In his article, “The Portrayal of Creationists by Their Evolutionist Detractors,” Phillip Bell notes that evolutionists,
“…are often willing to resort to all manner of arguments, tactics and schemes, all of which are expressly designed to ridicule the views of Bible-believing Christians….The statements of evolutionists are a clear demonstration of their unjustified bias against the straightforward young-Earth creationist (hereafter, creationist) view, as taught in Genesis.” (http://creation.com/portrayal-of-creationists )
Why do Western and American evolutionary materialists and their New Age and theological counterparts fear, resent and ferociously persecute faithful Christians in general but more particularly, straightforward young-earth creationists? The answer is found in the spiritual and religious dimension. Behind so called “scientific” evolutionary materialism and Eastern-influenced New Age spirituality which calls itself spiritual science, are dualistic neo-Gnostic religious worldviews trying to provide answers to the Ultimate Questions:
Is there a God behind it all? Where does life and conscious life come from? What is evil and why does it exist? What is man? Is he an ape or androgyne fully caused and determined by instinct, genes, movement of chemicals in grey matter and other unseen evolutionary forces of nature or is he the spiritual image bearer of the personal Triune God? Is there purpose and meaning to life? Is there an afterlife? Is the basic human problem biological, moral, or metaphysical?
From Fyodor Dostoevsky, to G.K. Chesterton, the eminent Catholic philosopher and historian, Dr. Thomas Molnar (1921-2010), Eric Voegelin (1901-1985), one of the most influential political philosophers of the last century and Dr. Wolfgang Smith together with many other incisive, penetrating analytical thinkers, all have concluded that underlying certain modern mass movements such as positivism, Hegelianism, progressivism, liberal Christianity and its primary doctrine evolution, socialism, the “God is dead” school, Teilhard’s Omega Point, Marxist Communism, scientism and evolutionary thinking are two spiritual pathologies:
1. The perennial utopian heresy (i.e., Nimrod’s Tower, communism, socialism and other new world order conceptions)
2. Neo-pagan Gnostic dualism
Gnostic dualism is a pantheist monist conception holding that divine sparks inexplicably fell from being as one with the distant god (the Divine Substance) into evil matter where they were entombed within evil material bodies. In “Adversus nationes” (2.37) the Gnostic dualist Arnobius complains:
“If souls were of the Lord’s race…They would never come to these terrestrial places (and) inhabit opaque bodies and (be) mixed with humors and blood, in receptacles of excrement, in vases of urine.” (The Pagan Temptation, Thomas Molnar, p. 27)
Dr. Molnar writes that from Plato to Plotinus, it was held as axiomatic that the fall of divine sparks into the material realm was either inexplicable or explained as punishment in an earthly hell. At any rate it was a plunge from being as one with or an aspect of the monistic Divine Substance into the multiple, or binary. Binary means for example that where good and evil were not distinct one from the other and there had not been two sexes but just one androgynous being, now good and evil are opposites and there are two distinct sexes. This being the case, the revolutionary impact of Christian teaching about the supernatural and the natural dimensions, the Incarnation, Resurrection, the fall of man, the two created sexes, the Ten Commandments and Gospel of salvation was nothing less than a scandal to ancient pagan thinkers and completely unacceptable to their modern counterparts. Thus the modern neo-Gnostic Karl Marx declares:
“The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization. It must be destroyed.” (Karl Marx, Marx and Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, p. 59)
The Genesis account of creation ex nihilo was repugnant to ancients because if true meant that matter was of God’s creation and did not pre-exist creation as a separate and evil principle.
