Paradigm. -A pattern, model, or example.
A PARADIGM SHIFT
New Paradigm. -a holistic world view, seeing the world as an integrated whole rather than a disassociated collection of parts, a systematic view based on a more abstract theoretical underpinning by systems theory, an ecological view using the term in a much broader and deeper sense than usual. -Fritjof Capra
In this article we will be studying about a New World View that is making it's way throughout all avenues in which it can find acceptance. A "Paradigm" is a pattern, and followers of the New Age Movement are seeking to change the pattern of how you and I think.
The "New Paradigm" of thinking, or "Paradigm Shift" involves seeing the whole world and everything in it as part of the original "Universal All" from which they believe it came. This new brand of thinking, or "New Age Thinking" will cause a person to view all things in life in a much different way than he or she used to.
THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF IT'S PARTS
The new pattern of thinking, or the "New Paradigm" involves the theory that "The Whole is Greater than the Sum of it's Parts". But before we even attempt to understand what that means, we must first go back and take a look at what New Agers perceive the "Old Paradigm" of thinking to be. And in order to do that, we will see what New Age physicist Fritjof Capra tells us.
Fritjof Capra, a New Age physicist at the University of California at Berkeley tells us that the "Old Paradigm" way of seeing things, look at the world "as a mechanical system composed of elementary building blocks" Capra. The Turning Point- Science, Society, and the Rising Culture, pg. 31.
This "Old Paradigm" view largely had it's origin with a 17th Century French Philosopher and mathematician named Rene Descartes (1596-1650).
Descartes used the method of "Reductionism" in his reasoning process:
"Descartes' method is analytical. It consists in breaking up thoughts and problems into pieces and arranging them in their logical order. This analytical method of reasoning is probably Descartes' greatest contribution to science on the other hand, over-emphasis on the Cartesian method has led to the fragmentation that is characteristic of both our general thinking and our academic disciplines , and to the widespread attitude of reductionism in science- the belief that all aspects of complex phenomena can be understood by reducing them to their constituent parts." -Fritjof Capra, Turning Point, pg. 59.
Now let me help you to understand what Capra is really trying to say here. The New Age outlook on life is that all of us humans are merely fragments of "The Universal All". For this reason, Mankind, in the "Babyhood of it's own Evolution" still tends to see things in a very immature way. For all this time, we have thought of everything that we see as individual "Parts" of the Universe.
But Capra, and other New Ager's alike, wish that we would "grow up" and begin to "make our way back to the Universal All" or "Source from which we came" -which would cause us to wake up and see everything in a "whole" or "Holistic" way. In other words, we wouldn't see our body, for instance, as cells, organs, blood, etc., but rather we would see it as one big "whole" body. And this new outlook to life would apply to everything for instance, big businesses would begin to pay attention to what they were doing to the Environment. If they are manufacturing products, then they must never by doing so -harm the Environment, because we, as human beings and the Environment, are "one big whole" -or part of the "Universal All". You would not think in terms of "me" anymore, but instead you would think in terms of "we". Or, for another example- in the Christian Churches, you wouldn't think in terms of yourself being an individual person or "Cell" (to use bodily terms, for example), but rather- you would think in terms of yourself being merely part of the larger "Cell Group", which lives only to serve the "whole" body of the Church. In other words, everything that "the parts" do -effects "the whole". And so, "The Whole is Greater than the Sum of it's Parts".
The reason that the "Whole is Greater" is because the Whole is a system, just as in nature there are systems (such as beehives, anthills, etc.) -and New Agers believe that to fail to recognize this fact- is to destroy our own Civilization:
"To the extent that we fail to recognize this interdependence and interconnectedness, to that extent we feel alienated, become ecologically insensitive, and are at risk for conflict with 'others'. Our current global crisis is making this fact desperately clear." -Roger Walsh, Staying Alive, pg. 36.
NEW PARADIM: A Holistic world view, seeing the world as an integrated whole rather than a disassociated collection of parts.
And now we are going to see some of the results that come from out of this attitude that "the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts", when carried to it's New Age extreme in thinking.
Let's now study about a certain French Roman Catholic Jesuit by the name of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Teilhard de Chardin is often referrered to as "The Father of the New Age Movement". He is thought of as the most influential individual in the New Age Movement, and his thinking has become a great part of the thinking of the intellectual leadership of the Jesuits also.
