New Age or New Life?

The following devotional is taken from the devotional book Comfort in the Storm: Devotions for the Chemically Sensitive by Janine Ridings. (Comfort in the Storm contains a total of 94 devotionals)

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

For fourteen years, Linda Nathan searched desperately to find meaning and purpose in her life. In her quest for freedom, she explored everything from LSD to Eastern religions and white witchcraft. Eventually she became a psychic healer and channeler. However, all her dabbling in various religions and philosophies proved empty. A turning point for Linda came in 1976 when she was diagnosed with cancer. At the end of her rope, Linda had an encounter with the one, true living God. A minister had given her a booklet talking about the healing power of Jesus. That day she met Jesus Christ and found salvation and hope for eternal life through a relationship with Him. The Lord healed Linda from cancer, and she was freed from the delusions and bondage she had been under for so many years.

Today there are many others like Linda who are looking for truth, and, sadly, many are looking in all the wrong places. The New Age Movement has become very popular in today’s society, and I think one reason many are attracted to it is because it demands no personal responsibility from its followers. People are encouraged to pursue their own paths in discovering what is right or wrong; there are no moral absolutes. Contender Ministries describes the New Age Movement as “a collection of eastern-influenced metaphysical ideologies, a hodge-podge of theologies and philosophies that are bound together by ‘universal tolerance’ and ‘moral relativism.’”8

What’s happening today is nothing new. All throughout history, people have been guilty of making up their own religions and belief systems. Some refer to this as “syncretism.” According to Doug Goins, “The sin of syncretism is blending loyalties to several gods, mixing and matching religions in a sort of smorgasbord.”9 We see this happening in Israel in the book of Judges where it states: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”  (Judges 21:25 NASB). The problem with this behavior is that God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory with anyone. Exodus 20:3 says: “You shall have no other gods before me.”  The one, true God of the Bible demands allegiance to Him alone.

As we look at the history of Israel, we can learn a lot from the mistakes they made and their pattern of wandering away from Jehovah, the one true God, to serve other gods and goddesses such as Baal and Ashtoreth. Every time Israel would turn to serving other gods, God would remove His hand of blessing from them. After awhile they would repent as we see happening in I Samuel 7:4: “So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only.”

Today, if you have not yet found salvation in the one, true God of the universe, I encourage you to do as the Israelites did and put away all other gods and philosophies. Submit your life to Christ today as Lord and Savior. You won’t regret it!

 

Categories Comfort In the Storm Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 13, 2011

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