Okay so every now and then I get one of these types of comments on this blog. I’m going to post it here for all of you to read and make of it what you will. But first before you read the comment below, let me say this. I don’t worship the angels or anyone else but God. I have what I consider to be a close relationship with God and Jesus. I grew up going to Sunday School and to church and I am what many would call a “born again” Christian in that I did accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior many years ago. I pray every day and I give thanks for every meal.
My interest in angels came when I started this spiritual path in 2008 and I became aware of Doreen Virtue and her work with the angels. Most of the cards I use for the readings I do are ones created by her. I was aware of the angels before that because of references to them in the Bible. I do ask the angels for help and guidance, but I also ask God to take every reading I do out of my hands and place it firmly in His, and to guide my reading so that it comes from the highest level of love and light, and that the messages I give are ones He would have me give. What anyone else does with the readings I give is beyond my control. I offer these readings as a form of guidance for those who resonate with them and that is all. If someone doesn’t resonate with the readings I do then no one is forcing anyone to read them. Thank you all for your love and support. ~Carolyn~
“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” (Colossians 2:18-19)
The key characteristics here are “false humility and worship of angels.” Those are two invariable elements of false teaching in this context. In Colossae there was an ancient teaching (later called “gnosticism,” meaning knowledge) which held that there is a hierarchy of angels between all human beings and God which must be placated and acknowledged, and that one’s knowledge, which began in virtual ignorance, increased with such contact until at last one entered into the fullness of understanding of the Oneness of all things.
That ancient heresy appears widely today under the name of the New Age Movement. At the heart of it is this claim to seek the true Oneness of things. We are told that we are all part of the universe of created matter, and that we are united in Oneness with God. The claim is that this is the way to escape from being centered in oneself, and so move into the fullness of knowledge of the universe. That is why Paul refers to it here as a “false humility.” It claims to move you beyond self, but in actual practice, if you examine teachings like this, you discover that they focus on self; that the real goal is to develop all your self powers. That is why it is called the human potential movement—the idea that everything is already there inside of you, and all you need to do is bring it out and develop your possibilities and full potential.
I saw a motto on a wall that said, “The Light you seek is in your own lantern.” That is the idea. You already have it all—now discover it. Numerous groups today offer to help in this: Esalen, Eckankar, est, Transpersonal Psychology, Transactional Analysis, etc. By the way, most of these are California groups, I must sadly admit. All of them are designed to help discover the great potential that is supposedly wrapped up in you. Whitney Houston sings, “To love yourself is the greatest love there is.” That is the heart of the human potential quest.
Along with this comes the idea of the “worship of angels,” as Paul describes it. That opens up the whole world of occult manifestations. Those of you who saw Shirley MacLaine’s minidrama on television got a full dose of a world of strange spirit beings, of astrology, ouija boards, tarot cards and assorted holy men, psychics, swamis, yogis and gurus. All of these purport to offer help in increasing our understanding of who we are and what we can do, so as to fulfill the possibilities of our humanity.
What is the danger of that? The apostle puts it very plainly: it “disqualifies you for the prize.” He has been referring to this “prize” all through this letter. It will eliminate you from the race, removing you from the possibility of experiencing “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” That is the great mystery which God himself has provided us, by which we have immediate and continual access to the fullness of deity in Christ, and by him, strength, help and comfort along our way. Such error will effectively remove all opportunity for the continued experience of love, joy and peace.
If you observe Shirley MacLaine and other advocates of the New Age Movement you will discover there is very little evidence that they derive real satisfaction from their experiences. Fascination, yes; satisfaction, no! They are forever seeking. They are never at rest. They are on a quest for a will-o’-the-wisp, that seems to be further away from them the longer they pursue it. Such pursuit effectively removes one from experiencing the prize that God has in mind for his own: daily fellowship with a loving, living Lord!