New Agers believe in the theory of evolution. Reincarnation is actually based on the idea of evolution... man 'evolves' through lifetime after lifetime in endless successive incarnations until they finally reach perfection. Eastern Mysticism teaches that the lower forms of life evolve into higher forms of life and that eventually all men will evolve back into godhood or the 'Source from which they came'.
TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
The Jesuit, PierreTeilhard de Chardin believed that the more man became like his 'true self' (otherwise known as the Higher Self) -the more he evolved into 'what God is'.
The idea behind this theory is that man was already God and that it was essential that he go back to the Source from whence he came, to find his 'True Self.' He needed to evolve into the 'Ultra Human' or into the God-man to whom Teilhard was referring. Once man reaches this state, he is presumed to have achieved what is known as 'Cosmic Consciousness.' And so the 'Father' of the New Age Movement was deeply involved in the theory of evolution.
This New Age idea of spiritual evolution makes man his own savior- convincing him that he has the ability to evolve into a god-man. The Creationist believes that since God created the world and created us- He can therefore re-create us into His own image with a god-like character. The Evolutionist is proud however, and thinks he can progress spiritually on his own, without the assistance of God... for he thinks himself to be a god!
Teilhard espoused the theory of Pantheism, along with his fellow Jesuit- Ignatius Loyola, but he added something to it... the theory of Evolution. One of Teilhard's chief studies included paleontology, which is the study of prehistoric animals and fossils, that undoubtedly led to his later obsession with the subject of evolution.
Normally, when a person decides to be an Evolutionist, any previous belief in Christianity would be dismissed, because the two ideas are obviously incompatible- but not in Teilhard de Chardin's case! Instead, he made it his life's work to attempt to show that the acceptance of the theory of Evolution need not be accompanied by a rejection of Christianity. He made major contributions to Twentieth Century Scientific thought, and upon the Religious world also.
Teilhard de Chardin has also made great contributions to this "New Paradigm" in thinking, and at the same time has succeeded in drawing many unsuspecting Christians into his New Age spider web of deceit. And so, let's not waste any more time- let's study now about what Teilhard de Chardin's ideas were all about:
After the Scientific establishment embraced Darwin's theory of Evolution, some of the "Intellectuals" quickly realized the implications . If all life rose strictly through chance mutation and natural selection, then what does mankind have to hope for? And what would be mankind's base upon which to establish ethics? Life seemed so futile with no God in sight, and so what was he to do, so that he could still continue to believe in Evolution?
The answer was to have "God" or "Consciousness" or "Spirit" reside in matter itself. And in that way, there would be added to Evolution a creative principle beyond mutation and natural selection that would guide things upward. In other words, if the idea was accepted that "God Energy" was in matter, then wouldn't it automatically cause things to evolve upward and not downward?
Besides some other prominent thinkers- Teilhard de Chardin , the Jesuit, saw matter and spirit as "one", and saw God as "a Process". God, to him, was not something that was a "Being" - but rather, God was a "be-ing", or something that was currently "happening". Evolution as it was occurring, was God in process.
Teilhard de Chardin was very deeply into the idea of Pantheism (God residing in all things) just as Ignatius Loyola, and Mysticism (trying to personally encounter God), and so he came up with the idea that everything that exists is composed of 2 parts- Spirit and Matter, and in that way, he could "encounter" God in nature. Process Theology sees God as being "incomplete" in some respects and a companion of humanity in a creative transition towards perfection. God is an "Energy" that moves through all things. To the New Ager- "God is Becoming" or evolving into perfection.
This is really no different than the ancient Baal-god. Baal represented Nature, which went through cycles or "processes" of Birth (Spring Time), Death (Winter Time), and Rebirth (Spring Time again).
Top New Age figure, Marilyn Ferguson said, "God is experienced as flow, wholeness, the infinite kaleidoscope of life and death. God is that organizing matrix we can experience but not tell, that which enlivens matter." Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, pg. 382.
