Weighing the Grail Message: Dark Philosophies

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The Bible opens our eyes to the realms of reality, which we can also term as dimensions.

There is a physical realm of space/time/matter universe in which human beings live, where they are subject to the five senses. But many tend to make the fatal mistake of believing that anything beyond the realm of these physical senses is simply not there.

There is also Heaven, a realm of pure existence where God reigns as Sovereign. In this second “dimension” is where the throne of God is and His glory is fully manifested.

This realm was bridged when God chose to become Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Everyone who is in Him can access this realm of God’s infinite power, love and justice.

There is also a third dimension of spiritual darkness, controlled by Satan and his hosts. Though this sphere is divided into several sub-kingdoms rigidly ruled by hierarchies of fallen angels, it is presided at the top by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2).

This third dimension is a domain of the forces of great deception and wickedness, hence, it consists of all who have willingly pledged allegiance to the god of the world and are in rebellion against the one true God revealed in the Bible.

Indeed, it’s not strange to find individuals or organizations, claiming to possess some “keys” to luminous ascent, mystical insights or powerful spiritual practices whose sources are actually plugged deeply into the bowels of the kingdom of darkness.

From what has been documented so far, the Grail message is one of such destructive revelations.

Destructive, because, at some point in their teachings, the self-professed “cross bearer” is directly introduced to the very occult philosophies which used to be taught only to secret initiates of modern Witchcraft – until some few decades ago.

In this piece, I will be focusing on chapter 15 of In the Light of Truth Volume 2, titled “Thought-Forms” to unravel how those who follow the Grail path, however sincere, are like the proverbial frog in the kettle, being slowly boiled till they end up in the dinner plate of the Lord of darkness himself.

The first three paragraphs of this chapter castigate materialists whose conversations are hollow; their thoughts empty and their interests oppressively narrow. In the words of Oskar, “many people are not very much different from animals.” He continues:

“They cannot and will not understand that life on earth, with all its pleasures and joys, only gets its real meaning when one has become more or less familiar with the Ethereal World, and knows about the reciprocal actions connecting us with it, for then one no longer has the feeling of being at the mercy of chance.”

As stated previously, the key emphasis behind the occult is interaction with the spirit world and the spirits therein.

The ethereal world, as explained by the Grail message, is the spiritual world from which emanate “alternating currents” and “intuitive perception.” It’s said to be the world of spirits where humans came from and the grail “God” resides.

Of course, the Ethereal World is not Heaven. Our God does not inhabit, nor is He part of, the spirit world or physical world. The spirit realm Ab-dru-shin speaks of is the same one that New Agers and Witches tap into to wield their spiritual energies. 

This is a dimension of spiritual darkness. It does not acknowledge Jesus as the only Way nor the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus emphatically stated: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:18). The Christian fellowships with God only through the Holy Spirit. But the god of the Grail message is one that can be found in trees, rocks, animals and all other creation.

“Rejoice that all around you lives, into seemingly immeasurably far away regions! Nothing is dead; nothing is void as it would appear. Everything is working and weaving in reciprocal action, in the center of which you stand as humans to continually form and direct anew the threads, as both starting points and final goals.”

Here the seeker is introduced to the two core beliefs of Witchcraft/Paganism: Monism and Animism.

Monism, which literally means “one-ism,” teaches that all is one and one is all. It asserts that all reality may be reduced to a single, unifying principle partaking of the same essence and reality.

In other words, people only think that a rock lying in a field is entirely separate from the field in which it’s lying. But monism says that the rock is the field, and the field is the rock.

Animism is the belief that all things – from rocks to amoeba to trees – is infused with life force or energies. In other words, the entire earth is a living, breathing organism. In the words of a witch, “The ancient world view did not conceive of a separation between ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate'” (Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Penguin Books, 1986, p. 29).

This is why the Grail message says “nothing is dead.” Their god is like a force or power pervading and pulsating through everything and it can be manipulated like a thread to spin and reach your goals.

