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Homage to The Goddess

Homage to The Goddess

Hello, everyone.

In the last couple of days, I came across a magnificent article at a site called “The Nazarene Way of Essenic Studies.” And no; this site has nothing to do with the Church of the Nazarene. It is way beyond them in terms of intellect.

The article is quite lengthy, so I will quote only the first several paragraphs. I will be commenting after the article.

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The Goddess of America’s Founding Fathers

The signs are everywhere to be found. The resurrection of the Goddess was intended to take place in the United States of America.

And if ancient prophesy can be trusted, the New Golden Age of Enlightenment will begin with the Winter Solstice, 2012!

 It is well documented that many of the men involved in writing and signing the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U. S. Constitution were Deists and Freemasons, and the philosophy of both can be associated with the Divine Feminine as a co-participant in the process of Creation.

Deism as understood by our Founding Fathers is best defined by one of the most important participants in the American Revolution, Thomas Paine. He compared Deism to Christianity in his masterpiece The Age of Reason:

True Theology and That of Superstition

As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me a species of Atheism – a sort of religious denial of God. It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up chiefly of “Manism” with but little Deism, and is as near to Atheism as twilight is to darkness. It introduces between man and his Maker an opaque body, which it calls a Redeemer, as the moon introduces her opaque self between the earth and the sun, and it produces by this means a religious, or an irreligious, eclipse of light. It has put the whole orbit of reason into shade.

That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, of which astronomy occupies the chief place, is the study of the works of God, and of the power and wisdom of God in His works, and is the True Theology.” Note Paine’s two-fold characterization of God: Power and Wisdom.

As of the theology that is now studied in its place, it is the study of human opinions and of human fancies concerning God. It is not the study of God Himself in the works that He has made, but in the works or writings that man has made; and it is not among the least of the mischiefs that the Christian system has done to the world, that it has abandoned the original and beautiful system of theology, like a beautiful innocent, to distress and reproach, to make room for the hag of superstition.”

Natural Philosophy or Natural Religion, as well as science, recognize that both masculine and feminine forces are necessary for the Creation of the physical Universe, whether visible or invisible to our senses. Science refers to these two forces as “Light” and “Energy”; ancient and natural religions refer to them as “God and Goddess.” The two can be seen as parts of a Single Whole, which is Creative Energy – Power and Wisdom – aka, God.

The underlying philosophy of Freemasonry is a bit more difficult to pin down. It is, after all, a “Secret Society.” Now public, however, are their symbols and ceremonies, most of which are easily decoded with a little knowledge of mythology and ancient history.

We also know that that some of the best known participants in the American Revolution were Freemasons: Ethan Allen, Edmund Burke, John Claypool, William Dawes, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Paul Jones, Robert Livingston, Paul Revere, Colonel Benjamin Tupper, and George Washington. Of the fifty-six signers of The Declaration of Independence, eight were known Masons and seven others exhibited strong evidence of Masonic membership. Of the forty signers of the Constitution, nine were known Masons, thirteen exhibited evidence of Masonic membership, and six more later became Masons.

The French General Lafayette, without whose aid the war could not have been won, was a Freemason. The majority of the commanders of the Continental Army were Freemasons and members of “Army Lodges.” Most of George Washington’s generals were Freemasons. The Boston Tea Party was planned at the Green Dragon Tavern, also known as the “Freemasons’ Arms” and “the Headquarters of the Revolution.” George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States by Robert Livingston, Grand Master of New York’s Masonic lodge, and the Bible on which he took his oath was from his own Masonic lodge. The Cornerstone of the Capital Building was laid by the Grand Lodge of Maryland….

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First, let’s consider Thomas Paine’s definition of Christianity.

As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me a species of Atheism – a sort of religious denial of God. It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up chiefly of “Manism” with but little Deism, and is as near to Atheism as twilight is to darkness.”

Paine hit the nail squarely on the head. Christianity DOES worship a man instead of God. At least Evangelical Christianity does. I spent decades in Evangelicalism, but I cannot recall ever hearing about God until I joined the United Methodist Church in the fall of 1971. To the Evangelical, religion is all “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” or else “Israel, Israel, Israel.” And I can say – as one who knows by experience – that the Evangelical will not tolerate ANY disparaging remark about “Jesus” or “Israel.” Indeed, they can take some frightening steps against one who doesn’t see the things the way they do. I’ve been there and I know.

So if focus on The Goddess had existed around the time of the Revolution, it is likely that Thomas Paine would probably have embraced her. This is likely because there is for him no room for worship of a mere man in true worship of God – and Goddess.

““That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, of which astronomy occupies the chief place, is the study of the works of God, and of the power and wisdom of God in His works, and is the True Theology.” Note Paine’s two-fold characterization of God: Power and Wisdom.”

