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A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God and Augustine

God’s WORD

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”—Romans 10:17

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”—2 Timothy 1:13

    “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8

Many religious institutions and leaders, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Protestant, and others, have based some of their belief system on the writings of Augustine of Hippo. Tozer, in his Pursuit of God seems to accept Augustine’s unbiblical phrases and philosophies—the interior life, gaze of the soul, summum bonum.

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 1: Following hard after God

    “The experiential heart-theology of a grand army of fragrant saints is rejected in favor of a smug interpretation of Scripture which would certainly have sounded strange to an Augustine…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 3: Removing the Veil

    “Among the famous sayings of the Church fathers none is better known than Augustine’s, `Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.’ The great saint states here in few words the origin and interior history of the human race…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 7: The Gaze of the Soul

    “…When the habit of inwardly gazing Godward becomes fixed within us we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life more in keeping with the promises of God and the mood of the New Testament…

    “We will have found life’s summun bonum indeed. `There is the source of all delights that can be desired…For it is the absolute maximum of every rational desire, than which a greater cannot be.'”

God’s WORD
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”—Jeremiah 10:23

“…for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…”
—Genesis 8:21

“For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness…”—Psalm 5:9

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 3:14

JTB comment:
In these three excerpts Tozer has referenced error. Don’t we base truth on what is written in God’s Word, not what a person, even a so-called church father says? What is experiential heart-theology? The following information explains what is meant by some of Augustine’s unbiblical terms and thinking.

Augustine: Inner man, Gaze of the Soul, and summun bonum

    The Soul of St Augustine by Nymph Kellerman
    “Augustinian thought is based on the soul as the innermost reality, which he calls the ‘inner man’…’To arrive at God, one begins with the reality of God’s creation, and especially with the inner nature of man.” He refers to the soul as the ‘interior of man’…”

God’s WORD
“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”—Luke 11:39

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

“Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

“All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
—Mark 7:21–23

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”
—Ephesians 3:16

    Gaze of the soul/contemplation
    Contemplation, the object of contemplative life, is defined as the complacent, loving gaze of the soul on Divine truth already known and apprehended by the intellect, assisted and enlightened by Divine grace.
    —p. 329 The Catholic Encyclopedia by Charles George Herbermann, Knights of Columbus Catholic Truth Committee, 1908

    In his early work, Augustine adopted a Platonic confidence in reason. Defining reason as the gaze of the soul, he proposed that the soul’s eye could gain direct insight into truth and eventually achieve an intellectual vision of God.—Christianity, A Global History, by David Chidester

    13. When, then, you shall have sound eyes, what remains?
    From The Soliloquies of St. Augustine
    A. That the soul look.
    R. The gaze of the soul is Reason; but since it does not follow that every one who looks, sees, that right and perfect looking, which is followed by seeing, is called Virtue, for Virtue is rectified and perfected Reason. But that very act of looking, even though the eyes be sound, cannot turn them toward the Light unless three things persist:

    Faith—by which the soul believes that, that toward which the gaze has been directed, is such that to gaze upon it will cause blessedness:

    Hope—by which, the eyes being rightly fixed, the soul expects this vision to follow: and

    Love—which is the soul’s longing to see and to enjoy it. Such looking is followed by the vision of God Himself, who is the goal of the soul’s gaze, not because it could not continue to look, but because there is nothing beyond this on which it can fix its gaze.

    This is truly perfected Reason—Virtue—attaining its proper end, on which the happy life follows. And this intellectual vision is that which is in the soul a conjunction of the seer and the seen.” (translated into English by Rose Elizabeth Cleveland)

God’s WORD
“But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?”—Luke 5:22

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
and unto the Greeks foolishness;

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:22–24

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”—1 Corinthians 2:13

    Summum bonum
    “Summum bonum (Latin for the highest good) is an expression used in philosophy, particularly in medieval philosophy, and in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, to describe the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue.

    “…In the Western world, the concept was introduced by the neoplatonic philosophers, and described as a feature of the Christian God by Saint Augustine in De natura boni (On the Nature of Good, written circa 399).

    Augustine denies the positive existence of absolute evil, describing a world with God as the supreme good at the center, and defining different grades of evil as different stages of remoteness from that center…”

God’s WORD
“And from Jesus Christ…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”—Revelation 20:10, 14, 15

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”—Revelation 22:3–5

For more reading on Augustine:
Just the BOOK

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Tozer the Mystic, Part 2, What is wrong with Pursuing God?
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, von Hugel, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Cloud of Unknowing
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, the Chinese sage, Laotze, and Faber, the Catholic Hymnwriter
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, Thomas a Kempis, and Nicholas of Cusa
Unbiblical and/or mystical phrases, in The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
What is so appealing about the The Pursuit of God by Tozer?
JTB series: Scripture compared with some phrases in The Pursuit of God

The “Real Presence” in the Eucharist: Introduction

God’s WORD

    “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”—John 17:3

    “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
    but shall have the light of life.”—John 8:12

    “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth
    on me should not abide in darkness.”—John 12:46

    “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
    their deeds were evil.”—John 3:19

Two Kingdoms: Darkness and Light
Ever since Satan deceived Eve saying,

“Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the
day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and
ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil,”

mankind has sought to be god—one with the divine/God, Oneness, Ultimate Reality, the All. This concept from Satan’s Kingdom of Darkness is sometimes expressed as having “union with God” or “union with the divine”, meaning that through an experience, one has “become like God,” just as Satan wanted to be.

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”—Isaiah 14:14

The “Real Presence” or Eating “Jesus” to become divine
According to Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not be changed), the
Eucharist (which is central to Roman Catholic doctrine) taken at Mass, is the
“Real Presence” of Jesus.

Each time that the Eucharist (the unbloody sacrifice of the host and wine) is taken, it is (according to Roman Catholic doctrine which can not be changed) transformed into the real body and real blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus by transubstantiation. (That is if an approved priest consecrates it.) This “Jesus”
is “sacrificed” over and over again every day throughout the year, in churches
all over the world.

Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not be changed), teaches that by partaking
of the Eucharist—”eating the Real Jesus and drinking his blood” at Mass—one
is initiated into Christianity, and although it does not seem to be common knowledge, “eating Jesus and drinking his blood” is the way oneness/union
is achieved with Jesus/God (if only for 15 minutes); or as some say, they are transformed into Jesus. The Roman Church claims they are the only Church with the “Real Presence” of Jesus. They have really fallen prey to Satan’s promise:

    “…ye shall be as gods.”—Genesis 3:5

The “Real Presence” Posts are the last in the series, “God’s Words or Man’s Words and Experience”
This next series of posts will discuss the centrality of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not change), the influence that it has had in the world down through history, and how through the new evangelization and ecumenicalism, its massive tentacles continue to influence not only church denominations (not just contemplative emergent churches), and many “good” organizations, some political; but also our own government and leaders, in which it has been entrenched for quite some time. Rome ruled for centuries, and it wants to again.

God’s WORD

    “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,
    Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
    —Matthew 4:17

    “…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and
    the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe
    the gospel.”—Mark 1:14, 15

    “And they went out, and preached that men should repent.”
    —Mark 6:12

    “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

    “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may
    be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come
    from the presence of the Lord;”—Acts 3:19

God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience: 3 C Fire, burning desire, kindle, hearts afire

3 B Fire

God’s WORD

    “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”—1 John 4:1

    “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Jude 3, 4

    “For the kingdom of God is…righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.”—Romans 14:17, 18

    “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”—Isaiah 43:2

This post will discuss some comments made by Flame Ministries International (a Neo-Pentecostal Catholic Organisation), regarding what they call the baptism of fire. To read more about their ministries, and some of their basic beliefs, click on “read more” at the end of this post.

I will quote some of their many unbiblical statements, followed by Bible verses. (Most of the quotes are from You will notice that Jesus’ sacrifice for us, though alluded to, is overshadowed by their focus on what they say is a “holy spirit fire” experience; it seems they glory in something besides the cross.

    “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”—Revelation 2:4

    “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”—Galatians 6:14

    “For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.”
    —Luke 6:44

Flame Ministries International

“…Worship is…deep and intimate worship in the Holy of Holies…All other forms of prayer and ministry are important, but secondary to this…When our focus is turned more directly to prolonged praise, we begin to experience God’s presence in greater power…”

God’s WORD

    “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from
    the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”—Matthew 27:51

    “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,”—Hebrews 10:19

    “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
    —Hebrews 4:16

Flame Ministries International

“May 13th 1993 was a very powerful time of praise and worship at our Revival Meeting in Perth…I saw a vision of what was revealed in prophecy to be a “Baptism of Fire” raining on the members of the Cathedral Praise Meeting in Perth Western Australia…This Fire of God has touched the lives of millions of people regardless of the denominational boundaries.”

God’s WORD

    “…And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.”—2 Kings 1:12

    “…there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them…”—Job 1:16.

