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An “Enlightened” Race?

by Caryl Matrisciana

The Germany of the 1920s and 1930s was in social and economic despair, looking for a leader who would free her from the Great Depression. The man with the promise of hope was Adolph Hitler. A man with an affinity for the occult and “an abiding belief in astrology,”1 he claimed he was ordained by God to usher in one thousand years of peace and prosperity with a super race of humans. A student of Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine (the Theosophical Society’s “bible”), Hitler manipulated an entire nation to surrender its collective mind to him.2

Madame BlavatskyAryanism, the belief in a super-race, is a foundational teaching of Hinduism’s caste system. It was also Hitler’s twisted rationale for the annihilation of six million Jews and additional millions of other “impure” racial and societal strains. This same attitude of elitism breeds the New Age viewpoint of man’s coming “quantum leap in the evolution of consciousness” that will create a new “awakened” and “enlightened” race.3 But there won’t be any room for those who resist this transformed mystical world.

Gurus excuse away the madness and cruelty of the Holocaust as being the result of inadequate karma. Even Gandhi pleaded with the British to surrender to Hitler. “Hitler is not a bad man,” he told them.4 (photo to the right – Madame Blavatsky)

Neale Donald Walsch, in one of his popular Conversations with God books, said God told him the following:

I do not love “good” more than I love “bad.” Hitler went to heaven. When you understand this, you will understand God.5

Hitler didn’t hurt anyone. In a sense, he didn’t inflict suffering, he ended it.6

The mistakes Hitler made did no harm or damage to those whose deaths he caused. Those souls were released from their earthly bondage, like butterflies emerging from a cocoon.7

I find it astounding that even though Walsch made such statements, his Conversations with God books remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for over two years, selling millions of copies. While most people would say that what happened in Germany under Hitler was an atrocity that must never be repeated, the New Age is conditioning people toward the same mindset. Those who refuse to be enlightened or awakened (to the divinity within) stand in the way of the world’s healing and need to be removed. Barbara Marx Hubbard, a prolific New Age author and speaker, calls this the selection process.8

To Westerners, the swastika symbolizes Nazism, but to the Hindu, it is a very familiar symbol of power, still seen today in many Indian temples. In true New Age spirit, the Fuhrer saw himself as a global leader and adopted it. In his madness for world power and domination, Hitler stated:

I had to encourage “national” feelings for reasons of expediency; but I was already aware that the “nation” idea could only have a temporary value. The day will come when even here in Germany what is known as “nationalism” will practically have ceased to exist. What will take its place in the world will be a universal society of masters and overlords.9

Most people don’t think of Hitler as a New Ager or certainly not a Hindu, but his philosophy on the “divinity” of man was right in line with the pantheistic view:

A new variety of man is beginning to separate out. The old type of man will have but a stunted existence. All creative energy will be concentrated in the new one. . . . I might call the two varieties [of man] the god-man and the mass animal. . . . Man is becoming God–that is the simple fact. Man is God in the making.10

If virtually an entire country in the 1930s could be deceived and mesmerized by Adolph Hitler, how much more vulnerable is our generation–a generation that has embraced mysticism and New Age philosophy so willingly?

As a young woman, Diet Eman joined the Dutch resistance movement during World War II. In her compelling true story, Things We Couldn’t Say, she makes an interesting comparison between the Dutch and German people at that time:

[T]he Dutch have a long tradition of thinking for themselves, not just swallowing what officials tell them. They have a tradition of not being merely followers, as the Germans seemed to me to be. Our not following orders made life difficult for the Germans, more difficult than they had thought it would be. They had to treat us as if they were balancing on a tightrope. A German named Seyss-Inquart, the Nazi in charge of the Netherlands, tried to convince us that we belonged to the great Aryan race and that we should be overjoyed that we’d been accepted. But, quite simply, many Dutch people never followed orders.11

