September 4, 2000
volume 11, no. 160


Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW for Monday, September 4, 2000

New Agers are masters at bringing chaos out of confusion!

    Robert Muller is the former assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. In 1989 he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education for his "World Core Curriculum". "The underlying philosophy upon which the Robert Muller School is based will be found in the teachings set forth in the books of Alice A. Bailey by the Tibetan teacher, Djwhal Khul."

    One might think this is a Tibetan teacher along the same lines of the Dali Llama, but it isn't. Alice Bailey published 24 books between 1922 and 1949 on the teachings of Djwhal Khul. And who is Djwhal Khul? According to Bailey, he's an 'ascended spiritual master' she 'channeled'. That is, a spirit who used her as a 'host' to teach wisdom to others (according to New Age channelers). You may recall Shirley MacLain's obsession with channeling, reincarnation and other New Age dalliances. Bailey's books are still in print and available, published by the Lucis Publishing Company. Now, it wasn't always called the Lucis Publishing Company, before 1923, it was called the Lucifer Publishing Company.

    Now before you get the impression this was an overtly evil publication you have to understand that to Bailey, and many others, Lucifer is seen as some great thing, a bringer of light and wisdom. "The serpent symbolizes an irresistible energy that is leading us toward life ever-evolving. Firs the serpent tempted Eve to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil…then self-awareness came." (Barbara Marx Hubbard, a New Age author) One of the founding figures of what became the New Age wrote in circa 1875, "The 'FALL' was the result of man's knowledge, for his 'eyes were opened.' Indeed he was taught Wisdom and the hidden knowledge by the 'Fallen Angel'."

    Hidden knowledge? That's the basis of the Gnostics! That a handful of people received 'hidden knowledge', that Jesus was a 'demiurge' (a minor god), that the God of the Old Testament was evil and the serpent, Lucifer, was a good spirit who 'saved' Adam and Eve from this evil God.

    THIS is the basis for a world wide curriculum?

    Let's recall what really happened all those centuries ago. "Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God say, 'You shall not eat of any tree of the garden'?' And the woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die'.' But the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons" (Genesis 3:1-7).

    Did Adam and Eve really attain wisdom? Did they really know good from evil? No. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:7). "then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:5-7).

    Did Eve do this? No, she (and Adam) rejected the wisdom of God not to eat of the fruit, rather, they relied on their own wisdom, "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate." Eve essentially determined on her own, relying on her own 'wisdom' whether to eat was right or wrong, good or evil. It wasn't that she knew what was good and evil, but could determine it on her own. It's the 'promise' of the serpent fulfilled, or rather, his 'bait' taken hook, line and sinker.

  • "Man is truly the manifested diety in both its aspects - good and evil…..mankind will become freed from false gods, and find itself finally - 'Self-Redeemed'." (Helena Petrovna Blavatsky)
  • "We are immortal. We are not bound by the limits of the body…..We can create new life forms and new worlds. We ARE gods!" (Barbara Marx Hubbard)
  • "Trust God. Or if you wish, trust yourself, for Thou Art God" (Neale Donald Walsch)
  • "We are all Gods" (Alice Bailey)
  • Walsch even told the Washington Post, "We discovered the God within….That's why we need God. Because we are God."

    If we look at it, isn't this the crux of secular humanism? That mankind is, essentially, God? That we are self-redeeming, that we can trust ourselves? Well, not really, but it looks good for public consumption. We already know, or should know, of the New Age's infiltration of the Church and Christianity. Seminar's on finding the 'God (and/or goddess) within', Labyrinth's, Enneagram's, feminist theology and liturgies, environmental theology and liturgies, etc. "Let us not be deceived by phrases about 'Man taking charge of his own destiny.' All that can really happen is that some men will take charge of the destiny of the others. They will be simply men; none perfect; some greedy, cruel and dishonest. The more completely we are planned the more powerful they will be. Have we discovered some new reason why, this time, power should not corrupt as it has done before?" (C.S. Lewis) "Of all the conceivable forms of enlightenment the worst is what these people (Theosophists/New Age) call the Inner Light. Of all the horrible religions, the most horrible is the worship of the god within……That Jones shall worship the god within turns out, ultimately, to mean that Jones shall worship, Jones." (G.K. Chesterton)

