THE CHRIST OF THE NEW AGE
Christ is not a person but a principle, a consciousness according to New Age philosophy.
THE CHRIST according to Benjamin Creme and Share International...is all things to all people. The Kalki Avatar, Sri Krsna, the Messiah, the Imam Mahdi, the Bodhisattva the Fifth Buddha, Maitreya Buddha, and the World Teacher.
Students of the esoteric tradition know all these as different names for the same individual --- the Lord Maitreya, the World Teacher, the head of the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters and they look for His appearance on the world stage in the immediate future.
His energies work through all people of goodwill, regardless of any religious or philosophical attachments. So this Christ does not look at ones concept of God or man, but ignores it. This new spirit released in the world will be the teacher to bring all religions into unity.
Lola Davis tells us the New Age "Christ" resides on a different plane of consciousness from that which we experience. There he directs the Masters, "a group of advanced souls, most of them discarnate ... known variously as the White Brotherhood, The Great White Lodge, the Masters of Wisdom, the Hierarchy, and the Angels around the Throne." (Lola Davis toward a world religion for a new age p.186)
According to esoteric teachings, the word 'Christ' is not the name of an individual, but of an office or function within the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters. The Leader of this group is known as the Christ. This group of perfected men is also known as the Society of Illumined Minds, the Great White Brotherhood, the Masters of Wisdom and the Lords of Compassion, the Spiritual or Esoteric Hierarchy, and the Guides and Elder Brothers of Humanity. Under Their stimulus, man's civilizations have risen, flowered, died, for hundreds of thousands of years.
The Great White Brotherhood is the name given to the spiritual hierarchy headed by Sanat Kumara, Lord Gautama, and Lord Maitreya. The Brotherhood dwells in "Shamballa," a heavenly region said to be physically located in the mountains of Tibet. (the Encyclopedia of World religions)
In the esoteric tradition, the Christ is not the name of an individual but of an Office in the Hierarchy. The present holder of that Office, the Lord Maitreya, has held it for 2,600 years, and manifested in Palestine through His Disciple, Jesus, by the occult method of overshadowing, the most frequent form used for the manifestation of Avatars. He has never left the world, but for 2,000 years has waited and planned for this immediate future time, training His Disciples, and preparing Himself for the awesome task which awaits Him. He has made it known that this time, He Himself will come(The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom p.30)
But in the ages to come, man will attain to greater heights. And then, at last, a mighty Master Soul will come to earth to light the way up to the throne of perfect man.' (Alice Bailey the Externalization of the Heiarchy p.2)
Lord Maitreya, the fraudulent Christ whom Benjamin Creme and the Tara Center declared as "Christ," has expressed: "He was, and still is, a Disciple of the Christ and made the great sacrifice of giving up His body for the use of the Christ. By the occult process of overshadowing, the Christ, Maitreya, took over and worked through the body of Jesus from the Baptism onwards. ( The Reappearance of Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p. 46)
The normal method, or the most frequent, for the manifestation of an avatar, is to take over the body of a disciple, as happened with Jesus. The Christ took over the body of Jesus and manifested through it for the last three years. The Christ, Maitreya, remained in the Himalayas, but His consciousness, or some aspect of His consciousness, whatever was needed at the time, took over the body of the Disciple Jesus and worked through Him for the last three years of His life. This time He has come as Himself. (The Reappearance of Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p.53-54, 1980)
"Maitreya embodies the energy we call the Christ Principle. He has held the office of the Christ for over two millennia He manifested Himself as the Christ through Jesus to inaugurate the Age of Pisces, His consciousness informed and guided the actions and teachings of Jesus for the three year period between His Baptism and the Crucifixion. It was actually the consciousness of Maitreya which was seen and experienced by those around Jesus. These Two continue to work closely together and will soon be seen 'shoulder to shoulder' on the world stage on... (Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ by Peter Liefhebber, Share International, published by Lucis Publishing Co.)
This is how they can say they are Christ because it is an energy or consciousness.Clearly the occult teaching is threaded throughout, astrology, energy, higher consciousness. We find Jesus is not Christ but only a man he worked through and that he is actually Maitreya, what a switch!
The self enlightened guru Paramahansa Yogananda explains Christ's words in passages such as "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" Jn. 14:6). Jesus meant, never that he was the sole Son of God, but that no man can attain the unqualified Absolute, the transcendent Father beyond creation, until he has first manifested the 'Son' or activating Christ Consciousness within creation. Jesus, who had achieved entire oneness with that Christ consciousness, identified himself with it inasmuch as his own ego had long since been dissolved.' (Autobiography of a Yogi Self Realization fellowship p.178)
"The truth is" writes Yogananda, "man reincarnates on earth until he has consciously regained his status as a son of God."
To the new age one ascends to Godhood while the Christian message from the true Christ is that God descended to be man.
