Professor Thomas Molnar foresaw the rejection of the view known as scientific materialism, the metaphysical concept that teaches that all that exists is empirically verifiable matter and energy in motion. This concept would be eclipsed by the, â€œ....spontaneous bent of the archaic mind which predominated in most parts of the world and which threatens to prevail once more in our time the temptation. to identify God and self, to recognize in the soul a divine substance, indeed the seat of divinity.â€ (â€œThe Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism,â€ Thomas Molnar, The Journal of Christian Reconstruction, Vol.1, No.2, Winter, 1974, 112).
Paganism (as well as contemporary occult New Age neopaganism), has always emphasized (idolized) the self, said Molnar:
"The amoral nature of the pagan gods permits the pagan to jettison the moral burden and, in the long run, to adopt a value-free reflection, focusing not on moral betterment, but on improvement of intellectual, psychological, and biological qualities" (The Pagan Temptation, p. 113).
Dr. Herbert Schlossberg, historian of Christianity and Tal Brooke, Editor and President of the SCPJournal agree with Molnar. Schlossberg writes:
"Exalting mankind to the status of deity...dates from the farthest reaches of antiquity, but its development into an ideology embracing the masses is a characteristic of modernity." (Herbert Schlossberg, cited in The Seduction of Christianity, Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon)
Tal Brooke reveals that the Great Lie is:
".... the foundation stone of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, the Kabala, the Greek Hermetic, Eleusinian and Gnostic beliefs, Neo-Platonism, all the occult creeds from Theosophy and the Masonic orders to the Rosicrucian's (and) the New Age movement. The Great Lie is...the belief that man is God, that his true identity is the immortal self...that as God, he will never die (and) Sin and depravity are...illusions since this inner divinity is at man's core." (The Great Lie, Tal Brooke, SCP Journal, Vol. 29:2-29:3, 2005)
In his book, "The Pagan Temptation," Professor Molnar thoroughly examines the ancient roots of paganism (nature religions). From antiquity to Greece and the East, Molnar traces its development through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and then to the present, such as scientific materialism, the foundation of Soviet Communism.
Vishal Mangalwadi, India's foremost Christian scholar, reveals the neo-pagan quasi-Buddhist underpinnings of scientific materialism. After seizing control of Russia Soviets utilized mind-conditioning techniques such as propaganda of the lie, re-education and sex education with emphasis on Darwinism as well as mind-altering drugs, electro-shock therapy, terror and other brutal measures to erase the image of the Triune God from His spiritual image-bearers. What they sought was to,
"...liquidate all expressions of individual identity in favor of an impersonal collective, communal consciousness." (The Book that Made Your World, p. 74)
Paganism said Molnar, has always been a natural as opposed to supernatural religion. Whereas supernatural religion strongly emphasizes the unbridgable chasm between the Triune Creator and His creation, particularly man (man does not share the Creator's being), paganism emphasizes continuity and/or oneness with nature (i.e., Chaos), the gods or god, and the self, as well as human autonomy from any deities, experience over morality and action and history, and irrational over the rational.
The magic foundation of continuity, which means that man shares the substance of Chaos, is the Hermetic phrase, "as above, so below." This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet and embraces the entire system--over history and throughout the world-- of traditional and modern magic. It was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus. (mystica.com)
Hermes was the teacher of the magical system known as Hermeticism of which high magic and alchemy are twin branches. The name Trismegistus means thrice greatest Hermes, and is the title given by the Greeks to the Egyptian god Thoth or Tehuti, a lord of wisdom and learning. The English occultist Francis Barrett in Biographia Antiqua wrote that Hermes,
"communicated the sum of the Abyss (Chaos), and divine knowledge to all posterity." (ibid)
The significance of "as above, so below" (continuity) is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. All systems of magic are claimed to function by this formula, "that which is above is the same as that which is below." This means that the Macrocosmos (Abyss, Chaos, Karl Marx's Dialectical Matter, Carl Sagan's Cosmos) is the same as microcosmos (nature, man). The Abyss is the same as God, God is the same as man, man is the same as the cell's comprising Cosmos, the cell is the same as the energies and/or forces of Chaos and so on.
"As above, so below" theorizes that man is the counterpart of God on earth; as God is man's counterpart in heaven. Therefore, it is a statement of an ancient belief that man's thoughts, words and actions on earth parallel the thoughts, words, and actions of God in heaven, hence power is within man's mind, words, and actions (i.e., Word Faith). This pivots on the belief that "all things have emerged and/or evolved over time from this One Thing by adaptation and/or mutation.
Moving over, across, and into the contemporary post-Christian West and America is an exciting new spirituality, a rising Universal Spirituality that conforms to the tenets of natural science. It discourages belief in the supernatural Biblical God and has nothing in common with true Christianity except in words and symbols drained of original meaning and intent.
It promises followers that by dedication to the path of enlightenment they will attain godhood through the merging of their souls with the cosmic universe, or Chaos, the universal deity worshipped by powerful one-worlders in the UN.s Meditation Room.
Through guided imagery, Tantric sex, kundalini yoga, neo-contemplative prayer, hypnosis, transcendental meditation, possibility-thinking, dream-work, past-life regression, mind-altering drugs, rhythmic music, yoga, and spiritistic practices such as channeling (mediumism), initiates can be raised to new levels of consciousness, develop psychic powers, release their souls from their bodies through astral projection and merge their consciousness with Chaos, or the Void, Abyss, Christ-Consciousness, etc.
In his article, "Confronting Neo-Paganism in the Culture and the Church" Dr. Peter Jones reports that many of the architects of the new "scientific" spirituality,
".... such as Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, and Huston Smith were converts of (Hindu) 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)
The 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), 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 (Chaos) evolving from matter through billions of years toward de Chardin's 'Omega Point.' Having evolved from primordial soup, man in continuity with God, 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)
The neo-pagan Universal Spirituality is in process of becoming and will have five main characteristics.
First, as contemporary Westerners are obsessed with science, it will be scientific. It will be built on the spiritual laws primarily of Hindu Vedanta (reincarnation, karma), mediumism and other spiritist experiences, and Western Illumined philosophies.
Second, its foundation is in evolutionary pantheism. In Teilhard de Chardin's words,
"A hitherto unknown form of religion---one that no one could have imagined or described, for lack of a universe large enough---to contain it---is burgeoning in men's hearts, from a seed sown by evolution." Whereas "Original sin...binds us hand and foot..." it is now "an anachronism in our evolutionist system of thought." (Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 28)
And this is the 'form of religion' that allows men "to identify God and self, to recognize in the soul a divine substance, indeed the seat of divinity" (Molnar)
Third, it will not be built around any particular personality, and definitely not on Jesus Christ.
Fourth, since the main purpose of the Universal Spirituality is to gratify the spiritual needs of men, women, and 'gays,' it will be rainbow-colored and pluralistic.
Fifth, since all people are wending their way to the same place, be it Omega Point or Om, the Universal Spirituality teaches that all humanity will ultimately converge at the foot of that sacred place where "is set the symbol that is no symbol, the name that is beyond all sound." (ibid, p. 29)