    Father John Carlo Rosales examines their modus operandi, "An essential part of the New Age Religion is the use of certain psycho technologies. They include the following practices: meditation, yoga, Zen, hypnosis, transpersonal psychology, and positive thinking. The growing feminism has some links with New Age spirituality. While feminist theology endeavours to represent the God of the Bible as being both masculine and feminine or even as an exclusively feminine godhead, the radical vanguard of the New Age feminist movement is already demanding that the Christian faith be replaced by the myth of Gaia, 'mother Earth,' whose cult is now being revived and practised. What is common among many New Age groups is a counterfeit religious experience such as contact with demons through drugs, meditation, psycho technologies, and other ventures. They also believe in UFO's and extra-terrestrial beings, from which they reputedly also receive messages. The symbols used by the Movement are notable. For example, the occult Indo-Germanic sign of good luck adopted by Adolf Hitler. The biblical number 666 (Apocalypse. 13.18) which according to Alice Bailey, possesses sacred qualities and which according to New Age teaching should be used frequently in order to accelerate the progress of civilization and the coming of the New Age. One of its most widely used signs is the rainbow, which is meant to symbolize the bridge between man and the Great Universal Mind, in the final analysis, Lucifer. Indeed, it is remarkable how frequent the sign of the rainbow has become lately. You can find it, for instance, on promotional gifts, stationeries, clothing and toys" (A Closer Look at the New Age Movement by Fra John Carlo Rosales, FFI).

    David Spangler, along with Matthew Fox, the excommunicated Dominican priest, wants to replace Christ with a 'Cosmic' Christ.

  • "…any old Christ will not do, not if we need to show that we have something better than the mainstream Christian traditions. It must be a cosmic Christ, a universal Christ, a New Age Christ…The Christ is universal. It is cosmic. It always has been" (David Spangler).

    Interesting that Christ is lowered from a person (Jesus was a man, is His 'title') to a thing. "It" is cosmic? [As a note, a children's television cartoon show center's on five children given special 'powers' by Gaia to 'save' the world from evil polluters. "Captain Planet"]

    "Matthew Fox concluded "The Coming of the Cosmic Christ" with a vision of Vatican III, to be called by Pope John XXIV to define the doctrine of the Cosmic Christ as intrinsic to faith….."Still another action taken by this pope has been to gather all the Opus Dei bishops of the world on one island where, it is said, they are to undergo a two year spiritual retreat that includes a critique of the history of fascism and Christianity on the one hand and an inculcation of creation spirituality on the other. The native people of the island are the instructors for the art as meditation classes. Women have assumed the office of bishop in their respective diocesan sees." (Tyranny in the Name of Tolerance by Lee Penn; New Oxford Review, July-Aug 2000, pg. 25)

    In short, Fox sees forced 're-education' for those Catholics who don't get with the program. The thing is, if the Church's mission and goal is to bring the world to Christ, what would be the goal of this 'new' religion Fox and others hope to supplant It with?

    It isn't just the Church that the New Age hopes to infiltrate and change into it's own image. Using terms and goals we can all agree are important, they make their inroads.

    "Five ethical principles are listed for the New World order. They are:
  • 1. The value of all human beings (despite New Agers'support for abortion).
  • 2. The right of all human beings to satisfaction of their basic human needs, physical, psychological and metaphysical.
  • 3. Equality of opportunity for self-development for all human beings.
  • 4. Recognition that these principles and goals must be achieved within ecological tolerance of lands, seas, air, forests and the total carrying capacity of the biosphere. (Hence their pacifism.)
  • 5. Recognition that all these principles apply with equal emphasis to future human generations and their biospheric life support system. Thus they include a respect for all other life forms, and the Earth itself a respect which is often not the same as our Christian respect." (Ibid)

    And how do they aim to reach these goals? "Although the New Age Movement's ultimate goal is world domination, there are numerous intermediate goals of a political, social, and economic nature. These include the following:

  • - a universal credit card system;
  • - a world food authority which would control the world's food supply;
  • -a a universal tax;
  • - a universal draft, in spite of the Movement's pacifist ideas. After the Movement presented itself to the public in 1975, further details came forth:
  • -the establishment of a world economic system;
  • - the replacement of private ownership of credit, transport and staple production with ownership by a world directorate;
  • - the recognition of biological controls on a worldwide basis of population and disease;
  • - a minimum standard of freedom and welfare throughout the world;
  • - a duty of subordinating personal life to that of a world directorate.

