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How the natural, darkened mind of man (Darkness or The Fool) actually becomes the ‘spiritual light’ itself
While churches that spiritualize the Bible do not necessarily teach all Plato and his follower’s dogmas, and rarely in visible or straight-forward forms, it is interesting to see how this pagan thought permeated churches and our secular world as well. For instance, The Greek philosopher Plotinus built his Neo-Platonism teachings on the philosophies of Plato, continually adding gnostic views such as “saved by intelligent mind-knowledge and reason,” to this ungodly thesis.
In this way, Plotinus engineered the religion of the worship of nature — ‘pantheism,’ the belief that god is everything and everything is god; thus humans are ‘gods.’ Plotinus then used pantheism as the basis for the teaching that the ‘natural’ human mind or soul was created by the ‘imperfect’ creator-god, The Demiurge. To put this lengthy and complicated gnostic philosophy into plain words, “The Demiurge is the ‘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 humans, controlled by The Fool, only use 10% of their brains!
As the god ‘The Demiurge’ lives in the darkened mind, The Demiurge himself actually ‘became’ the consciousness of the soul, or the god of the ‘natural’ mind. As such, this ‘mind-god’ ‘turned’ the ‘natural’ human mind into The Demiurge himself. Thus, the ‘natural’ mind of man itself ‘became [an entity of] Darkness;’ “always imploding in on itself as it focuses inwards on its own ‘dark’ imperfection.”
¨ Mankind’s minds would have remained The Darkness, The Demiurge or The Fool forever, were it not for the so-called ‘fact’ that humanity allegedly began to reason intelligently and realized “totally by chance” that, through his capable but unused intelligence, the mind of man is able to connect with the highest Greek god called ‘The One.’ (The One was also known as ‘Pan,’ a few millennia before Plato and Plotinus.) The One, a.k.a. ‘Monad,’ is also called ‘the good,’ and ‘the light.’ Monad is supposedly ‘the perfect creator-god.’
So, when the ‘natural’ mind of man connects with ‘The One’ through intelligent ‘Reason,’ the supreme god, ‘the light,’ ‘descends’ into The Demiurge, overriding ‘The Darkness.’ Monad, or ‘the light,’ then actually ‘resides’ in the Nous, (the intelligent, enlightened soul, or mind of man,) and the whole mind of man itself ‘becomes’ enlightened.
¨ The Nous or ‘darkened mind’ then actually ‘becomes’ spirit; becomes angelic; becomes ‘god;’ becomes ‘The One’ or the god called “the light” himself. Being supposedly ‘pure spirit,’ ‘pure light,’ and even ‘pure god’ itself, this ‘spiritual’ mind of man, (The Nous,) is able to view everything ‘spiritually’ by focusing outward and not inward anymore – thus connecting not only with the entire universe ‘out there,’ through the ‘geometry’ of masonry, but with everything in the cosmos itself. In this way, humanity becomes ‘gods of light’ and part of the cosmos, exactly as in the ‘shared human consciousness’ of all masonic and New Age dogma.
¨ It is scary and totally unacceptable that, in various forms, this pagan rubbish run rampant in churches! Looking at these philosophies, one can clearly see that the end-time “New Age” religion, which is also channeled by psychiatry and psychology, is definitely not new. It is just revived witchcraft that is openly rising among churches and even true believers in Jesus Christ. From this, we can also see that although Greek philosophers and churches like the OAC, NAC and other ‘apostles,’ (among others,) deny the existence of the devil as a real entity, the so-called “ongoing war” between good and evil for the “mind of man” was already showcased in the writings of Plotinus as early as 270 A.D.
¨ However, there is no more “war” between Jesus and Satan for the redemption, salvation, and blessing of all sincerely believing humanity, (Jn. 3:16.) Paul warned in Colossians 2:8-15, “Beware lest anyone cheats you through philosophy and [other] empty deceit, according to the traditions of men and the basic principles of the world, [as in the ‘geometry’ of masonry,] and not according to Christ. For in [Jesus Himself] dwells, [present tense — and this is not the ‘spiritual minds’ of ‘apostles,’] the Godhead, [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,] bodily, and [all Scriptural, true believers] are complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power… [For He has, past tense,] disarmed [all] principalities and power, and made a public spectacle of them, [wholly] triumphing over them [by fulfilling the entire Law in the place of all real believers,]” (Mt. 5:17; Gal. 5:1-6.)
