December 13, 2010 130 Comments
Spirituality and the United Nations
The UN is “an international organization formed after World War II in 1945 to promote international peace, security and cooperation under the terms of the Charter of the United Nations.” On a website detailing the “Evolution of The Great Invocation“[2,3] – a prayer for the New World Religion (and to Lucifer and his demons) – is found the following:
“…The United Nations Conference on International Organization convened on April 25, 1945 in San Francisco, for five days right at the time of the Wesak. (That year the Taurus full moon fell on April 27.)”  [Emphasis mine]
The Wesak Full Moon Ritual is a celebration of the ‘birth and enlightenment of Buddha.’ It is one of three major festivals known in the occult and all three are centered around full moons. The other two are the Easter Festival (Aries full moon of late March into April) and The Christ’s Festival (Gemini full moon – late May into June). It’s interesting that this initial meeting of the UN was held right smack in the middle of an important occult/esoteric holiday celebrated by the New Age / New Spirituality.
The Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26 (exactly one month after the Gemini full moon of 1945, on May 26) and enacted on October 24, 1945, with the 51 signatures representing all sections of the planet.
Since 1952, World Invocation Day has been observed during the “Festival of the Christ” (or Festival of Humanity / Festival of Goodwill) “to invoke and evoke healing energies for the United Nations and Planet Earth.” According to the spokesperson of the 2010 event, Ida Urso, Phd., World Invocation Day is “a culminating point – providing a crescendo of revelation which can lead to transformative planetary changes.” Obviously, New Agers hold the United Nations in high regard and hopes or expects the UN to play a key role in the future of our planet’s “healing.”
“In complete, focused silence, visualize the United Nations’ General Assembly, overshadowed by the Avatar of Synthesis and infused by the Love of the Hierarchy and the Christ. Meditate on the Purpose that seeks to guide the ‘little wills of men.’”  [as per original]
“Overshadowed” is a euphemism for demonic control/possession, the “Hierarchy” in this context is the collective of Satan’s demons and “the Christ” is Lucifer who will likely embody the coming antichrist. The “little wills of men” is taken from The Great Invocation.
The UN has its own meditation room:
“We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence. This house, dedicated to work and debate in the service of peace, should have one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense.” 
The above quote is by Dag Hammarskjold, former Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961. The Meditation Room opened in 1957.
Beginning in 1970, the late Sri Chinmoy began leading “The Peace Meditation at the United Nations.” [See Chinmoy's influence on guitarists John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana below in the "New Age / New Spirituality in Contemporary Culture" section.] This group consisted of UN staff, UN-accredited journalists, delegates, and representatives of NGOs (non-governmental organizations recognized by the UN). Chinmoy, from his book The Garland of Nation-Souls: Complete Talks at the United Nations, is quoted:
“…Man has to realize what he eternally is: God Himself. Man is now God veiled; with patience-light man will unveil his inner divinity. Man is God yet to be consciously and constantly realized, and God is man yet to be manifested totally, completely and unmistakably here on earth.” 
“In the evolutionary process of human life, the first rung of the ladder is the United Nations, the second rung is world-union and the third rung is man’s total and perfect Perfection.” 
Lucis Trust enjoys “consultative status” with the UN as an NGO – an organization which was “placed on the roster by virtue of action taken by the Economic and Social Council on the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations” – since 1989. One of Lucis Trust’s affiliates, World Goodwill, is recognized by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service as having provided assistance (and I assume ongoing assistance) in “Consultation on the Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.” World Goodwill provided opinion in three areas: “Financial regulation, macroeconomic issues and addressing the crisis.” Obviously, Lucis Trust wields a fair amount of influence at the United Nations
Eugene Peterson’s Message
It seems Lucis Trust’s influence has even, perhaps indirectly, extended to at least one ‘rendition’ of the Holy Bible. Eugene Peterson’s The Message “paraphrase” of the Bible is littered with references to New Age Spirituality and the occult. While I’m certainly not of the ‘King James only’ persuasion (obviously not, as I quote primarily from the NIV), this website, which appears to be of the KJB-only camp, quite thoroughly displays the obvious Theosophical/New Age/occult backdrop of Peterson’s “paraphrase.” (To be clear: I’m not fully endorsing this website as I believe every Bible translation has strengths and weaknesses – some more so than others – however, I cannot, in good conscience, extract the information from this article without providing proper attribution to the source.) The next two paragraphs will illustrate just a fraction of the information gleaned and verified from this article.