    “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them…”
    —2 Corinthians 5:19

    “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”—Matthew 3:12

Flame Ministries International

“The Baptism of Fire is the manifestation of God…[it] comes to bring about a true repentance of the heart towards God…”

God’s WORD

    “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness…not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
    —Romans 2:4

    “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8

    “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”—Romans 6:23

Flame Ministries International

“…it is especially relating to our need for the purifying Grace of God’s Love to burn away the dross and chaff of sin that, in spite of our initial conversion and love of God, clings to us through the habits of our former sin nature…”

“…This fire purifies faith and burns away unbelief rather than bringing pain to the person who is repentant. It does not bring condemnation but acquittal and newness of life…

God’s WORD

    “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”
    —Revelation 1:5

    “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”—Psalm 103:12

    “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”—John 15:3

    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”—Romans 8:1

    “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
    his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”—1 John 1:7

    “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
    —Romans 6:4

    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
    —1 Corinthians 5:17

    “…but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.”
    —Luke 3:17

Flame Ministries International

“The difference between this particular Baptism and the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit, is the fact that the Baptism of Fire is usually experienced by those who have already received the Baptism of
the Holy Spirit.”

God’s WORD

    “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”—Matthew 22:29

    “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
    come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”—Acts 1:8

    “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:18

    “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but
    in the power of God.”—1 Corinthians 2:5

    “…in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with
    that holy Spirit of promise,”—Ephesians 1:13

    “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”—John 15:26

Flame Ministries International

“A Catholic priest reported that he saw flickering fire all over his body that did not burn. The fruit of this experience was that his priesthood and zeal for proclaiming the Gospel grew with passion. Other experiences are heat or fire on top of the head…a gentle fiery rain often all over the body…a falling fiery rain can be seen in the room where people are praising God with heartfelt gratitude.”
[This sounds like Philip Neri mentioned in my 3B post on fire.]

God’s WORD

    “…but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.”
    —Luke 3:17

    “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
    righteousness and truth;”—Ephesians 5:9

    “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy
    and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
    —James 3:17

Flame Ministries International

“It seems therefore to be a preparation for the coming of the Bridegroom in a conversion experience by removing the spot and wrinkle of sin in our lives and it especially calls for repentance as a prelude to Revival.”

“Jesus is returning for a spotless bride…What has not been accomplished in a time of blessings and gifts will be accomplished in a Baptism of Fire.” This fire is now upon the earth. Are you ready…”

God’s WORD

    “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…But with the precious blood of Christ,
    as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
    —1 Peter 1:19, 20

    “…even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”—Ephesians 5:25, 26

    “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should
    be holy and without blemish.”—Ephesians 5:27

    “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”—1 Thessalonians 5:9

    “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
    —2 Corinthians 4:7

Flame Ministries International

“…everyone reports a new enthusiasm and zeal in their faith…It brings with it a renewed enthusiasm for evangelisation, Scripture,
a greater empowering of the Charismatic Gifts and Ministries and
a deep love for the Church and its mission to the world.”

God’s WORD

    “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”—Matthew 23:15

    And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

    “…the gospel which I preached unto you…”For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”—1 Corinthians 15:1–4

    “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”—John 3:36

    “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”—Ephesians 5:6

    “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”—Revelation 20:15

The next post will be an introduction to a 9 part series of posts on people or books that reference fire and heart in some way. I will start with Babylon and go to the present.

God’s WORD

    “…but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”—Galatians 1:7

    “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

    “And of some have compassion, making a difference:

    “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”—Jude 21–23

3 D Introduction to Burning Heart, Soul on fire, flame

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God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience Part 3A Fire, burning desire, kindle, aflame, heart afire

Part 2 inner eye

God’s WORD

    “… but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”—Romans 16:19

    “And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.”
    —Exodus 24:17

    “And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.”—Numbers 26:61

    “… that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.”—2 Kings 23:10

    “Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.”—Isaiah 50:11

    “And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire
    in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every
    dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.”
    —Ezekiel 20:47

    “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.”
    —Hebrews 12:28, 29

kindle, on fire, blaze, burning desire, aflame, heart and soul afire
These are some of the “fire” related words I have found in the research I have been doing. They may seem to indicate a person’s zeal for the Lord, but I have found some of these intense “fire” words and phrases to be similar or the same
as those used in the world of darkness.

This post will discuss some ways fire has been worshipped around the world through the ages. The next post will add some more “fire worship” examples
and then discuss “fire” related phrases used in the so called “Christian” world.

First a definition of fire from a metaphysical dictionary. This is NOT a biblical definition, even though the word, “Bible” is used. The definition does match
with the beliefs of many “fire worshippers.”

Fire Definition
Fire is generally used in the Bible as a symbol of destruction of evil and error. 
It stands for cleansing and purification.
In its true essence it is the fire of Spirit, or the divine energy, which never ceases its life-giving, purifying glow; when its cleansing work is completed in man’s mind and body there is no more error to be consumed, and it then manifests in purified man as his eternal life.—Metaphysical Bible Dictionary
, (1931) by Charles Fillmore, Unity, Unity School of Christianity, Unity Village, MO 64065

Fire Worship
Fire-worship (Pyrolatreia) or deification of fire was once nearly universal, and
in almost every mythology there is an account of the way fire was brought to humankind. The term “fire-worshippers” is primarily associated with Zoroastrians who consider fire to be an agent of purity and as a symbol of righteousness and truth…Others thought fire purified, but that fire would
help them gain enlightenment.

America and West Africa
The Native American tribes, like the tribes of West Africa, paid homage to ancestral fire spirits.

The Aztecs worshipped the fire god Xiuheuctli, who also resembled their sun god.

Canaanites, Phœnicians, and Carthaginians
The fire god Moloch, the divinity of various nations, was worshipped with the sacrifice of their firstborn children, which was said to pacify his wrath.

Celts offered prayers to Bridget, patroness of fire, hearth, and fertility. Belenus, or, “shining one,” from Celtic mythology, was associated with fire.

Ancient Egyptians made ritual offerings to fire gods.

Greeks (ancient), Romans
Fire-worship in Graeco-Roman tradition had to do with either fire of the hearth or fire of the forge. Hestia was the Greek goddess of the hearth, and Vesta was her Roman counterpart.

Hearth worship was maintained in Rome by the Vestal Virgins, who served the goddess Vesta, protector of the home. Vesta was personified as a living flame, and for centuries there was an eternal flame which burned within the Temple
of Vesta on the Roman Forum…

The fire of the forge was associated with the Greek god Hephaestus and the Roman equivalent, Vulcan. A curious custom of Vulcan was the sacrifice of live fish, which were thrown onto fires lit on the banks of the Tiber…

Hindus (Early)
Hindus sacrificed to the fire as one of the first acts of morning devotion. Hymns were addressed to Agni, the Hindu and Vedic god of fire and the acceptor of sacrifices, who has three forms: fire, lightning and the sun. Since the fire is re-lit every day, he is thought of as immortal…Seven rays of light emanate from his body…His attributes are an axe, torch, prayer beads and a flaming spear, and rides a ram or in a chariot harnessed by fiery horses.

In Vedic religion, fire is a central element in the Yajna ceremony, a Hindu ritual of sacrifice performed to please the Devas (deities or gods), or sometimes the Supreme Spirit Brahman. Agni “fire” plays the role as mediator between the worshipper and the other gods. Agni also plays a central role in most Buddhist homa fire-puja rites.

Yajnas are very sacred religious rites…symbolizes sanctity and spirituality. Fire itself is pure and purifies anything that it contacts even if the object is impure…When, like the wood fuel of Yajna fire, we surrender our all to the Almighty Lord, we become God himself…—from Agnihotra or Fire Worship Must be Performed Daily by Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Acharya

Yajna is also a form of yoga…Everything that is offered at a yajna is taken from nature…In their daily life they worship the fire with mantras at sunrise and sunset. It is called the heavenly fire, because it reaches out to the heavens and forms a link between heaven and earth.

Women of Vision: Juggling Spirit and Politics (excerpt from 1998 article)
Delhi’s mayor finds strength in daily ritual worship
“…We all arose at 4am…and…performed hatha yoga postures, then participated in yagna, ritual fire worship…I still arise at 4am…I work on writing books for awhile, perform 25 yoga postures, yagna…then breakfast…

A typical Hindu marriage essentially consists of a yajna, because the fire deity Agni is supposed to be the witness of all pious marriages…

Lighting Up The Fire Of Vital Force Through Kundalini Worship
Shiva is the background deity of the Rigveda…Tantric Yoga is the Vedic Yajna internalized, worship of the inner fire of the Kundalini. The worship of Shiva maintains many Vedic forms of fire worship…Shaivites mark themselves with the sacred ash from the fire…—Shriram Sharma

Shiva (the Benign one) is the focal point of Shaivism, that is, the Shiva tradition of worship and theology…His three eyes symbolize sun, moon, and fire, and a single glance from this eye can incinerate the entire universe…

“…He is portrayed as covered in ashes, and a third eye with which he burned Desire. He is shown with a crescent moon in his matted hair, and the Ganges pouring down from his locks. He is garlanded by a snake, and sacred rudra beads, seated upon a tiger skin and holding a trident. The ashes on the body symbolizes him as a Yogi, who has burnt all his evil desires and rubbed himself with the ashes of the ritual fire.

When Shiva’s wife Sati was insulted in her father Daksha’s Yajna she activated her Yoga fire and burnt her own body to ashes.

