Monday, August 14, 2006
The New Age - A Pathway to Paradise ? (1983)
|Produced by WCFC TV in Chicago and originally aired on that station, this documentary gives the viewer an objective, behind-the-scenes look at the New Age Movement. The video contains candid interviews with well-known New Age leaders like David Spangler and Benjamin Creme, as well as interviews with leading Christian authorities on the New Age like Dave Hunt, Constance Cumbey and Martin and Diedre Bobgan. |
Shot on location, the video takes you into the center of some New Age activities and the documentary itself examines many New Age ideas from holisitc health, yoga, hypnosis and trancendental meditation to New Age education practices, global government and the human potential movment. The evidence presented is sure to convince even skeptics that a New Age movement has solid footing in every aspect of American society and is gaining momentum at incredible speed.
3. Click on appropriate links, and it should start.
"I accidentally found this on the internet the other day and was pleasantly surprised. I was a consultant for TV 38 of Chicago for its production. There are some featured in the video (Eric Pement, Dave Hunt) with whom I now have substantial disagreements. The New Age Movement is as much based on the western mysticism of Jacob Boehme and William Law as it is based on Hinduism and Eastern Mysticism. Nevertheless, the footage and message both are invaluable. I am pleasantly surprised to have the opportunity to make it available to my readers. You may download the google video player for free and manually download the video itself. A broadband connection is useful, but I think it may work on a dialup connection as well, albeit much slower." The text is from Google.video's own site.
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This article was on Drudge Report. It has some very interesting words not only pertaining to smoking, but religion also.
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Thanks for sharing that with us Constance.
I'd really like to get a hard copy of it too to share with others and also just in case it disapears from the internet too.
Jacob Boehme should not be included. His was a genuinely Christian attempt.
Under the guise of a global war on terror we're having our rights stripped away. For anyone who didn't see my earlier post on how the UN defines the root cause to terrorism, here it is:
"Terrorism was exclusionary and belligerent while dialogue was inclusive and accepting of the notion that no group was the exclusive owner of the truth." - Press Release GA/9950
Now consider Jesus words "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." I guess that makes Jesus and Christians terrorists.
The UN uses the same language in defining the abuse of children's rights. The "exclusive knowledge of the truth" mindset denies the child from being raised with the values of the universal brotherhood, thereby creating an abusive situation.
The subtitle is An Encyclopedia Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, 1928, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy. The illustrator is given as J. Augustus Knapp. I am assuming Bohme owned the plates used. On the title page we find "Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of All Ages."
Some chapter titles are
The Initiation of the Pyramid
The Virgin of the World
The Sun, a Universal Diety
The Bembine Table of Isis
The Life and Philosophy of Pythagoras
Ceremonial Magic and Sorcery
The Theory and Practice of Alchemy
The Cross and the Crucifixion
The Mystery of the Apocalypse
The Faith of Islam
Here it gets really murky. I picked up a book called THE SYSTEM OF THE ANTICHRIST put out by the same publisher, Sophia Perennis as Lee Penn's book. The subtitle is Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New Age. This, like Secrets Of All Ages, is an academic level type book (lots of deep thinking as you read it), and like Secrets it is very partisan. It claims an opposition between the historical study of metaphysics and New Age proponents. It claims that New Age teachers want to mix the two but that they cannot be mixed and are in opposition to each other. The study of metaphysics does have a very long history.
If Dave Hunt, who is in the film, is aligning himself with the Traditionalists, he can say he is opposed to the New Age movement. This is speculation.
I am not in a position to analyze the distinctions or their validity. I can say that both systems seem to lack any connection with the morality commandments which are to play an important part in the Jewish and Christian religions and in the lives of their followers. Any distraction from moral laws with the intent of minimizing their importance and validity is extremely dangerous to the stability of a community...
Sadly, this is the direction my own church has taken. It all started with us becoming a Purpose-Driven Church and now we're embracing contemplative prayer. This fall my church is going to specifically teach "centering" and other forms of contemplative prayer. Maybe it's time to consider another church.
I would highly recommend changing churches or booting the minister. Centering is merely a facade for meditation.
My Pastor has adopted a lot of Emerging Church stuff, once I see the contemplative stuff start coming in that is the line that I will stop attending. David I agree with the other guy, I would first address you pastor with it, if he persist them dust off you feet and move on.