The Message (TMsg) not once puts the words “Lord” and “Jesus” together as in “Lord Jesus,” yet the other translations I checked contain at least 100 different references to our Lord Jesus. Instead, TMsg has “Master Jesus” 73 times; whereas, the others have no references like this with the exception of the NCV with one. The obvious question is: why? As discussed in part I of this article in “The ‘Master Jesus’ and the ‘Christ’ of Lucis” section, to the New Ager, Jesus was a man who attained the title of “Master” through self-effort by the “Christ” within Him and “the Christ” which overshadowed Him. [See "Christ" in the New Age article for more 'illumination.'] He is now an Ascended Master along with Buddha among others; and, we too have the potential to attain to “master” level. This is a consistent theme in the Alice Bailey books.
“There is a growing and developing belief that Christ is in us, as He was in the Master Jesus…” 
Similarly, TMsg uses “the one” and “oneness” – terms and their particular usage of which are foreign to other translations. And, once again, these are common New Age / New Spirituality terms. Peterson even stoops so low as to gratuitously use the Lord’s name in vain in Micah 3:5. I will let the reader investigate this as I cannot bring myself to display its usage here.
TMsg absolutely butchers the “Lord’s Prayer” as Berit Kjos identifies (and much more) in her post from 1993 What kind of message is THE MESSAGE? Of particular note is Peterson’s “paraphrase” of ‘on earth as it is in heaven’ which he renders “as above, so below.” The passage, to me, is quite fine on its own in standard Bible translations. In contrast, the paraphrase adds more ambiguity rather than clarity since “above” could mean any number of things (clouds, atmosphere, sun, moon, etc.) as could “below” (depths of the sea, underground, the underworld). Isn’t the main purpose of paraphrasing to clarify rather than obfuscate?
Unfortunately, there’s a much more sinister application of the words “as above, so below.” A former occultist and Temple Master in the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” designated with the pseudonym “Peter Lanz” to protect his identity, is quoted from Kjos’ site:
“‘I was taught in ritual magick how to go to different planes of existence outside the physical body,’ continued Peter. ‘I could create a realm there in which I could practice ritual magick and perfect my magical skills. What I did on the physical plane was what I practiced on the astral plane through creative visualizations. Through my will and imagination, I made things happen on the physical plane. As above, so below! This ritual magick is a manifestation of the power of your will.’”  [bolding added]
The bolded portion above should be very familiar to many from a charismatic background although it’s usually rendered something like, “What happens in the spiritual affects the natural” or vice versa and variations thereof. Here is one such usage by Lou Engle from September, 2009 on the Elijah List:
“…The natural things speak of the invisible. Natural happenings on the earth are revealing something that is going on in the spiritual realm….”  [emphasis in original]
“As above, so below.” This phrase comes from Hermeticism — the name of which is taken from the Greco-Egyptian god Hermes Trismegistos, the god of wisdom and magic, or Thoth – and which in turn is taken from a document known as The Emerald Tablet.
Here is co-founder of the Theosophical Society’s Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (HPB) paraphrase of The Emerald Tablet:
“What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is similar to that which is below to accomplish the wonders of the one thing.
“…Ascend with the greatest sagacity from earth to heaven, and unite together the power of things inferior and superior….” 
If this is the sort of thing Peterson is promoting I think it best to stay away from this “paraphrase.”
Chuck Swindoll of Insight For Living is a teacher whom I generally admire; however, I’ve been concerned over his occasional use of The Message for some time. Almost a year ago, in one of his sermons on false teaching, he again quoted a bit from Peterson’s paraphrase (he also spoke of Rick Warren in a positive light to my dismay); so, as a result I sent an email of concern to the ministry.
In the email, I quoted the “Lord’s Prayer” and some other Scripture from The Message and I also mentioned the fact that Peterson highly endorsed William P. Young’s book The Shack despite its numerous unorthodox themes. I received a response from one of the IFL staff claiming that Swindoll was aware of some of the problems with The Message. The staff member went on to say that there are those who are trying to discredit Peterson who is “not a new age advocate.” Here’s part of my response:
“…It is absolutely clear that some passages are blatantly New Age in The Message. When you add to this Peterson’s endorsement of the heretical novel by William P. Young The Shack with its blasphemous depiction of the Trinity (Father God as “Papa” — an African American woman — which has an uncanny resemlance to “Goddess PAPA” of Polynesian lore, Jesus as a carpenter in a plaid shirt, the Holy Spirit as “Sarayu,” or Sophia), I would question his motives further.
