Since converting to following Jesus, I receive questions from people who want to know if specific new age products or practices are against God‘s will. This is a very important concern, because we do not want to do anything against God’s will.
Even if you don’t believe in hell, what if you are wrong and the Bible is correct? You could end up spending eternity tortured, instead of choosing to be with Jesus in Heaven. After all, Jesus warned us more about hell, than any other person in the Bible. The stories of those who visited hell are very motivating to get right with God, as you can read in this website: https://christiscoming777.com/
While I’m not a theologian, I have read the entire Bible, and continue to daily read and study the entire Bible.
So these are the answers to frequently asked questions about converting from new age to Christianity:
Q: What about reiki and energy healing?
A: I was a reiki master when I was in the new age. And yet, I rarely used reiki because it felt cold, mechanical, and extraterrestrial to me. Now that I follow Jesus, I pray to him for healing. Jesus never used symbols for healing work, and we don’t need symbols either. Here’s a good article on the topic: https://www.gotquestions.org/energy-healing-medicine.html
Q: What about yoga?
A: Regarding yoga, it’s a controversial topic in Christianity. Some say that yoga poses and Sanskrit terms are worshiping pagan deities. Others say yoga is fine if you say biblical prayers and scripture during the poses. For me, I avoid yoga studios since most have pagan deity symbols and statues. I do Pilates instead, and really enjoy it. Here’s a good article on the topic: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-yoga.html
Q: What about crystals?
A: God made crystals, and the Bible is filled with references to crystals. What matters most is HOW we use the crystals. If we see them as substitutes for God’s healing power, then we are misusing the crystals as idols. But if we regard the crystals like we would a bouquet of God’s flowers, as His beautiful creations, that’s okay. Here’s a good article on the topic: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-crystals.html
Q: What about Angel Numbers?
A: While the Bible definitely has number symbology, the Bible is also clear that God wants us to go directly to him for answers. Here is an eye-opening article about angel numbers: https://www.gotquestions.org/angel-numbers.html
Q: What about angel cards, psychic readings, and mediumship?
A: After the life-changing vision that I had of Jesus on January 7, 2017, I have my whole focus on him. There are other parts of spirituality for sure, but they aren’t always safe, because demons often use them as doorways to pull us away from God. Messages in the Bible about not doing psychic and mediumship work are because God wants us to go to him directly for answers; he wants us to trust him with our future instead of trying to predict or control our future; and psychic/mediumship opens us up to demon imposters. Here’s a good article on the topic: https://www.gotquestions.org/psychics-Christian.html
Q: Is it okay to pray to angels?
A: For a long time, I have emphasized that we are not to pray to angels, nor are we to worship them. The Bible says we are only to pray to God. And in the book of Revelation 22:8-9, we see that angels do not want to be worshiped. When you pray to God, if it’s according to his will, he will send you angels. Nowhere in the Bible is there a reference to people calling on angels. In the book of Hebrews, we read that Jesus is above the angels. Here’s a good article on the topic: https://www.gotquestions.org/praying-to-angels.html
Q: Why did you stop talking about angels?
A: I still talk about angels, and I have written about them in my last two books. The difference is that I now have a biblical understanding of angels. I also understand why the Bible says that the devil masquerades as of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). The fallen angels are demons who oppress people and try to control them away from God’s will. We must be very discerning about angels. For more information on angels, please read my FREE book at http://bit.ly/TheJoyofJesus
Q: I’ve spent a lot of money on new age products and classes. What should I do with them?
A: I can relate, as I also spent thousands of dollars on new age products, including artwork and jewelry, and classes. When I read the Bible’s many commands to smash the idols, and especially the story in Acts 19 about people burning millions of dollars worth of occult books, I knew I had to do the same.
Some people choose to burn their new age and occult items. This wasn’t practical for me, so I threw them away. When I did, the amount of spiritual warfare reduced considerably in my household, and there was a new sense of relief, from being right with God’s will.
I’m frequently asked whether it’s okay to donate or sell the new age items. The answer is: if these materials are bad for you, they’ll be bad for someone else.
If in doubt, ask Holy Spirit whether you should remove something from your home (or office), and he will clearly guide you.
In general, you want to cast out everything that’s an idol or heretical to the Bible. That includes books, cards, artwork, clothing, jewelry, and apps. Here’s a good video on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC6TVczb8Uc&t=183s
Q: Do you believe in reincarnation?
A: The topic of reincarnation is one of the more confusing topics in spirituality. The Bible is very clear that we live once, and we have one chance to come to salvation through Jesus. Along time ago, I used to believe that the Bible talked about reincarnation in several mentions about Elijah. After doing research, though, I see that the Bible teaches about raising the dead and ascension, not reincarnation.
Even more importantly, why risk our eternal life based on wishful thinking? We certainly don’t want to be cast into hell for eternity, when we could’ve spent earthly life following God‘s will.
Besides that, who really wants to come back to earth? It’s very harsh here! I would rather put my whole focus on spending eternity in paradise with Jesus, by following God‘s will. Here’s a good article on the topic: https://www.gotquestions.org/reincarnation.html
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