Christian researchers, Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden note that:

“The New Age movement is an all pervasive, all-encircling philosophy, birthed from Theosophy and Hinduism. New Age groups comprise a united syncretistic religion; everything comes together under one philosophy. Their divine absolute principle is not a person; it is not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The absolute principle is an impersonal entity that inhabits all creation, whether they call it consciousness, energy, vibrations, spirit, force, Mind, Brahma, or the One” (The Kingdom of the Occult, Thomas Nelson, 2008 p. 193).

“Awake! Use the power given to you in the full knowledge of this mighty happening, lest in your stupidity and obstinacy, or even in your indolence, you bring forth only harmful deformities which choke all that is healthy and good and finally cause you as their author to totter and fall.”

This is one of the starting techniques of witchcraft rituals: how to control and utilize impersonal energies or forces and direct them to work your magick.

This is the same philosophy Napoleon Hill was espousing decades ago:

“A healthy ego makes you more receptive to the influences which guide you from a region beyond the power of our five senses to know … Unseen, silent forces influence us constantly…” (Grow Rich With Peace of Mind, Ballantine books, 1967, pp. 215-20).

This is why even an unwary Christian who relies on the teachings of self-help or motivational cults can slowly end up embracing and practicing the occult. The occult is a very subtle path; it’s like peeling off layer after layer of an onion until you get to its terminal bud.

Many early seekers of occult mysticism are drawn in by the pursuit of wisdom and the heady feeling of using their “mind power” to alter their lives, but by the time they are properly trapped in occult snares, they realize they have been enslaved by vicious demonic forces that know no mercy.

“This is the strange world of thought-forms, the vital activity of which comprises only a small part of the giant mechanism of the whole Creation. Its threads, however, run both into the Gross Material World and further up into the more Ethereal World and in the same way they also run downward into the realm of Darkness. Like a gigantic network of veins or nerve-strands, all is intertwined and interwoven, un-tearable and inseparable!”

What he is talking about here, in cliched phrases, is the dark philosophy of using your mind through the agency of demonic power to control the physical world and navigate the spirit world.

In the ethereal realm that Ab-dru-shin introduces his followers to, there’s a supposedly “pure region” and the lower “dark region.”

But we know that “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5). He “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1Tim. 6:16). There are no “inseparable” spiritual network of veins in the universe linking God’s kingdom with the kingdom of darkness. Such a teaching is straight from the pit of hell.

Psalm 113:4 says “The LORD is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens.” No man can control God or His power, and man is not the author of it. Anyone that is teaching stuff about “using” or “controlling” some impersonal energies or “animated substantiality” in creation is working with demon spirits!

The Creative Power flowing through man concentrates ethereal matter through the focused volition of a completed thought and combines it into a form which expresses the volition of the thought.”

This is actually an occult ritual. In Witchcraft, the practitioner is taught to use the power of visualization in making his/her spells effective.

According to Hermetic tradition, the Egyptian god Thoth, known to the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus (The Thrice-Powerful), was the originator of alchemy. He taught that the physical world could be transformed through mental imagery.

In his Magic: An Occult Primer, an occultist, David Conway explains the necessity of visualization for performing ritual magic:

“. . . the technique of visualization is something you will gradually master, and indeed must master if you are
to make any progress at all in magic… it is our only means of affecting the etheric atmosphere. It enables us to build our own thought forms, contact those already in existence and channel the elemental energy we need down onto the physical plane” (p. 59).

In an article, Visualization in Magic, a witch explained:

“We live in a Universe where everything is energy … You see, as human beings we have the potential to focus and manifest the kind of energy that we want to experience in our day-to-day life. This gives us immense power and creative potential. When we visualise an image in our mind – a goal that we wish to achieve, a place that we’d like to live in, the perfect job – we are bringing it closer into reality. We are concentrating that free flow of energy into a singular thought, and the more attention we give to it, the more it grows and starts to manifest in our daily life.”

Christian researcher, Dave Hunt pointed out that both old and new occult rites follow the same underlying formula:

“When the witch doctor slits a rooster’s throat, sprinkles the blood in a certain pattern, and mumbles a secret incantation, the spirits must respond with their magic as part of the bargain. So it is with the new paganism and its new rituals” (Occult Invasion, The Berean Call, Oregon, 2010, p. 83).

