"Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religionâ€”a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality â€¦ the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today." (Michael Ruse, former professor of philosophy and zoology at the University of Guelph, Canada, "How evolution became a religion: creationists correct?" National Post, pp. B1, B3, B7, May 13, 2000) On the basis of spontaneous generation of life from nonlife (abiogenesis) contemporary evolutionary materialists are still trying to prove that the living, supernatural God, souls, spirits, angels and afterlife do not exist. However, other evolutionary naturalists, such as SETI researcher Paul Davies and Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA molecule, have in essence abandoned abiogenesis in favor of panspermia, the idea that life on earth was accidentally jump-started by seeding from meteorites containing the essential building blocks of life or perhaps seeded by extraterrestrials who for billions of years have been guiding the evolution of life and man in particular.
Paul Davies has written seriously about the possibility of â€œalien bioengineeringâ€ that could be detected in the DNA of life on earth and suggests that,
â€œCitizen scientists and school students could pitch in to run genomic versions of SETI programs to find any such traces.â€ (An Alien Code Close to Home: Seeking ET Beyond the Radio Silence, Astrobiology Magazine, Jeremy Hsu, 10/27/2011)
Crick has proposed a theory called â€œdirected panspermia," the idea that,
â€œ...life on earth may have begun when aliens from another planet sent a rocket ship containing spores to seed the earth.â€ (Francis Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981)
However, Crickâ€™s hypothesis only pushes the unresolvable problem of abiogenesis out into deep space, a problem he admits:
â€œThis scenario still leaves open the question of who designed the designer [aliens] â€” how did life originally originatete?" (ibid)
Abiogenesis, natural selection, directed panspermia, and conscious evolution are but four aspects of a whole host of fallacies derived from modern evolutionary thinking that have permeated the post-Christian West and American society and education in particular, giving rise in our time to a New Spirituality, or New Religious Synthesis, as James A. Herrick calls it in his book, "The Making of the New Spirituality: The Eclipse of the Western Tradition."
Herrick writes that for much of the last two millennia, Western and American thinking has been informed by biblical presuppositions, even when piety was notably absent, as with Deists like Thomas Jefferson. But within a relatively short period of time a stunning transformation of consciousness has shifted Western and American thinking away from biblical religion and toward the New Spirituality.
Herrick briefly outlines seven components of the New Spirituality:
1. History (as well as unchanging truth and moral absolutes) has no spiritual significance because process philosophy, the idea of continuous change over time, make them absurd.
2. The dominance of omniscient reason---mind, consciousness, intellect, imagination.
3. The spiritualization of science. Since the empirical study of the material universe employs immaterial reason to acquire knowledge, it is now acknowledged that reason is in fact acquiring spiritual knowledge.
4. The animation of nature (animism). Nature (also cosmos) is infused with energies, divine spirit, consciousness and/or life force. Physical nature is thus alive with energies, divine energy or soul.
5. Gnosis, or hidden esoteric knowledge, the provenance of spiritual elites and/or extraordinarily gifted individuals, including some scientists.
6. Spiritual evolution. By way of spiritual evolution certain select humans are destined to realize unimaginable spiritual advances. Unlike Darwins' biological theory of the evolution of life over vast periods of time in many different kinds of bodies, spiritual evolution will lead to actual human divinity.
7. Religious syncretism, or pluralism as rooted in common mystical experiences and/or secret revelations from disembodied intelligences. (Herrick, pp. 33-35)
Under the New Spirituality, the unseen force called evolution is the principle animating force of the cosmos. Whether by way of abiogenesis or by directed panspermia, human beings are evolution's conscious products and can now achieve ever-higher levels of consciousness by directing their own evolution.
In the book, "The Aquarian Conspiracy," Marilyn Ferguson wrote that the efficient direction of evolution will require "a mechanism for biological change more powerful than chance mutation" which will open "the possibility of rapid evolution in our time." (ibid, p. 148)
Some evolutionists now claim that the next step is already available to man from deep space extraterrestrials who are transforming the consciousness of abductees and through them teaching evolution, New Age philosophy, denying Christianity and supporting occultism.
UFO researcher Jacques Vallee concludes that,
"human belief...is being controlled and conditioned, man's concepts are being rearranged, and we may be headed toward a massive change of human attitudes toward paranormal abilities and extraterrestrial life." Vallee adds, "I propose the hypothesis that there is a control system for human consciousness...I am suggesting that what takes place through close encounters with UFOs is control of human beliefs, control of the relationship between our consciousness and physical reality, and that this control has been in force throughout history...." (Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Gary Bates, p. 158)
Commenting on the transformation of Western and American consciousness, Frank Baumer observes that evolution has,
"persuaded people to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation." The broad acceptance of evolutionary thinking means that 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." (ibid)
So complete has the transformation of consciousness, or counter-conversion away from Christian theism been, that evolutionary thinking has successfuly reversed the direction of traditional Western and American spirituality. It is now believed that men have not fallen from perfection but instead are gradually evolving toward perfection and they no longer need to turn to the living, supernatural God for salvation, for now the idea of "conscious evolution" means that men can learn to direct and control their own evolution.
