New Age Bible verses

Mar 22, 15 New Age Bible verses

2) Bible Verses that resonate with New Agers – in the series: About the New Age

 

 

What New Agers think when they read the Bible – and what those Bible verses REALLY mean when placed in their proper cultural context.

 

 

When you are a New Ager, the way you read the Bible is with the purpose to find its “true” meaning. You take nothing at face value because everything must have a hidden meaning, an esoteric revelation.

 

When I became a Christian it amazed me that the Bible makes sense when you read it for what it says, and not for what you are trying to make it say. I do believe that when we do not belong to Jesus, we belong instead to satan, and unfortunately, when that evil one owns a person, he’s the one that influences their thinking so he keeps them blind and deaf to God’s truth. People will chase after myths (2 Timothy 4:3,4*); unfortunately, it is the result of our fallen nature, which always tries to glorify ourselves at the expense of glorifying God.

 

The following are some examples of places in the Bible, which, when I was a New Ager, I was positive, pointed to New Age teaching. New Agers think that the Bible writings have been distorted and falsified BUT sometimes, you can still glean bits of the New Age “truth” that the distorters somehow “missed” removing or changing.

 

IN the following Bible verses, first, I’ll share the New Age view and then I’ll note the Christian view (exegesis*) of the same Bible verse. Most of these Bible verses are ones, which New Agers believe reference reincarnation. Now that I am a Christian, I realize how ironic this is because in reality, IF Jesus were teaching New Age beliefs, why would he come to the staunchly anti New Age people group known as the Jews. This obscure enslaved people to the Roman government, the Jews, were the only people in that Roman culture, who would not have accepted that teaching. Jesus, if he were a New Ager Avatar, would have had no problem entering into the Roman / Greco culture of pantheism and that culture would have embraced his New Age teachings, if that was what he was teaching. All this to say that New Agers frantically seek after a false Jesus, even through it makes no logical sense, and satan fans that desire. When I was a New Ager, some of these Bible verses were referenced to me in things I read or by people I listened to but some of these, I “found” on my own. Again, I believe that satan owned and influenced my logic system, so that I adhered to his “truth”.

 

1) “You are gods” – one of the most popular Bible verses for New Agers and you’ll see it referenced a lot in their literature.

 

In the New Testament (NT) book of the Bible, John 10:34, Jesus quotes Old Testament (OT) Psalm 82:6.

 

John 10:34-36 ESV: Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

 

Psalm 82:6 ESV: I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;

 

New Agers believe Jesus is telling us that we are all apart of God and that we are in essence God, every single one of us. In New Age ‘context’ to their interpretation of Bible scripture, they believe that Jesus came to earth to tell us we are God but we’ve just forgotten it.

 

(On an absolute tangent, New Agers also believe that Jesus was killed because mankind couldn’t handle the “truth” he was teaching, because we weren’t ready for it or spiritually evolved enough to accept it, so it has had to stay hidden or esoteric until our present time.)

 

Christian exegesis: Psalm 82 in its entirety is about a human counsel of justice who are suppose to act in accordance with God’s law, the Mosaic or Moses’ laws, which include the 10 Commandments. In this Psalm, this Counsel should be acting as God’s representatives since His law is presented through them, but they aren’t and the Psalm is about how they are really acting wickedly for their own benefit. Jesus quotes Psalm 82:6, when he is rebutting the Pharisees (a very legalistic sect of Judaism), who are criticizing his claim to being the Son of God, sent by God, which he really is. Jesus’ rebuttal is: If the humans in Psalm 82 could be called ‘gods’ because of their proximity to representing God’s law, how much more appropriate is it to allow him to represent himself as God’s son?

 

 

2) John the Baptist was the reincarnation of the Old Testament prophet, Elijah

 

Two Bible verses: In Matthew 11:13, Jesus states, “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.” And in John 1:21,And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”

 

New Agers believe in the first verse, that Jesus is telling us that John the Baptist is the reincarnation of Elijah and in the second verse, that the crowd is asking John if he is indeed the reincarnation of Elijah. New Agers believe that this is an instance of reincarnation references, mistakenly being left in by the distorters of the Bible.

 

Christian exegesis:

In Luke 1:17, prior to his birth, an angel of the Lord comes to John the Baptist’s father, stating many things about his son, including, “and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

 

“In the spirit and power of Elijah”, but not AS Elijah. That’s the exegesis. John had a God-given mission like Elijah. Period.

 

This is borne out in another NT Bible passage, John 1:19-23, when John denies that he was Elijah:

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

 

In the above passage, John identifies himself as the fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah 40:3; a prophecy made 700 years prior to John’s birth: “A voice cries:“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God”.