“…It’s a real shame that some who’ve been solid in their teaching have slid into a bit of error. Left unchecked, this can lead to more error which can lead to blatant apostasy. While I seriously doubt Mr. Swindol is heading in this direction, I am concerned that he would use “The Message” if he truly understands some of these very questionable passages…
“… While I certainly understand having to paraphrase bible passages in order to reach certain segments of the population… …certainly one could do this without the use of Peterson’s book.”
In his reply to my second email he offered that he hoped Peterson had not moved to the new age camp. The IFL staff member also noted they have some critique of The Shack on their website regarding the Trinity and how Jesus is depicted among other things. Further critique was done  which I found encouraging. But, shouldn’t this induce the staff and Swindoll to look further into Peterson since he enthusiastically raves about Young’s book? While I remain hopeful that Swindoll will cease quoting from TMsg, to my disappointment, I did recently hear him use it a few weeks ago on local Christian radio (KDRY).
Similarly, Max Lucado has a penchant for promoting Peterson’s paraphrase (I couldn’t resist using alliteration – a literary device Lucado enthusiastically employs). I have two of his books given to me by a friend, one from 2002 (A Love Worth Giving) and one from 2005 (Cure for the Common Life); and, he definitely quotes from The Message more in the latter and quite a bit less as a percentage in the former. The “Master” Jesus is referenced at least three times by Lucado in his use of Peterson’s TMsg.
It has been reported that Lucado has gone progressively into promoting contemplative spirituality. In Cure for the Common Life, Max quotes from contemplatives Peterson, Richard Foster and even Carl Jung (Jung is claimed to have been indebted to Hermetic Tradition); however, perhaps more alarming is Lucado’s explicit quote of Martin Buber. (Coincidentally, Buber’s I and Thou was a favorite of former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.)
Martin Buber broke from his family’s relatively orthodox Jewish tradition and began writing secular philosophical works influenced by Kant and Nietzsche. He later adopted Hasidic Judaism which promotes mysticism with roots in a form of Kabbalah. A central tenet of this belief is that God permeates all matter with a “divine spark” which may be redeemed to perfection. Here’s Lucado’s quote:
“You have one [unique gifting]. A divine spark. An uncommon call to an uncommon life….”  [emphasis added]
Blavatsky (HPB) recognized that this ‘divine spark’ comes from Kabbalist teaching (she spells it “kabalist”) . She also writes:
“…The Hermetists and the later Rosicrucians held that all things visible and invisible were produced by the contention of light with darkness, and that every particle of matter contains within itself a spark of the divine essence – or light, spirit…” 
This can be viewed as pantheism (God is all) or panentheism (God is in all) depending on the particular Kabbalistic viewpoint of which the individual adheres (there are many different forms and variations of the Kabbalah). The panentheistic aspect of Hasidism is explained in this excerpt on Martin Buber’s Hasidic belief system which is itself an extension and refinement of Isaac Luria’s Kabbalah. Another source for the Kabbalah explains “sparks” in the teachings of Isaac Luria:
“…Much of Lurianic Kabbalah is concerned with corrective actions designed to bring about the repair or restoration (tikkum) of the creation, so that the sparks of light trapped in the realm of the shells can be freed.” 
This is essentially what Buber speaks of as Lucado quotes him directly in the endnote corresponding to the “divine spark” reference:
…Jewish theologian Martin Buber writes: “The world is an irradiation of God, but as it is endowed with an independence of existence and striving, it is apt, always and everywhere, to form a crust around itself. Thus, a divine spark lives in every thing and being, but each such spark is enclosed by an isolating shell. Only man can liberate it in a holy manner, that is, so that his intention in doing so remains directed towards God’s transcendence. Thus the divine immanence emerges from the exile of the ‘shells.’”  [emphasis in original]
Incidentally, I used to attend the church in which Max Lucado is a pastor (Oak Hills Church in San Antonio). I can personally attest that he is one of the nicest guys you’re likely to meet (although that quality does not necessarily indicate a person’s ultimate standing in the Kingdom of God). And, it’s important to note that Lucado is not paid by the church as he earns his living from profits from his book sales.
