14 Hard Facts about Astrology

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Astrology is an ancient practice that assumes that the position of the planets and stars has a direct influence upon people and events.

The chart that seeks to make one’s life’s pattern based on the position of the stars and planets at the time of one’s birth is known as a horoscope.

It’s not uncommon to find horoscope readings in magazines and websites, including the social media. Rene Noorbergen explains how these horoscopes are charted:

“For every personal horoscope, the moment of birth is the essential starting point. This, coupled with the latitude and longitude of the individual’s birthplace, provides the initial package for the usual astrological chart.

“While this is elementary, it is not complete; a factor known as ‘true local time’ must also be considered … Once this has been accomplished, the next step is to convert this ‘true’ time into ‘sidereal’ or star time. This is done with the aid of an ephemerus, a reference book showing the positions of the planets in relationship to the earth.” [1]

Some of these “readings” on the Internet have fascinating headings like “What does your Birth Month say about you?”

There are two popular types of predictive astrology: natal astrology and mundane astrology. Natal (or genetheliacal) astrology makes a predictions based on a person’s character, present situation or future outlook beginning with a birth date.

Mundane astrology usually makes a prediction on a larger scale for a national, civil, or political leadership future.

Many New Age teachers repackage astrology by integrating it with their particular teachings in the Aquarian Age (named after a zodiac sign). They adopt pseudoscientific jargon and hawk their books as well as astrological jewelry, charms and emblems to millions of followers who thirst for the murky waters of mysticism. [2]

Having been stumped by lack of scientific evidence of planetary influence on man, the new school of astrology has now adopted new interpretations for their practice.

Initially, “it was assumed that some kind of emanations issued from heavenly bodies to affect the characters and destinies of men. When scientists found no emanations powerful enough, sophisticated astrologers abandoned causality altogether and eagerly embraced Jung’s theory of ‘synchronicity’ – that everything in the universe at any given moment participates through that moment with everything else that shares the same unit of time.” [3]

This shifting of grounds notwithstanding, astrology is so fraught with scientific, moral, logical and theological problems that it will require those adhering to it to renounce reality, abjure reason and deny hard facts in order to follow it.

The Problems of Astrology

1. Astrology is “based on the zodiac, the path through which the sun, moon and planets move through the sky.” This celestial band is divided into 12 “signs” or constellations. [4]

But here is the big problem: this whole concept of the sun revolving about the earth assumes a geocentric universe in which the earth is the centre of the solar system.

The idea of a geocentric universe was first conceived by Claudius Ptolemy (c. 150), an Egyptian astronomer of Alexandria. But his model of the planetary system has been falsified by the heliocentric cosmology of Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei which proved that the planets revolve around the sun.

Astrology, however, is based on the the erroneous geocentric theory which destroys its reliability.

If an astrologer switches to a heliocentric solar system, new problems must arise concerning the positions of the zodiac signs which are positioned from the horizons of the earth instead of the sun.

Therefore, since the basic assumption of astrology is false, all conclusions drawn from it are likewise false.

2. Another basis of astrology is the number of planets in our solar system.

In the ancient times, predictive zodiacal astrology was limited to the planets seen with the naked eye (e.g. the sun, moon, and Mercury through Jupiter). Consequently, astrologers based their system upon the six planets they believed revolved around the earth.

But Galileo changed astronomy by using the telescope for stargazing in 1609. Other planets were later discovered: Uranus (1781), Neptune (1846), and Pluto (1930). Today, most birth charts are cast using all the planets.

One must ask, is all past horoscopy invalidated due to the lack of knowledge of real influential planets?

Here’s another problem. On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union representing 424 astronomers officially demoted Pluto and ruled that it is no longer a planet. [5]

Now that our solar system is reduced to eight planets, it raises another question, should eight or nine planets be used in astrological charts?

Each choice alters the outcome of casting horoscopes and undermines the legitimacy of past horoscopes from ancient times to present.

3. The bedrock of astrology is the idea that the planets exert much influence on the earth and its inhabitants. This claim lacks any scientific or logical proof, but is founded on pagan superstition.

