The Gnostic, 4th century, Greek philosopher Plato is the real foundation of spiritualizing the whole Bible
The Greek philosopher Plato was one of the greatest founders of succeeding Gnostic religions. In Greek, the word ‘gnosis’ relates to intelligent head-knowledge as ‘spiritual light,’ or as ‘the path’ leading to the so-called ‘spiritual’ enlightenment of the ‘darkened’ mind or soul. Can it be coincidence that this is exactly the methodology used to ‘spiritualize’ even Jesus’ resurrection, ascension and return in the Apostle Movement? The Spirit Filled Bible explains Col. 1:19 as follows, “The heretics promise their followers new ‘saving’ ‘spiritual’ knowledge, (Greek: gnosis,) which is self-serving [and the complete opposite of Jesus’ teaching of humble service.] Here, Paul prays that believers may fully attain to and be controlled by the fullest and clearest knowledge (Greek: epignosis) of God, [which is real contextual, Biblical knowledge;] the knowledge [or epignosis] that we need to understand His [truly Scriptural] will in all His wisdom…”
Plato also preached the deity and duality of man:
Plato’s Gnostic doctrines of so-called ‘superior knowledge’ and intellectual reason are contained by his ‘Theory of Forms.’ The foundation of this humanist doctrine declares that ‘essence precedes existence.’ This means they allege that ‘spirit’ was created first; [humanity was first without physical form,] then spirit ‘became’ the material creation. Reality, therefore, is seated in the spiritual realm; and not found in the material world. Thus, both spiritual and material realms are contained by the human mind. Anyone can therefore clearly see that the ‘Christian spiritualization’ of the whole Bible did not come into being by itself. Church leaders, drawing on the teachings of Plato, grounded this doctrine on Plato’s pagan teaching.
Scripture states exactly how God first “formed man from the dust of the ground and [then] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being,” (Gen. 2:7.) God’s Breath is His Spirit; giving man a human spirit so he can be in God’s Image, (1 Ths. 5:23.) Man has a supernatural human spirit and a soul or mind with intellect, free will and emotions. None of the animals received God’s Breath because they only have souls or minds. Animals have intellect, free will and emotions like man has, but they do not have spirits. When animals die, nothing of them will live for all eternity like man’s human spirit, which is supernatural and ever-living either in heaven or in hell.
Wikipedia explained, “Plato… views the soul [or mind] as a sort of composite, in which many different elements [such as ‘spirit’] blend together and affect each other… [It is very important to realize that God states in the Bible, humanity consists of a separate, supernatural human spirit and a separate, physical human soul or mind, which live in a physical body, 1 Ths. 5:23.] Plato’s ‘Theory of Forms’ is his belief that the material world as it seems to us is not the real world, but only a shadow of the real world… Forms… are abstract representations of the many types and properties of things we see all around us… [The masonic/Buddhist/Hindu/Nazi/Communist teaching of ‘Maya’ was also conceived from this. Maya means, this physical dimension and everything in it (such as pain, starvation, etc.) is only an ‘illusion.’ The ‘real’ world is found in a ‘spiritual’ state of ‘complete enlightenment’ or Nirvana.]
“[Plato described the human mind as a ‘carriage,’ drawn by a white and a black horse. The soul needs to be governed by the white horse, which symbolizes ‘The Light’ and ‘spirituality,’ but some souls have difficulty in controlling the black horse… [The Black Horse is supposedly ‘Darkness,’ or the unintelligent, unenlightened, ‘natural’ part of the mind; ‘the flesh.’] If overcome [or ruled by the black horse,] the soul allegedly loses its [angelic] wings and is pulled down to earth. Should that happen, the soul is incarnated… the so-called ‘spiritual rebirth or changing of the ‘dark’ soul…”
In reality, just as the supernatural human spirit, the material side of humanity is absolutely real. Therefore, the whole context of Scripture instructs us to use our ‘natural’ minds in every decision and choice, (1 Pt. 5:8.)
Biblically, our ‘spiritual’ understanding of God is seated in our human spirits, and flows from there into faith, or a ‘natural,’ rational mind-choice to believe in God, Who IS Spirit, (Heb. 1:1-2; Jn. 4:21-24.) However, our brains, mind or soul can never become ‘spirit.’ Our souls are “flesh,” and our human spirits are supernatural.
