In 1907 Pope Pius X declared Modernism and its' principle doctrine evolution as heresies in his Encyclical, Pascendi Dominici Gregis. The Pope observed that according to the law of evolution everything is subject to change,
“…. and must in fact be changed (for to) the laws of evolution everything is subject ….” Modernists claim that, “… dogma, Church, worship, the Books we revere as sacred, even faith itself affirmed that our most holy religion, in the man Christ as in us, emanated from nature spontaneously and of itself. Nothing assuredly could be more utterly destructive of the whole supernatural order.”
Even our Lord Jesus Christ God incarnate, must be subject to the laws of evolution:
“…..then Christ, according to what they call His real history, was not God and never did anything divine, and that as man He did and said only what they, judging from the time in which He lived, consider that He ought to have said or done.” (Pascendi Dominici Gregis on the Doctrine of the Modernists, Encyclical of Pope Pius X, September 8, 1907)
The arcane idea that everything "emanated from nature spontaneously and of itself" and is therefore subject to the law of evolution is common to many ancient and modern nature philosophies and religious systems but in particular to all ancient and modern occult worldviews.
For example, the esoteric kabbalah (also spelled cabala, kabbala and kabala) is a collection of Jewish mystical writings built around the Hebrew numerical system and alphabet, especially as found in the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation) and the Zohar (Brightness). Though their dating and authorship is contested, one stream of thought believes they reflect an oral tradition dating back to the Babylonian exile. Another has it that these mystical teachings were derived from ancient Jewish sages who had traveled to India. A third holds that kabbalah was delivered from heaven by angels in order to teach Adam,
"...after his fall, how to recover his primal nobility and bliss." (The Making of the New Spirituality," James A. Herrick, pp. 40-41)
The fourth view, said Herrick, is the more common one. This view teaches that Moses received these secret teachings on Mount Sinai along with the law and passed them on to an elite group of seventy elders, revealing that kabbalah is an occult science intended for personal spiritual evolution (perfection) through appropriation of secret knowledge:
"In order to be initiated into this mysterious and sacred science it was necessary to be distinguished not only by intelligence and eminent position, but also by advanced age, as well." Kabbalah has long been viewed by many within Judaism as "a doctrine of superior profundity and purity reserved solely for a small number of the elect." (ibid)
Like all ancient and modern evolutionary cosmogonies, including but not limited to Teilhard's evolutionary New Religion, Leonard Sweet's quantum spirituality and the progressive creationism popularized by Hugh Ross, kabbalah teaches an inverted exegesis rendering human beings virtually divine. Indeed, the 'elect,' the gnostics who "know" control and even create God rather than the other way around. Just as with the three examples, the goal of Kabbalah is the,
"...activation of God by human beings...that is, the use of divine force for human purposes." (ibid)
As kabbalah's Ein-sof (God) is an impersonal mind that is an energy or light field much like Brahman it cannot speak, move, or create, thus everything that exists is said to emanate off of this energy field like waves form and move across the ocean. In this way of thinking, evolution is an all-pervading living force or creative energy held to be the logos or impersonal mind called Ein-sof, Brahman, the Gnostic Basilides, and the Egyptian Nu, for example. It is the substance variously described as Serpent Power, Shakti, Kundalini, Zoe, and evolution of which everything consists and is identical with.
Today our current public debate about evolution rages around three positions, each one offering a type of salvation.
The first one is the evolutionary atheist argument positing an inverted exegesis. It holds that there is no God, no Fall so no sin, no Heaven, hell, soul/spirit, angels and demons, making evolution a mindless process beginning with the birth of chemicals from an inexplicable cosmic explosion (Big Bang). Life supposedly arose out of dead things (chemicals) by way of an alchemical process billions of years ago.
The second position posits another inverted exegesis ascribed to by modernist theologians and their followers who generally fall into two primary categories: evolutionary theists and progressive creationists. These two positions hold in common that evolution is a process of development from lowest to highest under the direction of God when what they really mean but do not say out loud is that God is being controlled by men in order that they may use divine power for their own purposes.
What purposes? Many who ascribe to evolutionary theism or progressive creation do so because they are deceived, thus it cannot be said they have a purpose. But for others the story is different. Some ascribe by default out of indifference and intellectual laziness. For some others, fear of being disliked, of persecution, has them standing with the evolution crowd. Still others, led by inflated pride, covet entrée to the seductive inner circle occupied by the so-called best and brightest. But for the insiders, the self-anointed elite gnostics who really do 'know,' the answer is the perfection of 'self' through the healing of an imperfect, terribly flawed cosmos, the sloppy work of a vile, limited god-force. Their goal is the ages-old alchemical quest of gnostic magicians: the Great Work. Alchemy is above all the ancient royal occult science of secret initiates going back to Nimrod who sought esoteric knowledge in their quest to perform the great work. Mircea Eliade explains:
“The aim of the opus magnum (great work) was at once the freeing of the human soul and the healing of the cosmos….In the eyes of the alchemists, observes Jung, Christianity saved man but not nature. It is the alchemist’s dream to heal the world in its totality; the Philosopher’s Stone is conceived as the Filius Macrcosmoi who heals the world…The ultimate goal of the opus is Cosmic Salvation; for this reason, the Lapis Philosophorum is identified with Christ.” (The Forge and the Crucible: The Origin and Structure of Alchemy, 1956, p. 225)
The contemptuous god-force posited by insiders is entirely dependent on man-gods like themselves for his own redemption. In fact, the man-gods salvation comes about with the successful mending of the cosmos and the divine-force.