Mesopotamia has produced the oldest and archaeological evidences for ancient astrology. The Sumerian records that are inscribed on the Gudea cylinders (c. 2250 BC) provide the “earliest collection of celestial observations and their significance as omens.” [6]

This omen astrology later evolved into a zodiacal theory. The zodiac signs and houses had their origins among Babylonian priests who centered it on their polytheistic religion.

To ascribe the control of humans on earth to these celestial deities was in tune with their worship. Therefore, to embrace astrology involves an implicit acknowledgement of the pagan theology underlying it.

Many modern horoscope followers who claim to be Christians, might argue that they do not subscribe to the pagan beliefs embedded in the zodiac, but there’s no credible evidence that planets and stars emit any force or energy that could affect humans the way astrologers say they do.

Anyone claiming that nature controls your destiny is getting you into an occultic/pagan worldview.

4. Astrologers depend heavily upon the accuracy of determining the exact moment of birth in relationship to the position of heavenly bodies.

But since all hereditary factors are determined at conception, it should logically follow that these planets should begin their influence in a person’s destiny at his conception when life begins, not after his birth.

The fact is, it’s almost impossible to accurately determine when conception takes place. But if astrologers insist that the planets purportedly exert their influence on a person’s fate after birth, we need to ask:

Who determines when a child is born? Is it “Mother Nature?” More often the doctor decides the hour of birth based on his schedule, the mother’s welfare and other external factors.

Would it then be possible for a physician to thwart one’s astrological destiny by using drugs to manipulate the moment when the baby emerges?

5. Most of the predictions made through astrology are often so general and ambiguous that they can be subjectively tied to any occurrence. For example, a horoscope reading says to those who identify as “Sagittarius”:

“Jupiter, the planet of growth enters Sagittarius on November 8 bringing blessings to the home and family sector of your chart … between now and December 2019 you can expect many exciting things to happen on the home front.”

This “prediction” is so vague and mundane that it could apply to anyone at any time.

Even a 10 year old can figure out that “exciting things” usually happen in many homes during holiday seasons, so what exactly is the spectacular prediction being made here?

6. The contrasting character traits of twins, triplets and other multiple births is an insurmountable difficulty for natal astrology.

Thousands of twins are born within 4 minutes of each other – at the same time and place astrologically – yet it has been shown time and again that one or more of the siblings has a strikingly different character than the other.

Two people who are born at the same time can live totally different lives. One may turn out to be very successful, while the other one ends up a failure. The fact that twins do not live out the same lives shows another flaw in the theory. [7]

7. The problem of authority in astrology is vividly revealed when one realizes that there are many forms of astrology which are diametrically opposed to each other.

There’s Zoroastrian astrology, Egyptian astrology, Chinese astrology, Indian astrology, Graeco-Roman astrology, Pre-Columbian New World astrology, modern astrology and New Age astrology.

Many of these systems are fraught with internal inconsistencies and flawed calculations, yet its overall conflicting variables and lack of standardization presents a logical conundrum to those seeking truth in astrology.

Even in the West, some astrologers rely on eight zodiac signs rather than twelve; some rely on fourteen and even twenty-four signs of the zodiac. The implication is that predictions made by different astrologers for the same individual do not match.

Most people who follow their horoscope can get five conflicting readings from different sources all in one month!

If your calculator gave you five different answers to a simple Mathematical calculation, I can bet you’d throw it out in a garbage bag. In the same sense, why should you stake your life out on a dicey fraud such as astrology?

8. The early astronomers were not aware of procession and therefore failed to take it into account in their system. Newtonian astronomy (1687), however, showed us that the equinox is moving a full 30° zodiacal sign every 2,180 years. [8]

Each zodiac sign now takes on its preceding sign due to the equinox shifting.

Due to this change in the earth’s position in space, the dates associated with the zodiac signs no longer correspond to when the sun passes through constellations for which the signs were named.

Therefore, someone claiming to be “Libra” might actually be “Virgo” or “Scorpio.” Those who think they are born under Taurus the Bull (April 20 May 20) are actually born under Aries.

So if a horoscope is cast for a Taurus born in April, technically, it would be meaningless since his real sign is Aries.

9. If the theory of influence of planets is valid, it must be true for all people in all places or astrologers must explain how their theory remains true if exemptions exist.