¨ Still, the “battle,” (not the war that was fully won on Golgotha, Col. 2:9-15,) for the minds, (not physical or spiritual minds but the thoughts and beliefs of humanity,) goes on. Just like at the fall in Eden, the most formidable weapon Satan wields against humanity, is deception. Thus, Paul taught in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “…[In the power and Name of Jesus,] we pull down strongholds [or strong delusions;] casting down, [not casting out demons from believers, but] arguments, [imaginings,] and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of [the contextual Word of] God…” This is exactly what we are doing right now. Jesus completely defeated Satan at the cross and eternally won the ‘war,’ but His true disciples ‘battle’ the deception of demons daily by refuting false dogma, other lies, etcetera.
The Masonic/Platonism “spiritualization” of Emmanuel Swedenborg and William Blake, (1827,) became the crux of Apostolic Edward Irving’s ‘spiritualization’ of the entire Bible:
Polluted by the ramblings of “saint’ Augustine, the great masonic ‘intellect,’ philosopher, and artist, William Blake, (1827,) built his ‘spiritualization’ of the entire Bible on Plato’s ‘Theory of Forms,’ the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, (1785) and the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus. Later, The Masonic Swedenborg Rite of initiation into the masonic lodge was based on Swedenborg’s teachings.
Emmanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, and Lutheran, who viewed himself as ‘pure spirit’ because of his “enlightened, spiritual, divine mind” as described above; an angel not a human, and allegedly “god’s connection between heaven and earth;” a “mediating high priest or christ.” He grounded this narcissist gospel on the belief that he must accomplish the “marriage between heaven and earth” (or actually, between the “spiritualization of the Bible” and the “equilibrium of the mind.” This so-called ‘marriage’ is supposedly humanity’s “migration from a hellish state of mind to a heavenly state of mind.” Of course, this strange “salvation” of the mind or soul squarely opposes the True God’s Scriptural definition of the rebirth of the human spirit not the ’mind,’ salvation, eternal heaven and eternal hell, (1 Ths. 5:23; Jn. 3:16; 1:1-14; 3:3-5.)
¨ To set up his ungodly, pagan gospel in Christianity, Swedenborg taught that the Scriptural teachings on heaven and hell, (as all other Scriptural truth,) must be ‘spiritualized’ to a mere ‘state of mind,’ or a mere ‘perception of the human mind.’ Hence, Swedenborg’s radical ‘New Jerusalem Church’ promised that “a spiritual enlightenment was now available for those who would open their eyes to this ‘new’ gospel.” This gospel was and still is gnostic/masonic/Platonist/Plotinus/Augustine) knowledge, which can allegedly “turn the whole Bible [and also the ‘darkened’ mind of man itself] into ‘pure spirit.’” Even factual, historically documented events, such as Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, are supposedly ‘pure spirit’ in all ‘spiritual minds,’ and not literal!
Swedenborg criticized Bible based leaders as follows, “They have misled the Christians to ‘blindly’ believe that being born into a natural world, they cannot perceive anything separate from what is natural... They have conned people to believe the spiritual world transcends understanding,” (but it is allegedly the ‘intelligent spiritualization’ of the natural mind.)
The truth is that this man, just as all his followers who believe their ‘natural’ minds can ‘become pure spirit,’ was talking garbage every time he opened his mouth. In reality, he blasphemously meant that God Himself deceived people to believe their ‘dead’ human spirits need to be born again in Jesus The Savior and His full atonement to perceive the spirit world.
However, Jesus Himself explained, “Unless you are [spiritually not mentally] born again, [or your personal human spirit not mind, come alive,] you cannot see, [perceive,] or enter the [Spiritual] Kingdom of God…” (1 Ths. 3:23; Jn. 3:3-5.)
The Illuminati and Swedenborg:
Both Blake and Swedenborg were masonic ‘elitists,’ set up by the Illuminati to infuse false Christian mysticism, among other things, into the churches that were (and are) willing to teach their Platonist-masonic doctrines in some way or another. Where masonry in whatever form is involved in Christianity, (The Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement too,) the aim is always to secretly spread masonic doctrine, mixed with Bible verses.
