The Church of Me

In 1986, Shirley MacLaine wrote her acclaimed work Dancing in the Light, describing her personal spiritual journey. In her book she made one very interesting claim that sparked new thinking throughout a variety of Western Religious groups:

I am God, because all energy is plugged in to the same source. We are each aspects of that source. We are all part of God. We are individualized reflections of the God source. God is us and we are God.” (p. 339)

Maclaine’s conclusion is descriptive of the New Age religious movement which combines both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions. It tries to mold Christianity with Eastern Mysticism. Many professed Christians are starting to embrace various elements of the New Age movement saying that it grants them a deeper, more experiential spiritual connection. So we need to ask ourselves; is Christianity compatible with these New Age beliefs? God Himself posed this question to His people long ago:

To whom would you liken Me And make Me equal and compare Me, That we would be alike?” (Isaiah 46:5)

The Jews in Isaiah’s time have polluted themselves to the point that God has no choice but to send them into Babylonian captivity. But this punishment will only be temporary, and God foretells Babylon’s ultimate collapse (46:1-2). God wants to remind His children of His supremacy over the so-called “gods” of the Babylonians and so He asked them if there was anyone who even compared to Him. This was more of a rhetorical question, and God answers for them:

Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.” (Isaiah 46:9)

God doesn’t simply reject Shirley Maclaine’s belief that she “is God,” He goes one step further to say that there is nobody who is even close to being “like” Him. According to God Himself, there is no way to combine Christianity and the New Age movement. We have a simple choice: we can forsake God to dabble in this man-invented false spirituality that claims that “God is in everything, and everything is a part of God”, or we can submit ourselves to the One Maker, Sustainer, Giver of Life and Judge. The New Age movement tries to degrade God to a sub-human level, worshiping the created rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). If we want to know the one true God, we must first know our place in the grand scheme of things.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8–9) 

 

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Posted on October 27, 2012, in Putting On The New Self and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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