Right before I came to Christ, I considered myself a Universalist (aka New Age follower). I had been through Islam (orthodox and American alternatives) in my late teens/early 20s and then embraced African Traditional Religion, that ended up being the bulk of my spiritual/religious experience so far. When I started to move towards being a self-defined Universalist rather than identifying as a African traditionalist, it was because I was questioning a lot of things and just didn’t know where to go or what to do. It was like knowing there is something but not knowing what that something is or even where to find it. And that was the entry point that Christ used in my life.
The friend who led me to Christ pretty much did as @WarnerMiller spoke about regarding being clear on definitions. He clarified all terms and wouldn’t really give room for me to be all woo and if I was being vague due to thinking in woo terms, he would ground the conversation by being concrete and definite and not speaking from a point of speculation. He didn’t treat the bible and biblical references with a New Age perspective, he spoke solidly from the bible and explained biblical terms if and when he used them. He didn’t give scriptures per se because that in a way would have been pointless to bombard me with scriptures that I didn’t understand. Instead, he allowed me to come to him with questions.
One of the first things he explained to me (even if I didn’t fully get it, it was one of the first references he went into detail with that stuck with me all long) was Christ being the Shekinah Glory. This wasn’t random, it was based on me sending him a podcast I had listened to and telling him this is where I was spiritually, and the podcast was from a Jewish rabi being interviewed. I just knew I was going to sign up to be a convert. LOL Had he not taken the time to bridge the gap, I would probably be studying the kabbalah or something.
He was so very patient with me. I kept being woo and finally I asked him about grace. It was a wrap. He explained God’s grace from a biblical perspective and shared his testimony with me. That was the evening of June 2, 2013. It was after that conversation that I gave my life to Christ and accepted God on His terms and not mine.
That’s the thing about New Age belief, it still revolves around accepting God on the believer’s terms rather than on His terms. Even New Age Christians, which is more like Gnosticism, they still mesh many things together and call it Christianity when it’s not, there’s no reliance on Christ and the salvation He died for. I really thought I was doing something big and deep when I was doing all of those things, like I was really unraveling the mysteries of the universe (multiverse) and the spiritual realm and having so much spiritual growth. And the whole time I was just spinning my wheels and feeding my ego and being a spiritual joke to the enemy.
That was long winded, sorry. LOL