Astrology begun in latitudes relatively close to the equator and made no provision for the possibility that no planet may be in sight in the higher latitudes regions for several weeks in a row. [9]

This means certain populated northern regions like Siberia, Sweden, the artic regions, or Alaska where the sun never crosses the horizons during these times have no “sun plane” or “zodiacal plane,” as astrologers call it.

Now, since these time periods lie completely outside of astrological charting, the people born in those times and places are exempt from astrology. This is another fatal blow to zodiacal astrology as it unreasonably exempts people born above or below the 66th latitude.

10. The zodiac signs are said to give clues to a person’s character. But this facile assumption is scientifically untenable.

Some studies have been conducted to determine the link between astrology and character traits, and the results found it completely lacking substantiation.

A friend once said to me, “You know, I’m Virgo, and Virgos are compassionate and sensitive,” to which I replied, “I see, but your birth month has no link with your character: your inherited genes and environment mainly determine your character. You would still have those qualities even if you weren’t born in September.”

People who have the same birthday do not have the same traits or life experiences! This can be checked out by anyone.

That’s why astrology conditions people into prejudice, because they judge a person’s behaviour and character by a set of assumptions. People born at various months of the year can all experience the same fortune or face a similar dilemma. The stars foretell nothing.

11. Astrology is basically a fatalistic system. It fosters a predetermined worldview where human moral choices and responsibility are eliminated.

Some modern astrologers even appeal to the Hermetic/occult principle of “as above, so below.” This posits that humans are a miniature mirrored image of the greater planetary macrocosm in the universe.

Now, if everything is predetermined in conjunction with the zodiac, how then can the astrologists get outside of that fatalism to accurately observe it? There is no way they can prove their system if they are pawns in that same system.

Since astrology is fatalistic in its approach, it leaves mankind as a cog in the cosmic machinery – a view of reality that is at odds with Scripture and the ethical virtue of moral responsibility.

Aside from the complete absence of free will from the history of astrology (with its attendant ethical consequences), the system lacks the objective authority necessary to explain our own world. Thus, astrologists are victims of their own system.

By contrast, as Christians we can test our own world view because Someone, Jesus Christ, has come from outside the “system” to tell us, objectively, what our system is like.

12. Astrology is opposed to the Christian world view and any attempt to graft one onto the other must pose a logical dilemma. The Bible forbids God’s people from learning the ways of the heathen, which includes astrology.

“Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them” (Jeremiah 10:2).

Bob Larson explained this succinctly:

“The underlying philosophy of astrology declares that one’s destinies can be found in the stars. In contrast, Christianity teaches that the events of life are determined by a combination of God’s sovereign will and man’s personal moral choices.

“Astrology, on the other hand, attempts to destroy man’s accountability to God. Horoscope devotees may think they can fall back on blaming the stars for their actions. But the Bible teaches that someday all mankind will stand before God to be judged (Rom. 14:12). Man is responsible for his conduct and the Lord will not take into consideration the lame excuse that certain stars and planets were in the wrong conjunction.” [10]

13. Astrology often claims a succession of successful predictions, but what is largely ignored is the number of failures.

One of the most popular astrologers in recent years was the psychic Jeane Dixon, but even she had one failed prediction after another. If astrology is based on a natural force, it should harmonise with science and have a high degree of predictability like other natural forces, but it lacks this.

If it’s based on a supernatural force, it should have a remarkable high success rate, but it also lacks this as well.

Therefore, we are left with a conclusion: astrology is an occult art based on demonic forces that weave the webs of darkness around those who follow them.

14. Many pagan nations sought the counsel of astrologers for centuries and it held them under the spiritual bondage of fear, deception, superstition, retrogression and demon worship.

Even today, many witches and satanists rely on their knowledge of astrology to invoke demons for their  spells since they also have their own astrological categories.

We are not to look at the stars, however. God has given us His Son, and we are to follow Him. Only Jesus knows the future, and only as we are in union with Jesus do we have confidence about the future and God’s purpose become clearer to us.

Notes

[1] Rene Noorbergen, The Soul Hustlers, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1976, p. 176.

