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Atonement = Christian Vs. At-one-ment = New Age/Occult

The Meaning of At-one-ment

Atonement does not have the same meaning as the New Age/occult term, at-one-ment. The interchanging of the terms, "atonement" and at-one-ment is an example of syncretism. "Syncretism is the merging or union of conflicting religious beliefs which forms a new religious philosophy." (1)


", the term relates primarily to the New Age idea that complete oneness with God can be experienced by human beings." [emphasis added]

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At-one-ment: Term used by several Mind Science or New Thought religions (such as Christian Science) referring to the supposed metaphysical unity or “oneness” of human beings and God as demonstrated by Christ. Contrast the Christian term “atonement,” which refers to Christ’s death on the cross as the means by which he reconciled sinful human beings to God.

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At-one-ment is New Age "salvation":

At-one-ment, or absorption into the One energy that is God, is a prominently held view of most New Agers' understanding of salvation. It is the unfolding of one's consciousness to the point that the "True Self," the divine nature, is realized. As a flower unfolds petal by petal, so too does spiritual evolution unfold, revealing the deeper realms of God-consciousness.

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 The Meaning of Atonement

The Webster's 1828 Dictionary states the theological definition of atonement:

"In theology, the expiation of sin made by the obedience and personal sufferings of Christ."

The Free Dictionary's definition of atonement: "The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus."

The Webster's 1913 dictionary's definition of atonement:

(Literally, a setting at one.) Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; agreement; concord. [Archaic]

Atonement is NOT at-one-ment, which New Agers define as "absorption into the One energy that is God." (2)


(1) Syncretism, What is it?

(2) Christ in a New Age

return to: New Age Markings on Ellen G. White's Writings -- "At-one-ment"

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