Blake made absolutely no secret of his ties to masonry and the Illuminati. Consequently, most of Blake’s paintings and teachings portray (and describe) the masonic emblem of the compass and square, and other masonic regalia.
These insignia openly declare the Illuminati’s agenda of worldwide communist revolution and the ultimate control of the one-world order through politics and religion, (Revelation chapter 13.) From the early 1800s to this day, these goals were secretly and openly pursued through the churches; using so-called ‘new, spiritual revelations’ from the Bible!
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Above: One of Blake’s masonic paintings, depicting many emblems of the masonic fraternity
The real goal of such religious revolutions during the nineteenth century was the Illuminati’s totalitarian, global control under the rule of Emmanuel Swedenborg, which first began in the churches. The fundamental significance of their doctrine of the so-called “spiritual regeneration of the human mind,” was “to sweep from the earth every prince and every king, that the god of Swedenborg may rule uncontrolled over the whole globe” [by possessing the minds of men.]” [From: ‘William Blake and the Radical Swedenborgians,’ Robert Rix, and Wikipedia.]
They used paganism, dark forces, and New Age visualization to ‘spiritualize’ the Bible:
The early 19th century philosopher William Blake, who produced his teachings from the masonic teachings of Swedenborg and the gnosticism of Plato and Plotinus, added the occult techniques of ‘creative energy,’ ‘intelligent spirituality, and ‘active imagination;’ (the so-called ‘visualizing power of the mind.’) He then labelled this shamanic potion as “the essence and power” of the “spiritual or enlightened mind-existence of humanity.” (The occult technique of visualization is also used by members of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, and it’s power is not Jesus of the Bible, but Satan.)
Well-known in religions such as New Ageism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, (Christianity too,) this means, by using the so-called “power of their minds,” they can ‘actively visualize,’ or conjure up anything from the spirit world, to apply it to the natural world. This occult principle of ‘active imagination’ can supposedly ‘recreate material matter into spiritual matter’ and visa versa. So, they can allegedly “create their own miracles.” Pentecostals from the Apostolic Movement understand this as the practice of the Name-It-Claim-It-Frame-It doctrine in the Charismatic Movement. Visualization and other occult techniques are also part of the “therapeutic exercises” of psychiatry and psychology.
Visualisation pivots on the notion that the material world is a mere ‘illusion,’ while the ‘spirit world,’ or the so-called ‘divine-spiritual’ mind of man, becomes reality. As said, this is also the Buddhist/Hindu/masonic/communist teaching of ‘Maya,’ where “all suffering, etcetera, in this material world is allegedly an ‘illusion’ or ‘a hellish state of mind.’”
This is how they spiritualize the whole Bible: “Emmanuel Swedenborg is the angel sitting in Jesus’ tomb…”
Central to Blake’s ‘spiritualization’ of Bible Scripture, is the concept that “Swedenborg is the angel sitting at Jesus’ tomb…” This means, the so-called ‘god-man,’ Illuminist Swedenborg actually became ‘spirit;’ became god, and became ‘the chief angel’ (archangel) or ‘Reason:’ the so-called ‘mediator between god and the mind of man;’ ‘the christ’ or ‘savior of the world!’ This sounds frightening familiar in terms of apostolic dogma. Yet, Old Apostolics say they do not have a ‘chief;’ they dealt with ‘chiefs’ when they severed from chief apostle Niehaus and followed Niemeyer in 1912.
Spellbound by Swedenborg’s blasphemous doctrines, Blake alleged that, when reading the Bible, people must ‘recreate’ the teachings and commandments of Jesus, (and even well documented, historical facts like Jesus’ resurrection and ascension,) into ‘pure spirit.’ By visualizing the entire Bible as ‘spirit,’ (or by placing the ‘power’ of their own ‘intelligent understanding’ (Plato’s gnosis) above ‘mindless’ or ‘darkened’ acceptance of Scripture as the stated value,) the human mind itself allegedly ‘becomes’ spirit or the mind-god ‘the light.’