The sacred fire of the Parsis of India, was kept perpetually burning on the altars…

Sati is the practice through which widows are voluntarily or forcibly burned alive on their husband’s funeral pyre. Although banned in 1829, it had to be banned again in 1956, and again in 1987. Since it was taught that women have worth only in relation to men, when the husband died, the woman was considered unholy, impure…The widow was considered pure if she committed Sati.

Sacrificing the widow in her dead husband’s funeral or pyre was not unique only to India. This custom was prevalent among Egyptians, Greek, Goths, and others.

Fire worship occupied a central position in the religious rites of the early Indo-European peoples. The blazing or fiery cross, in use among Khonds of India, was well known in both Ireland and Scotland.

Ireland had a perpetual fire maintained by St. Bridget and her nuns in Kildare…Tradition says that Druidesses did the same…

Baal or Bel is associated with the fires. Beltane was the Lucky Fire through which cattle were passed for purification…The Gabha-Bheil, or trial by Beil, subjected the person with bare feet to pass three times through a fire.

Babes on their, fourth day were passed through fire.

The Pawnees had a sacrifice of human beings in the fire at the vernal equinox.

Persia was once the high seat of fire-worship. The Parsees of India were refugees from Persia at the time of the Mahometan conquest of that country, and retained the old fire religion. The natural flames that issued from the earth, were regarded as divine…The Sheb-Seze was a Fire-feast of Persia.

The Inca worshipped a fire god similar to that of the Aztecs.

Polynesian Legend
Maui descended to the underworld, where he learned to make fire by rubbing two sticks together.

The people lighted the fire by the friction with two pieces of wood, and then ate the consecrated cake…Whoever got the black bit, hidden in the cake, was considered worthy of sacrifice to Baal and was pushed into the fire, though soon rescued, and afterwards had to leap three times through the flames.

Slavic peoples
Fire worship was generally practiced among the ancient Slavic peoples. In their mythology, Svarog, meaning “bright and clear”, was the spirit of fire.

Wales, long under Irish rule, had similar fire customs; one custom was to leap through the Midsummer fires.

Zoroastrinism in Persia
In ancient Persia, the ceremonial keeping of the flame was the chief characteristic of the Zoroastrian religion; Fire was believed to be the earthly manifestation of the Divine, the heavenly light. The Zorastrian term for “priest” meant “belonging to the fire.”

Atar is the Zoroastrian concept for “burning and unburning fire” and “visible and invisible fire… justice is administered through atar, the blazing atar, through the heat of atar, through the blazing, shining, molten metal. An individual who has passed the fiery test, has attained physical and spiritual strength, wisdom, truth and love with serenity…

Other references to Fire
Immolate means to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire…

four basic elements
The four basic elements to many pagans are earth, water, air (wind or spirit) and fire…In Wiccan or Native American rituals, the “quartered circle” and the Medicine Wheel represent a “sacred space” or the sacred earth. The four lines may represent the spirits of the four primary directions or the spirits of the earth, water, wind, and fire.

Fire—classical element
Fire, one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science, was commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion.

In alchemy, the chemical element of sulfur was often associated with fire and its alchemical symbol and its symbol was an upward-pointing triangle…

In traditional Chinese philosophy, fire is classified as one of the Five Elements…by which all natural phenomena can be explained. The system of five elements…was employed in many fields of early Chinese thought…Feng shui, astrology, traditional Chinese medicine, music, military strategy and martial arts.

Fire is yang or masculine in character…It is associated with the planet Mars, summer, south, daylight and heat and the color red…It is also believed to govern the heart, tongue, and pulse…

Four elements of success: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire (Laurie Beth Jones site)
Fire’s strengths include being mesmerizing, exciting, passionate, intense, purifying, illuminating, and committed. It has no fear of confrontation. 

Fire’s challenges include the tendency to burn out quickly and the inability to set its own boundaries. It can destroy as well as purify… It has no fear of confrontation.

Sites talking about the Sacred Fire
Fire was sacred to the ancient Celts. The domestic hearth-fire was never allowed to die, except during the fire festival of Beltane, when it was ritually rekindled from the royal fire. Druids used sacred fires for divination…—

The Sacred Fire Community is an international community that is committed to rekindling our relationship to each other and the world through the universal and sacred spirit of fire…Sacred fire circles are central to our tradition and many hamlets hold regular community fires…Fire is the energy of the heart. It is a transformative energy in the world and within us, which opens us to the Divine…—

Symbolic eternal flames around the world
The Sacred fire of Vesta in ancient Rome, which burned within the Temple of Vesta on the Roman forum

Many churches (especially Catholic and Lutheran), along with Jewish synagogues, feature an eternal flame on or hung above their altars.

The Olympic Flame is a kind of eternal flame which is kept lit throughout the Olympic Games.

The eternal flame that was kept burning in the inner hearth of the Temple of Delphic Apollo at Delphi in Greece

The eternal flame near the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn in Estonia was extinguished after the country gained independence from the USSR.
for List of Eternal Flames in Europe and US click on “read more” at end of this page

Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones. It has a long history in many cultures as a test or proof of faith, and is also used in modern motivational seminars and fund-raising events.

Firewalking is done by:
Eastern Orthodox Christians in parts of Greece, and Bulgaria during some popular religious feasts.

fakirs and similar persons.

!Kung Bushmen of the African Kalahari desert and use fire in their healing ceremonies.

(mainly) Hindu Indians in South Asia and their diaspora in South Africa, Malaysia and Singapore who celebrate the Thimithi festival

people as a rite of purification, healing, initiation and transcendence.

little girls in Bali in a ceremony in which the girls are said to be possessed by beneficent spirits.

Japanese Taoists and Buddhists.

tribes throughout Polynesia.

some management seminars and motivational seminars.

Sword swallowing
Sword swallowing originated about four thousand years ago in India by fakirs and shaman priests who first developed the art around 2000 BC, along with
fire-eating, fire-walking on hot coals, laying on cactus or a bed of nails, snake handling, and other ascetic religious practices, as demonstration of their invulnerability, power, and connection with their gods.

Fire eating
Fire eating was a common part of Hindu, Saddhu, and Fakir performances to show spiritual attainment.

Phoenix Bird
A phoenix is a mythical sacred bird. At the end of its life-cycle,the phoenix builds a nest that ignites, which burns both nest and bird, leaving ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises…The bird was a symbol of fire and divinity. Egypt, Persia, Greece, Russia and China all have a Firebird myth.


    “Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods,
    and worship them;”—Deuteronomy 11:16

    “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”—1 Corinthians 10:20

    “But this man [Jesus], after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”
    —Hebrews 10:12

    “By him [Jesus] therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.—Hebrews 13:15

In Part 4B, my next post, I will present some more about fire worship from the kingdom of darkness, and compare some of the “fire” phrases heard in the “Christian” world with what is said in the Bible. After the Hislop excerpts, click
on the “keep reading” and you will get several of the resources I used, and a list
of the locations of some more eternal flames.

Excerpts from Two Babylons by Hislop regarding worship of fire

The first excerpt from Two Babylons by Hislop.
“…at the entrance of the temples there was commonly placed a vessel full of holy water.” How did this water get its holiness? This water “was consecrated,” says Athenaeus, “by putting into it a BURNING TORCH taken from the altar.” The burning torch was the express symbol of the god of fire; and by the light of this torch, so indispensable for consecrating “the holy water,” we may easily see whence came one great part of the purifying virtue of “the water of the loud resounding sea,” which was held to be so efficacious in purging away the guilt
and stain of sin…”

The second excerpt from Two Babylons by Hislop
“The “Serpent of Fire” in the plains of Shinar seems to have been the grand object of worship. There is the strongest evidence that apostacy among the
sons of Noah began in fire-worship, and that in connection with the symbol of the serpent.

“We have seen…that fire was worshipped as the enlightener and the purifier…Nimrod is singled out by the voice of antiquity as commencing this fire-worship… In a fragment of Apollodorus it is said that “Ninus taught the Assyrians to worship fire.” The sun, as the great source of light and heat, was worshipped under the name of Baal…As the sun in the heavens was the great object of worship, so fire was worshipped as its earthly representative.

“…there is an exact coincidence between Vulcan, the god of fire of the Romans, and Nimrod, the fire-god of Babylon. In the case of the classic Vulcan, it is only in his character of the fire-god as a physical agent that he is popularly represented. But it was in his spiritual aspects, in cleansing and regenerating the souls of men, that the fire-worship told most effectually on the world. The power, the popularity, and skill of Nimrod, as well as the seductive nature of the system itself, enabled him to spread the delusive doctrine far and wide… as on the point of “setting the whole world on fire,” or (without the poetical metaphor) of involving all mankind in the guilt of fire-worship.

“The extraordinary prevalence of the worship of the fire-god in the early ages of the world, is proved by legends found over all the earth, and by facts in almost every clime. Thus, in Mexico, the natives relate, that in primeval times, just after the first age, the world was burnt up with fire. As their history, like the Egyptian, was written in Hieroglyphics, it is plain that this must be symbolically understood.