The Incarnation was also utterly repulsive. For the Divine God Substance to incarnate within an evil body was as unthinkable as it is for contemporary neo-Gnostics whose view of depersonalized man, an evil meat machine, holds that the material brain's function is determined by genetics, thus the mind (i.e., divine spark, essence, pattern, pure spirit) is constrained by evil grey matter, chemicals, genes and body fluids. In “Against the Christians” (frag. 77) Porphyry, disciple of Plotinus and Arnobius, writes:
“How can one admit that the divine should become an embryo, that after his birth he is put in swaddling clothes, that he is soiled with blood and bile, and worse things yet?” (The Pagan Temptation, Thomas Molnar, p. 27)
The closest pagan thinkers came to Incarnation was with a purely negative connotation in the teachings of Pythagoras and Empedocles. They taught that souls or sparks fallen from the divine Substance are subsequently incarnated in animal forms as punishment. Salvation was secured through the mystery cults which,
"...afforded their devotees the opportunity to erase the curse of mortality by direct encounter with the patron deity or in many instances by actually undergoing an apotheosis, a transfiguration of human into divine. The process of 'initiation' in the mystery religions, therefore, had as its objective the liberation of the soul from its earthly...chains" (C.K. Barrett cited in "The Interruption of Eternity," Carl A. Raschke, p. 28)
Pre-Christian, early Christian Gnostics and Renaissance Churchmen and intellectuals who had turned back to ancient Cabala, Egyptian Hermeticism, the Mystery's, Gnostic dualism, reincarnation/karma, and other pagan mystical teachings were more directly influenced by Eastern systems than were Greek thinkers.
The leaders of the Christian Gnostic movement---Valentinus, Basilides, Arnobius and others—taught that the world and bodies are the work of the devil (Yahweh), the evil demiurge who holds the Divine Substance (impersonal good God) in bondage while Lucifer is not the devil, according to modern Gnostic theologians and intellectuals such as Karl Marx, but rather the first free thinker, the liberator of mankind, the seething energy of evolution, and the angel of evolution.
The similarity between ancient and modern Gnostic conceptions and Upanishadic and Hindu doctrines is striking. Whereas modern evolutionary philosophy teaches that everything is in continuity with void and matter, its Eastern-influenced New Age spiritual counterpart teaches that everything is in continuity with prakriti matter. In the Hindu Vedanta and Sankhya systems the one substance is the ‘prakriti stuff’ from which the universe and all beings evolve. D.L. Johnson elaborates:
“The whole of the universe…evolved out of the basic material stuff, prakriti. Prior to evolution into what things are today, matter was inert, undifferentiated, quiescent….Each individual human being is part of the cosmic process which began some time ago and will continue as a process…The human being is tied to the world of evolving matter. Each person becomes a person as part of a determined evolutionary process.” (The Long War Against God: The History and Impact of the Creation/Evolution Conflict, Dr. Henry Morris, p. 224)
The Upanishads teach that souls are aspects or particles of prakriti:
“Man’s true nature, or original consciousness, is defined differently by monistic and non-monistic gurus. The monistic gurus, who believe that God, man and the universe are ultimately one, teach that man is Infinite Consciousness or God, but has somehow become entangled in finite, personal, rational consciousness. So long as he remains in this state, he is born repeatedly in this world of suffering. Salvation lies in transcending finite, personal consciousness and merging into (or experiencing ourselves to be) the infinite Impersonal Consciousness, and thereby getting out of the cycle of births and deaths. In different words, salvation is a matter of perception or realization. You are already one with God, you have to perceive or realize this fact. Perceiving, in this context, is not cognitive activity. It is not a matter of intellectually knowing or logically deducting that we are God, but rather transcending this cognitive, rational consciousness and experiencing a “higher” state of expanded consciousness, which is believed to be God and our true self.” (Wisdom from India, Vishal Mangalwadi)
Gnostics, or Pneumatics, possess the secret gnosis of escaping this evil world so as to be reabsorbed into the divine substance. So for instance, since matter is evil and reabsorption is salvation then procreation is evil because it produces more earthly suffering by trapping divine sparks within bodies.