I really want to believe that Max Lucado was merely trying to make a point in his book; but, I would have to question why he would use a decidedly non-Christian source without researching the full meaning of terms within the source before referencing it in his book. Perhaps Lucado knows nothing of the Kabbalah; however, that in no way excuses sloppy journalism. Certainly, his publisher – W Publishing, a division of Thomas Nelson – should have caught this. In any case, the term itself – divine spark – infers some sort of latent inherent divinity which is an obvious red flag. True Christians are partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) ONLY because we have the indwelling Holy Spirit. We do not have a “divine spark.”
In Constance Cumbey’s second book A Planned Deception, she quotes Swinburne Clymer of the Rosicrucians who identifies the “Divine Spark” as the Christos, or Christ within:
“The ‘Great Work’ is devoted especially and directly to Emotional and Spiritual developments, to the awakening of the Godly love nature, the Divine Spark or Christos, which must become the Conscious Soul or Christic nature as a means to return to the Elysian fields and the becoming of a Son of God, a co-worker with him….”  [emphasis and caps in original]
Alice A. Bailey speaks of “divine life” which is obviously just a variation on the Kabbalistic “divine spark.” In the book From Bethlehem to Calvary from 1937:
“…The germ of divine life is in us, but we ourselves have something to do about it, and the time has come when humanity as a whole must apply itself to the fostering of the divine life…” 
Richard Elliot Friedman in The Hidden Face of God provides a view of the similarities between the so-called “Big Bang Theory” and Kabbalah in regards to how both viewpoints believe the earth was formed. In his work, Friedman states that adherents to BBT believe we are stardust; and, similarly some versions of the Kabbalah believe we are divine stardust.
New Age / New Spirituality in Contemporary Culture
Assessing the context, this “divine stardust” is likely what Joni Mitchell was referring to in her lyrics of the song “Woodstock” (popularized by the band Matthew’s Southern Comfort in 1970 and more enduringly by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young). The first verse begins with her story of coming across a “child of God” and then in the chorus she says:
We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the Garden. 
New Age Spirituality also believes we must ‘get back to the Garden of Eden.’ Cumbey, in comparing doctrines of the New Age Movement to the Manifest Sons of God teaching, exposes some false beliefs held in common between these two:
“…The Garden of Eden never existed as a real [physical] place. It instead was a spiritual state from which men fell.
“…We never really leave this planet. ‘Heaven’ is merely a spiritual state from which we fell which we may reattain by accepting the ‘New Truths’ of Sonship.” 
This is born out in the Lucis material:
“Emphasis should be laid on the evolution of humanity with peculiar attention to its goal, perfection. …man in incarnation, by the indwelling and over-shadowing soul…. …The relation of the individual soul to all souls should be taught, and with it the long-awaited kingdom of God is simply the appearance of soul-controlled men on earth in everyday life and at all stages of that control. …The fact will appear that the Kingdom has always been present but has remained unrecognized, owing to the relatively few people who express, as yet, its quality….” 
“…We ourselves may have to change in order to express the divine as Christ expressed it, before God can go on to the manifestation of the beauty of the hidden kingdom. God needs man’s cooperation. He calls for men to do His will….” 
The song medley by The 5th Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” from the musical Hair, a huge hit in 1969, was in homage to the coming new Age of Aquarius and the corresponding close of the Age of Pisces – the current era – according to the New Age Movement / New Spirituality. Coincidence or not, the latter part of this medley was one of the official theme songs used in Barack Obama’s 2008 general election campaign.
The band’s name itself, “The 5th Dimension,” sounds like it could be just slightly different terminology but yet referring to Bailey’s fifth kingdom which is claimed to be the forthcoming Kingdom of God on earth in the Aquarian Age. It seems like the band’s moniker could have been derived from a source such as this:
“This evolution of consciousness will inevitably take us into five-dimensional awareness and beyond… For five-dimensional awareness is nothing less than the loss of the sense of separateness from others and from the universe in which we live….
“Fifth-dimensional consciousness is already present for some, and there are many others who are awakening to it even now….
