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The New Age Movement
New Age A free-flowing spiritual movement A network of believers and practitioners Who share somewhat similar beliefs and practices Which they add on to whichever formal religion they follow.
70% believed in a god or some form of higher power. 29% believed in the devil. 69% don't. 44% prayed once a week or more. 71% believed in the existence of the soul. 53% believed in an afterlife. 43% believed they have been contacted by the dead.
17% had more belief in star signs than Christianity. 22% had experienced fortune- telling 21% had 'experienced' astrology. 18% had experienced tarot cards. 16% each psychics/palm reading.
New Age Roots Astrology Channelling Hinduism Gnosticism Spiritualism Taoism Theosophy Wicca Paganism
What do New Agers Believe? God is the impersonal life force, consciousness, ultimate truth and reality, personified within all people and matter. God is all and all are God. The universe, life, and matter were not created by God but "are" God. The universe and life emerged out of the creative power of the eternal universal life force.
No original sin, no Satan, and no evil. Most believe people make "mistakes" when they are ignorant of the power of goodness, which is God, within themselves and others. Some believe evil is perpetuated through accumulation of past-life wrongs and spiritual ignorance.
Salvation lies in the realization of oneness with the impersonal life force. Awareness can be heightened through methods that induce altered states of consciousness, e.g., hypnosis, meditation, music, drugs.
Divination The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.