I see many similarities in the United States, and in the Western world at large, to German society in the 1930s. Christians by the carloads rush from one conference to another to learn about community, leadership, small groups, and the like. But I propose that what they are getting isn’t training to be good leaders but rather subtle induction to being good followers, lulled to lay aside independent thinking. “Follow, follow, follow!” chants the chorus of today’s leaders, all the while singing the praises of Eastern concepts and mystical practices. Our way of thinking–and not thinking–is being radically altered, and the majority of people, including Christians, don’t even see what is happening. (Extracted from Out of India by Caryl Matrisciana, pp. 213-216)

Notes:
1. William Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (New York NY: Simon & Schuster, First Touchstone edition, 1981), p. 837.
2. Paul and Phillip Collins, The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship (Book Surge, LLC, 2006), p. 86.
3. Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now (Novato, CA: New World Library and Vancouver, BC: Namaste Publishing, First paperback printing, 2004), p. 67; terms “awakened” and “enlightened” throughout book.
4. Richard Grenier, “The Gandhi Nobody Knows,” (“Commentary,” March 1983, published monthly by the American Jewish Committee, New York, NY, http://history.eserver.org/ghandi-nobody-knows.txt, accessed 8/2008).
5. Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, Book 1 (New York, NY: Penguin Putnam, First Hardcover edition, 1996), p. 61.
6. Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, Book 2 (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Road Publishing Company, 1997), p. 56.
7. Ibid., p. 42.
8. For more information on Barbara Marx Hubbard’s “selection process,” read WarrenB.  Smith’s False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?
9. Jim Keith, Casebook on Alternative 3 (Lilbum, GA: IllumiNet Press, 1994), p. 151.
10. Hermann Rauschning, Hitler Speaks (Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2006), p.p. 241-242.
11. Diet Eman, Things We Couldn’t Say (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, LLC, 2008), p. 126.

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Pew Forum: 2/3 of American’s Believe in Evolution – (No Wonder the Country is Going Downhill So Fast)

LTRP Note: As Lighthouse Trails has stated in times past, evolution is part of what we call the “death” religion and the “new” spirituality. The article below by Pew Forum on Religion, a liberal, religious think-tank, is posted here for informational and research purposes. See below the article for a 10-minute preview clip of Roger Oakland’s Searching for the Truth on Origins lecture series on creation versus evolution. His series explains why morality declines in a nation that rejects the Creator.

From Pew Forum on Religion

According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” The share of the general public that says that humans have evolved over time is about the same as it was in 2009, when Pew Research last asked the question.

About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is “due to natural processes such as natural selection” (32% of the American public overall). But many Americans believe that God or a supreme being played a role in the process of evolution. Indeed, roughly a quarter of adults (24%) say that “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.” Click here to continue reading.

 

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The Present of “His Presence” (and Should We Practice “His Presence”?)

 Why are Christians seeking a divine presence that Jesus promised would abundantly flow in them? . . . Why do they need another voice, another visitation, or another vision? Why are some people unthankfully desirous of “something more” than what God has already given to us? Why is it that some Christians, in the depth of their souls, are not seemingly at rest? – Larry DeBruyn

By Larry DeBruyn
Guarding His Flock Ministries and Herescope Blog

Among evangelicals there’s a lot of chatter and publicity about seeking “the manifest presence of God.” For example, some musicians, singers and worship leaders boldly claim that their music can escort listeners “through the door of worship, right into the heart and presence of God.”[1]  Christian worshippers are classified as “inner court, outer court, or holy of holies Christians, each one needing a certain period of time to come into the manifest presence of God.”[2]  So it becomes incumbent upon the worship team to lead congregants into the divine dimension.

Other evangelicals talk about “practicing the presence,” perhaps by employing mood music, cultivating solitude and silence, or practicing other spiritual disciplines to experience it. Often spelled with an upper case “P,” masses of evangelical Christians are desiring to experience a divine presence in which Jesus might speak to them in an exciting new way. In his newly published book, “Another Jesus” Calling: How False Christs Are Entering the Church Through Contemplative Prayer,[3]  Warren B. Smith points out that, in her best-selling evangelical book Jesus Calling (Thomas Nelson, 2004 ),[4]  Sarah Young uses “The word ‘Presence’… more than 365 times….” He notes further that, “the term [Presence] is also commonly used in New Age/New Spirituality.”[5]  In light of all the talk going on about contemplating or experiencing God’s presence, biblical Christians ought to know something of what Scripture teaches about God’s presence so that His Word can inform us regarding seeking after God’s presence, whether the experience(s) of it ought to be embraced or shunned, whether they are authentic or synthetic, or worse, demonic.