THE ORGANIZING MATRIX
This "organizing matrix" that Marilyn Ferguson referred to was the same idea about "God" that Teilhard de Chardin had. He believed that all matter is profoundly historical. Long before the emergence of living things, nonliving matter was subject to a law of complexification, resulting in a continuing, irreversible drift towards increasingly complex organization. And the latest creature to emerge from this process of organization is humankind. And humankind has the capacity for self-conscious thought.
Teilhard expounded a "New Theology" in which "Soul" or Consciousness emerged as the driving force of Evolution, leading eventually to the awakening of a "Collective SuperConsciousness" -and that at this time- a "New Age" of the Earth would occur. This "Cosmic Evolution" meant that the whole Earth itself and mankind as a whole- had a "Collective Consciousness" that was evolving higher and higher.
Humans as they are now known are not the end of this "Evolutionary God-Process", Teilhard asserted. Supposedly, everything that arises also converges. And widely different cultures around the earth are now converging into a sort of "Global Consciousness" , where they seem to have a "One Universal Mind" or they see things in the same perspective. In other words, now different cultures are beginning to act the same and adopt the same customs and see things in a "Global" "All of Us are One" sense.
THE OMEGA POINT
The idea of everything and everyone finally "converging" towards it's final goal of total unity (the Universal All is finally come back together into it's original of oneness) -is termed by Teilhard de Chardin as the "OMEGA POINT ". It is at this time that "Consciousness can find a whole new sense of unity" -which is termed "Christ" or "Christ Consciousness".
According to Teilhard, during this Omega Point Era, men would become "Christs", and collectively, Humanity as a whole would become "The Christ".
An inspired Christian Writer, who wrote back in the 1800's and very early 1900's had this to say about the coming religious counterfeit:
"There are those who are watching and waiting and working for our Lord's appearing; while the other party are rapidly falling into line under the generalship of the first great apostate. They look for a god in humanity, and Satan personifies the one they seek. Multitudes will be so deluded through their rejection of truth that they will accept the counterfeit. Humanity is hailed as God." Ellen White, Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 365
Take note that Ellen White had said that Humanity as a whole would be "hailed as God".
The collective consciousness of all humanity united as one with their "all is one" attitude about life, would be considered as "The Christ Consciousness" and hailed as "God".
This Cosmic Christ is clearly a pantheistic "Christ" who supposedly resides in all of the Universe, in all of Nature, and in all of us who cooperate with the "Plan" to see the world in a "Holistic" way:
Let's look at something else E.G. White had to say in regards to this "New Age" thinking that was beginning to take shape, even back in her time:
"Satan beguiles men now as he beguiled Eve in Eden by flattery, by kindling a desire to obtain forbidden knowledge, by exciting ambition for self-exaltation. It was cherishing these evils that caused his fall, and through them he aims to compass the ruin of men. "Ye shall be as gods," he declares, "knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:5. Spiritualism teaches "that man is the creature of progression; that it is his destiny from his birth to progress, even to eternity, toward the Godhead." And again: "Each mind will judge itself and not another." "The judgment will be right, because it is the judgment of self. . . . The throne is within you." Said a spiritualistic teacher, as the "spiritual consciousness" awoke within him: "My fellow men, all were unfallen demigods." And another declares: "Any just and perfect being is Christ."
Thus, in place of the righteousness and perfection of the infinite God, the true object of adoration; in place of the perfect righteousness of His law, the true standard of human attainment, Satan has substituted the sinful, erring nature of man himself as the only object of adoration, the only rule of judgment, or standard of character. This is progress, not upward, but downward.
It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. It becomes assimilated to that which it is accustomed to love and reverence. Man will never rise higher than his standard of purity or goodness or truth. If self is his loftiest ideal, he will never attain to anything more exalted. Rather, he will constantly sink lower and lower. The grace of God alone has power to exalt man. Left to himself, his course must inevitably be downward. It is true that spiritualism is now changing its form and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise. But its utterances from the platform and the press have been before the public for many years, and in these its real character stands revealed. These teachings cannot be denied or hidden." Ellen White, The Great Controversy, page 554- 558
I hope, dear Reader, that you are beginning to see that this is all nothing other than Spiritualism in a new disguise!
