When entering this simple phrase, “Is There a New Age Agenda?” in a Google search I got some extremely strange answers. To some groups, it seems, New Age ideas are unbeleivably scary and signs of devil worship! I was truly shocked to see this, it is definitely not something I can recognize. There was warnings of a New World Order, where a disciple of Satan will take the reins and all Christians are going to be killed for their beliefs! I feel that these fallacies are very hurtful to me and to all the loving people I have met within New Age groups.
In my mind the New Age agenda (if there is such a thing) is spreading world peace and understanding, and nothing else.
To me these notions of evil are absolutely incomprehensible, for several reasons:
- New Age is really not the correct name for this ‘movement’, since a lot of the ideas are older than many of the major religions.
- There is no real leaders in the New Age movement as far as I know, and no one is trying to tell anyone else they have to do anything other than be loving and peaceful.
- There is no set direction in New Age, everyone chooses his or her own ideas and beliefs.
- There is references to Heaven’s Gate and other extremist groups in these doomsday warnings, as if they are typical utterings of New Age beliefs, and that to me is just sad. Considering how many atrocities that have been commited in the name of many a peaceful deity from the major religions I find it sad that they try to vilify a peaceful and inclusive movement with such strange examples.
- Of all the things I have found in the New Age movement, and I have studied MANY books and listened to MANY of the greatest speakers in this genre, one thing is more evident than anything else: they talk about peace and understanding.
New Age as I understand it
To me the New Age movement does not deny or ban any religion, on the contrary; it encompasses them all, and takes on many of the good parts of all religions. All the great motivational speakers underline the goodness and the similarities between all religions, and many of them are very religious, but they do not shun those who are not.
I cannot help but feel that those who are so dogmatic that they accuse others of being Satan’s desciples, should do a lot of soul searching. What are they really afraid of? The spreading of unconditional love and understanding?
All the books I have read and all the great teachers I have listened to have taught love; love for oneself and love for others. I have not found a single book or teacher in the New Age movement proclaiming that one or the other religion is better than the rest, or that religions should be avoided. On the contrary: most of the great teachers are religious in one way or the other. All religions are good if you use them for good, but as with everything else; it all depends on how you choose to interpret things.
I think that those who feel threatened by the New Age movement and accuse it of being sinful and evil suffer from that old problem: fear of the unknown. Unfortunately there is not much one can do about it, other than hope they will realize that there is no evil intentions there. I of course realize there is differences between different New Age groups, just as there is differences between the groups in the major religions. Unfortunately it does not seem to have much to do with the belief systems themselves, it has to do with group leaders who feel threatened when people do not follow the dogmas they teach.
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