The difference now is that, priests and priestess of the new occult spirituality usually employ “scientific” terms and often introduce “bloodless” rituals to the initiates. But the old methodology of witchcraft – directing demonic powers to work using the mind – remains unchanged.

Thus this form is something real, something living, which now, in accordance with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, attracts what is homogeneous in this world of thought-forms or is attracted by them, depending on the strength it possesses.”

In chapter 53 of this same Volume II, Oskar Bernhardt delves into the pagan worldview of animism when he states that each individual species of matter – every stone, plant and animal – produces its own specific radiation.

This radiation blends with the radiations of the other species with which it is combined, and together these form a harmonious halo of radiations which is already recognized today and simply called Od or aura.

This is the mystical twaddle that Grail followers pride themselves in, that they find the ‘law of attraction’ directing them towards colourful radiations emitting from other souls in the Grail movement.

Like my friend Fola, the first Grail adherent I personally knew, told me, when I asked why she often avoided some fervent Christian coursemates during our university days. Her answer was quite revealing, “The vibrations emanating from them do not harmonise with mine.” That’s the same thing any occultist would say when they encounter a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the aforementioned chapter, Ab-dru-shin actually reveals how the gate of occult power is opened through sexual rites:

“Until the sexual power awakens the process is the same as with a baby. Through their radiations the material cloaks absorb only what they need in order to mature. When the sexual power sets in, however, the spirit stands fully equipped, the gates are then thrown open, and an immediate connection is established.”

How satanic can you get.

“Unfortunately, however, it is hate, envy, jealousy, lustfulness, avarice and all other evils which, through their greater numbers of adherents, form the strongest power centers in the world of thought-forms.”

Like most occult/New Age organizations, Grail adherents are taught that doing some good acts and avoiding certain foods with “bad vibes” will make their ethereal (spirit) bodies light and ascend into the “realms of light.”

This ethereal delusion is all that the devil needs to prevent a person from receiving eternal life freely offered by God through Jesus Christ.

They are also taught that bad thoughts will weigh heavily on their ethereal bodies and make them dense and earthbound, and thus sink into the realm of darkness. In my personal engagements with Grail adherents, I’ve not yet met a single one that hasn’t displayed the sins listed by their guru in the quote above.

This shows that they only flaunt these virtues in speech, their actions bespeak the opposite. The Bible says “wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it” (Luke 7:35). You cannot tap into devilish wisdom and bear godly fruit.

The philosophies espoused in the Grail message do not come from God but from the powers of darkness.

New Age or Old Lie?

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In 2002, I came across a lecture by Elizabeth Clare Prophet (of the Church Universal and Triumphant) on TV for the first time. She radiated a sense of wisdom and authority.

She talked about Jesus, quoted Bible verses and laced them with quotes from Eastern religious writings. She was smooth, but I had read about the New Age then, so her philosophies didn’t get to me.

But I don’t think a novice would stand the chance.

The New Age Movement has a wide variety of definitions. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “New Age: of, relating to or being a late 20th century social movement drawing on ancient concepts especially from Eastern and American Indian traditions and incorporating such themes as holism, concern for nature, spirituality and metaphysics.”

New Age spirituality can also be defined as an umbrella of movements that emphasize self-spirituality and the authority of self with a focus on healing through alternative therapies such as Reiki, acupuncture, biofeedback, use of crystals, relaxing music, colour therapy, homeopathy and psychic healing.

They have no central body, leader or founder or a set of rigid doctrines which defines what is to be believed, therefore it’s eclectic. It draws inspiration from Christianity, Judaism, Sufism, Kabbala, New Thought, Taoism, Hermeticism and Neopaganism.

Some New Agers may not use the term “New Age” to describe themselves, but their beliefs are New Age nonetheless. They have their periodicals like the New Age Journal, Gnosis, New Humanity, Alterna and Odyssey.

There are many New Age books, DVDs and websites being distributed worldwide and adherents number into millions. This is why Christians need to be careful of what they devour through books or the Internet.