[2] Walter Martin, Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden, The Kingdom of the Occult, Thomas Nelson: TN, 2008, p. 271.

[3] Anonymous, “Astrology: Fad and Phenomena” in Time magazine, March 21, 1969, p. 58.

[4] The Encyclopedia of World Religions. Revised Edition. DWJ Books, 2007, p. 51.

[5] San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2006, E-2.

[6] Samuel Hooke, Babylonian and Assyrian Religion, 1953, Creative Partners p. 91.

[7] Josh McDowell and Don Stewart The Occult, Here’s Life Publishers, 1992, p. 47.

[8] Kenneth Boa, Cults, World Religions and You, Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1977, pp. 124-125.

[9] Michael Gauquelin, The Cosmic Clocks, Chicago, IL: Henry Rwgnery Co., 1967, p. 78.

[10] Larson’s Book of Cults, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL: 1983, p. 259.

 

 

Are Christmas Trees Idols?

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One of the arguments presented by Christians who oppose Christmas celebration is that Christmas trees are idols.

I think the first material where I encountered this teaching was one of the Alberto series titled “The Force” published by Jack Chick. In it, Alberto Rivera, a self-acclaimed ex-Jesuit priest, said without a shred of documentation:

“As time passed, all over the world on the 25th of December, the sun was worshipped by these various names: Tammuz, Horus, Osiris, Sol, etc. It was a time for orgies, sacrificing of babies to Baal, drunkenness, and merriment. Semiramis ordered trees to be decorated with little balls representing the sun. God fought this evil holiday by forbidding the Jews to decorate trees as the heathens were doing (Jer. 10:1-4).” (The Force, The Crusaders Vol. 15 by Jack T. Chick, 1983, p. 26).

You don’t have to be a scholar to see how groundless these statements are. All you have to do is enter the names of these idols into a search engine and you will realize that they had no specifically fixed dates on which they were worshipped, much less on December 25th.

The hackneyed tale of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz often tied to Christmas by some religious groups is not my issue here. I’ve addressed that hypothesis in my article, The Mirror Image Syndrome.

Also, if you need more info on the yak milk and powdered sparrow eggs being put out by Chick Publications, you can read this. My main concern here is that Bible passage often trotted out, Jeremiah 10:1-5 (KJV):

“For one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree…”

Using the principles of sound Biblical interpretation, here are reasons why these Bible verses do not refer to Christmas trees:

1. One of the ways to properly interpret the Bible is to cross reference, to examine parallel passages. It’s dicey to build a doctrine on just one verse of the Bible, especially when other passages go in an opposite direction.

For instance, the passage says, “One cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman.”

Reading this, one would picture a lumberjack going into the forest to cut down a Christmas tree, but this is not the intended meaning.

When you read the entire chapter, you will see that this “workman” was one who took material—in this case the wood from a tree—and formed it into an idol.

Later in this passage, the “workman” is portrayed as plating an idol with silver and gold. He was clearly not a lumberjack; he was fashioning a “graven image… they are all the works of cunning men” and they are “the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth” (vv. 9-14)

In a parallel passage, we read, “The workman melteth a graven image…”

Then he makes an idol with wood from a tree:

“He… chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image…” (Isa. 40:19, 20).

Therefore, the “workman” was an idol carver. The Hebrew word is “charash” meaning “an engraver” or “artificer.” And we all know images of idols were fashioned out of wood, gold, silver, brass or adorned with them.

2. One of the ways to have a good understanding of the Bible is to read it in a clearer and more accurate modern translation.

For instance, the tool the workman uses is called an “ax.” Though the word ax (or axes) appears 18 times in the King James Version, the Hebrew word here (maatzad) translated ax is a different word.

It is not the ax that a lumberjack would use to cut down a tree, but is a carving tool or tong. The workman would use this tool to form an idol from the tree already cut down.

Some translations, more correctly, use the word chisel: “…they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel” (NIV).

3. Just quoting a Bible passage isn’t enough, we must look to see if the passage actually describes what we are saying. Otherwise, we are unfairly reading our preconceived notions into it.

