself. May the Lord help us

to show the folly of this lie.


Although Satan promised Eve that by taking the fruit she would be

like God, he is today trying to persuade us to believe that we are

already God! This is the central message of the NAM. Deification of

self is taught clearly in this quotation from Ramtha:

I am Ramtha, the Enlightened One, indeed. And who be

you, my most illustrious brotheren [sic], who have

gathered yourselves into this wondrous audience? You

be that which is termed Man, you be that which is termed

Christus, you be that which is termed God. Fallacy?

Reality! You be of your importance and your value and

your word far greater than that which you have first

concluded yourself to be. You be the totality of all

that The Father is: God Supreme. What else be there?

What grander state is there? (p 22).

As incredible as such remarks may sound, they are common fare in

New Age literature. Affirming self-deification plays a major role in

meditation. And it is not difficult to see that when one sits around

for long spells reflecting on his or her deity, the result will be an

immensely warped self-concept and over-inflated ego! Satan knows that

if he can get man to bow the knee to self, his battle is won.

It is here that the conflict between the New Age and Christianity

is most obvious. God did not create man in His "essence," but in His

"image" (Genesis 1:26). The Bible does not leave man to wonder about

his status relative to the divine. Through the mouth of Ezekiel, God

told the king of Tyre: " say, `I am a god, and sit in the seat of

gods, in the midst of the seas,' Yet, you are a man, and not a god..."

(Ezekiel 28:2, emp. added). This candid evaluation stares back at man

from virtually every page of Holy Writ. In the Bible, only the wicked

elevate themselves to the level of deity. King Herod discovered the

Almighty's opinion of such warped self-appraisal:

So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat

on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the

people kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not the

voice of a man!" Then immediately an angel of the Lord

struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And

he was eaten of worms and died (Acts 12:21-23).

This stands in naked contrast to the reaction of Paul and Barnabas

when the heathens at Lystra attempted to worship them (Acts 14:8-18).

Had they been of the NAM, Paul and Barnabas would have encouraged the

Lystrians to recognize their own deity as well! But consider the

response of Paul and Barnabas:

...they tore their clothes and ran in among the

multitude, crying out and saying, "Men, why are you

doing these things? We also are men with the same nature

as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these

vain things to the living God, who made the heaven, the

earth, the sea, and all things that are in them" (Acts 14:


The testimony of creation is not that man is god, but rather, that

God transcends this world. Romans 1 speaks directly to this point:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against

all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men...because

what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God

has shown it to them. For since the creation of the

world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being

understood by the things that are made, even His eternal

power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because,

although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God,

nor were they thankful, but became futile in their thoughts,

and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise,

they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible

God into an image made like corruptible man... (Romans 1:18-


This one teaching of New Age thought effectively eliminates the

entire scheme of redemption---negating 4,000 years of divine action. It

denies the creative acts of Jesus (John 1:1-3), the miraculous

unfolding of prophecy (I Peter 1:10-12), the providential preservation

of the messianic seed (Galatians 3:16), the uniqueness of Jesus' birth

and life, the significance of His pitiable passion, the joy of His

resurrection, and the hope of His second coming. When man declares his

own deity, he has spit in the face of God and personally participated

in maliciously plunging the nails through the sinless Savior's hands

and feet. It would be better to have been the soldier who thrust his

spear through the Messiah's side than to be the man who pompously

claims his own divinity!


In spite of the NAM's eclectic nature and vastness, it may be

reduced, very simply, to this: the same old serpent is telling the same

old lies. No matter what flashy clothes he may wear, or how attractive

his promises may sound, Satan has not changed. Sadly, neither has man.

Perhaps this scenario will be replayed until the very end. Satan will

continue to promise what he cannot give, and will give what he does not

promise. As a result, billions of souls around the world will believe

him and be eternally lost. Christians have an enormous task---to

supplant the lies of Satan with the Truth of God. May we rise to meet

the challenges of our perennial adversary in this new age!

NOTE: More information on this timely subject may be obtained

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Chandler, Russell (1988), `Understanding the New Age' (Dallas, TX: Word


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