“In India, they have a legend to the very same effect…The Brahmins say that, in
a very remote period of the past, one of the gods shone with such insufferable splendour, ‘inflicting distress on the universe by his effulgent beams, brighter than a thousand worlds,’ that, unless another more potent god had interposed and cut off his head, the result would have been most disastrous.

“In the Druidic Triads of the old British Bards, there is distinct reference to the same event. They say that in primeval times a “tempest of fire arose, which split the earth asunder to the great deep,” from which none escaped but “the select company shut up together in the enclosure with the strong door …These stories all point to one and the same period…The Papal purgatory and the fires of St. John’s Eve…are just so many relics of the same ancient superstition.

“The Phenicians,” says Eusebius, “every year sacrificed their beloved and only-begotten children to Kronos or Saturn, and the Rhodians also often did the same.”

“Diodorus Siculus states that the Carthaginians, on one occasion, when besieged by the Sicilians, and sore pressed, in order to rectify, as they supposed, their error in having somewhat departed from the ancient custom of Carthage, in this respect, hastily “chose out two hundred of the noblest of their children, and publicly sacrificed them” to this god.

“There is reason to believe that the same practice obtained in our own land in the times of the Druids. We know that they offered human sacrifices to their bloody gods. We have evidence that they made “their children pass through the fire to Moloch,” and that makes it highly probable that they also offered them in sacrifice; for, from Jeremiah 32:35, compared with Jeremiah 19:5, we find that these two things were parts of one and the same system.

“The god whom the Druids worshipped was Baal, as the blazing Baal-fires show, and the last-cited passage proves that children were offered in sacrifice to Baal. When “the fruit of the body” was thus offered, it was “for the sin of the soul.” And it was a principle of the Mosaic law, a principle no doubt derived from the patriarchal faith, that the priest must partake of whatever was offered as a sin-offering (Num 18:9,10). Hence, the priests of Nimrod or Baal were necessarily required to eat of the human sacrifices; and thus it has come to pass that “Cahna-Bal,” the “Priest of Baal,” is the established word in our own tongue for a devourer of human flesh.

Zoroaster, the Head of the Fire-Worshippers
That Zoroaster was head of the fire-worshippers, the following, among other evidence, may prove…The fire-worship was an essential part of the system of the Persian Magi (Wilson, Parsee Religion). This fire-worship the Persian Magi did not pretend to have invented.

It is evident, however, from the Zoroastrian verse, elsewhere quoted, that fire itself was worshipped as Tammuz, for it is called the “Father that perfected all things.” In one respect this represented fire as the Creative god; but in another, there can be no doubt that it had reference to the “perfecting” of men by “purifying” them. And especially it perfected those whom it consumed. This was the very idea that, from time immemorial until very recently, led so many widows in India to immolate themselves on the funeral piles of their husbands, the woman who thus burned herself being counted blessed, because she became Suttee—i.e., “Pure by burning.”

And this also, no doubt, reconciled the parents who actually sacrificed their children to Moloch, to the cruel sacrifice, the belief being cherished that the fire that consumed them also “perfected” them, and made them meet for eternal happiness. As both the passing through the fire, and the burning in the fire, were essential rites in the worship of Moloch or Nimrod, this is an argument that Nimrod was Tammuz. As the priest and representative of the perfecting or purifying fire, it was he that carried on the work of perfecting or purifying by
fire, and so he was called by its name.

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God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience: Part 2 inner eye, inward eye, all-seeing eye, eyes of God

Part 1 Pantheism, Panentheism, Immanence, Transcend

    “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”—Proverbs 15:3

    “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.”—Proverbs 5:21

    “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”—Proverbs 20:12

    “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…”—2 Chronicles 16:9

    “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;”—Psalm 33:18

    “…I will guide thee with mine eye.”—Psalm 32:8

I do not find in the Bible the phrases about the eye (referring to light, wisdom, knowledge, and things that are hidden) which are often mentioned in the research I have been doing. I did find “eyes of the Lord” and “eye of the Lord.” Today’s post will discuss references to the eye that are found in the Kingdom
of Darkness. As usual, there will be verses from the Kingdom of Light which are found only in God’s WORD.

    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”—Proverbs 9:10

    “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”
    —1 Corinthian 3: 19

    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”—Proverbs 1:7

    “In whom [Jesus] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”—Colossians 2:3

    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”—Romans 11:33

All-seeing eye and Eye of Providence
The all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol of the sun, was historically symbolic of omniscience, and can be traced back to Egyptian mythology and the eye of the falcon god, Horus and the sun god, Ra.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the all-seeing eye appeared in the west where it was called the Eye of Providence and shown as an eye surrounded by rays of light, usually enclosed by a triangle.

It seems that Ancient Egyptian culture followed the lies of the kingdom of darkness and pursued godhood and knowledge (not from God). The end
result of the kingdom of darkness is death, hence a need to create a way of
living forever—something Ancient Egypt is still famous for. According to
God’s Word, they will actually end up eternally separated from God.

    “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”—Genesis 2:9

    “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”—Genesis 3:4, 5

    “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…”—Genesis 3:22, 23

    “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”—John 17:3

    “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”—1 Corinthians 1:30

    “…To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
    —Revelation 2:7

Eye of Horus or the Eye of Ra
The Eye of Horus represents the right eye of the Egyptian falcon-headed god Horus, and was associated with the Sun god Ra. The left eye, which symbolized the moon is called the “Eye of Toth.” A similar concept of the sun and moon as eyes appears in many religious traditions.

Egyptian legend says that the eye of Horus was wounded, wrenched out or eaten by his relative, the god Set during a fight. The Ibis-headed Thoth, the god of magick, who was called the originator of mathematics, restored the eye…

The Egyptians equated the eye of Horus/Ra with Osiris, the Egyptian god of life, death, and fertility. The stories of who Horus, Ra, and Osiris were, change depending on what time it is in the history of ancient Egypt. Some of the beliefs include a mother/child relationship (Horus with his mother Isis) and the death and ressurection of Osiris. If you want to read a few more details, click on the link at the end of this page.

The belief that both eyes represent the whole of the universe is similar to that of the Taoist Yin-yang symbol. Together, the eyes represent the combined, transcendent power of Horus, it was believed.

    “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”—Luke 11:34

    “And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them…”—Deuteronomy 4:19

    “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”—Romans 1:25

Eye of Horus or the sun god in different cultures

“Come, the Eye of Horus hath delivered for me my soul, my ornaments are established on the brow of Ra. Light is on the faces of those who are in the members of Osiris.”—The Pyramid Texts

Hindu mythology
Surya, the Sun god, is called the eye of Varuna the god of the heavens.

Mithras, the sun god, was believed to be the eye of Ahura Mazda, the creator god.

Helios was the god of the Sun as well as the god of Sight, and was portrayed as an eye with rays surrounding it.

Amaterasu, the sun goddess, was born from the left eye of Izanagi, the sky-father creator.

Odin, the chief Norse god, gave his eye to Mirmir in order to acquire knowledge. His remaining eye was the Sun and is all-seeing and all-knowing…light itself has been equated with knowledge.

Buddha is referred to as the Eye of the World throughout Buddhist scriptures and is represented as a trinity in the shape of a triangle known as the Tiratna or Triple Gem.

The symbol of modern pharmacies and prescriptions, Rx, is derived from the three pieces of the Eye of Horus.

Rosicrucians use the Eye of Providence or All-Seeing Eye, to symbolize God.

The Masonic All-Seeing Eye, and the Eye of Providence symbol found on American money, have their origins in the Eye of Horus.

United States
The All-Seeing Eye and a pyramid are part of the Seal of the United States, as well as on the back of the one dollar bill.

    “Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.”—Ezekiel 8:5

    “And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.”—Ezekiel 8:16

    “…for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”—1 Chronicles 28:9

Occult and Protection from evil
The symbol representing the Eye of Horus, was a powerful symbol thought to protect from evil, and one of the most common amulets of ancient Egypt. When worn as jewelry…the eye was said to ensure safety, protect health, and provide the wearer with wisdom and prosperity; it was called the “all-seeing Eye.

    “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”—2 Thessalonians 3:3

Inner, Inward, and Outward Eye
Other terms I have been reading in my research include: inner eye, inward eye, outward eye.

Sikhism, founded on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, believes that God is omnipresent in all creation and visible everywhere…Nanak stressed that God must be seen from “the inward eye“, or the “heart”, of a human being…Nanak’s teachings are founded…on a spiritual union with God which results in salvation, advocating the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. The chief obstacles to the attainment of salvation are social conflicts and an attachment to worldly pursuits…

The Deep Sciences
The deep sciences often deal with realities that can only be seen with the “inward eye” (such as Boolean algebra and imaginary numbers)…

Darshan is a Sanskrit Hindu term meaning sight or a glimpse of the divine. The term is used specifically for beholding highly revered people with the intention of inwardly contacting and receiving their grace and blessings. “By doing darshan properly a devotee develops affection for God, and God develops affection for that devotee.” We could have a “darshan” of the deity in the temple…or have a “darshan” in that inward eye of a light…

    “Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?”—Job 38:36

    “For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.”—Psalm 5:9

    “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”—Psalm 51:6

    “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”—Ephesians 3:16

Third Eye
Another name for the inner eye is the third eye. Before discussing the third eye, I will do a very brief definition of chakra.

