Read His Words Before Ours!
As I researched New Age beliefs,
I pondered the draw of these religious practices.
The New Age religion is actually a mix of several religious mindsets that have been categorized under the umbrella of New Age.
The New Age category is identified by two main characteristics:
1) Unity that will bring about societal and spiritual transformation and
2) Practices that will bring about individual spiritual transformation as a precursor to a larger, corporate unity and breakthrough.
Enlightenment is said to come from practices involving (but not necessarily limited to): channeling, astrology, crystals, tarot cards, psychics, and even in some cases drug usage. This is a broad overview, so New Age practitioners may use a variety of methods with the main overarching goal of spiritually reaching higher as, individuals, in order to corporately become unified.
The more I read about the desires behind the beliefs,
the more I recognized those hopes within myself.
How I would love to see a world in which we walked in unity!
Can you imagine people all moving together as one to eradicate
and so many other social injustices?
What a powerful force that would be!
There was another civilization who felt their cohesive unity could accomplish their own brilliant plans.
Their fatal flaw? Pride.
Blindsided by their own arrogant pride in thinking they, in their sinful humanity, could set out to accomplish their plans and make themselves their own god,
Just look at the outcome at the Tower of Babel. (Genesis 11:1-9)
The more I envisioned the power of unity becoming a reality
through the methods of my own individual enlightenment,
the more I recognized I was the flaw in the logic of this plan.
Or at least, the recognition of my own, fallen, sinful humanity, revealed the flaw.
The idea of working as one, unified group sounds great… until I actually think through what it would take in order for it to be an ongoing, success.
And there, the hope of success falls short.
How do I know?
First, I am a people watcher.
This is one of the reasons that I love to travel. Airports and destinations thrill me as I get to observe and meet new people, places, and cultures. I have experienced beauty and growth; I’ve seen human nature shine in all of its glory, both good and bad.
I’ve witnessed the kind person helping the mom traveling with kiddos.
I’ve also seen the woman moving through the airport crowds as though she were a human battering ram.
In all of my experiences,
I have never met a perfect person or a perfect team of people.
Even teams that gel for a season eventually fall short in some way.
If that weren’t the case, the same teams would consistently win the Super Bowl, World Series, or the NBA finals. All of those teams moved with a singular goal in mind of functioning to the best of their abilities as a team, in order to win the ultimate championship.
Even so, there were errors and failures in the midst of those journeys, and that was with everyone agreeing to the same rules of the game and methods for winning! Putting players from different sports on the same team and expecting them to win the championship, likely won’t yield the desired results.
Second, I know my inner thoughts.
I have walked with the Lord for several years, yet I still sin.
I’ve grown immensely through His Spirit making me new, and my struggle against certain sins are less, but I have not (nor will I ever, at least on earth) arrive at a point of perfect sinless living or attain godlike equality.
I know my failures and shortcomings.
I know my pet peeves that challenge me to work well with some individuals.
I know the times I have allowed my sin to fracture teams and hurt those around me. I know I am a sinner, and no effort on my part will ever make me good enough to reach a great spiritual enlightenment on my own.
Third, I believe the Bible is true and that Jesus is alive.
I have experienced the impact of the Holy Spirit dwelling within me as He has made me new. His movement in my life, and in other Christians, have continuously proven the Word to be true. I have seen people encouraged by the Word of God and promises revealed through it coming to pass. I have walked through dark times, and been buoyed by hope solely found in my relationship with Jesus.
Because I have experienced all of this with Jesus,
I cannot comprehend a hope-filled life without Him.
As we move through our days, may our walk with the Lord
be the defining hope of our lives.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life,
and it is only through Him that we can experience fulfillment.
The journey will never be boring!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!