 

Now it could seem that John is trying to refute a reincarnation claim made about him but not denying that reincarnation exists. Again, this isn’t borne out in the rest of scripture and here is why:

 

This is my favorite rebuttal to this being an instance of a Reincarnation reference in the Bible: Elijah never died and the Jews KNEW this, so they aren’t implying reincarnation when they make that comment to John the Baptist. It would never have crossed their minds under the circumstances, because they knew their scripture.

 

In OT, 2 Kings 2:11, Elijah is alive and well and having a conversation:

 

And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”

 

Basically, God came and got him. In Judaism and Christianity, Elijah is one of two people identified in the Old Testament, as a person who never died. The other is Enoch (OT: Genesis 5:22-29 and NT: Hebrews 11:5).

 

3) A man can only sin before birth because he sinned in a previous lifetime.

 

In John 9:2,3: And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

 

New Agers believe that the disciples are asking Jesus if this man sinned in another lifetime or if his parents sinned. In the way that Jesus answers, New Agers believe that he is not denying the implication that it could have been because the man sinned in a previous lifetime; it just means that, in this case, that was not the reason.

 

Christian exegesis:

A prevalent belief in both Judaism and in Christianity, is the belief that God created mankind perfectly but we fell from a perfect existence where we were in perfect fellowship with God because of a selfish desire to be our own gods. That selfishness is passed from generation to generation. It never misses a generation and is a result of that selfish desire. Another word for selfishness is Sin. Mankind’s sin is inherent; he is born sinful. What the disciples are asking is whether this man’s condition occurred just because he is human (and therefore, sinful) or if it is because of something his parent’s did.

 

Every well-versed Christian will quote you the following verse, as a response to a reincarnation claim: Hebrews 9:27: “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,”

 

A reincarnation believer might rebut a Christian’s interpretation of this verse, by stating that a person’s body does die and after every lifetime there is a judgment on how well that life was lived so this verse can still work for reincarnation believers too. But in the context of the Old Testament and the New Testament world, these people didn’t believe in reincarnation, even though loads of cultures surrounding them did. What they did believe in was ‘Resurrection’, which is the one-time rising up of a person after death when God will judge their right standing before him. Resurrection and reincarnation are not the same and they never would have been interchangeable to the people in the Bible having this discussion.

 

4) Even Jesus stated reincarnation when he said that we must be Born-again

 

John 3:3: Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:7: [Jesus again answers] Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

 

New Agers believe that these verses should be taken literally, meaning that a person has to be physically born again and again.

 

Christian exegesis:

Jesus is very clear in his statements that by “Born-again”, he is referring to a Spiritual birth. Jesus is explicit in stating that he is not talking about a physical birth.

 

The entire conversation is in John 3 when Jesus is having a discussion with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, secretly coming to meet with him for theological discussions. When Jesus states that a person must be born-again to be spiritually saved, Nicodemus asks how this can be so and in John 3:5-8: Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

 

When Jesus refers to ‘water’, he is referring to a physical birth and when he refers next to ‘spirit’, he is referring to something only God can do which is breath His spirit into us so that we can live. A couple of instances in the Bible are in:

Genesis 2:7*, which is when God creates man, and in John 20:22*, which is after Jesus is resurrected and is soon to ascend to heaven.

 

Jesus reiterates his point to Nicodemus, by stating, “that which is born of the flesh is flesh” meaning physical, and “that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” meaning a spiritual renewal.

 

This is something Nicodemus should have realized because of his background; he was a Jew and Jews knew about the result of the fallen state of man. That result is mankind’s condition: each of us is spiritually dead. When Jesus next says “the wind blows where it wishes…” etc., he is using the Greek word for ‘wind’ which can also be translated as ‘spirit’. Jesus is talking about God’s spirit.

 

As mentioned, the most pertinent result of mankind’s fallen state is that we are spiritually dead, severed from God by our sin. Jesus was stating what Nicodemus should have known which was that a Spiritual rebirth was necessary to replace our spiritually dead state.

 

(To read about the meaning of the rest of this passage when Jesus references Moses lifting up the snake in the wilderness and how he, Jesus, must be lifted up, visit my blog: ‘Jesus Lifted Up’.

 

 

Peter, a disciple of Jesus, also states that we must be Born-again:

1 Peter 1:23: since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God

 

In John 1, Jesus is referred to as the word of God.

 

1 Peter 3:3b: According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

 

This life that Jesus brings, never dies; it restores us to how God initially created mankind, but it is a gift for us and each person has to decide to accept that gift from God or not.

 

To read more about that gift, please visit ‘here’.

 

 

 

ENDNOTES:

* 2 Timothy 4:3,4 ESV: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

 

* Exegesis definition: (from Dictionary.com) critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible

 

* Genesis 2:7 ESV: then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

 

* John 20:21, 22 ESV: Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

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