INTRODUCTION: RIDERS OF THE WRECKING MACHINE
INTRODUCTION: RIDERS OF THE WRECKING MACHINE
INTRODUCTION RIDERS OF WRECKING MACHINE
Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Antony Hort created a Greek New Testament text, based on the Vaticanus and the Sinaiticus texts, to replace the Textus Receptus. The King James Version is based largely on later editions of the Textus Receptus, and so Westcott and Hort also set out in the 19th century to overthrow the KJV.
Here is what Hort wrote about replacing the Textus Receptus:
"One result of our talk I may as well tell you. He (Westcott) and I are going to edit a Greek text of the New Testament some two or three years hence, if possible. Lachmann and Tischendorf will supply rich materials, but not nearly enough; and we hope to do a good deal with Oriental versions. Our object is to supply clergymen generally, schools, etc., with a portable Greek text which shall not be disfigured with Byzantine corruptions."
This is from: The Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, by Arthur Hort, Vol. I, p. 240. p. 250. It is important to cite sources when making statements about the intentions, beliefs and occult activities of Westcott and Hort. Their contemporary followers will deny that Westcott and Hort set out deliberatly to overthrow the Textus Receptus/King James version, that they rejected many of the doctrines of the New Testament and were into the occult. Westcott and Hort were 19th century Anglican clergymen. In contrast to them, the Anglicans in the King James translation group of the early 17th century were, by their fruit, faithful to Christ and were inspired by the Holy Spirit as they did their work in cooperation with the Calvinists in the group.
Westcott and Hort were unlikely to have had the Holy Spirit to inspire and guide them into truth (John 16: 13). John Burgon, Dean of Chichester in England during the late 19th century, said the following about the inclusion of a Unitarian on the 1881 Revision Committee led by Westcott and Hort that:
"But even if the Unitarian [Vance Smith] had been an eminent Scholar, my objection would remain in full force; for I hold (and surely so do you!), that the right Interpretation of God's Word may not be attained without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, whose aid must first be invoked by faithful prayer."
The 1881 committee's purpose was to consider the issue of revising the King James translation. Dean Burgon and F. H. Scrivener lost their battle with Westcort and Hort over the revision of the King James Version.
Hort said the Textus Receptus has "Byzantine corruptions." The Textus Receptus was created using some late Byzantine Greek texts.
So far I have not studied the gnostic connection to Blavatsky and the contemporary New Age Occult Movement, or the influence of gnosticism on Carl Jung, the psychoanalyst, or the DaVinci Code, etc.
The Merovingian blood line is supposedly linked to the DaVinci Code and to its origin in the Merovingian Jewish line and to Alexandria, Egypt where some claim the Egyptian goddes Isis became part of the Catholic Virgin Mary, as the co-reedemer.
I came across one variant of a secret society called the Priory of Sion perhaps also connected (at least in fantasy) with the Merovingians. Some accounts on the Internet say this Priory of Sion is a hoax. It boasts of past grand masters such as Victor Hugo, Claude Debussy and Jean Cocteau. Cocteau was on the fringes of the Paris surrealists of the twenties and thirties, used drugs a lot and might have been into the occult. He was a poet, playwright, filmmaker and painter. Gnosticism was apparently an influence upon Victor Hugo, along with Gothic architecture. Alchemy and the occult sculptures on many Gothic Cathedrals had some influence on some of the surrealists. Gnosticism gets mixed in with all this too I suppose. I knew a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in thesixties who took a lot of LSD, got into Jean Cocteau's version of the dark side of surrealism, and ended up sitting in the Rat (Rathskeller in the basement of the Student Union) trying to stare the University down. Shrinks classified him as a paranoid schizophrenic.
I found this also:
"H.P. Blavatsky, the founder of the Satanic New Age Movement believes this:
"The King James Version, as it is translated, has no resemblance whatever to the originals."
Westcott and Hort might have known Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891)and so she could have had inside knowledge of what Westcott and Hort were up to in replacing the King Jamers Version. Blavatsky's books were used by the leaders of the contemporary New Age Occult movement.
Arthur Hort, the son of Fenton A. Hort, in Life and Letters of Fenton Anthony Hort, 1896, Vol 1 says Westcott and Hort were both into the occult and were members of the Society for Psychical Research. Arthur Hort on pages 170-172 says of Fenton A. Hort that "Two other societies. . . were started . . . in both of which Hort seems to have been the moving spirit . . . the other called by its members `The Ghostly Guild.' The object was to collect and classify authenticated instances of what are now called `psychical phenomena' Then, Alan Gauld in The Founders of Psychical Research, 1968, on page 66 quotes Arthur Hort as saying "Among my father's diversions at Cambridge was the foundation of a 'Ghost Society,' the forerunner of the Psychical Society for the investigation of the supernatural. Lightfoot, Westcott and Hort were among the members. He was then, as always, more interested in psychical phenomena than he cared to admit." The English occult movement in the late 19th century involving Westcott and Hortand others, as well as the 20th century New Age Occult movement are considered to be modern forms of gnosticism.
