I placed you there with an anointed guardian cherub; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked about amidst fiery stones. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor. I threw you down to the ground; I placed you before kings, that they might see you.
More and more Americans say they believe in a higher power, while a growing share of Americans say they are spiritual but not religious. This change in opinion begs the question: Do Americans still believe in the God of the Bible?
God vs. a “higher power”
When it comes to belief in God, about 80 percent of Americans say they believe in God, with slightly over half of those saying they believe in the God described in the Bible. Of those 80%, roughly 23% believe in a higher power or spiritual force other than God, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
Approximately 19% do not believe in God, with about 9% of those believing in some type of spiritual force or a higher power, while 10% do not believe that any type of higher power or spiritual force exists.
Combining these results, the numbers tell us that approximately one-third of Americans, do believe in some kind of higher power, but do not believe in the God of the Bible.
A second coming of the new age
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,”
– 2 Timothy 4:3
Basically, people are looking outside of the Bible to find a source to fulfill their spiritual needs. What’s replacing Christianity in America is a renewed rise, something we can call a second coming of the new age, a system of beliefs that started gaining traction during the 1970s, boosted during the 1980s by a variety of celebrities and New Age gurus. Now, it’s making a strong comeback.
New Age philosophy teaches that we can attract things toward us and manifest the things we want in our lives through the power of our intentions and thoughts.
New Age says you are God
The New Age teachings also strongly advocate the idea that “we are all gods.”
This is exactly the aspirations of Satan himself. The prophet Isaiah, in a prophecy about the downfall of the king of Babylon said:
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
– Isaiah 14:14
Some biblical scholars assert that this line also refers to Satan himself, who was thrown out of heaven for wanting to be equal with God.
Likewise, the criticisms of new age are that it teaches people to take the same attitude.
But we are not equal with God, we are not gods and cannot be.
Satan’s mission is to make mankind engage in this false belief and follow in his footsteps.
“He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
– 2 Thessalonians 2: 4
Beware of false teachings
Americans are turning away from the God of the Bible, and they are turning to teachers who are advocating ideas based on falsehoods.
“And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.”
– Matthew 24:11
The apostle Peter wrote that new teachers will come along teaching people what they want to hear, ideas that feed into their own selfish desires.
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
– 2 Peter 2:1-3
The road to end times
We must not forget where these ideas are coming from. They are coming from Satan, who in the end, wants to convince people to abandon the teachings of God and follow the false teachings of the antichrist to come.
But before we get to those end days, people’s attitudes will need to change – and the transformation is already happening. This is where these new age teachings fit in. They are laying the groundwork for a shift in attitude and a redirection of beliefs.
Jesus told us where these teachers are getting their ideas from…
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
– John 8:44