Scientific discoveries have proven problematic for pantheism.
How so? Well, Scientific discoveries have demonstrated that the universe is finite. That is, it had a beginning. It’s not eternal. Why is this a problem for our New Age friends? Our Hindu friends?——both of whom hold to pantheism.
Well, Pantheists have historically held that the universe is eternal. For them, it must be eternal. Because if it is not eternal, that means it had a beginning. If it had a beginning, it must have had a maker because things don’t just pop into existence from nothing. And if the universe had a maker, it cannot be God as Pantheists believe.
Well, this is precisely what we’ve discovered to be true about the universe (that it had a beginning). Astronomers are pointing to things like...
• The Background Radiation Echo • The Second Law of Thermodynamics • The Motion of the Galaxies ...all of which have led them to conclude that the universe had a beginning. Well, this is just devastating to the pantheistic New Age view of God. Surely the universe is not God! And pantheism is not true. 3. The Belief in Human Deity
If “all is one” (monism) and “all is god” (pantheism) then it logically follows from the first two beliefs that “We are gods.” And that is what New Agers believe: Humans are divine. Mormons have long been telling us we can become gods! New Agers say we already are gods!
According to New Agers, there is no supreme being to whom worship is due because we are all supreme. Deepak Chopra says...
“In reality we are divinity in disguise...gods and goddesses in embryo.” [Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, in Acknowledgements, no page number.] Shirley MacLaine, the famous movie star turned evangelist for the New Age spirituality, said...
“I know that I exist, therefore, I AM. I know that the god-source exists. Therefore, IT IS. Since I am part of that force, then I AM that I AM.” [Shirley MacLaine, Dancing in the Light, Epilogue, no page number]
Shirley MacLaine hijacks the title that God revealed to Moses (“I AM”) in the burning bush (Exodus 3:14) and applies it to herself! She says, “I AM that I AM.” And that is what New Age adherents commonly do. 👇