Chakra, a very occultic system, focuses on seven energy centers in the body which are supposedly aligned with spiritual forces, sometimes called life force energy. It is thought that the seventh chakra results in union with the divine.

Some concepts and belief systems associated with chakra: traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture points; yoga, kundalini; Hindu tantra; Ayurvedic medicine; and the third eye, which I will now discuss briefly.

The third eye is known as the brow centre or the ajna (sixth) chakra, and is commonly denoted in Indian and East Asia with a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or enlightened beings, such as Shiva, the Buddha, yogis…

It is also called the “Eye of Wisdom”, or, in Buddhism, the urna. In Hinduism and Buddhism, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment. Many Hindus wear a tilak between the eyebrows to represent the third eye.

In the Indian tradition, it is the eye of knowledge, the seat of the ‘teacher inside’. In Hinduism, it is believed that the opening of Shiva’s third eye causes the eventual destruction of the universe.

In New Age spirituality, the third eye may symbolize a state of enlightenment or mental images of “spiritual” or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with visions, clairvoyance, precognition, and out-of-body experiences.

In the Upanishads (part of the Hindu scriptures), a human being is likened to a city with ten gates…The third eye or tenth gate leads to inner realms…

The third eye is used in many meditation schools and arts, such as in yoga, qigong, many Chinese martial arts, Zen, and in Japanese martial arts such as Karate and Aikido. Martial arts derive mainly from Taoism, but also draw from Zen Buddhism as a philosophy. Aikido is additionally influenced by the monotheistic religion, Oomoto-kyo.

Lord Shiva/Lord of Yoga
Shiva (the Benign one), is mentioned in the Rig Veda. He is the focal point of Shaiviasm, that is, the Shiva tradition of worship and theology…His three eyes symbolize sun, moon, and fire, and a single glance from this eye can incinerate the entire universe…

The worship of Shiva stresses the possibility of realizing the nature of self through opening of the third eye or inward eye in meditative trance. It is a pan-Hindu tradition, practiced…especially India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

    “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”—Romans 1:24, 25

    “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.”—Jeremiah 23:16

“…Sanatkumara’s mission is to awaken spiritual awareness and propel us to our Divine Self. Like the CEO of Earth, Sanatkumara is heralded through this new age as a father, and a force-field of LOVE that has embraced Earth for millions of years. He is the ‘eye of God’ and prefers to be known as a teacher than worshipped as a God.

Ancient of Days, the Return of the Dove
…“I Am’ the presence you have been waiting for,
I have come before you not to be judged, 
I have come before you to be loved.
As you do to me-you do to yourself.
Recognize your imperfections, love your faults, and in that moment you shall become I Am That I Am.”—quote about Santkumara

    “Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.”—Isaiah 37:23

    “For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”—Isaiah 47:10

quote from Many Shall Come in My Name, by Ray Yungen
“…I firmly believe what Jesus Christ was prophesying in Matthew and Luke was the current New Age movement when it reaches its full fruition world-wide. He clearly stated that just before His physical return a huge number of people will proclaim their own personal divinity and that many (polus) will deceive—not some, but many. There was a good reason for Him to preface these prophesies with the warning, Take heed that no man deceive you. These people will be offering a spiritual message that will look, feel, and sound like it is of Jesus Christ but is not.—Ray Yungen, pp.151-156

    “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”—1 Peter 3:12

    “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”—Micah 7:7

    “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”—Isaiah 45:22

    “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”—2 Corinthians 10:5

    “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”—Hebrews 12:2

    “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”—Titus 2:13

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Updated March 2009

God’s WORD

    “Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

    It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.”—Isaiah 40:21–23

    “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

    And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us…

    “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”—Acts 17:24–30

Unbiblical, but spiritual terms and concepts
One of the difficulties of defining “spiritual” terms and phrases that are not from the Bible is that in actuality one is trying to understand a foreign language. Since the words and concepts are not found in the kingdom of light, the full meanings and implications are not obvious and even obscured.

It would seem that the real problem is the underlying belief of other “spiritual” systems that say “we are divine,” part of “the All,” the “Ultimate Reality,” “the Absolute”, “the One,” etc., which is of course, part of the very first lie:
“…ye shall be as gods…”—Genesis 3:5

To those following the Kingdom of Darkness’ worldly wisdom which teaches that “we are divine,” the Bible is a “foreign language,” so there is no concept or comprehension that each person has a desperately wicked heart and that all people are in a terrible predicament, needing to be rescued from the god of this world, Satan. There is no understanding of a need for a Saviour. Why would you need a Saviour if you are divine?

As I mentioned in the last post, I will be discussing some word and concept definitions, as well as some people in the next few posts, to give some background information to the research I have been doing. Today’s post will
be some word definitions and some Bible verses. There is more research if you click on more at what seems to be the end of this post.

pantheism, panentheism, immanence, transcendence
These words are not in the Bible, but are concepts from a different belief system. These terms do not describe the God of the Bible, or His children, so whose kingdom are they really from?

pantheism and panentheism
Pantheism: God is not the creator of the universe. He is the universe. God is everything and everything is God—everything is part of the Universal ALL of God; the Universe, or nature, and God are equivalent.

In pantheism, “God is in the whole”; in panentheism, “The whole is in God.”

    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
    —Genesis 1:1

    “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”—Psalm 33:6

    “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”—John 1:3

    “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”—Psalm 102:25–27 and Hebrews 1:10-12

    “For I am the LORD, I change not…”—Malachi 3:6

    “… before me there was no God formed, neither shall there
    be after me…”—Colossians 2:9

    “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
    —Hebrews 13:8

ancient panentheism
Most native Americans (except the Cherokee) were and still are largely panentheistic; thinking of God as both immanent in Creation and transcendent from it. Most South American peoples were largely panentheistic as well, as were ancient South East Asian cultures…”

Neoplatonism is polytheistic and panentheistic. Plotinus taught that there was an indescribable, transcendent God (The One) from which emanated the rest of the universe…In Neoplatonism the world itself is a God. Neoplatonists believed human perfection and happiness were attainable in this world, and could be achieved through philosophical contemplation.

Immanence, is from Latin, “to remain within” and refers to philosophical and metaphysical theories that the divine exists and acts within the mind or the world.

The immanence of God in the world is the basic feature of pantheism. Among the most important philosophies using the concept of immanence are Stoicism and the systems of Giordano Bruno and Spinoza (who I will discuss at a later time).

Recap of Panentheism, Pantheism, Immanence
These belief systems boil down to believing that you are God. The Bible does not teach this. Only Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”—John 1:1

    “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
    —John 1:18

    “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;”—Colossians 1:19

    “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
    —Colossians 2:9

Transcend: from the Latin transcendere, to climb over or to exist above and independent of; to rise above, surpass exceed.

Transcendental: Rising above common thought or ideas; mystical.
—American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language c 1973

Albert Einstein Quote
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.—Albert Einstein

What the Bible says About God

    “…O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

    “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment:

    “who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

    “Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters:

    “who maketh the clouds his chariot:

    “who walketh upon the wings of the wind…

    “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever…”—Psalm 104:1–9

    “…The LORD our God is one LORD:”—Deuteronomy 6:4

    “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said,
    Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath
    sent me unto you.”—Exodus 3:14

    “The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth…”—Joshua 22:22

    “God is not a man…”—Numbers 23:19

    “God is a Spirit…”—John 4:23, 24

    “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords,
    a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:”—Deuteronomy 10:17

    “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”—Psalm 115:3

God is Eternal and Wise

    “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…”—Deuteronomy 33:27

    “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever…”—Psalm 45:6

    “Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.”
    —Psalm 93:2

    “…the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”—Isaiah 40:28

    “…King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God…”
    —1 Timothy 1:17

God is Holy

    “Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.”—Psalm 99:9

    “…God, that cannot lie…”—Titus 1:2

    “For our God is a consuming fire.”—Hebrews 12:29

God is Love

    “… God is love…”—1 John 4:16

    “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”—Psalm 86:15

    “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all…”
    —Psalm 145:8, 9

    “Now the God of hope…”—Romans 15:13

Jesus is God

    “God…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also
    he made the worlds;

    “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image
    of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”—Hebrews 1:1–3

    “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour…therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.”
    —Isaiah 43:10–12

    “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,”—Titus 3:4

    “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”—Revelation 22:13

Judge of the Universe

    “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”—Psalm 7:11

    “But ye are come…unto the city of the living God…to God the Judge of all…”—Hebrews 12:22, 23

    “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”—Revelation 20:11

How People react when they see God

    “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

    “Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

    “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

    “And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

    “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
    —Isaiah 6:1–5

What the Bible says about Worshipping God

    “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”—John 4:24

    “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
    —John 14:17

    “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

    “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”—1 Corinthians 8:5, 6

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past
finding out!