There is no need for me to list out specific New Age authors. Once you are familiar with their slogans and concepts, you can easily detect them.

In many of their publications you will come across terms like: awakening, awareness, duality, enlightenment, energies, essencing, Christ’s consciousness, higher consciousness, vibrations and a lot of references to “the Universe” or “the Force.”

Other main themes in their teachings are:

I. Our current age is the Age of Pisces marked by ills and wars but a “New Age” or Golden Age is coming, the Age of Aquarius when there will be love, peace, harmony and abundance.

Each New Ager must work towards bringing forth this “New Age” on earth.

II. Positive thinking, thoughts and energies can be used or chanelled by humans to create positive activities, actualize positive goals, usher in the era of the New Age and heal planet earth.

III. Human potential is grossly limited by the mind. So the mind must be liberated from all obstacles in order to maximise human potential and spiritual awareness.

The mind is to be used to create mankind’s personal truth and reality. The methods prescribed for “liberating” the mind range from visualization to “re-birthing” to meditation to shamanism. This is where many Christians are unknowingly trapped.

IV. Man has to evolve by seeking ancient wisdom. One way this is done is by “channelling” – communicating with ascended masters, extraterrestrials, deities, nature spirits, angels and spirit guides.

V. That all things in existence are intricately connected and are part of the divine (pantheism). Therefore, there’s a strong emphasis on nature and earth worship.

History

The New Age can be traced to 19th century metaphysical movements such as:

(a) The New Thought movement, a cult founded by Parkhurst Quimby, a hypnotist, in 1842. This cult was the fountain head of other cults such as Christian Science, Unity School of Christianity and the Church of Religious Science.

Their central belief is that all humans are divine and the mind is to be utilized to dispel sickness and evil.

(b) The Theosophical Society. This was an occult founded by a Russian psychic, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky in 1851 when her “spirit master” Morya contacted her. From there, she travelled to meet shamans and gurus in Mexico, Egypt and Asia.

Her main teaching was that within each person is a divine spark of the Universal Mind which can be expanded by occult mysticism. From Theosophy emerged New Age spirituality.

(c) The Arcane School which was founded by Alice Bailey in 1923. Ms. Bailey was also contacted by a spirit master named Koot Humi and she later joined the Theosophical Society in 1917.

She wrote 18 books through her “master” Djwhal Khu and from her writings came what later became known as the blueprint of the New Age movement.

(d) Organized Spiritualism which was founded by the Fox sisters in the 19th century popularized communications with spirits. This aided and evolved into the New Age practice called “channelling”.

Other key influences in the 20th century were Carl Jung, an occult psychologist who received most of his insights from a demon guide called Philemon, and Edgar Cayce, an occult dream analyst (also called “the sleeping prophet”).

The first Hollywood actress to publicly promote New Age philosophies was Shirley Maclaine with her book and mini-series in 1983 titled Out on a Limb. In these materials, she described her experiences with astral traveling, UFO encounters and other New Age supernatural events.

Through her influence, the New Age became a fad among Hollywood stars like Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Lily Tomlin to name a few.

In 1993, Deepak Chopra emerged with his New Age book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and he was pushed to fame by another New Age media guru, Oprah Winfrey. Like the pied piper of Hamelin, this woman has single-handedly drawn millions of people (mostly women) worldwide into New Age deception.

For centuries, however, people have been attracted by secret or esoteric knowledge in diverse forms. The spiritual vacuum created by organized religion in the 20th century was one of the factors that opened the door wide to the old religion recycled by Satan to fit into the 21st century.

When people depart from Biblical Christianity to follow such omega “spirituality,” they are following “deceiving spirits and doctrines taught by demons” (1Tim. 4:1).

Now let’s do a brief biblical scrutiny of the major beliefs of New Agers:

God

New Agers believe in an impersonal God beyond all moral or personal distinctions. They believe in monism which asserts that all reality may be reduced to a single, unifying principle partaking of the same essence and reality. New Agers believe all is part of one substance: the Force, the Principle, the One or Mind.

