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What is the New Age movement?

The New Age movement is very broad and therefore not easily defined. It is a humanistic movement (that initially spread through occult communities in the 1970s and 1980s) rather than a philosophy with a specific set of beliefs. Still, there are some general issues that seem to be consistent throughout.

The “New Age” referred to is the Aquarian Age where man is supposed to evolve spiritually. In this, the focus is very much on man rather than on God. Man is considered divine, inherently good and in need of reaching his potential internally.

Man is also to be in harmony with nature. This movement can actually be a form of spiritism. Nature is considered to be spiritual as well. Overall, the New Age is characterized by moral relativism and universal tolerance. Each person is to find his or her own reality and, through tolerance, produce peace and love. To many the movement may seem a good thing, because it speaks of peace and love, but in reality the New Age is a malignant movement disguised by aspects that make it look good.

The New Age worldview is not in harmony with the Bible. New Age philosophy incorporates elements of pagan worship including Eastern mysticism, astrology, palm reading, crystal healing, pyramidology, Western European paganism (Wicca), Native American spiritism, pantheism and nature worship. It sometimes includes linking up with aliens in an intergalactic consciousness. Some forms do acknowledge Christ as a yogi. Some New Age practices also include psychic powers like levitation and efforts to contact the spirits of the dead. There is an emphasis on the acquisition of mystical knowledge.
This movement teaches that all is God. Such doctrine is called pantheism. The idea that a personal God who has revealed himself to humanity is rejected.

The occult practices of New Age have to do with evil spirits. Demons pose as the spirits of the dead, and they are also the ones behind occult supernatural acts, often unbeknownst to the occult practitioner. All these practices are in abomination to God.
Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, God had made it clear how they were to live. The people of the land they were entering had their own practices, some of which are also found in the New Age movement. God’s warning to Israel was: “When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).

What is Chrislam?

Chrislam is an attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. While it began in Nigeria in the 1980s, Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Chrislam has grown dramatically and now has infected many hundreds of churches.

Since the word of God is only the Bible and not the Quran, the union between Christianity and Islam is not acceptable. The main belief on which the Bible and the Quran are in contradiction is Jesus The Bible declares that Jesus is God (John 1:1) and the son of God (Mark 1:1). According to the Quran, Jesus is not God (Surah 5:17) and he is not his son (Surah 4:171; Surah 72:3). Furthermore, Islam denies the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (Surah 4:157-158). Islam sees Jesus only as a messenger of Allah and nothing else (Surah 4:171).

John 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". Salvation is only in Jesus.
The following biblical passages are clearly in contradiction with what Islam says about Jesus:

1 John 2:22: "Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son".

1 John 4:2-3: "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already."

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A study of one of the most troubling parts of the Bible for skeptics, the Israelite conquest of Canaan.

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Is atheism still a credible position? Many say it's not. They say it's a silly fairy tale. What do you think?

https://rightsmarts.com/atheism

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“God is dead. We do not need him. It’s time to give up childish things and think as adults. Become scientifically literate. Become informed. Grow out of religious belief just as you did with the belief in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.” John W. Loftus, Author and Atheist (Debunking Christianity Blog)

John Loftus is well known for his ‘conversion’ from Christianity to atheism. Is he right about God? Loftus claims that science is a better explanation of existing phenomena than the Bible. He also believes that Christians are ‘not’ scientifically literate and need to ‘become informed.’ Is he right about that?

Let’s take a closer look at one of more than 230 Free Ebooks in the GraceLife Library.

https://gracelifethoughts.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/does-science-disprove-god-and-the-bible.pdf
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The Laws of Planetary Motion

The creation scientist Johannes Kepler discovered that the planets in our solar system obey three laws of nature. He found that planets orbit in ellipses (not perfect circles as had been previously thought) with the sun at one focus of the ellipse; thus a given planet is sometimes closer to the sun than at other times. Kepler also found that planets sweep out equal areas in equal times—in other words, planets speed up as they get closer to the sun within their orbit. And third, Kepler found the exact mathematical relationship between a planet’s distance from the sun (a) and its orbital period (p); planets that are farther from the sun take much longer to orbit than planets that are closer (expressed as p2=a3). Kepler’s laws also apply to the orbits of moons around a given planet.

As with the laws of chemistry, these laws of planetary motion are not fundamental. Rather, they are the logical derivation of other laws of nature. In fact, it was another creation scientist (Sir Isaac Newton) who discovered that Kepler’s laws could be derived mathematically from certain laws of physics—specifically, the laws of gravity and motion (which Newton himself formulated).
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In this next part of our special series, we’ll look at another example of using scientific investigation to determine whether a controversial claim is true or false.

Evolution

https://faithandselfdefense.com/2018/11/30/arguments-from-science-part-three/
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