Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
(Genesis 3:1-5 ESV)
Jesus is the ultimate treasure and the only true path to God. The people that have rejected Jesus and genuine Christian spirituality have failed to see the real Jesus. They have seen a mass-marketed Christianity that is a poor substitute for a relationship with God.
America was founded on a Judeo-Christian worldview. But in the 1960’s a spiritual door was opened through rejection of authority and eastern mysticism. This opened our culture up to spiritual darkness which flooded this country in an unprecedented manner.The New Age movement says that you are your own God. Sexuality, religion, psychology, politics, environmentalism, and economics are all affected by this movement. This “new spirituality” has filled a void in the lives of people who have rejected God ordained authority and moral absolutes.
People were created to worship God and live within the moral boundaries that he has established. Satan corrupted our first parents, Adam and Eve who bought into the lie of the serpent, that they could be like God through forbidden knowledge. That was the beginning of counterfeit spirituality.
The New Age is not new. It is an illegitimate way to experience spirituality without a commitment to living a life that God desires us to live and empowers us to live by grace. Real enlightenment and freedom will come when we place ourselves under the rule and reign of Jesus Christ.
Secularism leaves the soul empty. As western society has begun to turn from it Christian roots, we have lost our moral compass. The door for the “new spirituality” has been open wide, this spirituality is made up of a smorgasbord of world religions. The new spirituality has very few moral restraints. It says that we are gods and creates a worldview that supports the desire to be gods (The Genesis 3 lie). Every empty soul desires to be filled with something, and gurus from the east have found gullible westerners to buy their promises of enlightenment. But all they really offer is spiritual darkness, disguised as light.
When a society is void of the true knowledge of God it opens itself up to cosmic powers of demonic origins. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that we are all sinful and that we all need a Savior. And instead of being gods, we are desperately in need of Divine intervention. The only hope for spiritual people or atheist is a Savior, other than themselves. The claims of Jesus are exclusive but actually all religious and secularist claim exclusivity in one form or another. As western society tries to shed what it sees as outdated religious traditions of the past, we continue to slip into unfathomable spiritual darkness.
Humanity has proven it’s depravity. We need deliverance, and that’s why Jesus came into the world, to save us from our sin. The sin of idolatry, which is ultimately worship of ourselves.