Exposing Christian Propaganda Against The New Age Movement
by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer
In her 1983 #1 best-selling book The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow Constance Cumbey offered the first major criticism
of the New Age movement from a Christian perspective. She has also discussed the contents of this book of hers on the
EWTN global Catholic TV network. I occasionally correspond with her and often post on her blog. My 11/7/2017 post on her
In one of Constance Cumbey's blog posts about Pope Francis' new environmental mission, she provided a link to an article
by Mary Jo Anderson, a renowned Roman Catholic writer and speaker. In the post Cumbey wrote: "I had talks
about it [where Catholics are headed] in the past and she [Anderson] agreed with my analysis "Earth Worship
was definitely where they were headed." The article that Cumbey provided a link to is
titled Neo Gnostics at the End of the Age.
In the article Anderson wrote: Across America Catholics were being wooed with outright neo-Gnostic
practices taught by priests and nuns. The strategy to empty the Catholic Church of its doctrine and to
supplant it with a false religion...[An Earth worshiping religion].
Neo Gnostics do not worship the earth, nor do they worship the creation. The most common form of ancient
Gnosticism was Valentinianism. The renowned Christian Gnostic Valentinus (100-160), who was once a candidate
for the Bishop of Rome, but lost and then started his own church, wrote: "... the world is the total
mountain of evil, a deserted dwelling place of beasts, to which all who lived before the law and all Gentiles render worship. But Jerusalem
represents the creation or the Creator whom the Jews worship.... You then who are spiritual should
worship neither the creation nor the Craftsman [Creator, the Old Testament God], but the Father of
Truth [Jesus Christ's Father]."
Anderson also wrote: Perhaps the best known New Age apostate from Catholicism is a former Dominican
priest, Matthew Fox. Fox frequents dissident Catholic conferences as a guru of a pantheistic “Creation
Spirituality.” Fox, and New Age priest Tom Berry are votaries of the urbane French Jesuit paleontologist,
Teilhard de Chardin. ... It was Chardin’s mystical marriage of pantheism and futurism
that captivated and inspired....
Matthew Fox is not a pantheist and
neither was Chardin a pantheist. Fox is a pan[en]theist who is a votary of
the pan[en]theist Teilhard de Chardin.
A statement on Fox's website reads: A principle of Creation Spirituality is panentheism: God is
as much beyond all words and images as in all forms and beings. God is both transcendent and immanent.
[Pantheists believe that God is only immanent.]
The universe is expanding out into infinity and it's expanding faster than the speed of light. The universe
is an image or form, and there are no images or forms beyond the outer boundaries of the universe. The only thing
that is out there in infinity is God's Spirit.
Helena Blavatsky is the Mother of the New Age movement. Mahatma Gandhi said that: "Theosophy is the teaching
of Madame Blavatsky. It is Hinduism at its best." Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) was a Hindu who is widely
revered as the Father of Yoga in the West. He quoted his guru in his book Autobiography of a Yogi, "Christ’s claim,
'No man cometh unto the Father, but by me' (John 14:6), is a promise to all humanity, irrespective of creed.
'Jesus meant, never that he was the sole Son of God, but that no man can attain the unqualified Absolute,
the transcendent Father beyond creation, until he has first manifested the 'Son' or activating Christ
Consciousness within creation." - Swami Sri Yukteswar
God the Father is Spirit and It is in all of creation and It is also beyond the creation and is infinite.
When people become One with Spirit in creation they are still attached to having a body to identify with, so they will
experience the universe as their body. This gives them the mystical experience of being one with the universe. But
they will then eventually advance spiritually and lose all attachment to having a body to identify with. They will
then become One with the Father (or Spirit) beyond the creation.
Another post of mine on Cumbey's blog:
Two pontifical councils wrote and published a joint document about the New Age and they totally got it wrong. To distort the
truth to the degree that they did in this document of theirs makes me think that they are influenced and deceived by an
evil supernatural entity. They wrote:
New Age has a marked preference for Eastern or pre-Christian religions, which are reckoned to be
uncontaminated by Judaeo-Christian distorsions. Hence great respect is given to ancient agricultural
rites and to fertility cults. "Gaia", Mother Earth, is offered as an alternative to God the Father,
whose image is seen to be linked to a patriarchal conception of male domination of women.
There is talk of God, but it is not a personal God; the God of which New Age speaks is
neither personal nor transcendent. Nor is it the Creator and sustainer of the universe,
but an "impersonal energy" immanent in the world, with which it forms a "cosmic unity":
"All is one". This unity is monistic, pantheistic or, more precisely, panentheistic.
God is the "life-principle", the "spirit or soul of the world", the sum total of consciousness
existing in the world. In a sense, everything is God. God's presence is clearest in the
spiritual aspects of reality, so every mind/spirit is, in some sense, God."
