The foundational teaching of the New Age/New Spirituality/New World Religion is that God is “in” everything, and since God’s presence is in everyone and everywhere, therefore we are gods and goddesses. This teaching also tells us planet earth is a highly-evolved sentient spiritual being. This belief fosters the worshipping of the earth, the natural world, along with the revival and the edification of the native cultures of the world. People are embracing various spiritual practices and rituals of native tribes and are worshipping trees, plants, rocks, lakes, rivers, mountains, valley and animals.
“for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. “ Romans 1:25
I was born in Paris, France and the streets of the city were my playground. I had never known as a child that Paris was considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. All I was seeing and experiencing with the eye of a child was the ugliness of the concrete, the dirty stones everywhere, the frantic pace of people and cars, and the overwhelming noise and pollution. In my late teens, I moved to the countryside in Brittany and I experienced for the first time the peace and the exquisite beauty of nature.
I fell in love with the huge centennial oak tree and the equally ancient beech tree in front of my house. Later, when I emigrated to the wild north American continent, in Canada, my appreciation and delight for this pristine, untamed wilderness grew very much. I began to spend a lot of time everyday in the woods, walking , climbing, watching wild life and sitting quietly for many hours in deep contemplation. I felt this beautiful, serene world is the creation of God, and I found there much comfort and nurturing.
With the influence of this growing new concept of worshipping nature, the creation instead of worshipping God the Creator, I was tempted to embrace this prevailing New-Age idea. I taught, along with many others, about the ancient pagan name “Gaia”, one of the many deities of the Greek pantheon, which is seen as the goddess embodying the earth. I called the earth Gaia, Mother Nature, and I felt this reverence was an extension of my love, admiration and respect for the women of this world.
I believed in the existence of benevolent nature spirits. I didn’t know that nature spirits are in fact earth-bond spirits living in the lost spiritual world of the second Heaven. I was proud of the fact that my totem animals were a family of beavers and a hawk, and that a shaman told me my spirit guide was an Indian man called “Fleche Blanche”. I participated in sweat lodges, medicine wheel circles, Powwow native American celebrations and Hawaiian Kahuna Kava tea ceremonies. I collected feathers, stones, pieces of wood, sea shells, and animal bones, which became “sacred objects” on my altar.
My beloved Jesus had to share space with these alien icons. Despite my explorations and many encounters with the “gods” of the natural world, my child-like awe and simple love of nature never really became worship and I retained over the years a deep love of the one and only God, the Creator of all natural things.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Because of the many hours I spent exploring and being in nature, I became aware of areas that felt good, light and peaceful while others felt heavy, dark and dreary. I realized that, much like people, mountains, forests, valleys, rivers, lakes and oceans also had a polarity of good and evil. If there is evil present in nature, how can this be the Garden of Eden? How can we worship this created world as a divinity?
If nature and people have darkness, and, as we saw earlier, God has no darkness, then we fall very short of the perfection of God, and the very popular New-Age “as above, so below” claiming to convey the “fundamental truth about the universe” is, indeed, false. Planet earth, despite its beauty and despite the fact it is created by God, is nothing like the Kingdom of God. Therefore, the created universe is not the same as God and God is not the same as man.