The New Age Is Right — Kind Of

Pastor's Ponderings IllustrationBible Readings for the day: Psalm 92:1-15, 1 Corinthians 3:1-23, 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:19
Meditational Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16  Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
17  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

New Age practitioners amaze me.  They are so close to the truth, yet they are miles (tens of millions of miles) from it.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that “god dwells in me.” How many times have I read that “god is a part of me and I am a part of god? ” Paul agrees (kind of) with the New Age practitioners:  God the Holy Spirit lives in me.  I am God the Holy Spirit’s temple.  It’s like Paul and the New Age agree.  But they don’t.

The New Age religions teach that all of creation is a part of god, it is an emanation of god.  I am part of god (I am god) because god is all in all (something else Paul agrees with — kind of).  I am a part of god and it is my task, using New Age techniques, to get in touch with the god part of my being and develop that god part of my being.  The New Age teaches that god is an intrinsic part of me and that I am an intrinsic part of god.  Getting in touch with the god in–that is how I can be spiritual without being religious.

Paul would never agree with this proposition.  Paul states that God the Holy Spirit lives in me, but his residence in me is an alien residence.  I am not a part of God the Holy Spirit nor is God the Holy Spirit part of me.  Out of his great love and mercy, through faith in Jesus as my Savior, God the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in me.  When I was powerless and helpless and unable to find God, God found me!  That is the difference between Paul and the New Age, that is the difference between biblical Christianity and the New Age.

Notice what Paul tells us in verse 17:  “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.”  God the Holy Spirit is not an intrinsic part of me.  Through unrepentant sin that leads to unbelief, I can drive God the Holy Spirit out of me.  I can destroy the temple which God the Holy Spirit built.  I am not a part of God, God is not a part of me; God, in his mercy, has chosen to live in me.  And may I, in response, live for him and live in his forgiveness!  Amen!

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