Wikipedia: "Pantheism is the belief that all reality is identical with divinity, or that everything composes
an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god." [God is totally immanent.]
Wikipeadia: "Panentheism is the belief that the divine pervades and interpenetrates every part of the universe ... is greater
than the universe ... extends beyond time and space. ... and transcends all things created." [God is both immanent and transcendent.]
H.P. Blavatsky, the Mother of the New Age Movement, hardly ever used the word “God.” She used terms such as “Deity,” “The Divine,”
and “The Absolute.” Blavatsky said that "the One Infinite Divine Principle is undefinable and indescribable but that the ancient
Hindu teaching about Brahman comes closest to the reality." It is literally "beginningless," and greater than the universe, which
had a beginning. It "manifested" the universe and "sustains" it. And It is not a little bigger than the universe, but is "boundless," "endless," "Infinite," and "entirely
unconditioned." "It is not a Being. It is Be-ness itself."
David Spangler, one of the founding figures of the modern New Age movement, wrote: The world soul is usually
conceived as a "formative force," an active, intelligent, purposeful spiritual presence at work in the material world [it is immanent]
to guide and guard the course of planetary evolution. It is generally not accorded the status of being the ultimate source, or
Creator [who is transcendent and immanent], but might be looked upon as a great angelic or archangelic being presiding over the well being of
the world, or as the gestalt, the wholeness of all the lives and patterns that manifest upon, and as, the earth [Gaia].
Paramahansa Yogananda wrote: "The word 'God' means the manifested, transcendental Being beyond creation, but existing
in relation to creation. Spirit existed before God. God is the Creator of the universe, but Spirit is the Creator of
God." Spirit is the "ultimate source, or Creator," because It "created"/emanated the Creator of the universe. Spirit
is the ultimate source of everything.
Gnostics believe that because the "ultimate and absolute God," who is Spirit, emanated a deific being named Sophia,
who in turn "emanated a flawed consciousness, a being who became the creator of the material and psychic
cosmos" (who is referred to as "half-maker")" that, therefore, the "ultimate source, or Creator" (also known as the "authentic half")
is the ultimate and absolute God, and that It (Spirit) is the ultimate source of everything.
News: On November 12, 2017, this article was posted on Hippyland's "New Age" forum. The article
here. Hippyland is a 290,000 registered members interactive website. Its
founder amd webmaster is Skip Stone. He added his "like" to the article and then initiated e-mail correspondence
with me. We have been occasionally corresponding for years. Mr. Stone has my article
UN, Natives And Hippies Unite To Save The World prominently displayed
on his Hippyland site.
More on this topic...
Hindus and Neo-Gnostic New Agers believe: As Absolute Reality, God is unmanifest, unchanging and transcendent, the Self God,
timeless, formless and spaceless. As Pure Consciousness, God is the manifest primal substance, pure love and light flowing
through all form, existing everywhere in time and space as divine intelligence and power. As Primal Soul, God is
our personal Lord.
Extolling God's first Perfection, the Vedas explain, "Self-resplendent, formless, unoriginated and pure,
that all-pervading being is both within and without. He transcends even the transcendent, unmanifest,
causal state of the universe " (Manduka Upanishad 2.1.2).
In summary, Hindus and Neo-Gnostic New Agers know God in His three perfections, two of form and one formless. Hindus
and New Agers worship His manifest form as Pure Love and Consciousness. And we worship Him as our Personal Lord, the Primal
Soul who tenderly loves and cares for His devotees--a being whose resplendent body (made of uncreated eternal light) may be seen
in mystic vision. And we worship and ultimately realize Him as the formless Absolute, which is
beyond qualities and description.
Rev. Mathew Fox is a panentheist who believes that God is, both, transcendent in the creation (He says, "In creation,
God is both transcendent and immanent...") and transcendent in respect to His dwelling place "above the world,
supercelestial or above the heavens."
Fox wrote: He [Thomas Aquinas] observes that apostles and prophets praise God in the Scriptures in this way:
As the Cause of all things, as good, as beautiful; as wise; as beloved; as God of gods; as holy of holies; as eternal; as
wisdom; as reason; as justice; as virtue; as in spirits, as in bodies, as in heaven and on earth, at the same time in
the same place, in the world, involved in the world, above the world, supercelestial or above the heavens,
supersubstantial; as the sun, as a star; fire; water; air; and dew; as cloud; stone; rock and all the other
beings attributed to God as cause. And the Divine One is none of these beings insofar as God surpasses all things.
