Saturday, April 12, 2008

Senator Obama: Prophet for a "New Age"?

One of the fundamental tenets of the New Age religion is that humanity is entering a "new era" in which all of the religions of the past will have to be subverted and in some way assimilated. It is believed that Christianity is a barbaric religion which is not fit for "modern man" and must be overpowered. Christianity must be purged of its fundamental dogmas and reinterpreted. Many New Agers hold that those who refuse to embrace this reinterpretation of Christianity will have to be "cleansed." By this they mean eliminated.

Atheism has become more sophisticated. The atheism of the future will not say, "God does not exist." Instead, it will assert that "Man is God," "humanity is God."

And just as Feurbach and Marx held that religion is induced by man's social suffering and by his oppression and manipulation and that man therefore consoles himself with God, so too proponents of the New Age religion believe that the religions of the past are illusory and that paradise will be achieved by peace, progress and labor for all and that this will result in the demise of faith in God.

For such people, Christ is the enemy of existence. It was Romano Guardini [in his classic The Lord, p. 513] who reminded us that:

"One day the Antichrist will come: a human being who introduces an order of things in which rebellion against God will attain its ultimate power. He will be filled with enlightenment and strength. The ultimate aim of all aims will be to prove that existence witout Christ is possible - nay rather, that Christ is the enemy of existence, which can be fully realized only when all Christian values have been destroyed. His arguments will be so impressive, supported by means of such tremendous power - violent and diplomatic, material and intellectual - that to reject them will result in almost insurmountable scandal, and everyone whose eyes are not opened by grace will be lost. Then it will be clear what the Christian essence really is: that which stems not from the world, but from the heart of God; victory of grace over the world; redemption of the world, for her true essence is not to be found in herself, but in God, from whom she has received it. When God becomes all in all, the world will finally burst into flower."

What does Senator Obama really believe about religion? What did he mean when he said, "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them...And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.."

Does the Senator from Illinois view Christianity [the religion held by most of those small town people he was referring to] as barbaric and illusory? If not, why then does he paint their religious belief as a sort of crutch which they use to cope with unemployment?

3 comments:

Derek said...

Orthodox Christians are seen by New Agers as a threat to the New World Order. They label as "backward" anything which is dogmatic and deals with absolutes. A good book to read is Creed or Chaos by Dorothy Sayers.

The fact that Obama felt comfortable enough to speak such hateful words about Christians is ominous. The open persecution isn't far away now. It is in fact already here. But I mean the physical persecution.

Christians should be preparing to retreat to the catacombs in my opinion. But we should also be evangelizing. We must snatch as many souls from the fire as we are able.

Samantha said...

Oprah has been holding Obama up as some sort of New Age leader who will lead us into a new era of understanding. I think his recent comments have been very strange. I would be curious to know if Obama is involved in the New Age Movement. Oprah has been involved in New Age spirituality for quite some time now.

JayG said...

He's the New Age Messiah, which is bad news for those who believe the Messiah has already come about 2000 years ago, and those who faithfully await the Messiah.

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