Plato’s mind-‘darkness:’ Atlantis or ‘Paradise Lost;’ humankind fell into a ‘dark, ‘hellish’ state of mind
Because Plato, in his study of humanity, omitted the human spirit and viewed mankind only as duel beings with a mind and body like the animals are, (1 Ths. 5:23,) he believed that the ‘darkened’ mind of man has to be ‘enlightened’ to reach the ‘higher plane’ of spiritual existence, where it actually becomes, or turns into ‘spiritual, godlike matter,’ because all material matter existed as spiritual matter ‘first.’
Plato’s ‘spiritual plane’ where material matter existed first was Atlantis or ‘Paradise;’ which was inhabited by ‘divine human beings;’ an ‘elite’ race with great intelligence, ingenuity, and ‘enlightened minds.’ Masonic orders such as the Roman Catholic Jesuits (i.e., Manuel Lacunza, the mentor of Edward Irving, a church father of the OAC, NAC and other apostles) believe this too! This ‘god race’ is allegedly the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene! What blasphemy!
Plato believed that the ‘divine spirituality,’ as well as the ‘great morality’ of the Atlantean elite resided in their “huge intellect.” However, over time, the intellect of this ‘divine’ race began to crumble, and these Atlantean ‘supermen’ began to fall into the ‘dark,’ intellectual and moral decay of the ‘natural mind,’ or ‘the flesh.’
As both the ‘spirituality’ and ‘the flesh’ of humanity are encapsulated by the ‘mind;’ ‘heaven’ as well as ‘hell’ became a mere ‘state of mind.’ Humankind thus fell from the ‘divine, heavenly’ state of mind into the ‘dark,’ hellish state of mind. Now tell me that it is ‘coincidence’ that those who spiritualize the Bible teach the same thing!
Plato believed that the intellectual and moral decay, (the ‘dark’ state of humanity,) greatly displeased the Greek gods, therefore they sent a huge earthquake to produce tsunamis, and Atlantis or ‘Paradise’ was ‘lost’ beneath the sea.
Platonist Masonic Salvation: Paradise Lost can again be found through ‘Reason’ or ‘Intellect’:
Despite ‘humanity’s fall from Paradise, Plato said, humanity can again reach Paradise by aiming at the intellectual ‘enlightenment’ of the ‘darkened’ soul, which will restore the soul’s ‘Light,’ and consequently also its original divinity, spirituality and morality. In Platonism, (which, in time and in many forms, birthed religions like Hellenism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Swedenborginism, Blakenism, Nazism, and I believe, the Apostle Movement,) the goal of humankind on earth is to become mentally ‘enlightened’ to reach ‘Paradise’ or ‘Nirvana,’ the perfect heavenly state of mind. To their own detriment, the Biblical heaven, as well as the Real God of heaven, simply cannot exist in this so-called ‘unenlightened’ state of mind. Scripturally and in practice, the real God of the real heaven dwells in a place far beyond the human sphere and human mind, in a unique place called heaven.
Milton founded his play, ‘Paradise Lost’ on Plato’s philosophies. He alleged that original sin happened because man abused his high intellect to gain ‘bad’ knowledge, or the ‘natural knowledge’ of moral decay, and so, Adam fell from ‘Paradise.’ [Adam lived in a physical place here on earth, called The Garden in Eden, not in ‘Paradise’ (as in Heaven,) or in a ‘heavenly state of mind.’ Adam was not a ‘spirit’ but a physical human being like us all.] Yet, Milton preached that the ultimate ‘governing force’ of humanity, Intellectual Reason, must again be set in motion. ‘Reason’ will then lead humankind (from the ‘darkened,’ ‘natural,’ or hellish state of mind) in the path of intellectual ‘enlightenment’ to restore humanity to spirituality and morality, and thus to Paradise once more. Intellectual Reason, just as ‘spiritual knowledge,’ is therefore the ‘savior’ of all those who follow Plato’s road of great deception.
