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Linda Kimball, Friday, April 16, 2021
John 1 tells us that in the beginning everything was created ex nihilo (from nothing) by the spoken Word of the Son of God. This means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. (John 1:2; Proverbs 8:23) Jesus Christ is God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, hence the Word of the Old Testament's creation account is Jesus Christ of the New Testament.
Jesus Christ is the living Word. His Word is eternally unchanging Truth even as He Himself is the eternally unchanging Truth, Way, and Life, the same today as yesterday and forever and ever. Jesus Christ does not change and as He is the absolute starting point for the reasoning of the faithful, then obedient Christians must reject the long unchallenged assumptions of evolutionary humanism's longstanding war against the Word of God – the Book of Genesis in particular – in all its parts... historical, prophetical, geographical, linguistic, and doctrinal.
When Paul affirms in the Lord that his Gentile readers should no longer live as Gentile pagans do in the futility of their darkened minds (Ephesians 4: 17-24), he speaks to all pagan and pantheist humanists from antiquity to our own age (i.e., New Age, Progressive Leftism, Progressive Christianism, and Technocratic Trans-Humanism). These new pagans of the modern era reject the pure knowledge of the Holy Trinity and vainly think of themselves as enlightened, scientific, and pure when in reality they are darkened and impure. Their ignorance is not a lack of education, and some of them are brilliant in their own way, but such brilliance is wasted on vain imaginings and myths created by men such as dialectical materialism, determinism, reincarnation, karma, and scientism, none of which will get them to heaven, thus are utterly foolish and futile, especially when combined with hardness of heart toward the truth of the gospel in Christ (Matt. 13:14-15; John 12:40; Acts 28: 26; Rom. 11:8)
Evolutionary Theism Implies That Christ is Wrong About Creation
When modern pagan humanists speak frankly, they not only confess their fear and hatred of the Triune God but admit that their so-called 'scientific theories' are man-made myths:
Throughout the contemporary West and America many 'scientifically enlightened' Western and American theologians, seminarians and intellectuals take the side of new pagan humanism in their rejection of belief in Moses in favor of man-made myths and esoteric biological evolution – pagan myths parading as Western science. By the logic of their position they implicitly or explicitly hold that Christ Himself was wrong about Genesis. Pope Francis, Timothy Keller, Leonard Sweet, and many others fall into this category. Having leaped into the quagmire of pagan myths, they deride, ridicule, demonize, and harshly criticize obedient Christians who refuse to stumble after them. (2 Peter 2)
Evolutionary scenarios commonly proposed by evolutionary theists typically reduce Adam and Eve to mythical figures such as hominids with the consequence that Eve was never promised a 'Seed' and death didn't come from a Fall but rather from the death of the millions of evolved creatures that preceded humans by billions of years. So evolution not only makes the Son of God responsible for death but in amputating the entire historical precedent from the Gospel it changes the rest of Scripture and makes Jesus Christ unnecessary as atheist Frank Zindler points out:
Over and across the entire denominational spectrum, it is the obedient – those who love the Lord and truth – and who stand against pagan evolution who are ridiculed, and condemned by the disobedient for their so-called 'anti-science religionism, narrow-mindedness, fundamentalism, cultural isolationism, and anti-intellectualism' which the disobedient call, "the rejection of science," and then refer to this as, "textbook evidence of an unyielding ignorance on the part of the religious." (Total Capitulation: The Evangelical Surrender of Truth, Dr. Mohler, October 25, 2011)
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has endured much ridicule for his unflinching stand against evolutionary compromisers:
Paul warned of the days when Christians would not tolerate the eternally unchanging Authority of God's Word and sound doctrine, but would instead surround themselves with worldly teachers and false prophets who would tickle their ears. (2 Tim 4:1-3)
Those days are here.