For the modern Gnostic who has willed the emancipation of his soul from God the Father because he is not fallen but rather possesses a particle of the divine, evolution is a system of progressive transformation toward self-perfection. Through evolution matter becomes progressively pure and perfect until the terminal point is reached: the purified, divine soul reabsorbed by the spiritualized, divinized whole substance: Omega Point (heaven/salvation).
For post-Christian Gnostics the process of purification is a two part process necessitating a figurative downward trip to hell where one gives over his soul in the image of Yahweh to Lucifer before the second stage--upward transformism---can begin. This is why Darwinism is a Gnostic myth said the eminent philosopher of science, Dr. Wolfgang Smith (b. 1948):
“As a scientific theory Darwinism would have been jettisoned long ago. The point, however, is that the doctrine of evolution has swept the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It affirms, in effect, that living things created themselves, which is in essence a metaphysical claim…Thus…evolutionism is a metaphysical doctrine decked out in scientific garb…It is a scientistic myth. And the myth is Gnostic, because it implicitly denies the transcendent origin of being; for indeed, only after the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate of particles does Darwinist transformism become conceivable. Darwinism, therefore, continues the ancient Gnostic practice of deprecating ‘God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.’ It perpetuates…the venerable Gnostic tradition of ‘Jehovah bashing.” (From Old Gnosticism to New Age I, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 30-31)
Karl Marx: Devilish Gnostic God-Hater
Karl Marx hated Yahweh and embraced Darwinian materialism, not because he believed it was true but because of his desire to annihilate the Triune God of Revelation, Creator of Heaven and earth in order to establish that “man owes his existence (only) to men,” and prove the “entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the creation of man.” (Political Apocalypse, Ellis Sandoz)
In his expertly crafted book, “Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor,” Ellis Sandoz writes that Karl Marx was a swindler. He was one of many devilish Gnostic God-haters stretching back to the Renaissance. His pathology is such that he willfully chooses to rebel against the living, Holy God as revealed through Jesus Christ, the God-man,
“…but knowing also that all of mankind is aware of God and that the Christian world equates Him with the Holy Trinity revealed through Christ, he sees no practical alternative to usurping the role of the historical Christ in the church and perversely playing it himself….” (p. 111)
Karl Marx knew that not only does the living Holy God, Heaven, hell, angels, and demons exist but that all men are His spiritual image bearers. He also knew that all men know themselves to be participants in a spiritual reality ontologically superior to themselves to which they owe their life and being. Marx knew that the awareness of this participation and dependence on God immediately precludes his mistaking himself for God, thus this awareness must be obliterated so that the idea of God can be destroyed. Only then could Marx and other Gnostic God-haters swindle with impunity,
“…because without God and immortality the ethical and political orders collapse…then one can proclaim himself God and become a law unto himself---thereby sanctioning his swindle with the halo of divinity…” (ibid, p. 112)
Marx enthusiastically embraced Darwinism, not because there is any truth in it but because he saw that Darwinism would destroy the foundations of Christian theism and man as Imago Dei:
“Darwinism came at the desired time; Darwin’s theory that man is the descendant of a lower animal destroyed the entire foundation of Christian dogma.” (Anton Pannekoek, “Marxism and Darwinism”)
In the hands of modern neo-Gnostic evolutionary humanists and powerful transnational Gnostic socialists Marx’s writings together with Darwinism are the Koran of the most successful anti-God ideological mass movement in history, thus said Sandoz it follows that,
“…Marx’s perverse asceticism in refusing to permit ontological questions finds social expression in the corollary of terror of both psychological and physical kind.” (p. 116)
To the tune of Gnostic Darwinism’s triumphant march through the minds of Americans and Westerners can be heard perverse refusals to permit ontological questions. This devilish perversity accounts for the knee-jerk hostility, vicious name-calling, destructive criticism, harsh ridicule, ferocious hatred and attempts at official censorship directed against the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo (straightforward young earth creation), the Holy Trine God, Jesus Christ, prayer, Christian symbols such as crosses and creches, Heaven, hell, angels, demons, and man as God’s spiritual image bearer.