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been
his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”—Romans 11:33–36

Part 2 inner eye, inward eye, all seeing eye, eyes of God

Revisiting Brother Lawrence, Part 3

Part 1

Part 2

God’s WORD

” To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
—Jude 1:25

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”—Hebrews 12:2

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”—John 3:30

“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”—Jude 1:21

We have discussed Brother Lawrence, his “Practice the Presence of God” book, his reference to “the All” and the tie in with paganism, specifically, Hermitic beliefs which would seem to be the basis of about every false belief system. You may also have noticed an aspect of mysteries or keeping things in secret.

Two Babylons, written by Alexander Hislop initially in 1853, gives much research relating to the roots of this all encompassing pagan system. I am going to quote from his book, giving links to the chapters that are online. Rev. Hislop wrote at a time where vocabulary and content of books took more than a casual glance. Here are a few excerpts from “Two Babylons” regarding the roots of this false system that continues to this day.

Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop
Preface to the second edition.
“…the Babylonian legends…were all intended primarily to commemorate facts that took place in the early history for the post-diluvian world. But along with them were mixed up the momentous events in the history of our first parents. These events as can be distinctly proved, were commemorated in the secret system of Babylon with a minuteness and particularity of detail of which the ordinary student of antiquity can have little conception.

The post-diluvian divinities were connected with the ante-diluvian patriarchs, and the first progenitors of the human race, by means of the mete-psychosis; and the names given to them were skillfully selected, so as to be capable of divers meanings, each of these meanings having reference to some remarkable feature in the history of the different patriarchs referred to. The knowledge of this fact is indispensable to the unravelling of the labyrintine subject of Pagan mythology, which, with all its absurdities and abominations…”

Chapter II Section II The Child in Assyria p. 25-26
“…Cush, as the son of Ham, was Her-mes or Mercury; for Hermes is just an Egyptian synonym for the “son of Ham.”**

** The composition of Her-mes is, first, from “Her,” which, in Chaldee, is synonymous with Ham, or Khem, “the burnt one.” As “her” also, like Ham, signified “The hot or burning one,” this name formed a foundation for covertly identifying Ham with the “Sun,” and so deifying the great patriarch, after whose name the land of Egypt was called, in connection with the sun…

“…Hermes… the great original prophet of idolatry…was recognised by the pagans as the author of their religious rites, and the interpreter of the gods…after that Mercury interpreted the speeches of men (whence an interpreter is called Hermeneutes), the same individual distributed the nations. Then discord began.”

Chapter 1 Distinctive Character of the 2 Systems
“…Their primary object was to introduce privately, by little and little, under the seal of secrecy and the sanction of an oath, what it would not have been safe all at once and openly to propound…The Chaldean Mysteries can be traced up to the days of Semiramis, who lived only a few centuries after the flood, and who is known to have impressed upon them the image of her own depraved and polluted mind…she was worshipped as Rhea, the great MOTHER of the gods, with such atrocious rites as identified her with Venus, the MOTHER of all impurity…”

* Even among the initiated there was a difference. Some were admitted only to the “Lesser Mysteries”; the “Greater” were for a favoured few. Wilkinson: “Ancient Egyptians”

“…That object was to bind all mankind in blind and absolute submission to a hierarchy entirely dependent on the sovereigns of Babylon…all knowledge, sacred and profane, came to be monopolised by the priesthood, who dealt it out to those who were initiated in the Mysteries exactly as they saw fit…Thus the people, wherever the Babylonian system spread, were bound neck and heel to
the priests. The priests were the only depositaries of religious knowledge…”

“But this feature of Mystery has adhered to it throughout its whole course.
When it had once succeeded in dimming the light of the Gospel, obscuring the
fulness and freeness of the grace of God, and drawing away the souls of men
from direct and immediate dealings with the One Grand Prophet and High
Priest of our profession, a mysterious power was attributed to the clergy,
which gave them dominion over the faith of the people—a dominion directly
disclaimed by apostolic men (2 Cor 1:24), but which, in connection with the
confessional, has become at least as absolute and complete as was ever
possessed by Babylonian priest over those initiated in the ancient Mysteries…Salverte refer(s) to this confession as observed in Greece, in rites that can be clearly traced to a Babylonian origin: “All the Greeks, from Delphi to Thermopylae, were initiated in the Mysteries of the temple of Delphi…”

Chapter II Section II The Deification of the Child
“…It was easy for those who controlled the Mysteries, having discovered secrets that were then unknown to the mass of mankind, and which they carefully preserved in their own exclusive keeping, to give them what might seem ocular demonstration, that Tammuz, who had been slain, and for whom such lamentations had been made, was still alive, and encompassed with divine and heavenly glory…

“Thus the whole system of the secret Mysteries of Babylon was intended to glorify a dead man; and when once the worship of one dead man was established, the worship of many more was sure to follow…Thus, too, the way was paved for bringing in all the abominations and crimes of which the Mysteries became the scenes; for, to those who liked not to retain God in their knowledge, who preferred some visible object of worship, suited to the sensuous feelings of their carnal minds, nothing could seem a more cogent reason for faith or practice than to hear with their own ears a command given forth amid so glorious a manifestation apparently by the very divinity they adored.

“The scheme, thus skilfully formed, took effect. Semiramis gained glory from
her dead and deified husband; and in course of time both of them, under the
names of Rhea and Nin, or Goddess-Mother and Son, were worshipped with
an enthusiasm that was incredible, and their images were everywhere set up
and adored.”

Chapter IV Section II Justification by works
“…[I]n regard to justification, the Chaldean doctrine was that it was by works
and merits of men themselves that they must be justified and accepted of God.

“The following remarks of Christie in his observations appended to Ouvaroff’s Eleusinian Mysteries, show that such was the case: “Mr. Ouvaroff has suggested that one of the great objects of the Mysteries was the presenting to fallen man the means of his return to God. These means were the cathartic virtues–(i.e., the virtues by which sin is removed), by the exercise of which a corporeal life was to be vanquished.

“Accordingly the Mysteries were termed Teletae, ‘perfections,’ because they were supposed to induce a perfectness of life. Those who were purified by them were styled Teloumenoi and Tetelesmenoi, that is, ‘brought…to perfection,’ which depended on the exertions of the individual.”

Chapter VI Section I The Sovereign Pontiff p. 208-209
“…The priest who explained the Mysteries to the initiated was sometimes called by a Greek term, the Hierophant; but in primitive Chaldee, the real language of the Mysteries, his title, as pronounced without the points, was Peter–i.e., “the interpreter.” As the revealer of that which was hidden, nothing was more natural than that, while opening up the esoteric doctrine of the Mysteries, he should be decorated with the keys of the two divinities whose mysteries he unfolded…

“…[W]e have the strongest evidence that, in countries far removed from one another, and far distant from Rome, these keys were known by initiated Pagans not merely as the keys of Peter, but as the keys of a Peter identified with Rome.

“In the Eleusinian Mysteries at Athens, when the candidates for initiation were instructed in the secret doctrine of Paganism, the explanation of that doctrine was read to them out of a book called by ordinary writers the Book Petroma;
that is, as we are told, a book formed of stone. But this is evidently just a play
upon words, according to the usual spirit of Paganism, intended to amuse the
vulgar. The nature of the case, and the history of the Mysteries, alike show that this book could be none other than the Book Pet-Roma; that is, the Book of the
Grand Interpreter
, in other words, of Hermes Trismegistus, the great Interpreter
of the Gods

God’s WORD

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”—2 Thessalonians 2:8–10

“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”—Revelation 21:22

“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”—Revelation 21:27

Revisiting Brother Lawrence, Part 2

Part 1

God’s WORD

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”—Ephesians 2:13

The All for the All
Not only is there no reference to the shed blood of our LORD and Saviour,
Jesus Christ, in Brother Lawrence’s, “Practicing the Presence of God,” but in
the First Letter, there is a reference to the occult, pagan, mystical, “the All”.

Excerpt from Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
“Having found in many books different methods of going to God and diverse practices of the spiritual life, I thought this would serve rather to puzzle me than facilitate what I sought after, which was nothing but how to become wholly God’s. This made me resolve to give the all for the All.” 

Part 2, and Part 3 will discuss the roots of “the All” that Lawrence mentioned. In Part 1, it was said that Brother Lawrence spent time in the desert like the Desert Fathers. You may remember the Desert Fathers were ascetics and mystics—the definitions of the terms you can read on my 2000 Year 6 A post. This post will add some terms to that list.

The All
The All (also called The One, The Absolute, The Great One, The Creator, The Supreme Mind, The Supreme Good, The Father, and The Universal Mother) is the Hermetic or panentheistic view of God, which is that everything that is, or at least that can be experienced, collectively makes up The All…the All can also seen to be androgenous, possessing both masculine and feminine qualities…”

In Hermetic religion the supreme Deity, or Principle, is referred to variously as ‘God’, ‘The All’, or ‘The One’. Many Hermeticists also align their beliefs and mystical ideas with other religions, “Christianity”, Buddhism, Judaism, mainstream Paganism, or Islam. Many hold that all great religions have equivalent mystical truths at their core, and that all religions share an understanding of esoteric tenets with Hermeticism.