According to Benjamin Wiker and Scott Hahn, authors of the meticulously researched book, "Politicizing the Bible," a great cosmological shift away from the supernatural Genesis account ex nihilo toward an anti-supernatural and wholly pagan or secular understanding of the universe, God, man, philosophy, science, and morality occurred in the seventeenth century. The research efforts of the two men take them deep into the Middle Ages and Renaissance to show that the appropriation, deconstruction and paganization of scripture and invention of the historical-critical method taken for granted at modern divinity schools worldwide, originated with politically motivated interpreters. Among them were early Popes, Machiavelli, Marsilio of Padua, Henry VIII, Thomas Hobbes, Descartes and Spinoza, who sought an empire of science.
Moving to the Renaissance and the book, "God and the Knowledge of Reality," the Catholic philosopher and historian Thomas Molnar (1921–2010), reveals the 'temper of that age' as a spirit of rebellion against the Holy Triune God and His created order. This is why certain highly placed, influential Renaissance Christian theologians, mystics and scholars, having discovered ancient Egyptian Hermetic magic and occult Jewish Kabbalah texts from the time of Babylon, studied and translated these ancient texts, resulting in Hermetic Kabbalah. Then like Pico della Mirandola, they argued that occult hermetic science – the divine technology or Magic Way of reaching divine status and spiritual powers through ritual procedures such as transcendental meditation iand spiritual evolution s the best proof of the divinity of Christ as a force of nature. In other words said Molnar,
The defiant embrace of pagan magic science and evolutionary conceptions that originated in Babylon and undergird occult traditions such as mystical Hinduism, Buddhism, Egyptian Hermeticism and occult Kabbalah paved the way for the rationalism of the European Enlightenment.
Rationalism glorified the will-to-power and darkened intellect of rebellious men rather than the Word of God. These seeds of corruption blossomed into a huge upsurge of anti-Christian endeavor resulting in the subordination of the Word of God to the findings of pagan magic science and evolutionary thinking which opened the door for yet more corruption in the 19th century – theological liberalism (evolutionary pantheism) and 'higher criticism.'
Theological liberalism first developed in Germany. Its first real manifestation was at the University of Tubingen where Ferdinand Baur (1792-1860) had formed a school of theology for the purpose of raising doubts about the Bible. This tactic was designed to undermine the Revealed Word as the exclusive fount of truth. Among areas that came under suspicion were the Genesis account, the person and deity of Christ, the fall and human sin, the authority of Scripture, the transcendence of God, the Way of spiritual salvation, and the doctrine of the Christian Church. (From Old Gnosticism to New Age, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal, Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 32-33)
The theological liberalism inaugurated at Tubingen 'Christianized' the great cosmological shift and the magic science and evolutionary pagan and pantheist creeds sweeping over our nation in many guises today: Teilhard's New Religion, Leonard Sweets quantum spirituality, the Quantum Void posited by modern physicists and occult New Age for example.
Theological liberalism owes much to the occult Hermetic pantheist philosophy of George Hegel (1770-1811). Hegel was a philosophical heir of ancient occult traditions and an important member of an occult brotherhood that emerged out of the Renaissance. His early writings were greatly influenced by Christoph Oetinger (1702-1782), the gnostic occult Kabbalist and disciple of Renaissance Hermetic-Kabbalists such as Emanuel Swedenborg and Jakob Boehme (1575-1624). Hegels dialectic, or pantheist theory of historical evolution, dovetailed neatly with liberal theology's evolutionary pantheism and its' outrageous claim that Christianity was a hybrid religion of the Near East. (ibid)
Somewhat later, Karl Marx secularized Hegel's dialectic for his own evolutionary conception – dialectical materialism – a revitalized form of animism in which divine matter thinks and chooses.
This period also saw a more forceful appearance of 'higher criticism,' the evil-twin of theological liberalism. Higher criticism cast suspicion upon the authorship and dating of the books of the Bible in an attempt to undermine the truth-claims of Scripture. Such unsanctified exploration led to an enquiry into the identity of the historical Jesus, typified in the anti-supernaturalistic book, "The Life of Jesus," written in 1835 by Baur's pupil, D.F. Strauss (1808-1874). (ibid)
When Darwin published his theory, theological liberals (progressives) eagerly embraced it, not because they actually believed it, but because behind its' 'science' façade they could openly embrace the occult evolutionary conceptions posited by Egyptian Hermeticism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Kabbalah.