“The advent of this shift has already arrived, creating a foreshadowing of a way of being on the planet that is based in love, not self-protection – one that seeks to serve the good of all, rather than the desires of self. Such a movement has God at the center by whatever name God is called, for the movement itself does not belong to any nation, religious tradition, or group.” [emphasis in original; underlining added]
This, of course, sounds very much like the writings of Bailey/The Tibetan:
“…There is the emergence of a new kingdom in nature, the fifth kingdom; this is the Kingdom of God on earth or the kingdom of souls. It is precipitating on earth and will be composed of those who are becoming group-conscious and who can work in group formation. This will be possible, because these people will have achieved a self-initiated perfection… …and will be identified with certain group expansions of consciousness….”
“…A new kingdom is coming into being: a fifth kingdom is materialising, and already has a nucleus functioning on earth in physical bodies….” 
In 1973, the band Three Dog Night had a hit tune written by Daniel Moore titled “Shambala” (lyrics here). Apparently, this song title is an alternate spelling for the mythical kingdom of the same name of Tibetan Buddhism and Theosophy as spoken of by “The Tibetan” spelled either Shamballa or Shambhala. Interestingly, I recall seeing band vocalist Chuck Negron on Trinity Broadcasting Network a few years ago.
The late John Coltrane is recognized as a major innovator in the jazz community. His record A Love Supreme is distinguished as his crowning effort and is considered “one of the most important records ever made” and is essential for any serious jazz library. It’s an homage to God as the liner notes read, “All praise be to God to whom all praise is due.” Coltrane relates how in 1957 he had a “spiritual awakening” providing him a “richer, fuller, more productive life.” Disappointingly, however, in his written piece titled A Love Supreme he declares “all paths lead to God” In reading further, it is clear Coltrane is referring to a panentheistic god (god is in all) – just like the New Age / New Spirituality.
Both rock/jazz guitarist Carlos Santana and jazz/rock guitarist John McLaughlin were devotees of the late Sri Chinmoy [see "Spirituality and the UN" section above]. Santana and McLaughlin even did a one-off recording together titled Love Devotion Surrender in ’73 as a tribute of sorts to Chinmoy as they were both very recent disciples at this point. They play a movement from Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, among other “spiritual” pieces. McLaughlin had already added “Mahavishnu” in front of his name by this time and Santana would add “Devadip” later.
Keith Jarrett, a child prodigy and an incredibly gifted pianist/improviser/composer of international renown and one of the most important and enduring artists of the 20th century and into the 21st, named one of his music publishing companies “Kundalini.” Jarrett was influenced by the esoteric Christianity of G.I. Gurdjieff. Jarrett memorialized him in his 1980 work of his compositions in G.I. Gurdjieff: Sacred Hymns. A title of one of Jarrett’s albums is “Fort Yawuh” which is an anagram for ‘Fourth Way’ – a term used by Gurdjieff to describe his approach to self-development. Apparently, kundalini was one of the methods Gurdjieff employed.
“Kundalini rising is sometimes a violent experience, radically changing one’s subtle energy field (making it much less subtle!) and consciousness and perception of energy. The experience can be (and often is in the West) mistaken for insanity (usually acute schizophrenia) or emotional or physical breakdown on a fairly large scale.” 
The above quote comes from a kundalini practitioner who provides caution to the inexperienced. One of the recognized potential and common outcomes of kundalini arousal (among many) is fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Did Keith Jarrett practice kundalini; and, if so, could this have contributed to or even caused his bout with CFS in the mid to late ‘90s? Thankfully, Jarrett has apparently been asymptomatic as he’s been very active the past decade.
There are many, many movies and books with New Age themes, influences and references such as Star Wars (“may the force be with you”), Avatar, the Harry Potter series, etc. Even children’s movies by Disney have quite a few New Age/New Spirituality references – as just one example: when father Mufasa tells his son Simba, the future Lion King, about the “circle of life” – another way of saying reincarnation and teaching panentheism. Suffice to say that New Age ideas have permeated our entire culture.
In Whom Can You Put Your Trust?
Who can you trust? Jesus. The Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible – not The Message which is no Bible at all. Jesus THE Christ, the one and only Christ, the one and only Messiah. The Anointed ONE. The Word made flesh. The name above ALL names. The King of kings and Lord of Lords.
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