Blake then ‘intellectually visualized’ or ‘spiritualized’ the entire Bible according to the following examples, “[Emmanuel] Swedenborg is the angel sitting at Jesus’ tomb. His [masonic] writings are the linen clothes folded up. Now is the [Illuminati’s] dominion of Edom, [masonic rule of the entire world,] and the return of Adam to [the Atlantean] Paradise [inside his mind…]”
“Good is heaven.” [Not the Scriptural heaven, but ‘the good’ or ‘the light’ of the mind-god, the ‘enlightened soul,’ (the Nous,) which becomes ‘spiritual mind-paradise’ itself, or the ultimate heavenly state of mind.]
“Evil is hell.” [The darkened mind-state of man; the god ‘The Demiurge;’ hell itself, or a ‘hellish state of mind.’]
“Man has no body distinct from his soul or mind.” This means, man supposedly does not exist if his soul or mind, ‘The Darkness,’ does not become spirit; the god called ‘the light’ or ‘the one,’ as “life [supposedly] begins in the spirit.”
“Energy [or spirit] is the only life, and it is from the body, [the enlightened mind; the ‘spiritual’ soul.]”
“Reason is the circumference of energy. [Intelligent knowledge or ‘Reason’ leads to ‘the light;’ the god Monad. Thus, Reason or Intelligence becomes the ‘savior’ or ‘the christ’ of the darkened mind.]
“Desire, [or the ‘natural’ mind, Plato’s Black Horse, which does not use its intellectualism,] is weak and of the flesh… [It is the dark soul/mind god called ‘The Demiurge.”]
Everyone with even superficial knowledge of Platonism and masonry as discussed above, can identify this as the clandestine origin of the Old, New, and other Apostolic Church doctrines
It is illogical and unscriptural that the “spirit came first,” because Adam was not created as a spirit. He was “created from the dust of the earth” as a real man with a soul or mind like the animals, but also with a supernatural human spirit inside him, living in a physical body, because he was created in the image of God Who Is Spirit, (1 Ths. 5:23; Jn. 4:21-24.)
1 Corinthians 15:46 clears this matter once and for all, “The spiritual is not first but the natural, and afterward [when the human dies or in the resurrection when Jesus physically returns,] the spiritual.”
The following Old Apostolic Church teachings were related to me by one of their members. The foundation is that man is a two-part being without a human spirit, not a three-part being as described in 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
The sum of apostolic salvation is this: The sacraments of holy baptism, holy sealing, and holy communion + ‘apostle’ mediation + the ‘natural’ mind of man that must be enlightened by Intellect and Reason to come to the knowledge that the Bible must be interpreted ‘as spirit’ = The ‘rebirth’ or ‘change’ of the physical mind, or soul into ‘pure spirit.’
The sum of Biblical salvation is this: The dead human spirit and corrupted mind of humanity + personal faith in, and acceptance of Jesus’ complete atonement in their place = the real rebirth of the human spirit; followed by the ‘day-by-day’ transformation of the human mind or soul through true Scriptural knowledge and obedience to the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit of the Bible, (1 Ths. 5:21; Rom. 2 & 3; Gal. 3:10-14; Jn. 1:12-13; Rom. 12:1-3.)
The confronting ‘apostle’ wrote, “If we crucify our carnal thoughts, [the way we see the Bible to understand it as spiritual,] we are [mentally or intellectually] born again in our minds as spiritual men. The Word became flesh to become part of our lives. [I always believed that feeble humanity must become part of Jesus, Who is God Himself, by accepting Him as God, Lord, and Savior, Jn. 1:12-13.] This means we have to crucify our carnal thoughts, which make us into ‘carnal’ or ‘natural’ [mind] men. [What happened to the sinful state/position/place humanity fell into in Eden, Romans Chapters 2-3?] ‘The Word became flesh’ does not only relate to Jesus the Nazarene, but today, everyone who have accepted the Word, or Christ. [Here, he actually means the Old Apostles themselves became Jesus of Nazarene.] Carnal man [or his ‘natural’ mind] will not, or cannot see or understand the spiritual things of God. This is what John. 1:1-2 means. Because carnal man does not discern the Word spiritually, his mind cannot become spiritual or born again and so, he cannot receive the Spirit of God.”