    Professing peace and love, the Movement has succeeded in blinding many of its adherents to its real goals and deceiving them in supporting the following:

  • -Aryanisim, i.e., the domination of the Western races; as with Hitler, this is linked with anti-Semitism;
  • - mass planetary initiation, also called "Luciferic initiation,"i.e., an act of consecration to lucifer.
  • - cleansing action, i.e., the extermination of all those who disagree with the Movement's goals;
  • - abortion and artificial insemination;
  • - forced limitation of family size;
  • - genetic control;
  • - death control, whereby a cult is made of death, which is regarded as a euphoric experience and the transition to continuously new life cycles." (Ibid)
Find this hard to believe? "…theocratic democracy is what we are moving toward for mankind." (David Spanger)

    Who will be the heads of this 'theocratic democracy'? What will be it's make up? The writings of Alice Bailey, Teilhard de Chardin (you read right), Robert Muller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch and David Spanger, all point to a totalitarian New Age world government and economic system. Mikhail Gorbachev's "State of the World Forum" and the "Earth Charter Campaign" give us hints to it. "The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments, like a Universal Declaration of human rights." ( Maurice Strong; an advisor to the World Bank, a leader in the UN for environmental issues, a wealthy advocate for world government) The 'Charter' essentially embraces the Gaia hypothesis, that the world is over-populated and that socialism and feminism are the order of the day. That wealth has to be equitably distributed (taking away from the wealthier [even the middle class] nations and people to 're-distribute' it).

    To assure this, they need 'Global Sovereignty' with total power and universal jurisdiction. "We shouldn't wait until political democracy paves the way. We must act now." (Maurice Strong)

    It doesn't take a lot of thought on the means that would be used to assure this 'Global Sovereignty'. And since the UN is the sole global 'government' it's not coincidental that many of these 'projects' find their way to, and through it.

    When we read things like:

  • "…the modern totalitarian regimes, whatever their initial defects, are neither heresies nor biological regressions: they are in line with the essential trend of 'cosmic movement'. (Teilhard de Chardin)
  • "The cultural revolution in China… is an hierarchal project. Amazing changes have been achieved." (Foster Bailey) [65 million people where killed in this 'amazing change]
  • "Nature is less concerned about the individual survival, than with the evolution of the whole." (Hubbard)

    Can we actually believe that they're really looking for the welfare of mankind? Alice Bailey called Hitler and Stalin, not evil incarnate, but "…expressions of the Shamballa force." A 'force' which, 'cleanses' (from what I can gleen) the world of what she called 'violent streptococcic germs' which 'menaced the life of humanity.'

    With their hatred of orthodox Christianity and Judaism, who do you think they feel it's necessary to cleanse next? Pushing their agenda, Rosemary Ruether, at a Call To Action conference, said, "We must return to the population level of 1930". That would mean about 2 billion people. The unanswered question is, what to do about the presently 4 billion 'surplus' people? "The species known as self-centered humanity will become extinct. The species known as whole-centered humanity will evolve….humans capable of cooperating to self-transcend will do so….'elements' (who maintain) the illusion of separation, will become extinct". (Barbara Marx Hubbard. Or as David Spangler's 'channeled' 'ascended spiritual master' put it, "(the spirit is) concerned with that which is the eternal life of you, the Divine Presence which I nourish and embrace. If forms must be destroyed that this Presence be released, then so be it."

    When a 'New Age' Catholic told me (and another woman) that when they came to power we would both be crucified (I guess we're beyond re-education). I thought it was just wishful thinking, I never thought she was serious.

    There is so much more hidden in the New Age than we realize. After WW II everyone wondered how it could have happened? Some saw that if people had just read "Mein Kampf", they would have seen exactly what Hitler planned and how he was going to do it. (Just for your information, according to Neale Donald Walsch, Hitler did his victims a favor. He "released (them) from their earthly bondage, like butterflies emerging from a cocoon."

    Hubbard's 'Lord's Prayer' seems to sum it up.

    "Our Father/Mother God….Which Art in heaven….Hallowed be OUR name….OUR kingdom IS come…..OUR will IS done….(and it ends) For OURS is the Kingdom, OURS the Power, OURS the Glory, For Ever and Ever."

    "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the Heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Pax Christi,


September 4, 2000
volume 11, no. 160

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