Retired Bishop Explains Why the Church Invented Hell

Religions tend to invent ideas and concepts just like every other creative human enterprise, and they have unleashed some remarkably bad ideas onto humanity. by Vic Bishop, Waking Times Most of these are centered around the notion of telling people what to do and how to live their lives, with the aim of convincing people that conformity to church guidelines will bring some intangible reward in the afterlife. One example of many is the Christian belief that the one and only way not to eternally burn in Hell is to accept Jesus Christ as the savior, as if no other deity or religious experience is valid to the human experience. The concept of heaven and hell has been so ingrained into the human psyche that many people cannot see beyond this limiting paradigm to any other possibility. Retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong, however, doesn’t seem to believe in […] Read More

Former Fundamentalist Exposes the Christian Right’s Bizarre PR Sham

Just watching their films shows their vile, heavy-handed tactics. “Millions of believers will suddenly vanish into thin air,” Willie Robertson, best known for his work on Duck Dynasty, exclaimed recently. He was promoting the new Christian movie ”Left Behind,” where he has an executive producer credit. “It’s a warning to those, if it happened today, would be left behind. And I believe that people are going to make the life-changing decision to follow Christ on the way home from the theater … opening the door to unbelievers has never been this fun.” I’m sorry to inform Mr. Robertson, but I watched “Left Behind” and spent my entire ride home only contemplating the two hours of my life back that I will never get back. The film proves that conservative American Christians have not learned an important childhood lesson: You can’t threaten, vilify or bully someone into liking you. In simpler times, stories of […] Read More

1534: JESUIT Vatican Tyranny

ORIGINALLY INSTITUTED (Portugal/Spain,1534) BY THE VATICAN, FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF EXTERMINATING THE REFORMATION, THE ORDER WAS SUPPRESSED 21 JULY 1773 BY POPE CLEMENT XIV (for which he was promptly poisoned). THE ORDER WAS RE-INSTITUTED 1814 AND GIVEN THE “SECRET TREATY OF VERONA” FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF CARRYING OUT ITS DICTATES. THIS EDICT WAS FINALLY RATIFIED BY ITS CONTRACTING PARTIES OCT 1822: CAUSING PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, UPON LEARNING OF ITS EXISTENCE, TO WRITE THE MONROE DOCTRINE, AS RECORDED IN THE: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE., VOLUME 53, PART 7, PAGE 6781 OF THE 64th CONGRESS, 1st SESSION, 25 April 1916.   THIS WORK IS DEDICATED TO EX-JESUIT PRIEST: DR. ALBERTO ROMERO RIVERA, WHO’S LIFE STORY INSPIRED.   “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matt,7:15) I read a book some years ago that started my […] Read More

1997: THE ATLANTEAN ORIGIN OF THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS

Introduction In the Bible, as in India, myths are never told in detail, but only in tiny flashes which recall the twinkle of a star, the fall of a meteor or the avatar of a god in a transitory theophany. Only when highly allegorized and, hence, incomprehensible, are myths ever told in any detail. They are then peddled as the actual history of personages such as Jesus, Zoroaster, Moses, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, etc.. However, the several flashes are the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and fit together serendipitously when demythologized and integrated with each other. All religions — ours included — center on the story of Atlantis (Eden) and of its Fall (Adam’s) and destruction by the Flood, as well as on the hope of its rebirth at the Millennium. We have shown elsewhere in detail how “Christ” is a personification of Atlantis. And so are his many aliases […] Read More

A Posthumous Publication

We are glad to lay before our readers the first of a series of unpublished writings of the late Éliphas Lévi (Abbé Louis Constant) one of the great masters of occult sciences of the present century in the West. An ex-Catholic priest, he was unfrocked by the ecclesiastical authorities at Rome, who tolerate no belief in God, Devil, or Science outside the narrow circle of their circumscribed dogma, and who anathematize every creed-crushed soul that succeeds in breaking its mental bondage. “Just in the ratio that knowledge increases, faith diminishes; consequently, those that know the most, always believe the least” – said Carlyle. Éliphas Lévi knew much; far more than the privileged few even among the greatest mystics of modern Europe; hence, he was traduced by the ignorant many. He had written these ominous words . . . “The discovery of the great secrets of true religion and of […] Read More

1879: Christmas Then And Christmas Now

We are reaching the time of the year when the whole Christian world is preparing to celebrate the most noted of its solemnities – the birth of the Founder of their religion. When this paper reaches its Western subscribers, there will be festivity and rejoicing in every house. In North Western Europe and in America the holly and ivy will decorate each home, and the churches bedecked with evergreens; a custom derived from the ancient practices of the pagan Druids “that sylvan spirits might flock to the evergreens, and remain unnipped by frost till a milder season.” In Roman Catholic countries large crowds flock during the whole evening and night of “Christmas-eve” to the churches, to salute waxen images of the divine Infant, and his Virgin mother, in her garb of “Queen of Heaven.” To an analytical mind, this bravery of rich gold and lace, pearl-broidered satin and velvet, […] Read More

1886: Have Animals Souls?

I Continually soaked with blood, the whole earth is but an immense altar upon which all that lives has to be immolated – endlessly, incessantly. . . . – COMTE JOSEPH DE MAISTRE (Soirées. ii, 35) Many are the “antiquated religious superstitions” of the East which Western nations often and unwisely deride: but none is so laughed at and practically set at defiance as the great respect of Oriental people for animal life. Flesh-eaters cannot sympathize with total abstainers from meat. We Europeans are nations of civilized barbarians with but a few millenniums between ourselves and our cave-dwelling forefathers who sucked the blood and marrow from uncooked bones. Thus, it is only natural that those who hold human life so cheaply in their frequent and often iniquitous wars, should entirely disregard the death-agonies of the brute creation, and daily sacrifice millions of innocent, harmless lives; for we are too […] Read More

1887: Let Every Man Prove His Own Work

    Such is the title of a letter received by the Editors of Lucifer. It is of so serious a nature that it seems well to make it the subject of this month’s editorial. Considering the truths uttered in its few lines, its importance and the bearing it has upon the much obscured subject of Theosophy, and its visible agent or vehicle – the Society of that name – the letter is certainly worthy of the most considerate answer. Fiat justitia, ruat cœlum! Justice will be done to both sides in the dispute; namely, Theosophists and the members of the Theosophical Society1 on the one hand, and the followers of the Divine Word (or Christos), and the so-called Christians, on the other. We reproduce the letter: To the editors of LUCIFER What a grand chance is now open in this country, to the exponents of a noble and […] Read More

The Grand Inquisitor

[Dedicated by the Translator to those sceptics who clamour so loudly, both in print and private letters – “Show us the wonder-working ‘Brothers,’ let them come out publicly and – we will believe in them!”] [The following is an extract from M. Dostoevsky’s celebrated novel, The Brothers Karamazof, the last publication from the pen of the great Russian novelist, who died a few months ago, just as the concluding chapters appeared in print. Dostoevsky is beginning to be recognized as one of the ablest and profoundest among Russian writers. His characters are invariably typical portraits drawn from various classes of Russian society, strikingly life-like and realistic to the highest degree. The following extract is a cutting satire on modern theology generally and the Roman Catholic religion in particular. The idea is that Christ revisits earth, coming to Spain at the period of the Inquisition, and is at once arrested […] Read More