In "MSNBC's Harris-Perry: America's 'Kids Belong to Their Communities," Ken Shepherd reports that Perry not only believes the unborn child is a "thing" which takes a lot of money to "turn into a human" but that once a "thing" is actually born it belongs to the state rather than its' parents:
"Narrating a new MSNBC "Lean Forward" spot, the Tulane professor laments that we in America "haven't had a very collective notion that these are our children (and we) have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities..." (Shepherd, NewsBusters.org, April 4, 2013)
The concept "collective notion" is an expression of mystical pantheist monism which posits the existence of a Universal Mind or Universal Memory, a Collective Unconsciousness, or perhaps Teilhard's Omega. These and all other variations of this same theme are related to the ancient pagan idea that there is one solitary substance (pre-existing matter) comprising the basic fabric of the universe.
Whereas the ancient Babylonians, Sumerians, Egyptians and Joseph Smith held that matter is eternal and all things, including the gods, evolved out of this divine substance, mystical pantheists like Dr. Roger D. Blomquist, who currently works as the Head of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield, Utah, teach the idea that a Universal Mind began by an evolutionary process from a singularity (pre-existing matter) approximately 13 billion years ago and "quickly began manifesting the properties of matter-energy, space-time, and intelligence-consciousness." (Blomquist, supraconsciousnessnetwork.org)
Brahman, the One Consciousness or Universal Self is the Eastern mystical pantheist counterpart of Melissa Harris-Perry's Collective and Blomquist's Universal Mind which,
"... permeates the entire cosmos (and) is manifested as intelligence-consciousness interacting with matter-energy in space-time....This universal mind (Creative Force) was present at the moment of the Big Bang and has been continuously directing the evolutionary process ever since.....The conscious human mind that we each experience on a daily basis is not an epiphenomenon as some would have us believe but rather an extension of a universal wide consciousness which has been continuously present from the moment of the Big Bang. Natural selection has also been shaping this evolutionary process but more in the role of an editor.....Every aspect of our existence can be defined by this elementary substance (conceived as ) the holographic distribution of information throughout all of space (universe)." (Blomquist)
Four themes that stand out in Perry's and Blomquist's pantheist conceptions are pre-existing matter, monism and/or naturalism, and evolutionary process. The fourth theme results from the third and is inversion of the order of creation.
In the "Pagan Temptation," Christian scholar Thomas Molnar reports that the idea that matter is eternal is a pattern of thought stretching back to the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greeks in the West and in the East to the Upanishads. (p. 26) In this way of thinking, everything somehow emerged out of non life-bearing primordial matter.
From the Babylonians to our own time, primordial matter has gone by many names, for example: divine One Substance, watery abyss, Chaos, Nu, void, Prakriti stuff, Universal Mind and Teilhard de Chardin's Omega Point:
".....de Chardin believed that humanity could achieve a form of Godhood or a high level of spirituality called the Omega Point. This was an evolutionary process that everyone could attain through discipline and dedication to the path of enlightenment." (Reflections of the Omega Point, Frank Tipler, omegapoint.org)
The Egyptian Sun-God Ra emerged (created himself) from out of Nu – the divine One Substance (primordial matter) and then became God by an evolutionary process, or as Joseph Smith recounts in "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith" (345-47), "by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one."
The Sun-God recounts his own evolutionary process:
"I came into being from primordial matter...I made all the forms under which I appeared by means of (or out of) the god-soul which I raised up out of Nu (i.e., the primeval abyss of water.)" (The Long War Against God, Dr. Henry Morris, p. 243)
In all pagan systems such as Blomquist's, Teilhard's and Eastern mystical conceptions, pre-existent matter is described as impersonal "spirit" or perhaps "world soul" and is neither male nor female. It does not live, think or speak; it merely is. The human soul therefore is not created in the spiritual image of the living God Who exists outside of the time-space dimension Who Spoke and revealed Himself to man, thus it follows that humans are neither male nor female and the conscious human mind is an extension of the impersonal, non life-bearing Collective, Universal Mind, Omega or Universal Self.