"YOU ARE THE CHRIST: The only begotten son of YOUR OWN GOD-SELF: You are the ETERNAL ONE: YOU ARE ALL THINGS." (M.S. Princess Step By Step We Climb, p.127)
The Christ of New Thought was an evolution of Quimby's metaphysics. The Christ was considered not a person but an impersonal Divine Nature or Principle. Jesus was believed to have embodied the Christ-principle as no human had before. He had fully realized his Christ-nature. But Jesus was not a savior to mankind; he was merely a "way-shower." That all can achieve what he has by following the path. Clearly in line with new age thought that upholds this belief.
The mystical discoveries of Matthew Fox, a Dominican priest, from the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality suggests that we abandon any further quest for the "historical Jesus" and refocus our attention on a quest for the cosmic Christ. The most important definition of the cosmic Christ is "the pattern that connects." Christ is just pre runner for us all as we follow the path.
In 1925 there was a book written entitled, "THE SONS OF GOD" by Swinburne Clymer. It was "A Foreshadowing of the Coming World Messenger of The New Age". Note the similarities of the new age pantheistic view of enlightenment (Swineburne was a Rosicrucian).
"In each life is a spark, a germ of the Divine Nature. This spark is the potential Christos or the potential individual Soul or that 'light which lighteth all the world of man's consciousness.' When man becomes conscious of this light within his own being and recognizes and obeys it's 'still small voice,' he has reached a state bordering on Illumination of Soul or Immortalization. When he has found within himself the CENTER whence cometh the LIGHT, Soul Consciousness is attained. This is the beginning of Initiation; the first revealment of the Divine Mysteries. The Divine Spark in each individual may be developed into a center or globe of pure white fire; it may become a dynamic nucleus of living fires - the Fire of Love and Immortality. This fact gives the key to the significance of the term 'Temple of Illumination.' Man in toto, is the nucleau of Illumination, the Temple of the living, radiating Christos. . . . 'God in me and I in you.' Thus, divine Law, man attains unto Christhood, becomes the son of God." This personifies the cosmic illumination of the new age.
Christ is called the cosmic Christ with a legion of light to accompany him." (I Am healing decrees Saint Germaine press 1976 p.30-31) The Bible also mentions a legion but they were of darkness that could transform themselves into light. They ended in a bunch of unclean pigs when they were cast out by the power of the true God.
E. C. Prophet teaches "The Christ Self, then, has communication with the Father who in both Principle and Person is the Presence of God, the I AM THAT I AM, or the I AM Presence. Thus we find that the soul of David, endued by the Holy Ghost, addressed his own Christ Self, the archetype of the Messiah, and received of him the report that God the Father, his own beloved I AM Presence, had addressed his own Christ Self, saying `Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.'" (Mysteries of the Holy Grail: Archangel Gabriel, p. 217).
"the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth" (John 1:14) the universal Christ individualized as the true identity of the soul; the Real Self of every man, woman, and child to which the soul must rise. The Christ Self is the mediator between a man and his God; it is a man's own personal mentor, priest and prophet, master and teacher. Total identification with the Christ Self defines the Christed one, the Christed being, or the Christ consciousness." (Kuthumi p.103)
While Creme is teaching Maitreya is the master of all masters others from his group say different " significant aspect of completing the Plan as the Master Morya, and the Master who will succeed Maitreya as the Christ during the next era (in about 2,500 years), Koot Hoomi. This open collaboration, which will be visible to all, will end any lingering doubts concerning the true relationship between Maitreya the Christ and His disciple, the Master Jesus. (Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ by Peter Liefhebber, Share International)
So the new age teaching is that the Christ is not an individual but an office which can be held by many. That one can be the master of all masters and then someone else can succeed him
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion from those who represent the perfect masters and claim to be in a state of higher consciousness themselves. Elizabeth Claire Prophet's Ascension Research Center Home Page
"Maitreya was formerly the World Teacher until January 1, 1956, when this Office in [the] Hierarchy was passed jointly to Jesus and Kuthumi." ( Lord Maitreya, http://www.all natural.com/Maitreya., Ascension Research Center.)
Evangeline Van Pole of the New Age Church of Christ channel of the ascended masters, and in the late 1950s taught that a number of changes had occurred in the makeup of the spiritual hierarchy. Specifically, he noted that in 1955, Gautama Buddha replaced Sanat Kumara as Lord of this World, that Lord Maitreya, formerly the World Teacher, now held the office of Buddha, and that Jesus and Koot Hoomi, formerly Chohans (ascended masters) of the Sixth and Second Rays, respectively, jointly function as the World Teacher.(the Encyclopedia of World religions RUBY FOCUS OF MAGNIFICENT CONSUMMATION)
Who is receiving the true message E. C. Prophet from her ascended masters or Evangeline van Pole or Benjamen Creme from his master? They would probably say both since there is no absolute truth, only what you think is true for you. Personally I would say none of them. Since none of them know the truth!
