The success Satan achieved in Eden is a success he has enjoyed throughout the ages.
At the end of time, Satan’s strategy that proved so successful with Eve will ensnare the great majority of the world’s population before the day of the Lord comes. This deception is all around us.
The foundational elements of New Age doctrine can be traced back to the Garden of Eden. The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). God made it perfectly clear in Eden that if Adam and Eve were to disobey His law, they would have to suffer the consequences—that is, losing their immortality.
Adam and Eve were going to live forever before they sinned. God had put the Tree of Life in the Garden for them to eat from and as long as they ate from it, they would live. But after Adam and Eve sinned—by eating from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil—they were forced out of the Garden so that they could no longer eat from the Tree of Life.
According to Genesis 3:1, Satan questioned God’s intent in placing the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the garden:
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
In her answer to the serpent, Eve makes it quite clear that she fully understood what God had said:
“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” (Genesis 3:2-3)
Satan counters with the first two lies spoken to humankind, namely: “You shall not surely die,” and “You will be like God.”
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods; knowing good and evil.”(Genesis 3:4-5)
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The twin lies of human divinity and immortality have been Satan’s foundation for his counterfeit religion throughout the ages. He has been using these lies to hide from us the importance of seeking salvation in Christ.
If we are immortal, we do not need Christ to help us regain the immortality we have not lost. If we are divine, we become His equal and are capable of saving ourselves. With this masterpiece of Satan, the plan of salvation becomes futile.
The Biblical account shows us that the very character of Satan was transferred to humanity.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.” (Genesis 3:6)
According to New Age philosophy, our world is moving from a period of formal religion (the Age of Pisces) to the Age of Enlightenment (or the Age of Aquarius). This change from one period to another occurs under the guidance of enlightened ones who have accumulated great wisdom.
These ‘Ascended Masters’ rule over Earth’s affairs and periodically intervene. One New Age website says that for a Master to be ascended, “he has risen to a high level in the spiritual hierarchy, and is qualified to speak on high consciousness subjects.”
The ‘Ascended Masters’ supposedly speaking through earthly channels, claim to use a different approach for influencing humanity in each millennium. It is taught that nine world Masters influenced the transitions between Ages, and that numerous spirit entities have assisted in bringing humankind to the Age of Enlightenment. These enlightened ones can exist in ethereal form or as incarnations, such as one Master, Ramtha, who is said to speak through American channel, JZ Knight.
Occultist David Anrias tells us that the nine so-called “Great Ones” who have inspired the cycles of humankind are supposedly so advanced in their thinking and approach that their teachings fall like music on the ears of humankind:
The combined notes of these nine Great Ones create a chord of harmonious sound in heaven, yet within the aura of the earth for its helping. He who has learnt to hear this exquisite music has done so by first listening to the note of his own Master, on the inner planes and during meditation. Aspire towards Him Whom you feel to be your own Master if you would hear on earth, albeit faintly at first, that note which shall ultimately harmonize your heart with His.
Uniting the nations in rejection of God’s truth has always been Satan’s strategy. He attempted it at Babel, and God separated the nations. He will attempt the same at the end of time—uniting the Earth under the false law of Satan, spread by the Antichrist.
The modern New Age has its origin in spiritism and the communication with spirit beings. As the Bible teaches that the dead are in a state of unconsciousness, these spirit beings cannot be human. They therefore must be demonic forces masquerading as human spirits.
The Bible teaches that in the last days, people will be studying the doctrines of devils, and we should have no dealings with demonic forces:
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1).
“But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and of a table of devils.” (1 Corinthians 10:20-21).
Christianity is increasingly – sometimes even openly – being infiltrated by New Age teachings in varied mixtures of just about all imaginable guises.
The history of apostasy can be traced back to Babylon, and has been maintained throughout the ages.
From Truth Matters by Professor Walter J. Veith