Answer: Context, context, context. As seen in this study so far, this man preaches Platonism, Swedenborginism, and Blakenism exactly. John 1:1-3 is not about a rebirth at all. It is written, and the meaning is plain, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men…” This means Jesus Is God, always was God, and will always be God, Who became a man and dwelt among men to bring God’s supernatural or spiritual life to true believers who will choose to accept Him, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5.) Hebrews 7:1-3 confirmed, “Melchizedek, [Jesus the Only Mediator and High Priest of God,] is without father, mother, genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made [for the sake of atoning for humanity’s sin,] like the [human] Son of God, [while He remained the Almighty Word of God,] and He remains [high priest] continually.” In Genesis 1:1-3, Jesus was the Word of God that created the earth. In John 1:1-3, He is the Word of God that brings His final, New Testament Covenant redemption to all believing humanity, (Jn. 3:16.) In Hebrews 1:1-3, God declared, under the ousted Old Testament covenant, (Heb. 8:13,) He spoke to the Israelites by the [mediating] prophets. But under His eternal New Testament Covenant He speaks [or brings all the revelation humans need] through His [final, mediating] Son Jesus the Christ, [and all His revelation is contained in the context of the Scriptures of the Bible…] Jesus is Heir of all things, through Whom He also made the worlds, [physical and spiritual worlds,] Who, being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, [Jesus is God Himself,] upholds all things by the Word of His power…” (Col. 2:9.)
¨ The Creator God Jesus commanded that everything must “reproduce after their own kind.” This means, a thorn tree can never ‘become’ or change into a palm tree! Thus, He said, “What is born of the [mind] is flesh, [it is from the human soul and of this physical realm.] What is born of The Spirit, is [supernatural] spirit. (Jn. 3:6; 1 Cor. 2:11-16.)
¨ In this light, Jesus declared in John 3:5, “Unless one is [spiritually] born of water, [in his human spirit not mind, and this is not the water baptism, but the truth of the entirety of Scripture, the Word of God; Jesus Himself, Jn. 1:12-14,] and of Spirit, [in the conviction and power of the Scriptural Holy Spirit,] he cannot see, [or understand, verse 3,] or enter the [spiritual] Kingdom of God.” So, exactly as Jesus explained in John 3:3-6, the physical mind and human spirit, which the OAC and other apostles omit, are completely different entities. It is simply impossible for the ‘natural’ mind to become ‘spiritual,’ or to understand the Bible ‘spiritually,’ (1 Ths. 5:23.)
¨ “Jesus became flesh” means that Jesus, (Who is God and the Word of God Himself, John 1:1-3; 12-14,) became a real, physical man to atone for humanity’s state or position of sin and cursedness, (which we all inherited from the fall in the garden,) in His full humanity. Thereby, Jesus reconciled Scripturally born again or personally believing disciples to God the Father through His complete atonement in their place! (Gen. 3; Jn. 3:16.)
¨ The only way “to receive the Holy Spirit” is to be spiritually (not mentally) born again by personal and sincere faith in, and acceptance of Jesus as our Lord, God, Redeemer, and Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:4-6-7; 1 Cor. 6:17-20.) This is what Jesus meant when He instructed Nicodemus in John 3:3-5, “Unless [your human spirit is] born again from above, [or in the power of the Holy Spirit through your unwavering faith in Me, and personal acceptance of My complete atonement in your place, and unless the Holy Spirit then indwells you completely as a temple of God, 1 Cor. 6:17-20, Gal. 4:6-7, Rom. 8:9,] you cannot see [perceive or understand] nor [spiritually] enter the [spiritual] Kingdom of God.”
¨ Note that Jesus related the rebirth of the human spirit of true believers, (and not the soul or physical mind,) to the Spiritual Kingdom of God “which is within you:” in your innermost, born again human spirit or ‘heart,’ (Lu. 17:21 KJV. This is not the Kingdom of heaven, God’s spiritual dwelling place outside our physical world, which must be our final and eternal destination after death or at Jesus’ literal return for His bride, (Heb. 11:13-16; 12:22-23: Rev. 21:9-27)
¨ To “crucify our sinful flesh,” means to refuse to “be conformed” to the sinful ways and false doctrines of this world, but to choose to allow the Holy Spirit, (through real knowledge of, and in obedience to the full context of Scripture,) to “transform our minds,” (our souls our thoughts and beliefs, not our human spirits,) so that we can understand on a mental level “what is the perfect will of God” for our lives, (Romans Chapter 8; 12:1-3; 1 Pt. 1:13-19; 1 Ths. 5:21.)