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Gods To No End

April 13, 2015
By Carl Teichrib

The February edition of Forcing Change magazine carries a major essay titled “Circle of Gods.” It starts off by having you tag along with me to a New Age meeting I attended in 1999, and the witnessing of a ritualistic group exercise in asserting human divinity – the claim that we are God. February 2015 Cover

In exploring this theme of “becoming God,” we consider how passages in the Book of Genesis are twisted to justify the self-God claim. We also examine a broad range of examples: From the New Age Movement to alien abduction messages to education philosophy to Mormonism and more.

The following text is excerpted from the 19-page essay. To read the full edition, designed to help you “understand the forces of change,” go to www.forcingchange.org and download the report from the membership section.

Note: the endnote numbers in this selection correspond to the original copy. Download the full and original report to access the source documentation and endnote materials.

New Age Movement

The New Age Movement is an eclectic classification of spirituality, incorporating elements from Eastern religions, Perennial Philosophy (all religions share a same truth), channeled teachings (“angels,” spirit guides, etc), self-awareness, esotericism, and neo-paganism. The fundamental message is this: “One Humanity, One world, One true expression of divinity, One within the Christos… One Center of Consciousness… Oneness in all things.”26 Although the term “New Age Movement” is used less today than it was in previous decades, it remains relevant in that its precepts have been infused within all facets of Western society.

In the words of American songwriter and New Age icon, John Denver; “we hear in the cry of our hearts expressing connectedness and wholeness and the recognition that we are One.”27

“Nothing can touch me but the direct action of God and God is my Omnipotent Self. I can do all things through the Strength of the Christ I AM. I AM STRENGTH!” – John Randolph Price (capitals in original).28

“You are the Presence of God. God is present on Earth because of you.” – Ken Carey.29

“The universal God is one, yet he is more than one; all things are God; all things are one… men and birds and beasts and creeping things are deities, made flesh.” – The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ.30

Theosophy

Theosophy calls itself “Divine Wisdom,” and is a system of esoteric philosophy borrowed from world myths, Western occultism, and Eastern spirituality. Organized Theosophy came to fruition in the late 1800s through the work of the Russian-born spirit medium, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, who co-founded the Theosophical Society. William Q. Judge, another co-founder, described Theosophy as “inclusive of all systems and every experience.”31

Lecturer and author, Cherry Gilchrist, tells us “it is the impetus of Theosophy that has enabled the whole New Age movement to come into being.”32

“Theosophy asks every one to reflect whether to give way to the animal below or look up to and be governed by the God within.” – William Q. Judge.33

“Man is not to be compelled; he is to be free. He is not a slave, but a God in the making, and the growth cannot be forced, but must be willed from within.” – Annie Besant.34

“…the inner man is the only God we can have cognizance of. And how can this be otherwise? Grant us our postulate that God is a universally diffused, infinite principle, and how can man alone escape from soaked through, by, and in, the Deity?” – H.P. Blavatsky.35

Rosicrucianism

Rosicrucianism (Rosy Cross, or Rose-Croix) is an esoteric school of thought that dates back to the 17th century, and claims lineage to the legendary figure of German mystic, Christian Rosenkreuz. Over the centuries, various orders and societies inspired by the Rosy Cross – or with claimed Rosicrucian credentials – arose and folded in England, Germany, France and the United States. Some still exist, and new orders have formed in recent years. Nevertheless, the Rosicrucian meme has undeniably influenced modern occultism and Western mysticism.

One organization with a professed Rosicrucian pedigree is the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis (AMORC), which was constituted in June 1915, and is headquartered in San Jose, California. Noted for its public advertising in newspapers and national magazines, AMORC is a worldwide fraternal body with lodges and self-paced study courses. Its teachings on divinity present God as the “Creative Universal Force,” 36 and that “to find God, we must see Him in all things at once…”37

In an AMORC, 9th Degree Confidential Discourse, we read that, “From the highest to the lowest all is ONE” (capitals in original), along with a prophetic telling of humanity’s redemption through the mythic intercourse of nature.38 The following three quotes from AMORC present their concept of divinity.