Matthew Fox, the Dominican Scholar also said in his book, "The Coming of the Cosmic Christ" on pg 83 that Teilhard de Chardin "...calls the Cosmic Christ the 'third nature' of Christ, meaning that it takes us beyond the fourth century conciliar definitions of Christ's human and divine natures into a third realm, 'neither human nor divine, but cosmic'. Clearly de Chardin saw the paradigm shift that was implicit in powerful celebration of the Cosmic Christ."
"Teilhard de Chardin though that 'besides His mystical body Christ also has a cosmic body spread throughout the Universe'". -Teilhard de Chardin, La Vie Cosmique, in Ecrits Du Temps De La Guerre, pg. 67-69 (Quoted in Fox, 137).
It is imperative that a person see all things in a Pantheistic worldview, before he or she can be a vehicle for "The Cosmic Christ". It is part of "The New Paradigm that we have been talking about all along.
THE PLANETISATION OF MANKIND
The notion of humanity evolving into as single consciousness has great appeal to New Agers, who are always anxious to attain to "higher levels of consciousness" and "greater states of oneness with the Universe and with all life." And Teilhard de Chardin's Theology provides just the scientific-sounding reasons for them to believe that all humans must evolve into a "Global Mind" state. Teilhard said:
"We are faced with a harmonised collectivity of consciousness equivalent to a sort of super-consciousness . The idea is that of the earth not only becoming enclosed in a single thinking envelope so as to form, functionally, no more than a single vast grain of thought..." pg. 251, The Phenomena of Man, Teilhard de Chardin.
Teilhard predicted that this development of "the world's single thinking envelope" which was also called the "Noosphere", ("Nous" means "Mind"), would be accompanied by 'the formation of an organico-social super-complex' The Planetisation of Mankind". -The Future of Man, Teilhard.
The idea is that we are to become "Planetary Citizens" who live our lives "for the good of society as a whole" and who are to give up our individual wills and rights and allow ourselves to surrender to the will of "The Planetary Mind".
"...to the monist (one who believes that all life is one) nothing exists or finally matters except the whole. For the elements of the world to become absorbed within themselves by separation from others, by isolation, is a fundamental error. The individual, if he is to fulfill and preserve himself, must strive to break down every kind of barrier that prevents separate beings from uniting. His is the exaltation, not of egotistical autonomy but of communion with all others! Seen in this light the modern totalitarian regimes, whatever their initial defects, are neither heresies or biological regressions: they are in line with the essential trend of 'Cosmic Movement'." The Future of Man, Teilhard de Chardin, pg. 46,47.
Then Teilhard goes on to give us three alternatives to choose from:
"...to cease to act, by some form of suicide; to withdraw through a mystique of separation; to fulfill ourselves individually by egotistically segregating ourselves from the mass; or to plunge resolutely into the stream of the whole in order to become a part of it." The Future of Man, Teilhard de Chardin, pg. 46,47.
And of course he opts for alternative number three, which is "to plunge resolutely into the stream of the whole in order to become a part of it". Remember the idea that I told about: "The Whole is Greater then the Sum of it's Parts"? Well, this is the end result of Fritjof Capra's "scientific idea", -that we are to live under a Totalitarian Regime, giving up our will to "the whole".
Then Teilhard tries to "Christianize" this entire Satanic idea, by claiming that to do this, is "to love one another- fulfilling the Gospel":
"(This Utopian Society) vainly dreamed of, but which now leaves the fields of Utopia to reveal itself as both possible and necessary, we are brought to the following conclusion: that for men upon the earth, all the earth, to learn to love one another, it is not enough that they should know themselves to be members of one and the same thing; in 'planetising' themselves they must aquire the consciousness, without losing themselves, of becoming one and the same person. For (and this writ large in the Gospel) there is no total love that does not proceed from , and exist within that which is personal.
And what does this mean except, finally, that the planetisation of mankind if it is to come properly into effect, presupposes, in addition to the enclosing earth, and to the organisation and condensation of human thought, yet another factor? I mean the rise on our inward horizon of a common spiritual centre, a supreme pole of consciousness, upon which all the separate consciousness of the world may converge and within which they may love one another: THE RISE OF A GOD. It is here that reason may discern, conforming to and in harmony with the law of complexity, an acceptable way of envisioning 'the end of the world'." -The Future of Man, Teilhard de Chardin.