Monday, January 29, 2018

Paganism On The Rise, Burning Man Goes Gaga For Gaia

Is Paganism on the Rise?

The culture war has been misrepresented as a struggle between reason and belief, but the truth is, the battle that lies before us is a spiritual one with deep historical and existential roots. As in the days of ancient Rome, our civil foundation will continue to be defined by either a return to paganism or toward the transcendent God of Christianity.

Just watch the latest awards show, talk show, or halftime show and see how pagan ritualism and sensuality is promoted and how it's spilling into the greater social and political spheres.

I've consulted with an expert on these things and he was gracious enough to share his thoughts.

Dr. Peter Jones, a PCA pastor and former professor at Westminster Seminary. He is originally from Liverpool, England and is the Executive Director of truthXchange. Dr. Jones has devoted a majority of his life to the study of new age mysticism and offers a real inside perspective on the grand plan to paganize the globe. He's a true scholar and intellectual academic whose research and experience provides real legitimacy to the anti-'agenda' movement.

Is America still a nation where freedom of religion and religious expression (and freedom of conscience) can continue to thrive? Can these founding principles at least coexist within today's highly politicized postmodern landscape?
In the name of freedom, specifically freedom from hate speech, we are facing a neo-Marxist totalitarian ideology that denies to others the right of expression and insists that radical egalitarianism is the only just system. Because it is so radically religious, ultimately it can never allow the “errors” or threatening ideas of the other side to be spoken. For the moment it has not taken power.
The future direction of America and the West in general is towards a so-called “non-binary” egalitarian future utopia, where all distinctions are eliminated and all-is-one “non-binary” peace will reign. This utopian vision involves in particular a decided pagan influence upon both sexuality and spirituality which together express the essence of human existence.

How have various forms of paganism and occultism gone mainstream?
When people say they are “spiritual but not religious,” they are claiming to be able to invent their own Oneist religion, and by all intents and purposes, this spiritual freedom has gone mainstream. The God “in whom we trust” is now publicly dismissed as” a magic spirit that created the universe that we do not need,” implying we can now all invent our own religions. Satan worship has gone public. A member of the Satanic Temple in Missouri has filed a lawsuit against the state that alleges that her religious rights are violated by the state’s abortion restrictions. Meanwhile an Irish priest and exorcist is asking his country's bishops for more support after noticing a dramatic increase in demonic activity across Ireland. [Also See “Open Occultism and Millennial Magik” regarding the rise of Witchcraft].

How is the eradication of Christianity part of the agenda?  Why is the year 2030 so significant?
As in the Roman Empire, citizens had to confess that “Caesar is Lord.” “Christ is Lord” was not allowed, often punished by death, because ultimately, as Paul says, there is an irreconcilable clash between the Truth and the Lie (Romans 1:25). Oneists ultimately know this and must extinguish the truth of Twoism because the Lie is eventually threatened by the Truth.
[See my book, The Coming Pagan Utopia (Main Entry Editions, 2013)].
Regarding 2030, the leading pagan progressives, called by non-religious sociologist Ernest Sternberg, “world purificationists,” believe they will take over in the near future. Sternberg claims “we are in the midst of a worldwide rise of a non-religious apocalyptic movement.” [Ernest Sternberg, “Purifying the Word: What the New Radical Ideology Stands For,” Orbis 54 (Winter, 2010), 61-86]. He is only wrong in calling it “non-religious.”

The pagan system will once again ultimately implode because it cannot work in a God-created world.

The eclectic Burning Man Festival, held annually in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, has chosen for its new centerpiece structure a massive wood temple dedicated to the pagan goddess Gaia, another indication of America’s sprint from the God of Israel and Christianity.
This year, organizers will build a massive wooden structure composed of 20 trusses converging as a spiral. In the center will be a large mandala, a symbol used by Buddhists as an aid in meditation. Yet, it’s not a paean to Buddhism but an ancient Greek god.

It will be called Galaxia, a name taken from a science-fiction novel by Isaac Asimov. In New Age mythology, Galaxia is the mother goddess of Gaia, but on a higher, galactic, level. In mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth and the source of immortality. The worship of Gaia figures prominently in neo-paganism.

Organizers of Burning Man declare a central theme every year. These have included Dante’s Inferno and Fertility. Every festival culminates in the burning of a massive wood effigy based on the neo-pagan/Druid Wicker Man Ritual, which replaced human sacrifice. At last year’s Radical Ritual themed festival, a man died after running into the huge Burning Man effigy.
The campground is one large symbol, its boundaries marked off by a huge plastic fence forming a pentagon, an occult symbol used by pagans to outline the five-pointed pentagram star.

In addition to a wooden temple, the event held in November featured a large sculpture of the Indian goddess Shiva the Destroyer. The two festivals share a 70-foot long, seven-headed, red, metal dragon on wheels. The dragon, named after the ancient Egyptian god Abraxas, was clearly intended to reference Satan as described in the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

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