With these developments, the seal was set on a critical, rationalistic, and skeptical approach to the Word of God that elevates magic science, evolution, and other pagan idols of men above the Word of God.
This tragic development results in large flocks of deceived sheep who cannot believe Moses (John 5:45-47) because the ministers who guide them are falling stars who in their arrogance reject as unscientific the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo.
While most commentators identify Lucifer as the falling star, in his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry provides a second, human identity. Human falling stars are tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who having ceased to be a minister of Christ,
Since neither falling stars nor their misled flocks can believe Moses, they cannot believe the Word, God-Incarnate, our savior Jesus Christ.
In response to the spread of unbelief and the presence of false teachers, apostates and heresies infecting the Body of Christ our Lord said:
Evolutionary ministers are blind guides leading blind sheep deeper and deeper into the void. Thus blessed is the man who does not place his trust in blind guides who stray after heresies and the myths and idols of pagans humanists. (Psalm 40: 4-5) Nor does he throw away his confidence in the Lord:
© Linda Kimball
First published in 2017 as Evolutionary Christians Do Not Believe Moses, So How Will They Believe Jesus’ Words? This is an updated version.
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Date: Fri Apr 16 2021
From: Vic Biorseth
Well done. It would appear that, in balance historically, the Renaissance was no great enlightenment, but rather a truly great endarkenment.
Date: Fri Apr 16 17:25:20 2021
Well... Connecting mysticism of the Kabbalah and Egyptian magic straight to modern materialism is indeed plausible - in a framework with no ultimate authority/God, man becomes the foremost creative intelligence in the universe (magic or laws of physics - who cares? The "will to power" certainly won't). Reduction of God's sovereignity into a mindless cosmic force (animism, etc.) is not a new error by a long shot. Of a particular note stands the concept of "elan vital". It goes by many names - most of the time, it signifies "breath" in spiritual context, through additional variations of it encompass "magic" and "divine favor" as a whole. Pneuma (Greek), Prana (Hindu), Chu'lel (Mayan), Orenda (Iroquis), Vaki (Finnish), Awen (Celtic), Nyama (Congo), Hasina (Madagascar), Ashe (Yoruba), Khvarenah (Iranian), Maegen (Germanic), Animus (Latin), Ruach (Hebrew), Sila (Slavic), Mana (Polynesian), Rlung (Tibetan), Adur (Basque), Qi (Chinese) and so forth... Bottomline, most of these concepts promise mastery over the physical/spiritual world to any man who masters them - as if that could make a man more then a mere man... So, here, too, lies the favorite "man-as-god" temptation of Satan. With that, I can only say that mysticism is indeed fascinating - but, like all pagan mythology, it's just a bunch of fairy tales (that are internally inconsistent as philosophy shows). It's make believe. It has enormous cultural significance, yes, but by no means it can serve as a worthy religion or a creed in life. That's what real religion is for.
P.S. It is of no coincidence that Hinduism, Buddhism, Gnosticism, Zoroastrism (particularly this - since the word for "magic" comes from their "magi" priests), Kabbalah and so forth have mostly overlapping mystical concepts within them - all these mystic creeds were in constant contact over the centuries, with their area of contact being the Middle East. One can refute Buddhism by using refutations of Gnosticism (you can roughly replace Adi Buddha with Monad, Mara with Demiurge, concept of "nirvana" with "gnosis" and you're set). Of all the creeds out there, these ones are the easiest to defeat by philosophical refutation of reincarnation and the need for "special knowledge". These two things are cornerstones in Hinduism, Buddhism and Gnosticism (and play a significant role in Kabbalah too) - if they go, so do the entire faiths built on them.
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