Kabbalah even suggests that god-men may "destroy god, or create a new god" a project that has been underway since the Renaissance and exploded into the public consciousness with Nietzsche's ecstatic utterance: God is dead and we have killed him! His death is desirable because He is the God of the Old Testament, the God Who,
"...created us, made us breathe, eat, reproduce, and write books; who is responsible for our historical existence," is "blind, arrogant, and merciless." Space and time "were created by a vile God" who needed both to fulfill his selfish plans. It was only "because of Gods needs" that "creation and man were created." (ibid, pp. 41-42)
Through secret knowledge (i.e., God is dead), magic science and evolutionary hypotheses man-gods have cleverly destroyed belief in the God of the Old Testament and successfully relegated the literal and historic elements of the Genesis account to the trash bin of history. With elites in control of the divine force of God they control everything, so now they can openly declare that human beings are emanated (evolved) rather than created by the personal God. Humans are no longer His creatures but his co-creators, his active partners. Such a partnership is not possible with the "perfect God" Who spoke and instantaneously created everything in six acts of creation as presented by the Revealed Word, thus psychological manipulation of believers, deceptions, Big Lies and outright frauds, limitations and imperfections are actually necessary in order for man to assume his rightful place as the manager and healer of the god-force.
In practice this means that in place of the Revealed Word perspective elite gnostics teach Big Bang and other evolutionary explanations together with old earth views. Though they make up new things almost every day, in general they agree that though the earth is billions of years old the conditions were too harsh for life until about 3.8 billion years ago. But then almost immediately, prokaryotes, the simplest cells popped up. Not much else happened for another billion and a half years, then suddenly cells with a nucleus capable of providing the foundation for complex life appeared. After another billion years or so the simplest multicellular life appeared. But it was another half billion years when nearly all of life's biological phyla quite suddenly showed up setting the stage for evolution's absolutely stunning, biologically complex diversity of life culminating in evolution's highest creature: man.
With elite gnostics in control, original sin, man's need for a savior, heaven and hell are no longer concerns. Now man-gods are at liberty to teach annihilation to the masses and cosmic or spiritual evolution to the higher initiates.
No First Adam, No Need for Last Adam
Among the many errors of both evolutionary atheism and its theistic counterparts is the heresy of Pelagianism. Pelaginism asserted that Adam’s sin had no effect on the human race, that humans have not inherited a sin nature from Adam, thus all humans are born with the ability to live a sin-free life. Both evolutionary atheism and its theistic counterparts eliminate the historical, physical Adam from whom all people descended and inherited his sin nature. This strikes at the heart of the Gospel: the need for the ‘last Adam,’ Who by His work on the cross paid the penalty for our sin, thereby providing us with an escape from the wrath of God against sin incurred by the first Adam. (2 Cor. 5:21) In this way the error of both evolutionary atheism and its theistic counterparts are identical to Pelagianism.
This brings us to the third position, a right-side up exegesis which holds that the faith of the Christian Church and of the average Christian has had its foundation as much in the literal and historic meaning of Genesis as in that of the person and deity of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, the Creator of everything Who revealed Himself to man through the Incarnate Christ. When He created the first Adam it was as a human person in His own spiritual image, not as some soulless hominid in process of evolution from lower order life-forms. In this position, belief in a six day creation period about 6,000 years ago has been the authoritative teaching of the Church for most of its history and is essential for consistency in doctrine and apologetics.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God…” “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1: 1-2, 14
"Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began." John 8:58 & 17:5
Today we have three choices. We can choose the denial of reality (escapism) of mindless evolution, the magic-way of occult elites---evolution directed by a God who is really controlled and directed by men---or the anti-evolution, anti-elitist, anti-science-magic position, the Revealed Word perspective bespeaking the all-powerful, personal loving God Who called everything into existence in six literal days and as the Last Adam came into this world of darkness and suffering to shed His precious, holy blood on the cross for the remission of all sins. The first two positions are hailed, worshipped and celebrated by modernist forward-thinkers as the scientific perspective. But neither one can save you; only show you the way to hell. Only the third, the hated, ridiculed, censored. and scoffed at Revealed Word choice truly offers salvation. Choose the third: eternal life in Paradise.