This is naturalism (paganism) which is the belief that there is neither living supernatural God nor heavenly realm outside of the space-time dimension. There is only the natural dimension consisting of the One Substance, and this is monism.
Monism erases the Creator-creature distinction and like evolution is common to all occult systems,
"...from the magical sects of the East to the gnostics of the early church period, and from there unto today's preachers of cosmic evolution and irresistible karma." (Monism teaches) "...we are all gods in the making. Out of One has proceeded the many, and back into One are the many traveling. Eastern mystics, philosophical Hegelians, and followers of Teilhard de Chardin are all agreed on the reality of ultimate monism." (Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism, Gary North, p. 60)
Monism not only erases the Creator-creature distinction but also denies any eternal separation of saved and lost, thus all paths lead to the same place. It also denies any ultimate distinction between man and Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ and Lucifer, heaven and hell, truth and lie, good and evil, past and present, male and female, structure and change.
Frank Baumer observes that the sweeping acceptance of evolution throughout the post-Christian West and America has,
"....persuaded people to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation." It is "now difficult if not impossible for an educated man to conceive of a primitive revelation such as traditional Christianity taught, or even of an original natural religion from which men had declined." This difficulty arises because "in an evolving world, perfection obviously lay, not in the past, but in the future." (Religion and Rise of Skepticism, p. 147)
If perfection is somewhere in the future, then unborn human beings are not yet human as they are still in process of evolution, thus they are expendable "things" that take a lot of money to "turn into a human" so why bother with all of that expense when it is much cheaper and more convenient to abort them?
In the Genesis account the living, supernatural Triune God created all things ex-nihilo, or out of nothing. He is self-existent, eternal, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the sovereign Lord of the universe. He is the God of all creation. He is the God who stands outside of the space-time dimension, thus creation actually began before time and matter came to be as God spoke life, soul/spirit, matter and all else out of nothing. The living, supernatural God is the First Cause of all things. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 33:6; John 1:3; Romans 4:17; Hebrews 11:3):
"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Col. 1:16, 17
Vishal Mangalwadi, India's foremost Christian scholar observes that the unique concept of man as God's spiritual image-bearer gave birth to the "belief in the unique dignity of human beings," and this is,
"...the force that created Western civilization, where citizens do not exist for the state but the state exists for the individuals. Even kings, presidents, prime ministers, and army generals cannot be allowed to trample upon an individual and his or her rights." (Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations, pp. 12-13)
Early Church Fathers are the living connection between Jesus Christ and His apostles, the Old Testament prophets and today's Church and what they have to say about the Genesis account is crucial.
The Fathers regarded Genesis, especially the first three chapters, as Divinely inspired text that tells of actual, historical events and people. St. Cyril of Alexandria, for example, wrote that Genesis is Divinely inspired and cannot be apprehended rightly without respect for its’ historical meaning:
“Those who reject the historical meaning in the God-inspired Scriptures as something obsolete are avoiding the ability to apprehend rightly, according to the proper manner, the things written in them…whenever some historical events are presented to us by the Holy Scriptures (a) useful search into the historical meaning is appropriate, in order that the God-inspired Scripture be revealed as salvific and beneficial to us in every way.” (St. Cyril, “Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah 1,4, PG 70, 192AB)
But ever since evolutionary thinking appeared in the West and later on in America, "evolutionarily enlightened" theologians have been reducing the Divinely inspired Genesis account to allegory, fanciful poetic language or myth. The consequences of this act, whether witting or unwitting are devastating, for conceptually the door has been shut on the living God who stands outside of the space-time dimension and opened to admit Christianized monism. Like falling dominos, "enlightened priests" have rejected His revelation, rejected the fall of Lucifer and Adam and Eve, rejected the unique concept of man as God's spiritual image-bearer, reduced sin and evil to symbols, and negated man's need of a savior.