The ‘mathematical’ and ‘geometrical’ creation of Plato, taught by all masonic orders:
Plato and all masonic orders too, believe the cosmos can be measured ‘exactly;’ hence, the masons’ main emblem is the compass and square. The spirit world is in fact the ‘real’ world, and the ‘real’ world is the only concept which cannot be calculated by the human mind or soul without using great reason. Plato’s entire philosophy was based on the ‘science’ of astrology or sun worship — which is exactly what all masonic orders do. That is why Plato believed the whole cosmos exists in ‘mathematics and geometry;’ as the whole universe “was made up of different placements and uses of triangles, squares, and circle” - exactly as all his masonic followers still do.
Masonry was imbedded in all Teachings that follow the ‘Elitist Atlantism’ of Plato:
Masonic fraternities officially began in the 15th century with the infamous Christian Crusaders, the Knights Templar of the Roman Catholic Church, [‘Cities of the Underworld,’ History Channel, 13/3/2010.] The Knights Templar was the first masonic secret society to confess that they worship the goat-god Baphomet. True to the doctrines of their master, the Greek philosopher Plato, the Knights Templar stood on the story of the ‘highly intelligent Atlantean elite,’ or the so-called ‘Merovingian-bloodline.’ Supposedly, the Merovingian race is the ‘physical descendants’ of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, who “married French and German royalty to produce the mystical Merovingian Dynasty.”
As so-called ‘descendants’ of the ‘superior’ Atlanteans and of Jesus Himself, the Knights Templar believed that they and all their masonic descendants would be an elite race of ‘divine’ supermen, called “The Merovingian Kings.”
The masonic doctrine of the ‘Atlantean bloodline’ is the core of Eastern Mysticism, (Hindus and Buddhists,) and Hitler’s ‘Aryan’ race. This royal, holy ‘bloodline’ is supposed to produce ‘chosen,’ ‘purified,’ divine ‘god men’ – who become incarnations of the spiritual, (or actually, the demonic) rulers of the world, the ‘Tibetan Masters of the Universe.’
‘Saint’ Augustine, as Lacunza, the Roman Catholic Jesuit mentor of Edward Irving, followed Plato:
Roman Catholic godfather of even Protests, ‘Saint’ Augustine, built many of Roman Catholic philosophies on Plato’s ‘invisible world of goodness,’ and stated that “Plato was Christianity for the masses.” Although ‘saint’ Augustine completely rejected Jesus’ Biblical invitation to all poor, deprived, sick, and suffering to be saved by personal faith in Him and by willing acceptance of His atonement in their place, (Jn. 3:16,) this ‘saint’ still remains one of the ‘greatest church fathers’ of Catholics and Protestants such as the Dutch Reformed Church. In reality, Augustine turned Plato’s Gnostic ‘Theory of Forms,’ (or so-called ‘saving intellectual reason,’) into the new ‘gospel’ of the church — just like church fathers such as Edward Irving have done. Edward Irving was an admirer of the Jesuit Mason, Manuel Lacunza, and the “forerunner of the Catholic Apostolic Church,” which birthed, among others, the Old [and New] Apostolic Churches.
How the darkened mind of man (Darkness or The Fool,) actually becomes The Light itself:
While churches that spiritualize the Bible do not necessarily teach all Plato and his follower’s dogmas, and rarely in straight-forward forms, it is interesting to see how this pagan thought permeated into our modern, secular world as well. For instance, The Greek philosopher Plotinus built his Neo-Platonism teachings on the philosophies of Plato, continually adding Gnostic views, [saved by intelligent reason and mind-knowledge] to this ungodly basis. In this way, Plotinus ‘discovered’ the religion of the worship of nature — ‘pantheism,’ the belief that god is in everything, thus we are gods.’ Plotinus then used pantheism as the basis for the teaching that the ‘natural’ human mind was created by the ‘imperfect’ creator-god, The Demiurge. To put this lengthy and complicated Gnostic philosophy into plain words, “The Demiurge is a ‘dark’ god a.k.a. ‘The Fool.’ Therefore, he created the human mind ‘natural,’ ‘foolish,’ and ‘dark’ - although the ‘natural’ mind has the capability to aspire to great levels of intelligent thought.
Hence, the so-called ‘fact’ that we only use 10% of our brains!