Fox also wrote: "Is Aquinas in this passage revealing himself to be an unabashed polytheist? Or has he
merged [pantheist] polytheism [God as "a star, fire, water," etc,] with monotheism [God being "above the
world, supercelestial or above the heavens"] like no one ever has, urging us to find the One God
in all things? The Jewish and Muslim mantra of the One God finds a radical application in this powerful
and unprecedented passage. It opens us to a new practice: Find God in one being, any being—a leaf, a
flower, a star, a galaxy, a person, an animal, a musical piece, a poem, a bridge. Here lies a challenge
for the ages."
Another post of mine on Cumbey's blog:
Helena Blavatsky is the Mother of the New Age Movement. Mahatma Gandhi said that: "Theosophy is the teaching of
Madame Blavatsky. It is Hinduism at its best." Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) was a Hindu who is widely
revered as the Father of Yoga in the West. He wrote:
The projected consciousness of God immanent in all creation ... [is] in Christian scripture, the
'only begotten son,' the only pure reflection in creation of God the Father; in Hindu scripture,
Kutastha Chaitanya or Tat, the universal consciousness, or cosmic intelligence, of Spirit
everywhere present in creation. (The terms 'Christ Consciousness' and 'Christ Intelligence'
are synonymous, as also 'Cosmic Christ' ...) It is the universal consciousness, oneness
with God [in creation, as the, less than divine, world soul (which is not the highest state of consciousness)],
manifested by Jesus, Krishna, and other avatars. Great saints and yogis know it as the state of
samadhi meditation wherein their consciousness has become identified with the divine
intelligence [degraded down to the world soul intelligence] in every particle of creation; they
feel the entire universe as their own body."
Yogananda also quoted John 14:6 "I [the Cosmic Christ]) am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father (mergence in Spirit beyond creation), but by me (ascension through
the Christ Consciousness [or the Cosmic Christ] omnipresent in creation)."
Yogananda also wrote, that when a person has reached the highest state of consciousness he
feels "the ever-bubbling Bliss that dances in every particle of his little body, and in his big Cosmic Body
of the universe, and in his absolute nature as one with the Eternal Spirit [the 'Father"] beyond
manifested forms [or beyond the creation]."
In respect to Jesus Christ's "big body" (the universe) he is the Cosmic Christ, and in
respect to Jesus Christ's "absolute nature" He is One with Spirit (His "Father") beyond the creation.
Teilhard de Chardin said "I can be saved only by becoming one with the universe." Rev. Matthew Fox said
"The Order of the Sacred Earth not only calls us home to our true nature as Earth," which David Spangler,
a New Age prophet, said is the world soul (the earth is the world soul), and its body includes the earth
and the entire universe. Mr. Spangler believes we are saved when we become One with Spirit beyond the creation.
This is New Age theology.
Another post of mine on Cumbey's blog:
New Age theology: Revelation 22:16 [KJV] "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star [Lucifer]." Jesus has a Luciferian mission to
lead us to Christhood (or, to the "Cosmic Christ" state of consciousness, which is oneness with the world soul, who's body
is the earth and the entire universe.) And Jesus also has a mission beyond his Luciferian mission. He has a Son of God mission
to lead us to Oneness with His unqualified Absolute transcendent "Father" (who is Spirit) beyond creation.
Another post of mine on Cumbey's blog:
There are "Christian" pan[en]theists who believe that Spirit (God) is located, both, in the creation and beyond the creation,
and that God's Spirit in the creation permeates the entire creation, and that It is the Divine world soul, whose body is
the "Earth," a term that they use to describe the entire Universe. They also believe that the "Divine world soul,
the Earth and the entire Cosmos," together as "One Entity," is the "Cosmic Christ." They believe that by becoming One with
the "Cosmic Christ" they will have attained "the final recognition of the All in All, the unity of the Self with the
Cosmos - the cognition of the DIVINITY OF THE SELF!" Rev. Matthew Fox has this belief, as did also, Teilhard de Chardin.
New Age pan[en]theists believe that Spirit (God) is located, both, in the creation and beyond the creation,
and that God's Spirit in the creation permeates the entire creation. However, we do not believe that It is the
Divine world soul whose body is the Earth and the entire Universe. We believe that Spirit ("God") created
the god that created the universe, and that He was originally Divine, but later sinned and consequently lost his
Divine status, and that it was after he lost his Divine status that he created this, from its origins, corrupt universe.
We also believe that he manifests his sinful evil side as Satan and that he manifests his good side as the, less than
Divine, world soul. We believe that Jesus Christ is, both, one with the, less than Divine, world soul\earth\cosmos (and is, in
this way, the Cosmic Christ) and that He is also One with the "unqualified Absolute, the transcendent Father beyond the
creation." We believe that the only way to become One with the "Father" is to go through the experience of
first becoming one with the, less than Divine, Cosmic Christ. Jesus said, the only way to the Father
is through me [the Cosmic Christ].