A Letter to a New Age mother

Dear Mum

The [New Age related] news clipping you sent me claiming that we, humans, are all gods I believe is utterly deceptive and of Satan. Though, what the author states is not really anything new. It is very ancient. The idea started in the Garden of Eden when the Devil tempted Adam and Eve, telling them that they could become as gods, knowing good and evil. Read Genesis chapters 2 & 3.

It is a lie of the Devil that says “you are god” (Genesis 3:5) or “god is in you”. That is not so. God is extant to His creation. We are part of His creation. Can the created say to the Creator ‘we are gods’? No, but that is the lie of the Devil.

Jesus called the Devil a liar from the beginning of time.

You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44, KJVER)

God created the Universe, Earth, and every life form, as recorded in the Bible. I believe the Genesis account is literal narrative and should be taken at face value as actual history. But God existed before creation—before time was even created. Subtly the ideas in the article are actually Hinduism dressed up to sound modern and are often repeated by those in the New Age movement. But the bottom line is we are not God or a god, nor is matter god, nor is the Universe God. We are created beings and are subject to His rules.

nihil-novi-latin-new-age-beliefs-unoriginality-religion-1338970679New Agers would have you believe that the Universe and all life just evolved from the properties of matter, that is, from the laws of physics given sufficient time (i.e. billions of years). But you cannot prove anything about the past nor measure how old the earth is. I would rather believe in the faithful testament of the only eyewitness who was there in the beginning—the Creator God YHWH (“the self-existent One”).

Through faithful men whom He used, God wrote it all down in the Bible and the Devil knows if he can get people to doubt the truthfulness of the Bible, as it was intended to be understood, then he will defeat faith in the one true God.

The act of disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, a little over 6000 years ago, brought sin into the world and through sin death entered. Prior to that, the world, the creation was in a perfect state as created by God. There was no death (of sentient beings –i.e. anything more intelligent than an insect) and both man and animals were only vegetarians. But through Adam’s sin the creation was cursed and now as the Bible says,

For we know that the whole creation groans and travails [suffers] in pain together until now. (Romans 8:22, KJVER)

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Detail from Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). Photograph: The Bridgeman Art Library

You see it is no longer a perfect world. But that Garden of Eden was a literal place wherein was the tree of Life. If they ate the fruit of it they would live forever. And there was a tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which Adam was commanded not to eat the fruit of.  But after they disobeyed God, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden and bad things entered the world because of their sin.

So because we are all children (offspring) of Adam his original sin passed onto us all. And note, there is only one race of humans, all descending from one man and one woman. The penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So we all deserve to die both physically and spiritually because who is without sin? (Romans 3:23) But that is not the end of the story.

Contrary to New Age and Hindu beliefs, there is only one God; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are merely different manifestations of the same God—we call that the trinity or the triune Godhead. God being both an infinitely just God as well as an infinitely merciful God sent his Son (Who was fully human and fully God) to suffer and take our sins,  past, present and future; of all those who repent. Only an infinite God could pay the infinite penalty and redeem us, so we can have life again. It doesn’t change the fact that we will still die physically but as the Apostle Paul wrote:

O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55, KJVER)

It is only the sons of Adam that can be saved. Jesus is the kinsman-redeemer predicted in the Bible.

But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:4-7, KJVER)

Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, was born of a woman and of the direct lineage through the righteous kings and prophets all the way back to Adam, through both his mother Mary’s line and his stepfather Joseph’s line. He had the flesh and blood lineage to redeem his kinsmen in Israel. But even more so, we being the offspring of Adam, He can only redeem those of the human race (the sons and daughters of Adam) but not those not of Adam’s line. [Note: Those not of Adam’s line are hypothetical beings; either humans who were supposed to have evolved as a group out of Africa, or alien being not from planet Earth.]

So that makes nonsense of the idea of sentient aliens from other worlds.  When God cursed the world, it was the whole cosmos that was cursed. It is a broken universe in the sense sin affected all of it, the whole creation. Therefore, any putative ‘Klingon’ from out there somewhere could not be saved.

Jesus said,

I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me. (John 14:6, KJVER)

Only through him paying a literal price (death) and his subsequent resurrection can we know for sure that we can be saved. Then what can we do to be saved? Nothing, but humble ourselves—yield before Him and acknowledge Him as our Creator. We ourselves are not the way. Jesus is a real person and we are not Jesus,. But if you repent (turn your mind to God), He said He would abide with you. He said He would send His Comforter (the Holy Spirit) to dwell with you.

So when you had those demonic attacks, like someone was trying to choke you, by praying, you were calling to the Lord and the Holy Spirit came to protect you. Satan, and the demons are real, they are not imagined. But God is far more powerful and He says

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

In 1977 in Singapore, one evening I was going to sleep and I heard a very demonic sounding voice. Something was trying to choke me. So I rebuked the demon in Jesus Name and it stopped. But it was very real and not imagined. I wasn’t even asleep but just starting to drop off. That voice was so real and audible I even jumped up and looked around. But there was nothing—it was demonic. It proves one thing—Satan and the demons are real—so God must be also.

The one thing the Devil would love to convince man of it that he is not real and that all evil is the result of man. But that is not so. The Devil—Satan—Lucifer was the first to rebel against God. He was the highest angel, a created being—the bearer of the Light. But pride was his downfall. That is why the sin of pride is still the worst today. Well, a third of all the angels rebelled with Satan—they form a large part of the demons, which go around oppressing people today. But they are created being—not all-present, nor all-powerful like God—so they can be defeated. Don’t fear them, fear God! As the Bible says

… fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).

That’s God—but God is Love, true love, sacrificial love and He wants to gather mankind back to Himself.

Even still, the story isn’t over. The Bible says that Jesus will return and a thousand years after that, God will destroy the earth’s surface and the heavens, and remake them and then He will plant His heavenly city on the earth and we, the redeemed, will all live in that city with God forever and ever. This is the promise. Well, it says the Curse will be lifted and the tree of Life will be found in the heavenly city and the lion will lie down with the lamb. There will be no more death. It will be Heaven on Earth!  This is what we have to look forward to. It is the true happy ending—just hold onto your faith—trust completely in Him.

Notice one thing in the account of Genesis chapter 3. God made clothes for Adam and Eve after they sinned to cover their nakedness. To do that God had to kill the first animal. If so, it may have been a lamb, symbolic of the Lamb of God, who would die to cover the sins of the world.

To get that covering, like John the Baptist and Jesus said, we must first ‘repent.’  That is from the Greek word μετανοέω, used in the New Testament, which is transliterated as ‘metanoeó’, meaning ‘to change my mind,’ or to do a U-turn.

str-eng-inter-front-020023The rest of the story, is that there was a global Flood wherein all died except 8 people on the Ark, and a confusion of languages at the tower of Babel, and mankind spread out onto the continents after the Flood and repopulated the earth.

I recommend you read a book called “Stranger on the Road to Emmaus.” It is clear and easy to read and has the clear simple truth of the whole message from God. I know you trust the Lord, but father needs to do so also and he does not have much time left. You should read that book with him. It is so clear and leads from the Creation through the whole story God wrote, lived and transmitted to us.

Your loving son.

Note: Unfortunately father did not repent and died, in his sins. Please do not let that happen to you or your loved ones.

About John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.
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4 Responses to A Letter to a New Age mother

  1. Andrew says:

    Thanks. Well done, John.
    I don’t quite get this following llne: “But even more so, we being the offspring of Adam, He can only redeem those of the human race (sons and daughters of Adam) but not those not of Adam’s line.” What do you mean? Who are the sons and daughters of Adam and who is Adam’s line?

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