They also embrace Pantheism: all is God and God is all. New Age figure, Benjamin Creme, in his Maitreya’s Mission, puts it:

In a sense there is no such thing as God, God does not exist. And in another sense, there is nothing else but God – only God exists … This microphone is God. This table is God. All is God. And because all is God, there is no God … God is everything that you have ever known or could ever known – and everything beyond your level of knowing.”

Therefore, since you are a god and I am a god, then there is no personal Creator such as Yahweh to be accountable to, and certainly no supreme divine revelation except the one you make up.

So a New Ager lives without any moral or personal boundary or thought of eternal judgement. This relativist philosophy may sound good until one takes his last breath.

Their clams notwithstanding, the true God has set down His truth and a day He will judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31).

God has revealed Himself primarily through the things He made, and those who take creatures as creators are fools marked for judgement (Romans 1:28).

Jesus Christ

The only difference between you and Jesus is that he fully realized the Truth about himself and you haven’t – yet” (John Randolph Price, The Super Beings, 1981, p. 57).

On the contrary, Jesus is uniquely the Christ; He is God through whom all things were made and He alone is the God in human flesh (Jn. 1:1-3, 14).

New Agers say Jesus was a mystic who learnt the esoteric secrets of the East from the gurus of India and now he is one of the “ascended masters” in the astral plane.

The real account of Jesus from the age of twelve to thirty was of increasing “in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God” – not in India, but in Nazareth (Lk 2:52).

He “came to Nazareth where he had been brought up: and as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day and stood up for to read” (Luke 4:16).

Having rejected the true Jesus of the Bible, New Agers cling to a false Christ who at times appears to them in trances to deepen their delusion.

Humanity

They teach that humans are divine and all that is needed is for mankind to “awaken to the god who sleeps at the root of the human being.”

This is a key New Age belief. The few Bible texts they have managed to latch onto (or rather misuse) fall apart on closer examination. The Bible is unmistakably clear: there is only one True God (Exodus 20:3).

Salvation

To New Agers, sin or evil is a misconception of Judaeo-Christian tradition:

The idea of ‘original sin’ is totally false” says John Price “The High Religion has nothing to do with sin, only with the spiritual development of man” (The Super Beings, p. 12).

They also believe in karma – that good or bad are cosmically balanced with good or bad results. Thus, since there is no sin, there is no Saviour and no salvation in the New Age.

But the Bible says the opposite: that all men have sinned and are in need of a Saviour (Rom. 3:23, 6:23).

Any solution to the human condition that ignores the depravity of the human heart and God’s perfect work at the cross will not lead to a new age, but the mystery of iniquity.

The Afterlife

New Agers teach that each person must find whatever philosophies suit them about the afterlife – whether its reincarnation, non-existence or a higher plane of consciousness after death.

In reincarnation, with each stage, man evolves higher till he becomes a god or ascended master. They generally reject the reality of heaven and hell or re-interpret them as being old-fashioned or symbolic.

While Christianity has a testimony of a Man, Jesus Christ who was dead for three days, resurrected and returned to testify about life after death, the New Age has no verifiable evidence. They have belief in what their spirit guides or some mystical book says as “proofs.” But these are highly subjective. Only the Bible provides us with the truth.

The many question marks of reincarnation expose it as illogical, unbiblical and fraudulent.

New Age leader, David Spangler once said: “I see the new age not just as a vision but as a very real spirit” (Emergence, the Rebirth of the Sacred, p. 84). Indeed, it is a spirit and it’s of the Father of lies.

Spangler also wrote in Reflections on the Christ: “No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian initiation”. In other words, the New Age is Luciferianism. It repeats the same four lies that Satan/Lucifer told Eve in Genesis 3:

1. “Did God really say?” – Denial of the authority and truth of God’s Word.

2. “You shall not die” – Denial of the reality of death; that the dead return to earth or hover around the astral plane.

3. “Your eyes shall be opened” – appeal to human pride by promising the highest wisdom and divine secrets that others do not know.

4. “You shall be gods” – exalting man and depersonalising God. The New Age belief system does not emanate from the God of the Bible.