Exepted from a book by: Jeff Johnson called
SPIRTUAL DECEPTION IN THE HIGHEST
In the Word, it says: "... we are not the MANY which corrupt the Word of God". The Bible tells us that MANY people are trying to corrupt the Word of God. In previous comparisons we have seen SOME of the heresy which has crept into these 'modern' versions of the Bible. We have seen the denial of the deity of Jesus, the removal of Jesus' blood as the atonement for our sins, we have seen Catholic doctrine, etc. etc.
In this chapter we will look at another category of corruption included in 'modern' versions: It is 'New Age Doctrine'.
Q U E S T I O N S F O R N E W A G E R S
In this section we will pose several questions to 'New Agers'. We will then analyze their response(s) and check for the presence of 'New Age' doctrine in 'new versions' of the Bible.
Question #1 For New Agers:
"WE ARE ALL 100% divine" - Maharishi [S3P184].
"ALL MEN are innate divinity" - Annie Besant [S3P184].
"The knowingness of OUR divinity is the highest intelligence
"We need a World Religion ... based on DIVINE ESSENCE
IN EACH PERSON. Peace can only come when we recognize THE DIVINITY IN EACH
The first 'New Age' belief is that MAN is divine, i.e.
God. Now let's see if that corrupt doctrine is in 'new versions'.
"New versions fall back into ... a belief in the divinity of man" [S3P184].
Not only do some 'new versions' place man up with God,
but these 'new versions' also change God from the personage of the Trinity
to a 'nature' or 'divine nature'. In other words, 'new versions' lower
God. For example:
Question #2 For New Agers:
"[T]he Church is wrong with calling them Devils ... [T]he
word demon however, as in the case of Socrates, and in the spirit of the
meaning given to it by the whole of antiquity, stand[s] for the Guardian
Spirit or Angel not a Devil of Satanic descent as Theology would have it
A second 'New Age' belief is that there are no such things
as 'devils'. Let's look at some 'new versions' to check for this error.
Indeed, new versions ignore the existence of devils. New
versions change 'devils' to 'demons'.
Question #3 For New Agers:
First off; let's define those terms. Per Webster's dictionary:
Servant: "... one who exerts himself for the benefit of another master ... as a public servant, an official of the government". [S3P221]
Slave: "... a person HELD in bondage, a thrall. One who
has LOST CONTROL of himself, freedom of action. A drudge." [S3P221].
Per Webster, there is a big difference between servants and slaves. Servants work because they WANT TO. Servants have RETAINED their freedom. Slaves work because they HAVE TO. Slaves have LOST their freedom.
So how do New Agers see Christians?
"The New Agers see ... Christ's Church as: '... bigoted and cruel to all who do not choose to be it's SLAVES'" [S3P223].
"New Age leaders say Adam was a 'SLAVE' before he ate from the Tree of Life. He was then 'emancipated' just like Lucifer, who '... preferred free will to passive slavery'.
Another New Age author writes:
'[D]ogmas have made weaklings and SLAVES of men ... Justification by faith and vicarious atonement were taught as Gospel truth and man became a greater SLAVE than before'" [S3P223].
Thus, New Agers see Christians as 'slaves' of Christ.
Now, let's see if this 'New Age' belief is in some 'modern'
versions. (The following table is from [S3P224-225]).
Sure enough, 'New Age Doctrine' can be added to our list of errors contained in 'new versions'.
Question #4 For New Agers:
Roy Livesey: author and publisher of the New Age Bulletin, in England, says: "Christ, however doesn't refer to the Lord Jesus Christ but to the World Teacher" [S3P322].
Thus, New Agers change Jesus Christ (the Master) to just
a "teacher". Let's see if 'new versions' do the same. ( The following table
is from [S3P323] ).
Question #5 For New Agers:
Edwin Luzer: "Doctrine is NOT IMPORTANT [in the New Age]. What is important is religious experience" [S3P328].
Once Jesus is no longer 'Master', notice what happens
to Christian doctrine: doctrine is then no longer important! In new versions,
doctrine is 'watered down' to the generic term: 'teaching'. For example:
( The following table is from [S3P326-327] ).
Does this remind you of 2nd Timothy 4:3 ? i.e.:
"For the time will come when they will NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves TEACHERS ..." [S3P327].
As Christians we KNOW doctrine is important! Religious historian David L. Johnson says:
"Doctrine specifically states that which is of ULTIMATE CONCERN" [S3P327].
Or put another way: "Our plan of action REQUIRES ... sound
doctrine. [I]t is the formal
Question #6 For New Agers:
Ramtha: "God ... will allow you to be and do ANYTHING you wish and hold you JUDGELESS. God HAS NEVER judged anyone." [S3P287].
Comment: "Since the destruction of the earth is a result
of God's judgment, those verses describing the severity of that judgment
are 'softened up' or omitted. (The following table is from [S3P286-287]).
Question #7 For New Agers:
H.P. Blavatsky: " ... Hell and its sovereign are both INVENTIONS of Christianity." [S3P291].
Let's see what this 'New Age' belief has done to 'modern'
versions: ( The following table is from [S3P292] ).
Notice that Hell, a place of eternal torment and punishment, has been changed to the generic term: 'death'.
Question #8 For New Agers:
First off; let's see what God says in the KJV:
"... the earth also and the works that are therein shall be BURNED UP." ( II Peter 3:10 ).
"Luciferian H.P. Blavatsky: 'Both Jesus and St. John the Baptist preached the end of the Age ... So little did the UNINITIATED CHRISTIANS understand that they accepted the words of Jesus literally and firmly believed he meant the end of the world'" [S3P283].
New Agers believe that this 'world' will remain. They DO NOT believe the world will burn up as stated in the Bible. Instead New Agers believe in a nebulous concept of one age ending and a 'New Age' then beginning.
Now, let's see if this 'New Age' belief has been injected
into 'modern' versions. ( The following table is from [S3P285] ).
The 'New Age' corruption, that the sinful earth will remain, is also included in 'new versions'.
As G.A. Riplinger points out:
Something to think about!
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