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On another site, there was some one-sided commentary about evolution versus creationism with most posters adopting the attitude that "religious people" who rely purely on faith are foolish whereas the "learned" who rely on scientific method were clearly more intelligent and worthwhile. I bit back a reply post that both boil down to faith since neither are directly proveable, so how did scientific method become preferrable to the bible? Of course, that's part of what the site is about, no?
-New in Christ
If I am wrong, please let us know what you have done to share the information with others. It might encourage slackers to get on the ball.
I am of the opinion that if you take out of the pot, you need to put something back in so that others can learn.
I already have been warning others of this danger(contemplative movement). Like I said in the earlier post, if I see the Pastor endorsing it I will address it with him, (attempt to right his ship) if that does not work I will find another church. I will not cause a big upheaval in the church but I will tell people why I am leaving. If it came to that.
Yes, I had a radio program in Michigan for 12 years. It was live on Friday nights from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. on WMUZ and was called Law Talk. Thanks for your kind words!
CONSTANCE E. CUMBEY
I'm glad for people like you Constance because we had a pastor back in the late 80's that warned us of the New Age and gave us very specific detail about what to watch for....I'm very thankful for that man, Dr. B.D.Thomas. What he taught us has helped me in my choices during my life and has also caused me to keep my eyes wide open.
Thanks again Constance.
Anyway, it's quite a dilemma. Maybe it's not as bad as it seems.
Crohns. I've not a lot of energy to deal with the real world and still fight New Age infitrations. And yet I do. I have no patience with those who complain about lack of time to do anything to fight the growing problem.
My point is that my family has a great deal of investment in my church. This is why we owe it to our church an explanation of why contemplative prayer is dangerous to our church's spiritual health. I owe them a fair warning. Perhaps there is some ignorance about New Age influences in the church. They might not know what they are doing.
I'm also stunned that my very own church is embracing this. I only found out about my church's plan a week ago.
I do have an amusing story. During children's moment the director of children's ministry in our church lead this time. She tried a centering prayer with the children (and the whole church as well). She had my son sitting next to her thinking my son would sit still next to her. Our church has a youth band that played right before children's time and all my son could think about was those instruments, especially the drum set. As soon as everyone in the church closed his eyes, my son took off to the drum set. He uncentered everyone with an impromptu drum solo.
Below is a link to Contemplateive Outreach Ltd. There is a link on the left for "Centering Prayer". There is also a "Vision Statements" link that tells a little bit about the network and its mission. Also go to the bottom of the web site and click on the "Weekly Article" link. There you will find an article by Fr. Thomas Keating. Scattered throughout the web site are huge road signs pointing to the new age movement. I do pray that you are able to persuade your minister to abandon this practice.
I urge picking up a copy. It is amazing to see all the faces and realize how many you may recognize.
No doubt. It is a win-win situation for both Iran and the European Union. Europe hands over U.S. nuclear technology--at our expense. The international community becomes satisfied with Solana’s negotiations. The EU-Iranian trade obstacle [uranium enichment] is now removed. The European Commission and Iran can now cozy up with their anticipated Trade Co-operation Agreement. Iran is now part of the European neighborhood. Hmmm, I wonder what tune Mr. Rogers would sing for this kind of neighborhood.
I just get the impression that the U.S. will be back seated and our say wont have much pull. Looks as if this plan could well fall into the E.N.P. process Solana wants. I was wondering if anyone else had heard any stuff on this. Especially with Solana. This is the first article that I have seen on this. Today is Aug.18.
Who knows this may be part of Iran's supposed responce to the Aug.22 date that they keep pushing.
Anyway, Constance, thank you so very much for all your work to get out the word about the New Age Movement and how it's continuing to affect the church scene, the political scenes, and the global scenarios we are seeing played out. When I teach, I am grateful to have your information and do my best to instruct others of the great dangers lurking behind what looks like it's okay. God told us His people would perish for lack of knowledge, and I believe that much of the problem in the church is that our pastors and teachers do not take time to research and look into things as they should. The Bible is full of warnings against false teaching and to be alert--have discernment. May God protect you, Constance. You are a special gift to all of us as you lead the "good fight".
Thanks for your hard work and research, by the way. I should have listened to you earlier.
Anyway, I could go on and on but I won't. God Bless.
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