'New Age' problems - Oprahs and Chopras

June 20, 2014
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By Jasbir T. Singh |

The Shroud of Turin: The Holy Face of Jesus (Wikimedia Commons)
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A few years ago (2008) I downloaded and listened to this audio clip from a Theology on Tap talk given by Father Dan Dubroy, a Catholic priest in Ottawa. He spoke at length about what to make of the New Age Movement (NAM), and how it has influenced so many people, causing them to withdraw from the Church. He also revealed that New Age ideology has infiltrated the Church itself, causing some priests and church-goers to dissent from basic Church teaching.

What is New Age?

Fr. Dubroy explains that the New Age ideology is based on eastern mysticism and astrology. It claims, for instance, that in the last 2000 years we were in the Age of Pisces, or the Christian era, but now it is finished. In other words, Christianity is no longer relevant today. In the new millenium, we are now supposedly in the Age of Aquarius, in which people are free and liberated, and to paraphrase Fr. Dubroy's own words, New Age proponents feel they no longer require or desire to follow a guy who was humiliated, and nailed to a cross.

Simply put, the New Age Movement rejects Jesus Christ, and the need for salvation. Rather than thinking of God as a person outside of us, of whom we can have a relationship with, we alone are capable of finding God present inside ourselves through techniques that unlock our own internal power. New Age ideology influences a person into thinking that they can build their own spirituality, and find God internally, therefore, the natural conclusion that follows is, "I must be God." New Age proponents even go as far as misquoting the Bible by suggesting that this passage supports their movement:
Be still and know that I am God. -- Psalm 46:10
Another teaching of New Age ideology, which is very attractive to believers, is that there is no such thing as sin. There is only a lack of knowledge. The knowledge buried within ourselves only has to be discovered. No revelation is required, and no commitment has to be made. You don't have to do anything, except for finding a technique or practice that will unlock that which is inside you. The more you do it, the more you will come to this inner knowledge.

The New Age ideology is extremely subtle and appears harmless, when in fact it is leading people astray into anti-Christian false beliefs. It manifests itself in so many ways, such as: yoga, enneagram, tarot cards, mantras, all forms of Buddhism (such as Zen), parapsychology, palm reading, reflexology, hypnosis, therapeutic touch, massage therapy (not to be confused with physiotherapy), homeopathic medicine, potions, labyrinth, astrology, horoscopes, biofeedback, and on and on. Father Dubroy states that these practices are insidious, and can suck people in without them realizing it. Chris White provides a very thorough definition of the New Age Movement in the first 10 minutes of this YouTube presentation.

New Age in the Catholic Church

Even within the Catholic Church, New Age ideas are present. For example, on this web page from the web site of St. Patrick's Basilica (Ottawa), a Christian meditation group, founded by John Main, uses a mantra developed by a Hindu swami. The mantra is wrapped with Christian and Catholic language to disguise its New Age roots. Father Dubroy discusses this movement at length, and clearly identifies them as New Age. This community is also in dialogue with Buddhism, and practices yoga at many of its centres across the nation.

Analysis by the Vatican

Fr. Dubroy recommends reading the Vatican document, Jesus Christ - The Bearer of the Water of Life, which provides a thorough analysis of New Age, and its anti-Christian ideology. New Age is anti-Christian because it teaches that Jesus is not the Lord, and that he was merely a good teacher among others. The rebellion of New Age ideology comes from original sin. Adam and Eve were clearly deceived and they decided to partake from the tree of knowledge. Rather than being content as the object of God's creation, they wanted to be the creator. This is what New Age teaches, that one can unlock the knowledge within themselves, and become God.

Advice to Christians

I completely agree with Fr. Dubroy when he says that people are spiritual, and that it is in our nature to worship something. If we don't worship Christ, then it will be something else - sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, sport teams or players, famous actors and musicians, etc. The problem is that when one adopts the New Age ideology, it makes a person focus on themselves so much that it causes narcissism to such a degree that the need for a personal God is eliminated, and is replaced with the notion that the person can save themselves rather than relying on a saviour.

Christianity, on the other hands teaches that since a person is human, they are capable of having a relationship with another person. Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God (the second person of the Trinity), therefore it follows that the only true access to God, is through Him. The Secret; however, claims that the secret is that "I am God". The Da Vinci Code also claims that "the secret" was withheld, that it's not really Jesus Christ, but "myself" who is God.

Father Dubroy clearly states that to reject the Church is to reject Christ, and to reject Christ is to live against Christ, or in the Antichrist, which is precisely what the New Age movement teaches.

Passages from the Bible

St. Paul's letter to the Colossians 2:6-10:

As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fulness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fulness of life in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

The Church's ultimate trial

(taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.


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