The idol described in Jeremiah 10, was carved from the “stock” of a tree (margin: “wooden idol,” vs. 8). Positioned “upright as a palm tree,” it was fastened with “nails and hammers” so it would not fall over (vv. 4, 5).

While this could be true of a Christmas tree, what is described here is a wooden idol in a standing position. Being lifeless, it cannot stand on its own, and must be fastened down to avoid falling over.

4. Reading the preceding and proceeding verses of a passage is vital to Bible interpretation.

When we take a look at the whole of Jeremiah 10, it’s contrasting the Living God who made the heavens and the earth to man-made idols that “cannot speak…have to be carried, for they cannot walk.”

It speaks of “the living God and the everlasting King” and derides man’s idols “for his images are false, and there is no breath in them” (vv. 5, 10, 14 RSV).

The prophets commonly pointed out the foolishness of believing in “idols…the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not; noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not” (Psalms 115:4-7).

The idols Jeremiah described, “speak not”— implies a mouth, but no speech. This would make no sense if Jeremiah was speaking of a Christmas tree— after all, no one expects a Christmas tree to talk!

These idols apparently had legs, yet could not walk. They must be carried, “because they cannot go” (Jer. 10:5).

Had Jeremiah’s subject been a Christmas tree, his whole argument would break down at this point since everyone knows a Christmas tree must be carried—no one expects a Christmas tree to walk.

5. The idols that Jeremiah was describing were dressed in clothing: “…blue and purple is their clothing” (Jer. 10:9).

A Christmas tree may be decorated, but no one puts clothing on it—not blue, purple, red or any other colour of clothing.

The fact that he even uses the term “graven [carved] image” (v. 14) to describe them is proof that he was not referring to a Christmas tree but an idol carved in the likeness of a man.

Isaiah described the same thing (Isa. 44:9-15). Though the wood from a tree can be carved into the shape of an idol resembling a man, it is merely a lifeless idol. “There is no breath in them” (Jer.10:14).

Again, the subject could not be a Christmas tree – no one supposes a Christmas tree has breath! (cf. Hab. 2:18, 19).

It has been documented that the custom of decorating with a Christmas tree, as we know it, extends back 500 years to Europe, especially Germany. But the custom originated among Christians.

They were not apostates trying to inject paganism into the church. Fruit or round decorations placed on the tree, to them, spoke of the fruit on the Tree of Life in Scripture. The traditional star at the top represented the star that guided the wise men to the place of Jesus’ birth.

While the Bible condemns worship of trees and fertility deities (such as Baal and Asherah) under green trees, it also shows us that trees were created by God. There were trees in the garden of Eden and even trees in the New Heaven.

Yes, we need to guard against pagan influxes, but at the same time, we also need to guard against extreme and fanatical teachings that see paganism behind every wall, shadow and everything God has created. That mindset is not typifying freedom but spiritual bondage.

That a Christian decorates a tree doesn’t imply idolatry unless he/she is worshipping or praying to it. That I have pictures of a dozen birds in my room doesn’t mean I worship birds or I’m a sorcerer.

I don’t know of any Christian that bows to Christmas trees or looks up to them as a conduit of sympathetic magic, so what is this false accusation based on?

Come to think of it, if Christians regarded these decorations as deities would they be throwing them out in the trash after a while?

The true Christian conduct is to avoid passing judgement on issues that are disputable. If you believe Christmas trees defile your faith, fine, don’t buy one, but then, don’t judge others doing so as idolaters.

An Exchange on Seeking Wealth in Masonry

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Since the day I published Freemasonry: A Critical Look on Facebook, my page has been spammed by several Illuminati recruiters (more like scammers) appealing to people to join the Illuminati brotherhood with promises of great wealth and power.

I’ve also received several feedback from guys asking how they can join Masonry. Apparently, many of them at a first glance, thought the article was pro-Masonry. They didn’t bother reading it entirely before asking me how to join.

The following exchange is an example. The young guy (I’d call him Shaka), from South Africa, persistently messaged me to tell him how he could become a part of the Order of DeMolay. His words appear in blue.

To join Masonry I must be at least 21 of age?

I need to ask, why are you so obsessed with Masonry? Are you a Christian?

Yes I’m a Christian I was raised that way. But since I’m old now I’d love to join Masonry.

