Q. I have a question regarding recent ‘new age’ teachings. Specifically I would like to know what you think of ‘A course in miracles’ and other materials very similar to it. There are a lot of people I know who say they are believers in Jesus Christ but also embrace these teachings as well.
There was a time, before I was born again, that I too thought these teachings were enlightened. Now I look back and wonder if these teachings are harmless or the devil in disguise? Doesn’t the devil parade around like an angel of light?
A. I don’t endorse any program of “spiritual development” that isn’t strictly Bible based, and doesn’t have the Lord as it’s sole focus. Having been involved in some of these things in the past, I saw how they actually work to reduce one’s dependence on God and transfer it to self. Just because they use words and phrases familiar to Christians and are popular in liberal denominations doesn’t mean that they’re consistent with Biblical teachings.
Our Lord is a generous and loving father who looks for opportunities to give good gifts to His children. We don’t need to be taught how to live a more successful life. We need to learn to rely on His promises, like, ” I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) and “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)