Sometime between 1701 and 1703, Dominican priest Father Francisco XimÃ©nez transcribed and translated the Mayan creation account, Popol Vuh into Spanish. Later his translated work was taken from Guatemala to Europe by Abbott Brasseur de Bourbough and there translated into French. Today the Popol Vuh has a home in Chicagoâ€™s Newberry Library. Moving forward from origins, the Popol Vuh then describes the worship of the great â€œfeathered serpentâ€ creator deity known as Qâ€™uqâ€™umatz whose equivalent is the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl and the Yucatec Mayan Kukulkan. According to Freemason Manly P. Hall, the Popol Vuh is historically unique in that it very clearly describes the initiatory rituals of all Mystery Religions, the root and source of which is Ancient Babylonia (Sumeria). Additionally, it demonstrates that just as with the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, the god of the Aztecs and Mayans was not worshipped for it was merely an impersonal substance out of which living forces and/or living gods (i.e., Qâ€™uqâ€™umatz, Quetzalcoatl, Kulkukan) created themselves and then all else, including mankind.
In The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly Hall contrasts the impersonal deity over and against the living, personal supernatural Triune God:
â€œ(Aztecs and Mayans) do not worship the One God. For them that One God is absolutely impersonal, and all the Forces emanated from that One God are personal. This is the exact reverse of the popular western conception of a personal God and impersonal working forces in nature. Decide for yourself which of these beliefs is the more philosophical [Hall says sarcastically]. These Children of the Sun adore the PlumÃ¨d Serpent, who is the messenger of the Sun. He was the God Quetzalcoatl in Mexico, Gucumatz in QuichÃ©; and in Peru he was called Amaru." (Manly P Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 623â€“633)
According to the cosmogonies of Babylonia, Egypt, Greece and Rome the impersonal One God or One Substance was Chaos. Chaos (watery abyss, primordial matter, the void) was the first thing in existence. So how did the living forces and/or gods supposedly create themselves out of the eternally existing and/or spontaneously generated One Substance? One of the greatest Egyptologists, E.A. Wallis Budge, reveals the answer in his translation of an Egyptian papyri entitled, "The Book of Knowing the Evolutions of Ra, and the Overthrowing of Apepi:"
Ra, the Sun-God said, "I came into being from primordial matter, and I appeared under the forms of multitudes of things from the beginning. Nothing existed at that time, and it was I who made whatsoever was made....I made all the forms under which I appeared by means (or out of) the god-soul which I raised up out of Nu (the primordial abyss)." (The Gods of the Egyptians, Budge, 1969, pp. 293-294)
In other words, Ra claims to have created a god-soul (divine spark) from self-generated non-living matter, the primordial abyss. The divine spark evolved over time, incarnating itself in many different bodies (forms), always evolving upwards spiritually until at last it attained perfection as Ra, the Sun God.
In this light we can see that the roots of evolution and reincarnation/transmigration stretch back to Babylonia and Egypt. From there they reached into India with the Upanishads and into Greece, Rome, South America and then finally into Europe and America.
In its revised modern narrative, primordial matter spontaneously generated itself from nothing (the void), but because the void also generated natural living forces, (i.e., Natural Selection), life was enabled to create itself out of Darwin's watery pondscum and/or materialism's chemicals. From there the narrative describes the progress of either a divine spark (pantheism/panentheism) or energy (Free Masonry, scientific materialism) as it incarnates in succession the bodies of different beings over the course of millions and billions of years.
Christless Christian, pantheist Emergent Church leader Rob Bell, describes the fascinating powers of the living forces, powers which enlightened adepts can master:
"There is an energy in the world, a spark, an electricity that everything is plugged into. The Greeks called it zoe, the mystics call it 'Spirit,' and Obi-Wan called it 'the Force'.....This energy, spark, and electricity that pulses through all of creation sustains it, fuels it, and keeps it growing. Growing, evolving, reproducing..." (Love Wins, pp. 144-145)
Manly Hall describes the living forces. They are:
"powers unseen and unrecognized (that) mold the destiny of those who consciously and of their own free will take upon themselves the obligations of the Fraternity."
For initiates and adepts of esoteric Free Masonry, Hinduism, and occult New Age, the living forces that guide evolution magically transform man into god:
"the evolution of man into superman â€” was always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries, and the real purpose of modern Masonry is not the social and charitable purposes to which so much attention is paid, but the expediting of the spiritual evolution of those who aspire to perfect their own nature and transform it into a more god-like quality. And this is a definite science, a royal art, which it is possible for each of us to put into practice..." (The Meaning of Masonry, W.L. Wilmhurst, p. 47)
The same holds true for Christless Christians in the Word-Faith and New Apostolic Reformation movements. In "The Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation," Sandy Simpson writes that the Latter Rain is now almost totally fused with the doctrines of the Manifest Sons Of God movement and with Kingdom Theology (dominionism). This movement said Simpson, believes in the ongoing incarnation of God within creation and man, making believers into little gods who exercise sovereign autonomy within their spheres of dominion. A variation on this theme is Word-Faith, which teaches that Christians are â€œgodsâ€ divinely empowered to not only â€˜speakâ€™ what they want into being but of saving themselves as well, said Simpson. (America's 'New' Christianity Makes Gods of Men http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=16352 )
So just who or what are the living forces into which everyone from Christless Christians to occult New Agers are 'plugging into'? According to Manly Hall they are,
"The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy." (The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, p. 48)
According to David Spangler, one of today's most influential New Age leaders, Lucifer, who is also Christ, is the living force of evolution. In his book Reflections on the Christ, Spangler explains that,
"Christ is the same force as Lucifer but moving in seemingly the opposite direction" and that "Christ is the perfect balance to Lucifer."
Spangler also tells his followers that, "Lucifer, like Christ, stands at the doorâ€¦and knocks" and all spiritual seekers must open the door to Lucifer and invite him in.
Like Hall and Leadbeater, Spangler understands that Luciferic initiation means possession. In Reflections on the Christ, he explains that Lucifer is the "great initiator." And since he is, then all who seek admittance to the coming New Age must submit to a literal Luciferic initiation as the means of propelling themselves into the evolutionary New Age:
"Lucifer comes to give to us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it then he is free and we are free. This is the Luciferic initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation in the New Age." (Reflections on the Christ, p. 45)
C.W. Leadbeater, a 20th century occult Theosophist and Freemason, wrote that Luciferic initiation resulted in a "born again" experience. In the following passage Leadbeater describes his born again experience, which is really demonic possession:
"So wonderful is the expansion of the Initiateâ€™s conscious that it is most apt to speak of the change as a new birth. He begins to lead a new life "as a little child," the life of the Christ; and the Christ, the intuitional or buddhic consciousness, is born within his heart. "The Candidate has now become more...a unit in a tremendous force. On every planet the Solar Logos [the One God out of which the Sun God created himself] has His Representative acting as His Viceroy. On our globe the title given to this great Official is the Lord of the World." (The Masters and the Path, p. 120)
The Ancient Mysteries, with their powerfully seductive secret teachings regarding the One Substance, transmigration/reincarnation, living forces, initiations, and mesmerizing promise, "ye shall be as the gods' originated in ancient Babylonia. And it is to this that contemporary Christless Christians, esoteric Free Masons and occult New Agers are drawn like hapless moths to the flame.
But they have been deceived, for the promise really is not that they will be as God the Father Almighty but that they will be as the gods, meaning the devil and his demons. Thus they will drink the same cup of wrath already imbibed by the devil and his demons:
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out undiluted into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. Revelation 14:10