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Generally it refers to witchcraft, satanism, neo-paganism, or various forms of Psychic discernment (astrology, seances, palm reading, etc.). New Age is a recent and developing belief system in North America encompassing thousands of autonomous (and sometime contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and events.Generally the New Age borrows its theology from pantheistic Eastern religions and its practices from 19th century Western occultism. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: A book by Stephen Covey.In most cases the group claims to be Christian, but because of their aberrant beliefs on central doctrines of the faith (God, Jesus, and salvation), the organization is not considered by Watchman Fellowship to be part of orthodox, biblical Christianity. The term, "occult" comes from the Latin occultus or "hidden." Generally the word is used of secret or mysterious supernatural powers or magical, religious rituals.The word "occult" in this publication is used to describe any attempt to gain supernatural power or knowledge apart from the God of the Bible.Aesthetic Realism Foundation, Eli Seigel, New York: Happiness can be achieved through the harmony of opposites, e.g., realizing and accepting that the world is both beautiful and horrific (see Taoism).
In modern usage, the term cult is often used by the general public to describe any religious group they view as strange or dangerous. This Index contains brief definitions, descriptions or cross references on over 1,200 religious organizations and beliefs, as well as world religions (including Christianity) and related doctrines.Watchman Fellowship is a Christian apologetics and discernment ministry; thus, many references ("Jesus," "Gospel," "Christianity," etc.) contain definitions that reflect the beliefs of Watchman's staff.Cult in this sense, is a counterfeit or serious deviation from the doctrines of classical Christianity.Watchman Fellowship usually uses the term cult with a Christian or doctrinal definition in mind.