Hermetic beliefs
Hermeticism encompasses both panentheism and Monistic-polytheism within its belief system, which teaches that there is The All, or one “Cause”, of which we, and the entire universe, are all a part. These beliefs are claimed to have come from Egypt…

The All and reality
In the Hermetic belief system, all is in the mind of The All. Hermeticism acknowledges that there exist many gods, but that these deities, along with all other beings, exist within, and are created by, The ALL…

Hermes Trismegistus
Hermes Trismegistus (Greek: “thrice-great Hermes”; Latin: Mercurius ter Maximus) is the syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth…

Hermetic Qabalah
Hermetic Qabalah is a Western esoteric and mystical tradition. It forms the underlying philosophy and framework for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn and Thelemic orders, mystical societies such as the Builders of the Adytum and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, and is a precursor to the Neopagan, Wiccan and New Age

It draws on a great many influences, most notably: Jewish Kabbalah, Western astrology, tarot, alchemy, pagan religions (especially Egyptian and Greco-roman), neoplatonism, gnosticism, the Enochian system of angelic magic of John Dee, hermeticism, rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and tantra…

As above, so below
Hermes Trismegistus’s axiom, “As Above, So Below” is a key metaphysical concept that is captured in various forms in addition to Hermes’ Emerald Tablet. These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles, and they come from Hermetic texts…

Mystical Union
Unio Mystica is a term meaning ‘Mystical Union’ describing the concept common to all mystical traditions—Kabbalah, Sufism, Vedanta, Esoteric Christianity…A common theme in mysticism is that the mystic and all of reality are One…The state of oneness has many names depending on the mystical system: Illumination, Union (Christianity), Irfan (Islam), Nirvana (Buddhism), Moksha (Jainism), Samadhi (Hinduism), to name a few…

Mysticism is from the Greek mystikos—an initiate of the Eleusinian Mysteries; mysteria meaning “initiation” is the pursuit of achieving communion, identity with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight.

Eleusinian Mysteries
The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Begun in the c. 1500 BC, they later spread to Rome. The rites, cultist worships, and beliefs were kept secret, as initiation was believed to unite the worshipper with the gods and included promises of divine power…

“…For example, only initiates knew what the kiste, a sacred chest, and the kalathos, a lidded basket, contained. The contents, like so much about the Mysteries, are unknown. However, one researcher writes that this Cista (“kiste”) contained a golden mystical serpent, egg, a phallus and possibly also seeds sacred to Demeter.[9]

Some traditions and philosophies with strong elements of mysticism
Bahá’í Faith, The Fourth Way, Ghost Dance (Nineteenth Century Native American), Gnosticism (“Christian”), Hesychasm (Eastern Orthodox), Kabbalah (“Judaism”, “Christianity”, Occult), Mormonism, Mystery religions, National mysticism, Nazi mysticism, Occult, Religious Society of Friends, The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception (Rosicrucian), Sufism (Islam), Taoism, Theistic Satanism, Thelemic mysticism (Thelema), Tibetan Buddhism, Transcendentalism (Unitarianism), Vedanta (Hinduism), Yoga (Hinduism), Zen (Buddhism).

God’s WORD

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”—Hebrews 11:6

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
“—Acts 17:30, 31

Part 3

Revisiting Brother Lawrence, Part 1

God’s WORD

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”—Ephesians 2:13

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”—Hebrews 9:14

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”—1 Peter 1:18, 19

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”—1 John 1:7

“This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”—1 John 5:6

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

In the next three posts, I will revisit Brother Lawrence, write some more about his life, quote some excerpts from his book, “Practice the Presence of God,” (including his statement regarding “the All”), and then discuss the Satanic roots
of “the All,” which has been such a part of mysticism from around the world and throughout the ages.

Nicholas Herman aka Brother Lawrence (abt 1610 to 1691)
Nicholas (Brother Lawrence) was born in France, and when a young man, fought in the Thirty Years War in which a near fatal injury to his sciatic nerve left him quite crippled and in chronic pain. Nicholas received some of his education from the parish priest he admired, and whose first name was Lawrence. After leaving the army, Nicholas spent time living like the early desert fathers, afterwhich, he served as a footman in private service before entering a monastery in Paris at mid-life. In this newly established monastery, Brother Lawrence became the community cook. After 15 years, he changed to repairing sandals, but often returned to the kitchen to help.

After his death, a few of Brother Lawrence’s letters were published by Joseph De Beaufort, counsel to the Paris archbishop, who had interviewed Brother Lawrence when he was in his late fifties and in charge of upkeep of 100 pairs of sandals. The next year, when Beaufort published the letters, he titled the small book, “Practice the Presence of God”, and added four conversations he had had with Brother Lawrence as an introduction.

From the First Conversation:
The first time I saw Brother Lawrence was on the 3rd of August, 1666. He told me that God had done him a singular favor in his conversion at the age of eighteen. During that winter, upon seeing a tree stripped of its leaves and considering that, within a little time, the leaves would be renewed and, after that, the flowers and fruit appear; Brother Lawrence received a high view of the providence and power of God which has never since been effaced from his soul. This view had perfectly set him free from the world and kindled in him such a love for God, that he could not tell whether it had increased in the forty years that he had lived since.

My comment
A conversion is when you acknowledge you are a sinner, and trust in Jesus’ shed blood on the cross as your only way to God. There is no relationship with God except through Jesus. This is a Christ-less, cross-less conversion, and hence, not a conversion. There is no good in us.

God’s WORD

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”—Jeremiah 17:9

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth
no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how
to perform that which is good I find not.”—Romans 7:18

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade
as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken
us away.”—Isaiah 64:6

“They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good,
no, not one.”—Romans 3:12

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
—John 14:6

Second Conversation:
“Brother Lawrence told me he had always been governed by love without selfish views. Since he resolved to make the love of God the end of all his actions, he had found reasons to be well satisfied with his method…He said he had been long troubled in mind from a certain belief that he should be damned…This trouble of mind lasted four years, during which time he suffered greatly.
Finally he reasoned: I did not engage in a religious life but for the love of God. I have endeavored to act only for Him. Whatever becomes of me, whether I be lost or saved, I will always continue to act purely for the love of God. I shall have this good at least that until death I shall have done all that is in me to love Him…”

Skipping to the Letters
Introduction: Brother Lawrence’s letters are the very heart and soul of what is titled ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’. All of these letters were written during the last ten years of his life. Many of them were to long-time friends, a Carmelite sister and another nun at a nearby convent. One or both of these friends were from his native village, perhaps relatives.

First Letter: You so earnestly desire that I describe the method by which I arrived at that habitual sense of God’s presence, which our merciful Lord has been pleased to grant me…The account I can give you is: Having found in many books different methods of going to God and diverse practices of the spiritual life, I thought this would serve rather to puzzle me than facilitate what I sought after, which was nothing but how to become wholly God’s. This made me resolve to give the all for the All. After having given myself wholly to God to make all the satisfaction I could for my sins, I renounced, for the love of Him, everything that was not God; and I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world…

My comment
The LORD Jesus gave everything for me, I have NOTHING to give Him. He offers me forgiveness and a new life with His righteousness—something Brother Lawrence didn’t seem to understand.

From Letter 2
For the first years, I commonly employed myself during the time set apart for devotion with thoughts of death, judgment, hell, heaven, and my sins. I continued, for some years, applying my mind carefully the rest of the day, and even in the midst of my work, to the presence of God, whom I considered always as with me, often as in my heart…Ever since that time I walk before God simply, in faith, with humility, and with love. I apply myself diligently to do nothing and think nothing which may displease Him. I hope that when I have done what I can, He will do with me what He pleases.

Fourth Letter
I am taking this opportunity to tell you about the sentiments of one of our society concerning the admirable effects and continual assistance he receives from the presence of God. May we both profit by them. For the past forty years his continual care has been to be always with God; and to do nothing, say nothing, and think nothing which may displease Him. He does this without any view or motive except pure love of Him and because God deserves infinitely more. He is now so accustomed to that divine presence that he receives from God continual comfort and peace. For about thirty years his soul has been filled with joy and delight so continual, and sometimes so great, that he is forced to find ways to hide their appearing outwardly to others who may not understand.

My Comment
The biblical idea is that only God is glorified, not how devoted I am to Him.

God’s WORD

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

“And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”—1 Corinthians 1:28–31

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”—Romans 3:19, 20

Part 2

Part 3

Contemplative Prayer and “House of Prayer” Websites, Part 2

(Updated March 2009)
God’s WORD

    “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

    “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith
    to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
    —Romans 1:17

    “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”
    —Romans 3:22

    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”—Romans 1:16–18

    “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

    “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
    angel of light.

    “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end
    shall be according to their works.”—2 Corinthians 11:13–15

International House of Prayer, Mike Bickle/Lou Engle (
Part 2 of Contemplative Prayer and “House of Prayer” Websites, compares the
IHOP website which focuses on prayer (24 hours/day and 365 days/year and in the night), instructions of how to pray scripture (known as lectio divina on monastic sites and in the emergent and Roman churches), directions on contemplative prayer, the bride of Christ, the heart of God, intimacy with Jesus, and intimacy with God, with the Carmelites, and the experience and writings of mystics, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross who seek a mystical union with God through contemplative prayer. [You may be interested in reading 2000 Years of Deception and Error Part 9 A–E: Carmelites, just click on the “2000 Years of the Church category.”]