Why do you wish to join Masonry? Have you been saved by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Do you study the Word of God or you’re experiencing a crisis in your Christian walk?

I ask these questions because there are many people who were raised Christian but have never had a personal relationship with God. They only follow the forms and liturgy of a denomination but have never experienced the life transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

There’s no way you would have a sound relationship with God, an understanding of Christian doctrine and live in the practical reality of the Faith and want to join Masonry.

I’d love to join masonry for empowerment, to uplift my life, and to live a better life. Also I’d love to learn about all the rituals and spells they perform for their goals/aim. We aIl love God, but sometimes I feel like, I need to do better than what I know.

What manner of “empowerment” do you seek in Masonry that you can’t find in Christ Jesus?

What “upliftment” do you desire other than the one that God the Father has given us, raising us up to sit in heavenly places above all principalities and powers? (Eph. 2:6).

What “better life” do you seek outside the forgiveness and eternal life offered by Jesus? (Jn. 5:24)

Why would any child of God be fascinated by occult spells and rituals which God has clearly denounced in His Word? (Deut. 18:19-12; Gal. 5:19-21). That was why I asked you those questions to probe where you stand and your answers were revealing.

You can’t know God as a Christian, and follow the way of Christ and want to learn “the ways of the heathen.” It’s like professing faith in the Lamb while pledging allegiance to the dragon.

If you have the Spirit of God living in you, your life will show forth the fruit of that relationship and you won’t be wondering what you need to be doing, because we don’t need any rite, any spell, any cult or esoteric teachings to reveal to us what we are to do in pleasing God.

Through the blood of Christ, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1) and there’s no religion or philosophy in this world that offers such peace. Jesus is the only way, truth and life.

Again, do you know the real identity of the god worshipped in Masonry? I will provide some quotes for you. Albert Mackey, one of the “modern” fathers of Masonry said:

“Be assured … that God is equally present with the pious Hindu in the temple, the Jew in the synagogue, the Mohammedan in the mosque, and the Christian in the church.” (Mackey, Albert, Mackey’s Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, pp. 409-410).

This is a theological framework that accommodates all kinds of gods and lords in a syncretic adoration. Henry W. Coil, the most highly regarded Masonic scholar states:

“The Masonic test is a Supreme Being and any qualification added is an innovation… Monotheism has been espoused as the sole religious dogma of Freemasonry by some authors …This obviously violates Masonic principles, for it requires belief in a specific kind of supreme deity.” (Coil, Henry Wilson, Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia, pp. 516-517).

In other words, believing in the one true God is a violation of Masonic principles. A Jewish or Christian Mason cannot tell a satanist that he couldn’t be a Mason because his supreme being, the devil, is not the real God. That violates “Masonic principles.” But what does the Bible say? See Exodus 20:1-2; Isaiah 46:9, Isaiah 45:5; Jeremiah 1:16; 1Cor. 8:5.

The same Coli wrote:

“Men have to decide whether they want a god like the ancient Hebrew Jahweh, a partisan, tribal god, with whom they can talk and argue and from whom they can hide, if necessary, or a boundless, eternal, universal undenominational and international, divine spirit, so vastly removed from the speck called man that he cannot be known. So soon as man begins to laud his god and endow him with the most perfect human attributes such as justice, mercy, beneficence, etc., the divine essence is depreciated and despoiled.” (pp. 516-517).

In plain terms, the actual “God” of Masonry is one that is unknown, one that embraces all deities, but rejects the God of the Bible as partisan and provincial. This is also the impersonal, universal god force of Gnostics and New Agers.

Under the Royal Arch degree (York Rite), a secret mystical word which is said to be the secret name of the god of Freemasonry is revealed to initiates as JAH-BUL-ON.

The High Priest of the Royal Arch says that this is “the divine Logos”, or “Word” referred to in John 1:1-5. This odd name is so “sacred” that it can only be revealed to the Mason in the presence of three Royal Arch Masons while kneeling under a “Royal Arch” formed by their intertwined hands!

But here’s a break down:

JAH (the first syllable) represents the name Yahweh or Jehovah, the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This name appears in the use of the word, Hallelujah, which means “Praise Jah!”