Two brilliant visionaries foresaw the stunning events we are witnessing today---the transformation of the consciousness of Westerners in tandem with the rise of the New Spirituality---events that would usher in the end of the world and the appearance of the Antichrist. The two visionaries, Vladimir Soloviev (1850-1900), a brilliant Russian Orthodox theologian, and Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), an English Catholic priest, recorded their predictions in gripping novels, Soloviev in the "Tale" and Benson in "Lord of the World."
Benson saw through the scientific pretenses of modernism and its' primary doctrine, evolutionary theory, leading him to write that Communism and Free Masonry are not true science but "quiet pantheism."
Benson predicted that evolutionary thinking would prepare Westerners and Americans not only for the embrace of neo-pagan spirituality and the appearance of Antichrist but to worship and adore him, for the Antichrist (Mr. Felsenburgh) is the first perfected product of animated nature and evolutionary forces. He has emerged in America and is,
"the first perfect product of that new cosmopolitan creation to which the world has labored throughout its history..." (p 85)
Spiritually deceived, mesmerized men will declare that we,
"saw the Son of Man,' the 'Savior of the world,' we knew Him in our hearts as soon as we saw Him, as soon as He stood there. It was like a glory around his head. I understand it all now. It was He for whom we have waited so long; and He has come, bringing Peace and Goodwill in His hands." (pp. 85, 89)
Christianity failed, it has divided people. Thankfully though, that God is gone, He never existed at all except as a hideous nightmare. And at last He has arisen..."The reign of God has really begun (and) we are all partakers of God" because God is in everything, including all human beings....Jehovah has fallen. He is in His grave. In His place is the evolved Son of Man, a god indeed and a man as well..a god because human, and a man because so divine." (ibid, pp. 93, 95)
Soloviev's predictions regarding events in our age are astonishing in their accuracy primarily because they not only offer a glimpse into the mind of the man who will be spiritually transformed into the Antichrist but also illustrate the real obstacle to salvation, the proud refusal by men to recognize and admit to their sinful condition.
Prior to his conscious transformation into Antichrist, Soloviev describes him as a proud superman who outwardly seems just but is,
"..full of pride (and) morally reprehensible. He believes in God but loves nobody but himself. His relationship with Christ was quickly defined as one of superiority (for he will never) bow before Him like the most stupid of Christians (nor) mutter senselessly....'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me....I, the bright genius, the superman! No, never!" (The Wrath of God: The Days of Antichrist, Livio Fanzaga, pp. 39-40)
And so instead of the former cold rational respect for God and Christ, Soloviev writes,
"there was born and grew in his heart, first, a kind of terror, and then a burning, choking and corroding envy and furious breath-taking hatred." Devoured with envy of Jesus Christ he cries out "He rotted in the tomb, rotted like the lowest..." (ibid, pp. 40-41)
It is at this moment that the Evil One openly approaches the proud superman and takes possession of him,
"He saw those piercing eyes and heard..a strange voice, toneless..stifled, and yet clear, metallic and absolutely soulless as though coming from a phonograph." Satan pours out his spirit, saying, "I ask nothing of you, and I will help you for your own sake...Receive my spirit...it gives birth to you in power. At these words..the superman's lips opened of themselves, two piercing eyes came quite close to his face, and he felt a sharp, frozen stream enter into him and fill his hole being. And at the same time he was conscious of a wonderful strength, energy, lightness and rapture." (p. 43)
Soloviev masterfully portrays a striking contrast between the apostle and the Antichrist. The former receives the power of the living God and is full of wisdom, truth and courage while the latter receives the power of the devil and is full of nihilistic pride, envy, hate, blasphemy, resentment, lies, deception, covetousness, and perversion.
The Antichrist, as described by Soloviev, suffers the same massively inflated pride and envy that transformed Lucifer into the devil. This same pride and envy animated Hegel, the Masonic Illuminati who instigated the French Revolution, Karl Marx, Nietzsche, Stalin, America's "God is dead" theologians and many contemporary New World Order globalists.
Not one of these individuals can tolerate the idea that a greater man than himself exists, namely Jesus Christ.
Pride and envy are the common bonds linking Satan, all who have been transformed by evolutionary thinking and the New Spirituality, and of course the Antichrist. Thus when the Antichrist arrives, perhaps as a highly evolved extraterrestrial or as the Transcended Master Maitrya, all souls prepared for him will receive him as the highly evolved god and man they believe they too will become.