The Bible and the Presence 
The subject of the presence of God in heaven with people on earth is the storyline of the Bible from Genesis thru Revelation. The holy, transcendent and infinite God of the universe desires to become known by and to fellowship with finite and sinful people on earth. As recorded in Scripture, the first mention of His stated presence commences with Adam and Eve in the first book of the Bible, when after they had sinned and heard God walking in the garden, they “hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8), and consummates in the last book when a voice declares: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them” (Revelation 21:3). So in defining God’s presence, the Bible must be our guide.

God’s Presence—He’s Far and Near 
In knowing about God’s presence, both His transcendence and immanence must be understood with both of the divine attributes being held in tension with each other. The tension, like a rubber band, can be stretched but it must not break. By God’s transcendence it is meant that He is distant, “that God is separate from and independent of nature and humanity.”[6]  In other words, He is not present. By God’s immanence it is meant that He is near, that God is present and active “within nature, human nature, and history.”[7]  In other words, He is present.

In his dedicatory prayer for the Temple, Solomon exclaimed, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27) In his prayer Solomon pleads with God from earth that He “would hear in heaven” (1 Kings 8:30, 32, 34, 36, 39, 43, 45, 49). In heaven, God is transcendent. Yet, upon that prayer’s completion, the cloud of the glory of the Lord’s presence came to fill the Temple (2 Chronicles 7:1-3; Compare 1 Kings 8:11.). As the occasion of Solomon’s dedicatory prayer indicates, God’s farness and nearness were balanced. Yet some would break the band.

For example, exaggeration of God’s farness ends in deism, the view of God which distances Him so far from history that there arises the perception that He doesn’t care about what happens on earth, that He may not be good and loving. On earth, we’re left to go it alone. Amidst life’s trials, conflicts, pain and vicissitudes, we can expect no help from heaven. God is too far removed to care, let alone help. God is an outsider. He’s not a prayer away!  Click here for footnote material and to continue reading this article.

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Happy New (Age) Year! – Top-Selling Christian Book, Jesus Calling, Derides Abraham, Father of the Christian and Jewish Faith

The Bible’s Abraham an Idolater?

Jesus Calling describes the biblical patriarch Abraham as an undisciplined son-worshipper and idolater.

 In the August 23rd “devotion” found on page 246 in the original hardcover edition of Jesus Calling, Sarah Young’s “Jesus” states:

Remember the extreme measures I used with Abraham and Isaac. I took Isaac to the very point of death to free Abraham from son-worship. Both Abraham and Isaac suffered terribly because of the father’s undisciplined emotions. I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love.1

Abraham, like all of us, was not sinless, but Sarah Young and her “Jesus” have greatly misconstrued him. This biblical figure was not guilty of “undisciplined emotions,” “son-worship,” and “idolatry.” In what can only be described as extra biblical New Age revisionism, this account by Sarah Young’s “Jesus” is as bizarre as it is heretical.

Contrary to what one would expect, this obvious disparagement of the person and character of Abraham by Sarah Young’s “Jesus”—along with a number of other critical issues—has not diminished the books popularity. It remains a top-selling Christian book and was the #5 best seller of all Amazon books sold in 2013. Apparently most pastors and Christian leaders are either unaware, unconcerned, or unwilling to make any comment about some of the controversial messages found in Jesus Calling—reputedly conveyed to Sarah Young from Jesus Christ Himself.

Note: The special pink-covered ladies edition of Jesus Calling has an alternate August 23rd entry. Sarah Young’s “Jesus,” rather than making disparaging remarks about Abraham and Isaac, makes some of these same disparaging remarks about Joseph and Jacob:

Joseph suffered terribly, as did his father, Jacob, because the father loved Joseph more than any of his other sons and they knew it! They hated Joseph and plotted against him. Ultimately, I used that situation for good, but Jacob and Joseph endured years of separation and suffering as a result of the father’s undisciplined favoritism. I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love.2 (emphasis in original)

Curiously, this new alternate entry has many of the same words and phrases that were used in the Abraham and Isaac account in the original hardcover edition. Four complete sentences were exactly the same—including the phrase “I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love.” Inexplicably, it appears that many of the words from the Abraham account could have been cut and pasted to the Jacob and Joseph Account. When we contacted Thomas Nelson Publishers there was no explanation given as to why there were two accounts. We were told that they were using both versions—that they were both “still in print,” and “both are correct.”

