Presentation on theme: "Witnessing to New Agers. Intro. New Agers may have the hardest of beliefs to witness to, so here are some tips to help penetrate their relative thinking:"— Presentation transcript:
Intro. New Agers may have the hardest of beliefs to witness to, so here are some tips to help penetrate their relative thinking: Define your Christian terms Ask questions Show contradictions and weakness in basic New Age beliefs Be Prepared! Explain your definition of God- as a personal and loving God Don’t forget the gospel!!!
Explain What You Speak New Agers interpret the Bible to fit their beliefs (they believe the core of all religions is Pantheism) i.e. Jesus was just an enlightened man (in touch with his “inner godhood”) and could tap into his power to heal others. They believe that Jesus was only a god in the sense that we are gods also Don’t let them use Christian words and put them into an unbiblical context Question the terms that they use and make sure that when you use a Christian term, they understand exactly what you are speaking of
Questions to Ask If we are all God, then why do we act so badly? Why do our realities contradict each other? i.e.—if you could create your own reality…then would you want to go driving with me if I believed that red lights are really green?
Contradictions and Weakness New Age thought Future Perfect World Order All is one and all is God Impersonal God Biblical Contradiction 2Tim. 3:1 “But mark this and there will be terrible times in the last days.” Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that He had made [diversity], and it was very go.” John 1:14 “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only who is at the Father’s side as made him known.”
Contradictions and Weakness (cont.) Evil is non-existent Spirit guides communicate universal truth to others (usually contradicts the Bible) Jesus is only one of many ways to God Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…” Galatians 1:8 “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the on preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.” Jesus said in John 14:6 that He is the only way to God
Things You Need to Know Be prepared for spiritual battle An apologetic encounter involves clash between God and Satan Remember the enemy is Satan—not the New Ager! Don’t categorize New Agers as all the same Every New Ager is different so find out each one’s personal opinions Remember treat them with “gentleness and respect”! (1Peter 3:15)
Share the Gospel Show common ground between beliefs but make sure they know where they differ! Stress the logic and idea of a personal God that cares for them Underline the difference of God and mankind Focus on Jesus making sure to use scripture and tell them the truth about sin and salvation