“It [Divine Mind] is not only the mind of God but also the consciousness and mind of all living beings on the earth plane…” – AMORC.39

“The Temple of the Universe, the Temple of the Earth and the Temple of Life are only one in the Temple of Man… the Messianic Light must emanate from the Heavenly Jerusalem which vibrates within us.”       – Christian Bernard.40

“The God of today, in our comprehension and consciousness, will not be the God of next year, for God will evolve as the consciousness of the soul evolves. This evolution will continue until man becomes fully conscious of the consciousness of the Cosmic…” – AMORC.41

Freemasonry

Most men who join the Masonic Lodge do so without understanding Freemasonry’s philosophical and spiritual reach. As the Lodge experience is wrapped in symbolism and allegory, it is easy for the average member to go-through-the-motions without comprehending the deeper messages embedded in the rituals and movements. Masonic historians have long acknowledged this general ignorance. And yet, from the first degree – Entered Apprentice – the candidate is encouraged to seek the light of Masonic knowledge and work for perfection.42 If this challenge is truly pursued, not only will the Lodge member endeavor to peal back the layers of ritual meaning, he will actively engage in a deeper study of his Craft. It is in this quest that one encounters a wealth of literature penned by illustrious Masonic thinkers and leaders; works of history, philosophy, jurisprudence, and commentary. Here, in this body of knowledge, we encounter the spiritual application of Freemasonry.

As Sovereign Grand Commander of the popular Scottish Rite branch, Henry C. Clausen, wrote back in 1981; “…science and religion will be welded into a unified exponent of an overriding spiritual power… The theme in essence is that the revelations of Eastern mysticism and the discoveries of modern science support the Masonic and Scottish Rite beliefs and teachings.”43

“Man is a god in the making, and as in the mystic myths of Egypt, on the potter’s wheel he is being molded. When his light shines out to lift and preserve all things, he receives the triple crown of godhood, and joins that throng of Master Masons who, in their robes of Blue and Gold, are seeking to dispel the darkness of night with the triple light of the Masonic Lodge.” – Manly P. Hall.44

“Here lies the great secret of Masonry – that it makes a man aware of that divinity within him…”               – Joseph Fort Newton.45

“Masonry, therefore, is not only a system of morality, inculcating the highest ethics through which result, if followed, the conscious unfolding of divinity, but it is also a great dramatic presentation of regeneration. It portrays the recovery of man’s hidden divinity and its bringing forth into the light…”       – Foster Bailey.46 …

Mormonism

Becoming a “God” and the physicality of God as an advanced human-being are concepts found within Mormonism. The religion’s history starts with Joseph Smith and his visitations from an angelic messenger, so I will quote Smith’s teachings.

“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!

…Here, then, is eternal life – to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to an- other, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation…” – Joseph Smith.49

“The Father [God] has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s…” – Doctrine and Covenants.50

“[Speaking of Godhood] What is it? To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a god, and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before.” – Joseph Smith.51

Hardly Coincidental

Do you see a trend?

We endlessly assert our Divinity. Today, Cosmic Humanism sells it as a group package. Philip Comella, author of The Collapse of Materialism and host of Conversations Beyond Science and Religion, expresses it thus; “the truth stands in front of us: We are the one mind, and we are dreaming this world. We are God…” (italics in original).53

Alternatively, the Creator of Heaven and Earth declares a contrarian position from the standpoint of the world; “For I am God, and not man…” (Hosea 11:9).

“‘To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?’ says the Holy One” (Isaiah 40:25).54

There is no comparison – we did not create the cosmos, we have not defeated death. For as much as we have advanced ourselves, our limitations are manifest. The more humanity has learned and the more knowledge grows, the more we realize how incomprehensibly complex our universe really is – a universe that declares the glory of the Creator (see, Psalm 19).55

But instead of bowing our knees to Jesus Christ, the Holy One who separated light from darkness, who formed the animal kingdom with distinct species boundaries, who elevated humanity as a royal ambassador,56 and who is exalted above all – “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16)57 – we grandly shout our greatness.

… Ironically, the more we proclaim ourselves to be “as God,” the more we affirm the baseness of humanity. Good intentions not-withstanding.

The words of social theorist Jeremy Rifkin echoes through the ages, showing us just another “circle of Gods.”

“Humanity is abandoning the idea that the universe operates by ironclad truths be- cause it no longer feels the need to be constrained by such fetters. Nature is being made anew, this time by human beings. We no longer feel ourselves to be guests in someone else’s home and therefore obliged to make our behavior conform with a set of pre-existing cosmic rules. It is our creation now. We make the rules. We establish the parameters of reality. We create the world, and because we do, we no longer feel beholden to outside forces. We no longer have to justify our behavior, for we are now the architects of the universe. We are responsible to nothing outside ourselves, for we are the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever.”62

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