BUL (the second syllable) represents the name Ba’al or Bel. This is the name of the fertility god worshipped with licencious rites and human sacrifice all through the ancient Near East. Baal was the god of Jezebel and Ahab, perhaps the most wicked couple ever to sit on the throne of Israel (I Kings 16:29-33).

ON (the third syllable) represents the name of the Egyptian sun god, Osiris. It is the name of his sacred city, Heliopolis, (city of the sun in Greek) in Egypt (Genesis 41:45, 50).

Here we have a chimeric deity. A deliberately conjured blasphemous trinity. Why a Christian would want to worship a false god because of power, ambition or wisdom beats me unless, he has rejected God to bow to the desires of the god of the world.

Again, In the degree of the Knights of East and West in the Scottish Rite, there is also a “Sacred Word” in the 17° as well. This name is Abaddon (Blanchard, J., Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated, The Complete Ritual, Ezra Cook Publications, Chicago, 1974, pp. 453-457)

A quick trip to the New Testament will reveal that, according to God’s Word, there is nothing sacred about the name Abaddon. In Revelation 9:11, we are told:

“They [demonic creatures from the abyss] had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon.”

This demon is invoked in satanic rites for destruction, occult warfare and death. Masonry is demon worship. It’s a destructive group. Finally, here is what Albert Pike said:

“Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and Inspiration is not of one Age nor one Creed” (Morals and Dogma, p. 321).

If this is what you want to get yourself into after following Jesus, then I must plead with you, flee for your own eternal safety back to the loving arms of the Lord Jesus.

I used to love Jezebel or Lilith…

Let’s see. Jezebel was a tyrant who corrupted her husband, as well as the nation, by promoting pagan worship. Such a wicked idolatrous queen has no appeal to a Christian.

Lilith is also a female demon worshipped in Witchcraft and regarded as the “patroness” of infant destruction, female domination and sexual liberation. Why you would hold these up as figures of endearment reinforces my suspicions about your background.

I believe in man power and free will, I hate being controlled. I believe im my own king!

What do you mean by “man power”? The two female figures you mentioned earlier are icons of female domination and control, so maybe if you can answer the series of questions I asked at the onset, I can figure out whether you’ve ever served King Jesus or you have always followed “king self.”

And no I dont want to be a satanist, I know many and all of them are poor.

That’s interesting, given that Masonry itself is Luciferian. It’s quite revealing too, that the only reason you reject classical Satanism is because many satanists are poor.

Only Masonry are rich, and in control.

Name them. And I will tell you how these Masons are (or were) not in control. Seems you have been fed with the Illuminati “world control” propaganda.

I love jesus Christ but why ain’t we like Abraham?

Because Christians are followers of Christ. We become partakers of the blessings of Abraham through Christ (Gal. 3:14). The physical outworking of these blessings will depend on God’s will for our lives.

Besides, Abraham was tested to yield up the most important thing God promised him: Isaac. What have you yielded up for God?

Is it a good thing for a Christian to be poor and suffer so that we can get to heaven?

Poverty and suffering are not conditions of getting to heaven and I wonder where you got such misinformation from.

I believe God is God of wonders, but sometimes I get tired. I hate being poor and useless.

It depends on which God you have in mind. The God of the Bible is indeed a God of wonders, but He’s also sovereign. He cannot be “forced” or manipulated to do wonders to satiate man’s endless wants. Those who appear to control and compel a god to do their bidding are using demons.

Jesus said: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:33).

That’s the way God has arranged it. First, you become a part of His kingdom, then you seek His righteousness, then you are qualified to receive His packages. He doesn’t organize royal banquets for monsters. They first have to be transformed.

The war between God and satan doesnt involve us! But look who are suffering? It’s us!

The cosmos is not a chess game between God and Satan. That is the error of dualism. God created all things, including Lucifer/Satan, and all powers belong to God. Satan was defeated 2,000 years ago by Jesus Christ at Calvary.

Although Jesus didn’t promise us a free ride, we are victorious in Him. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).

And the 10 commandments are hard to follow.

Well, try Satan’s commandments then! The Christian ethic is actually more than the 10 commandments. “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach.” (Deut. 30:11).