Many New Age writers talk about a Christ Mind or Christ Spirit. Some early gnostics taught that Jesus was just a man who at his baptism was infused with the "Christ Mind." New Agers believe there have been many Christs, Jesus being only one of many.
New Age prophetess Alice Bailey in her book, The Reappearance of The Christ, describes the "Avatar of Synthesis," who she says is a "close Associate" of "the Christ." She says: "He works under the great natural Law of Synthesis, producing at-one-ment, unification and fusion."
The New Agers say God is within us and can be fully realized but they are glorifying man himself as the creature, not the Creator (Romans 1:22-24). They lure people with their "I am God" teaching since this appeals to man's ego and thirst for power. All this also reinforces and fits in with the self psychology of Carl R. Rogers, A..H. Maslow and others, that the goal of man is to fulfill the desires of the self and attain self-actualization.
Robert Schuller got hold of the self psychology of Rogers and Maslow and brought it into his version of Christianity in the early eighties. He published, Self-Esteem: The New Reformation in 1982. Schuller said in 1982 that almost all problems, all sin and evil, is a result of people having low self-esteem. Therefore, in the theology of Schuller, our greatest need is to have self-esteem. He said " I strongly suggest that self-love is the ultimate will of man that what you really want more than anything else in the world is the awareness that you are a worthy person." Schuller turns the Gospel and the Biblical teachings on humility upside down.
In the Garden of Eden. Satan promised Eve: "Ye shall be as God."
A recent form of clear apostasy within the "Christian" Multitude is a movement called "Christ Mind." On http://www.thechristmind.org/ the "Reverend" Lorne McLean, Ph. D. , says that "The Key that enables us to function AS THE SOURCE, is the realization that God (the Father) is the I AM WITHIN US, and the belief that we are the person we have been programmed to believe ourselves to be, is what keeps us from attaining this realization." This teaching has seeped over into Christianity from the New Age Occult movement which derives in great part from Blavatsky. The second and third century gnostics thought that a spark of divinity was in human beings, or in some people. If a person acquired secret knowledge he might be enlightened and have insight into the god nature within him so he could escape at death from the evil material world. New Agers as modern day followers of this idea of gnosticism also believe that there is a "Christ Consciousness" within us which can be developed.
Dr. McClean goes on to say on his web site that "I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE" initiates the real Spiritual Rebirth, without which we cannot attain a consciousness of Oneness... the CHRIST MIND.
Jeff Cross, one of the hosts of The Threshing Floor broadcast on the Christian Media Network, did a broadcast on August 28, 2006 about the New Age Occult movement coming into Christianity as the "Christ Mind." It was entitled The Spirit of Promise, Part 4: the "Christ Mind" or the "mind of Christ."
The link to his broadcast is: http://threshingfloor.onevoicemm.net/weblog/?p=581
Robert Clark is another promoter of the "Christ Mind," which again uses some of the terminology of the New Testament but is a form of gnosticism and the New Age Occult religion. Clark has a book, "The Christ Mind" which is on http://www.thechristmind.org/
On the Yahoo Group, Christ_Mind, it says "The gist is: "I and My Father are One." This is the seed, (the thought) that will lead us into the Kingdom of God, into a consciousness of Oneness, into "The Christ Mind". This seemingly egotistical idea sets in motion the real Spiritual Rebirth. By no other means can we enter the Kingdom of God. By no other means can we attain the Christ Mind. In our search for God, we have failed to realize that the God we are searching for is the I AM within us, our real self! Discover who you really are and may you "see" the truth that will set you free.
Mr. Clark is a member of this list and will be pleased to answer any questions readers of his book "The Christ Mind" may have."
This theology uses some of the terminology of the Bible, but it is a form of gnosticism. In addition to the teaching of "Christ Mind" as a form of false doctrine that is more clearly influenced by gnosticism, there are other Christians who are not following such obvious false teachings who may be fooled into believing that the highly emotional and inspiring spiritual experiences they have are from the Holy Spirit, but are not from Him. And for some the New Age Occult Movement may be influencing these Christians to think their spiritual highs are authentic, when in fact they are a kind of gnostic mysticism.