The IHOP group is especially troublesome because of its major wresting of scriptures and hence, bad doctrine. The following are quotes from the IHOP website showing IHOPs similarity to the Carmelite beliefs.

Bridal Paradigm

The Bridegroom Message is a Call to Active Intimacy with God. The Bridal message speaks of God’s invitation for us to experience the deep things of His heart…To enjoy active intimacy with Jesus includes feeling His heart for us. The Bridal message speaks of experiencing Jesus’ emotions..

OneThing Young Adult Internship

“…This program is a prophetic call to the abandoned pursuit of the heart of God…for single young adults 18–25 years of age…by equipping this generation in the place of prayer… full-time intercessors

Fire in the Night

“… Fire in the Night (FITN)…young adults between the ages of 18–30…Track I is an introduction to theological concepts such as the Bride of Christ…We are calling young adults…intensively seek the face of Jesus.

Intro to IHOP

Intro to IHOP-KC is…targeting those that are committing the next 6-12 months to prayer…an intention to join staff at IHOP-KC. The program includes training in IHOP-KC’s worship and prayer model, the message of intimacy with God…new paradigms in healing and prophecy.

Simeon Company

The Simeon Company internship…intense training for mature adults, calling them to renewed abandonment in pursuing the heart of God.…the call to radical lives of prayerEmphasis is given to the themes of intimacy with our Bridegroom-King …Our goal is to see each intern renewed in fiery passion for Jesus

Summer Teen Intensive

Students ages 13–18 will pursue Jesus…to be equipped for a greater awakening of prayer…IHOP–KC Student Ministries is committed to the purposes of God for a generation that hungers to be captured by the love of the beautiful King, Jesus Christ.…The Summer Teen Intensive will be centered around the prayer room

Prayer Room

“…The prayer room is the heartbeat—the essence and the origin—of all that goes on at the IHOP Missions Base…We are offering Jesus unremitting adoration and contending for the manifestation of justice in every realm of life.

“It is our desire to worship Jesus… pouring out our lives before Him. We long for IHOP to be a place of encounter—a place for personal transformation, fresh revelation…”

The Room Setup

“… Devotional Worship meetings provide an atmosphere of “soaking” in the Word of God, having our hearts refreshed in intimacy…

Prayer Room Dynamics

I. What is intercession? (Intercession pdf)
Intercession is intimate partnership and agreement with God—it is intimacy. Prayer is an exchange of romance.  God speaks to us and it moves our hearts. When we speak back to God, His heart is moved.  God desires to establish or deepen this romantic relationship with us. He desires intimacy with us. He wants us to know His heart and more so, to feel the very emotions of His heart, and then He wants to hear us cry out for the longings of His heart to come to pass. His longings become our longings. It’s partnership at the most intimate level possible.

1a. We begin to feel and do what God feels and does.

2. Intercession is partnership. Intercession is the means by which God’s will is established on earth. God does not act apart from human beings partnering with His heart. Intercession expresses the bridal identity of the church. There is nothing more powerful that can fuel God’s heart to move upon the earth than the cry of His bride, whose desires reflect His own.

Prayer Room Resource Manual: Devotional Worship pdf

I. What is Devotional Worship?
Devotional Worship is a prayer format designed to provide an anointed atmosphere of meditation on scripture and for lingering in the presence of God

II. What do I do during a devotional worship set?
A. Contemplative Prayer—Enjoying intimacy with the Godhead by communing with the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, resulting in personal transformation.

Directions follow including praying the Bible or what is commonly called lectio divina on monastic sites I’ve visited.
c. “Behold the Holy Spirit within you. The goal now is to search for and experience God’s presence inside of you, not to only understand God’s Word.”

c.2 ” Once you feel God’s presence, you no longer need to focus on the Scripture. Begin to focus on Jesus’ presence within you.”

c.5 “The outward senses are quiet and your suface thoughts are gone. You are beginning to be consumed by the Spirit of Jesus.”

c.6 “In this time you can stay quiet or silently ask the Spirit to show you a vision.”

My comment
Wow! This is scary stuff! Where in the Bible is this from? If this isn’t from the Bible and the Lord, even though they say it is and make it sound spiritual, then
it must be from Satan and his spiritual kingdom of darkness.

God’s WORD

    “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”—Hebrews 11:6

    “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that
    we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
    —Hebrews 4:16

    “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto
    us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”—1 Corinthians 1:30

    “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
    —Philippians 1:11

    “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”—2 Corinthians 1:12

    “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”—1 John 5:20

Some of the IHOP Books available on
Categories: Intimacy with Jesus (47) and Contemplative books (23)

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

The Way Of The Heart by Henri Nouwen
Nouwen…interweaves the solitude, silence and prayer of the fourth and fifth century Egyptian Desert fathers with our contemporary search for authentic spirituality…

Longing For You: The Journey from Intercession to Intimacy
by D L Cossu

Clowning In Rome by Nouwen, Henri

Fire Within by Thomas Dubay
Mike Bickle…recommends this book: “I want this book to be the manual for IHOP.” Writings that touch the pure-flaming heart of God.

Collected Works of St. John of the Cross by John of the Cross
Kristen, General Manager…”A must have for any fan of the mystics…It is an excellent book for devotional or contemplative times…

Ascent of Mount Carmel by John of the Cross
“… the latest addition to Paraclete’s distinguished Christian Classics series.

Side Note about Paraclete Press
I will talk about Paraclete Press in a future post. Paraclete Press offers emerging books, monastic spirituality books, Benedictine books as well as others. Basil Pennington, Scot McKnight and Lauren Winner are featured authors.

From their site: Paraclete Press offers ideas, wisdom, and beauty from authors, composers, and artists, drawing from Christian traditions through the centuries and from today, providing resources for those desiring wholeness through Christ. We are the publishing house of the Community of Jesus, a monastic, Christian community in the Benedictine tradition

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Benedicta Ward
God is now awakening a worldwide desire among His people to seek the spiritual principles of those early monks and so to increase the quality of their own spiritual lives.

The Lives of the Desert Fathers by Benedicta Ward
Eyewitness accounts of the lives and teachings of the fourth-century Desert Fathers…

A Call To The Secret Place, by Michal Ann Goll
Meet seven remarkable women who said “yes” to A Call to the Secret Place close to God’s heart…. insight into the lives of Jeanne Guyon, Teresa of Avila…

Deep Unto Deep: The Journey of His Embrace by Dana Candler
We are on a wondrous journey of intimacy with God and He… arranged…to bring us into the fullness of His love…exploring the themes of communion with the Holy Spirit and union with God…the very mystical dimensions of connecting with God in a life of prayer.

The Pleasures of God by John Piper
“…John Piper explores a life-changing essential —’We will be most satisfied in God when we know why God himself is most satisfied in God.'”

Jeanne Guyon: An Autobiography by Jeanne Guyon

Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ by Jeanne Guyon

Final Steps In Christian Maturity by Jeanne Guyon

The Best of Fenelon by Francois Fenelon
Three of this prolific author’s most famous works: Maxims of the Saints, Spiritual Letters, and Christian Counsel.

Madame Jeanne Guyon and Francois Fenelon
I am including information on two of the above authors, Jeanne Guyon
(Madame Guyon) and Fenelon.

Madame Jeanne Guyon 1648-1717
Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon (Madame Guyon), was a French mystic and one of the key advocates of Quietism.

    Quietism was a Christian philosophy that swept through France,
    Italy and Spain during the 17th century, but it had much earlier
    origins. The mystics known as Quietists insist with more or less
    emphasis on intellectual stillness and interior passivity as
    essential conditions of perfection.

    The state of imperturbable serenity or ataraxia was seen as a desirable state of mind by Epicurus and the Stoic philosophers alike, and by their Roman followers…

    Quietism has been compared to the Buddhist doctrine of Nirvana.

    Quietism states that man’s highest perfection consists of a self-annihilation, and subsequent absorption, of the soul into the Divine,
    even during the present life. In this way, the mind is withdrawn
    from worldly interests to passively and constantly contemplate God…

Note: Notice how wiki comments that Quietism is heretical to the Roman Catholic Church, when, if the matter is studied, the belief system has been absorbed into monastic thought, and very much a part of the Roman Catholic related prayer movements, such as IHOP in this post.

François Fénelon b. 1651
François Fénelon was educated by the Jesuits, became a priest, and spent 3 years preaching to Protestants. In 1688, Fénelon met Madame Guyon, who claimed to have mystical experiences and to have the secret of loving God. She had been imprisoned by the archbishop of Paris in a convent because he feared that she was in error. Fénelon believed in her stoutly; he visited her infrequently but corresponded with her voluminously…In 1695, Fénelon was made archbishop of Cambrai and from then until his death he spent his time in writing, teaching, and preaching. He was appointed tutor to Louis XIV’s grandson…Fenelon’s political ideas were based on the universal brotherhood of man…

God’s WORD

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”—Ephesians 5:11

    “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
    —2 Corinthians 11:3, 4

    “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

    “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”—Isaiah 40:8