That was what God told the children of Israel, yet we as Christians having the Holy Spirit are in a better position.

Gold and silver is of god. But do we have one? No! Is it a good thing for men to be poor? Earth was given to us, and we are the sons of god just like jesus. Where is our treasure then? In heaven? I dont think so.

This topic of material wealth and the believer demands a separate topic. It’s not something that can be capsulated in sound bytes and short replies. Please read this

I love and believe in Jesus, i wish he can give me what he promised to give me.

There’s a difference between what you think God owes you and what God has really promised to you. The statements you have made previously border on the former. But note this: God doesn’t revolve around us, we revolve around Him.

When I started this blog in 2014, I had nothing. I was poor, unemployed, unhappy and in despair that my post graduate program might not come out good. I remember once telling God to give me a solid reason to live, perhaps I would find the strength to live by it.

But I look back today and I’m grateful that even when I had no friend, no earthly helper, no money and no hope, God changed my story. And He did these while I was standing for Him.

I didn’t demand God blessed me before I served Him in any capacity. The Bible itself furnishes us with many examples of godly men who stood even in the face of death, persecution, apostasy and hardship. Seek first His kingdom, not rituals, not spells, not cult groups.

If i knew the rituals of wealth i would have performed them by now. Ohh and i know about the other gods.

But here you are seeking Masonic rituals for “empowerment” and “uplifting.” If Jesus had bowed and worshipped Satan in exchange for the goods things of this world, where will we be today?

If they are really fake. Then where do they get the power from?

Satan.

And why didn’t jesus send them straight to hell?

Because there is an appointed time for their punishment. God doesn’t send people straight to hell immediately they sin because of His justice, mercy and love.

Some people who are currently in Satan’s service will come to know Christ before it’s too late while some will leave the Christian fold and align themselves with Satan. It’s not over until it’s over.

The DeMolay. What do they really do, and what are the out come/ benefit of being with them?

In answer to your question, I will quote a portion of a book by William Schnoebelen, an ex-32° degree Mason. It’s titled, Masonry Beyond the Light. This is taken from chapter 10, “Kindergartens for Satanism”:

“There is one youth order which stands out above the others in terms of its audacious embrace of evil. That is the DeMolay order for boys. Though all the youth orders share the dangers mentioned above, DeMolays are especially dangerous because they serve as the incubator for future Masons.

Although I never was in the DeMolays, I have a dear friend and colleague in the ministry who was, but is now saved by Jesus. From his personal experience as a member, he has referred to the DeMolays as a “kindergarten for Satanism.”

He believes it was a major stepping stone for him into occultism and witchcraft. It is an especially grisly jest to name the Masonic order for young men after Jacques DeMolay, the last Grand Master of the Templars.

The DeMolay ritual makes a great hero of its namesake. He is held up as a paragon of manly loyalty and virtue. What the order’s ritual does not tell its young charges is that DeMolay was burned at the stake for being a homosexual, a pedophile (lover of young boys), and for practicing witchcraft and worshiping a false god named Baphomet! (See chapter 15 for more on the Templars’ history.)

Naming a boys’ order after DeMolay is like naming a shelter for battered woman after Jack the Ripper, or a home for unwed mothers after serial killer Ted Bundy!

Though the Templars’ history is controversial, DeMolay died cursing those who put him to death—hardly a model of young Christian manhood! Why, with all the great men in western history (including Jesus!), would the Masons pick such a corrupt, controversial and obscene man to be a role model for their young men?

Why not Stephen, the first martyr? Why not Joshua? The answer is because DeMolay is one of the central “idols” of the Freemasonic pantheon, probably second in stature only to Hiram Abiff. The DeMolay ritual prepares the young Mason-to-be for a life of involvement in societies dedicated to the worship of Baphomet!”

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You are indeed the person of truth, I understand you. Were you part of the masonic or any of this?…

No, I wasn’t part of Masonry, but I began researching about it several years ago. I read books authored by researchers and also by those who were formerly members.

Besides, there’s a variant of Masonry called “Ogboni” here in Nigeria which gave me a traditional perspective of the pagan roots of Freemasonry.