Paine is absolutely correct. God IS Power and Wisdom. In my career in church music, several times I had occasion to play a song titled “How Big Is God?” Here are the last two lines of the chorus:

He’s big enough to hold the mighty universe;

Yet small enough to live within my heart.

That pretty well sums it up. He does have the power to create the universe. Witness the images from the Hubble Space Telescope. He is also small enough to live within us and guide us in our daily living. The magnitude of God, as well as his intimacy, are, in my opinion, not difficult to comprehend. Yet the Evangelicals do not seem to get it. WHY do they feel the need for the “Jesus” crutch?

As of the theology that is now studied in its place, it is the study of human opinions and of human fancies concerning God. It is not the study of God Himself in the works that He has made, but in the works or writings that man has made; and it is not among the least of the mischiefs that the Christian system has done to the world, that it has abandoned the original and beautiful system of theology, like a beautiful innocent, to distress and reproach, to make room for the hag of superstition.”

That is exactly what I was talking about immediately above. I have had far too close a relationship with the hag of superstition. One of the most notorious manifestations of the hag is the philosophy of “God Said it. I believe it. That settles it.” It is also manifest in the saying, “My mind’s made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts.” For far, far too long, I lived by Jesus’ “promise her anything” statements in Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:9-10. But when I got the essence of skunk instead of the promised perfume, I knew something was very wrong. Not until I sailed into the sunshine of intelligent preaching and Bible knowledge found in the Mainline church did I discover the truth – or lack of truth – found in Jesus’ statements. Because I was learning about GOD and not a mere man.

Natural Philosophy or Natural Religion, as well as science, recognize that both masculine and feminine forces are necessary for the Creation of the physical Universe, whether visible or invisible to our senses. Science refers to these two forces as “Light” and “Energy”; ancient and natural religions refer to them as “God and Goddess.” The two can be seen as parts of a Single Whole, which is Creative Energy – Power and Wisdom – aka, God.”

These are not Paine’s words – they belong to the writer of the article – but Paine would embrace their message. I have personally held for decades that God transcends everything, including Gender. Thus I do not have ANY problem in believing in the Goddess. I have also held that even though God transcends gender, there is still a feminine side to God. And that would be The Goddess. How else can one explain the sweet gentleness of a summer day, the babbling of a brook or the flitting around of a beautiful butterfly? It is the feminine side of God – The Goddess – who is the Author of love and peace and the desire in the human heart for those commodities. The Buddha knew and understood all this. Yet it passed “Jesus” without his even batting an eye.

I will not comment on the role of Freemasonry in the Revolution except to say that I have been aware of said role for decades. As a much younger man, I learned that the Boston Tea Party was masterminded by the Masons.

Yet one never hears about this from the Evangelicals or Republicans. Why not? The answer is extremely simple. One of the foundation stones of each Evangelical denomination, placed in the foundation at the time of its founding, is a hostility to the Masons and other so-called “oath-bound secret organizations.” What ignorance! As a former Mason, I can truthfully say that I hever heard of a secret meeting or communication. Indeed, if I had heard of one and had attended, I could have been kicked out of the lodge because such a meeting would have been considered to be clandestine. Of course, no Joe Blow could walk into a lodge hall and be admitted to a lodge meeting just by being there. He would have to be a Mason and be vouched for by a member of the lodge. BUT… Can any ordinary member of a church attend a meeting of the church board? I never attended a church board meeting in my life until I took over leading the Sunday School in Atascadero and was duly elected to my office by the congregation. Carol was the church secretary and took the minutes for the board meetings, but I always stayed home on meeting nights because I as a layman was not welcome at those meetings.

Oath-bound secret organizations,” my Aunt Fanny!!

So why then all of the Evangelical hostility to The Goddess? The answer is simple. Judaism and its half-breed offspring are extremely paternalistic in nature. That means that women have no status and no rights. Don’t forget that “Jesus” had no female disciples among the twelve. Also remember that he referred to his own mother as “woman” instead of “mother” on two different occasions. And remember also that Paul said that women should remain silent in the church, and that he refused to consent to a woman’s having ANY authority over a man. Assuming these points, one can surmise that Paul’s sympathies would be with a hen-pecked husband.

But do these points de-legitimize the concept of The Goddess? Not in my book! If one holds – as I do – that God transcends all ideas and concepts, like his creation, time, and gender, then he can co-exist with The Goddess. Indeed, The Goddess can be his female counterpart. The concept of The Goddess simply gives Evangelicals something else to bitch and complain about.

At the top of the original article is this paragraph:

The signs are everywhere to be found. The resurrection of the Goddess was intended to take place in the United States of America. And if ancient prophesy can be trusted, the New Golden Age of Enlightenment will begin with the Winter Solstice, 2012!”

Man, I want to be part of that new Golden Age of Enlightenment! And, by the grace of the Supreme God, I expect to be.

Have yourselves a good day today.

Bill

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November 17, 2011 - Posted by | Religion

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