In this latest blog I will look at two contrasting points of view, Christian Gnosticism and the now very popular almost main stream new age movement. I will explain my personal preference for the former and my increasingly disdain for the later.
The new age movement is now almost main stream in North America, Australasia and Western Europe. Its main slogan now appears to be love and light. Alas a phrase that I have come to dislike.
The new age movement has its origins in eastern mysticism and the California spiritual movement of the 1960s. It involves meditation which I am strongly in favour of. But also such practices as yoga, tantric sex and also positive personal affirmations.
I have become hostile to the new age movement for various reasons. Firstly many people involved in the movement are just dabblers. It is not uncommon to meet well to do business people at such events, to them it is just a hobby.
Secondly many new age types are only interested in personal advancement. Such as affirmations on how to became wealthy and successful in business and personal wealth. I have found that most people in the new age movement are not that interested in fighting for political and social change.
However in my opinion Christian Gnosticism has a far better grasp on what this world is really about. I am a Christian myself and believe Jesus is god. However, I also feel that it is quite likely that the reason this world is not a very nice place, is because this world was probably created by the demiurge the lower creator who is not the real god.
Gnosticism also makes sense in my personal life. I have been fighting for social change almost all of my adult life. But both myself and other such people almost always come up against a brick wall. I suspect that this is due to the demiurge and the archons those entities who are close to the demiurge.
Besides being a Christian I am also a Socialist. I will continue to fight for social change despite this imperfect demiurge created world.
At least under the Gnostic point of view we know what we are up against. The archon war mongers, archon arms industries and the other corporate parasites. Unlike the love and light new age movement who do not really understand what they are up against and who also largely accept the present world social structure.
So in conclusion I say fight for equality, social justice and world peace. But at the same time take into account what we are up against in our fight. The archons and the demiurge.
Best wishes to all for the future.
I’m an atheist, but I feel nearer to the mission of Jesus than I think organised Christians are. Celebrations of Christmas and of the Resurrection say nothing about Jesus’s mission. His storming of the Temple is generally played down, but that’s what it was all about. He was encouraging ordinary people to have the courage of their convictions, and the general conviction at the time was that there was one god, as distinct to the many that the Roman imperialists were trying to impose. By blaming the crucifixion on ‘the Jews’ the Romans were introducing what is now generally misnamed as ‘antisemitism’. But it wouldn’t have been the ordinary Jews who were calling for his crucifixion; it would have been through their stooges, the Pharisees, who had taken over the temple, and had turned it into a “den of thieves”. A recent report by the Church of England admits the role of the Christians in ‘antisemitism’ during the ages, but it also states that the present-day Jews are derived from the Pharisees. The Chief Rabbi wrote an afterword, and didn’t dispute that. So nothing has changed. I think I would have backed Jesus had I been around at that time. That means that if I were in a mainstream Christian church today I would probably be thrown out.