Lets read what Alice Bailey really thinks The following is from " The Reappearance of the Christ" by Alice A. Bailey (Lucis Publishing) "When He comes at the close of this century and makes His power felt He will come as the Teacher of Love and Unity, and the keynote He will strike will be regeneration through love poured forth on all..
"The work and the teaching of the Christ will be hard for the Christian world to accept, though easier of assimilation in the East. Nevertheless, some hard blow or some difficult presentation of the truth is badly needed if the Christian world is to be awakened, and if Christian people are to recognize their place within a worldwide divine revelation and see the Christ as representing all the faiths and taking His rightful place as World Teacher. He is the World Teacher and not a Christian teacher.
Peter Liefhebber veteran Dutch journalist with Share International writes, "He Himself told us that He had other folds and to them He has meant as much as He has meant to the orthodox Christian. They may not call Him Christ, but they have their own name for Him and follow Him as truly and faithfully as their Western brethren... (Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ by Peter Liefhebber, Share International) (published by Lucis Publishing Co.)
Both Maitreya and Master Dwaj Khul are Tibetan Here's what Khul has to say "It is a fallacy to believe, as some do, that the main trend of Christ's work will be through the medium of the churches or the world religions...He will use all available channels whereby the consciousness of man may be enlarged and right orientation be brought about...the churches are but one of the teaching avenues He will employ...
"He will not come as the restorer of any of the ancient religions including Christianity, but He will come to restore man's faith in the Father's love, in the fact of the livingness of the Christ and in the close, subjective and unbreakable relationship of all men everywhere..."[His] reappearance will knit & bind together all men and women of goodwill throughout the world, irrespective of religion or nationality..."
If its not Maitreya who they would choose to fill this calling, it would be anyone else but the Jesus the Christ of the scriptures, who is the true head of the Christian Church.
Maitreya states "Fundamentalism and dogmatism are coming to an end. That time is quickly passing. Maitreya teaches that the moment a person gives up his brand of ism he will be free . the Master says. You are not born in sin, as they insist on telling you. For I am with you and you are with me. (Message no. 4)
They reject the one who talks about sin and mans need to be reconciled to God by his cross. Their solution, reject separateness and unite with all. Maitreya challenges the very basis of the revelation of Christ. The new age movement has no sin, judgment or punishment for evil but looks at it as a misuse of the same energy of God. They have no way to change mans fallen nature, there is no ultimate end to evil.
Benjamen Creme in answering questions in the Emergence newsletter is asked I was taught that the one and only God was Jesus Christ. Is this true? His answer ... "I believe that the answer will be in the negative. I believe he will say there is no man in the whole universe who is the 'one and only son of God'; That is the distortion propounded by an exclusive Christian Church from ignorance of the true relationship of Jesus to God'; that Jesus is a son of God-as are all the masters-as , potentially, is every man, woman and child on earth." (Emergence vol.16 no.10 1998).
In The Reappearance of The Christ and the Master of Wisdom by Benjamin Creme writes" ... the Christian Churches have released into the world a view of the Christ which is impossible for modern people to accept; as the one and only Son of God sacrificed by a loving Father to save us from the results of our sins - a blood sacrifice, straight out of the old Jewish dispensation. We have rejected this view, left the church in our millions, because it doesn't tally with our knowledge of history of science and other religions ... to my mind the churches have over-emphasized the divinity of Christ He is divine but in the way you and I are divine ... the idea of a Christ who comes from the sky from some mythical heaven; that the clouds are going to open and He is going to come down in a long white robe; to my mind all this is ludicrous ... does not tie up with our modem scientific knowledge of human psychology..." ( Tara Press)
I didnt know science and psychology had truth relative to God or the new age! Here is a man that is so open minded that we can become Christ that Maitreya materialized a human body for himself and yet he cannot believe that Christ is to come back just as he left, exactly as he said he would. But its not really a matter of possibility but a willful rejection of the scriptures as divine revelation from God.
Creme speaks of "the Lord of this World" whose dwelling place is "Shamballa"- "the Will aspect of Deity." The Bible says the "Lord of this World" is not the same Lord we worship as the true Christ, either he knows more than he is saying or doesnt know anything at all. Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). But Satan, the deceiver, is called "the god of this world," and "the prince of this world."
Creme states they didnt recognize Jesus then, so they wont recognize him now. But it is the Scriptures that tell us how to recognize the Christ. The very same ones they dont take literally! To recognize Maitreya as the Christ you must go against the Scripture, just as the Pharisees did. To ignore this fact you must climb over a enormous mountain of evidence. But then there are some people who love to climb mountains.