n his article, "Confronting Neo-Paganism in the Culture and the Church" Dr. Peter Jones reports that many of the architects of the new spirituality, Christianized-Vedanta monism,
".... such as Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, and Huston Smith were converts of Vedanta ..... Contemporary architects... call themselves 'Cultural Creative's,' 'Progressives,' 'Evolutionaries,' 'Integral Spiritualists,' 'Interspiritualists' or 'Transtraditional Spiritualists.' It is doubtless true to say that the key New Age leaders and their present disciples all claim some form of Vedantic enlightenment." (truthexchange, Apr. 12, 2011)
Spiritual evolutionist and Vedanta prophet Ken Wilber, a Mahayana Buddhist from a Christian background, teaches "integral spirituality." A popular author whose teachings have been avidly studied by world leaders, politicians (i.e. Bill Clinton and Al Gore), theologians, scholars, writers, artists, musicians, spiritual teachers and pop culture icons, Wilber combines evolution with the world's nature religions, morals, and Eastern and Western philosophy so as to establish a universal spirituality.
A panentheist, Wilber imagines that the entire universe is God evolving from matter through billions of years toward de Chardin's 'Omega Point.' Having evolved from primordial soup beast-man now evolves toward total god-consciousness, and in this way, the imaginary god is in process of becoming while evolution becomes conscious of itself.
A form of Christianized-Vedanta monism is already here, said Dr. Peter Jones:
"Evolutionary Christianity" is producing the longed-for and much-prophesied synthesis, namely, the union of science and spirituality.... Evolutionary Christianity is a variant of Wilber's 'Theory of Everything,' a worldview of (Vedanta monism) that claims to explain everything through the notion of human evolution into a non-dual divine. Michael Dowd, the ex-Evangelical now evangelist for evolution (agrees) with Bishop's Spong's post-theistic Christianity (and) declares supernatural other-worldly religion will die out for a post-metaphysical natural religion."
Jones adds that Evolutionary Christianity is an online gathering place for:
"....evangelical theistic evolutionists, 'progressive' Emergent Christian leaders, radical post-theistic Christian liberals, Christian non-dual mystics, pro-homosexual ministers, radical religious feminists, and recognized evolutionary scientists. Some are deeply influenced by Pierre Teillard de Chardin, and pagan "geologians" such as Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme."
Emergent Church Pastor Rob Bell for example, enthusiastically endorses Ken Wilber and claims to be reinventing Christianity as an Eastern religion while evangelical leader Leonard Sweet uses quantum physics to 'scientifically' prove that God is 'in' everything. Not surprisingly, Sweet cites Teilhard de Chardin as "20th century Christianity's major voice." (Normalizing Necromancy: Tempting the Church to Talk with the Dead, Worldview Weekend, 1/23/12)
o completely has the evolutionary transformation been that it has successfully inverted the order of creation and reversed the direction of Biblical theism. With creation ex nihilo virtually replaced by evolution, it is now believed that men have not fallen from perfection but instead are gradually evolving upward from their ape beginnings toward greater and greater spiritual perfection. Self-perfecting men and women like Teilhard, Melissa Perry and Blomquist no longer need the living, supernatural God as the idea of "conscious evolution" means that man can save himself, and perhaps even attain god-hood upon mystical fusion with the divine one substance.
Secular materialist and mystical pantheist evolutionists in unison with "enlightened priests" have not only exchanged the truth about God for a lie (Romans 1:25-27) but together stand in opposition to all Christians who stand for the literal truth of the Genesis account of creation. Across the entire denominational spectrum of the Church, we see that "enlightened priests" have joined ranks with ungodly neo-pagans in opposing those who defend the Divine revelation of God. (Isaiah 8:12-13)
Such a confederacy seems almost too strong to resist and strikes fear and terror into the hearts of many Christians. But as Peter reminds us, it is the living God we must fear rather than godless men and women and weak, compromising, intellectually proud priests:
"Be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer (apologetic) to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:14-15).