Next: Sarah Young describes how she was inspired to get messages from “Jesus” after reading a channeled New Age book.

Notes:

1. Sarah Young, Jesus Calling (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004), p. 246, ISBN: 978-1-59145-188-4 (hardcover).

2. Sarah Young, Jesus Calling (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004), p. 246, ISBN: 978-1-4003-2011-0.

The information in the article above can be found in Warren B. Smith’s new book, “Another Jesus” Calling.

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Boy Scouts to Implement Policy Allowing Openly Homosexual Members on New Year’s Day

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

WASHINGTON – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has announced that it will implement its new policy allowing openly homosexual youth to serve as members beginning on January 1st.

As previously reported, in May of this year, over 60 percent of the scout national council voted in favor of altering the organization’s current policy, which bars “open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”

Over 1,400 scouting members reportedly cast their ballot over the issue as the BSA gathered for its annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas. The resolution posed the question of whether prospective scouts should be denied membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” Click here to continue reading.

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Thank you Lighthouse Trails and Understand the Times Readers – Update on Bryce Homes in Kenya!

LTRP Note: The following is an update from Understand the Times regarding the Bryce Homes in Kenya that UTT and Lighthouse Trails readers solely support. Two weeks ago, Lighthouse Trails sent out our Winter Offering appeal to our readers in order to raise money for new latrines for 16 of the homes plus money to move one of the Bryce families out of the slums of Nairobi and to a rural setting (where a house will be built for this large family that consists of several orphans) in western Kenya. We are happy to announce that the money we needed to build the 16 latrines and also move the family has been raised. Construction of the latrines is beginning right away, and the construction of the new home will begin in February. Also, below Roger Oakland talks about a special donation that was sent to the families recently that was for new clothing. In the slideshow below Roger’s update, you can see some of the children in their new clothes.

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times and Bryce Homes for Widows and Children

The Bryce Homes Program in Kenya is now headed into the third year since it was founded in November of 2011. From our initial commitment to establish five homes we have been able to expand the program thanks to the generosity of the donors. We are appreciative of the regular reports, from Lighthouse Trails, regarding the progress of the program.

Each month financial support is sent to our representatives in Kenya who distribute food and other essential needs to sixteen widows and their families. The remaining four homes are supervised by married couples who have taken in orphaned children along with their own family. Three men, two of them pastors, participate in the organization of the program and the distribution of the food and essential needs.

Children from one of the Bryce Homes in their new clothingBeside food and clothing we are concentrating on improving the standard of living for these families. Our latest building project is focused on building outdoor latrines for sixteen families as well as the construction of two new homes to replace shelters that are no longer fit for living. We are pleased to announce that funds raised by Lighthouse Trails and Understand The Times necessary for these projects has nearly been met. Four latrines will be constructed immediately and the remainder will follow in the New Year.

We are in the process of moving one of our families who presently lives in the Kibera Slums located in Nairobi to a rural location not far from where our other 19 homes are located. This project will begin in February.

During the month of December we sent funds beyond the regular monthly support for purchasing new clothes. [The slideshow below shows] some of the children with their new clothes. Note the smiling faces that reflect the joy these children are experiencing now that they know there are brothers and sisters around the world who love and care for them.

Understand The Times and Lighthouse Trails would like to thank the numerous partners who have given to this program which has changed so many lives. While churches that once supported our Missions projects in the past have withdrawn their support, God has raised up individuals from around the world, many whom we have never met, to come along side and catch our vision to assist orphans and widows in Kenya.

To each one of you, we say, thank you, and may the Lord bless you throughout this coming year.

Sincerely,

Roger Oakland

Understand The Times

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