This article details changes made to religion to suite those that follow the “Torah of Atzilut” whether it is Christian in form, Jewish, or Muslim. The changes should not be limited to the examples given. The litmus is simple. Look at Scripture and ask yourself “how many addtional doctrines, practices, traditions do I observe that are not mentioned there?”

“Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. “

The Rabbis have written that a righteous gentile follows the Noahide laws or laws God gave Noah. He is a God fearer and acceptable in righteousness. He can convert partially keeping some of the laws, dietary for instance or convert fully, be circumcised, and become a “Jew”. Some of the Rabbis have pushed an evangelical Noahide religion for a long time as an alternative for Christianity.

We know Rabbinic Judaism does not accept Jesus Christ as Messiah. The Rabbis say no Christian can be aJew. In Israel today is a small group of originally “gentile Americans” known as the “new Netzerim”. Its founders converted to Judaism from Christianity, became Rabbis and proclaim the Ebionite doctrines of Christ, the man. They say Jesus will return and is Messiah. They follow rabbinic doctrine and submit to rabbinic law. They are considered “Orthodox Jews”.

 The example as such is hardly worth merit and can be considered fringe. What if a single major religion could be shown as a product of this effort? What if two or more are direct results and many more can be shown to be impacted.

If the philosophic underpinning, mysticism, and spirituality are as I have shown then there should beclear examples.

“It is for this reason that one finds such a remarkable consensus among the greatest mystics and sages, such as Shankara in Hinduism, Ibn Arabi in Islam, and Meister Eckhart in Christianity”458.458 Christianity and the Perennial Philosophy ©2003 James S. Cutsinger459 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994460 Ibid-

“This was an occult philosophy reborn into an age longing for spiritual regeneration, and its effects were far-reaching. Quite naturally, men and women sharing this vision sought techniques of communicating with the divine hierarchies; Kabbalah provided both a framework for seeking such intercourse and an image of the divine order awaiting encounter. The wedding of Kabbalah with the Hermetic image of man gave birth (among many offspring) to the magical traditions contrived in this period, represented by Cornelius Agrippa’s immensely influential work, De occulta philosophia, first published in 1533”.

If this quote is true this far along in history some fruit should have been born. Harold Bloom in “The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation Chapter 5, “The Religion-Making Imagination of Joseph Smith,” where Bloom states, “The God of Joseph Smith is a daring revival of the God of some of the Kabbalists and Gnostics, prophetic sages who, like Smith himself, asserted that they had returned to the true religion of Yahweh or Jehovah” (p. 99).

Further in Lance S. Owens’ Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection459 “In investigating Smith’s connection with Hermeticism, historical attention is also being newly focused on evidences supporting an oft-ignored claim of esoteric lore: the import of Hermeticism in the evolution of early America’s religious consciousness and political culture. This has broad implications for our understanding of the new nation’s religious history. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries there developed within Europe’s religious crucible a complex alloying of Hermeticism and alchemical mysticism with radical aspirations for Christian reformation.

 Brooke well documents how this intersection between dispensational Restorationism and the hermetic occult flowed into early American culture and religion: among Quakers, Pietists, and perfectionists coming to Pennsylvania and New Jersey between about 1650 and 1730; through the “culture of print” conveyed by alchemical and hermetic texts brought from Europe; and in the development of late-eighteenth century esoteric Masonry with its rich foundations in Kabbalistic, hermetic and alchemical mythology”.460

Going further the article relates that in 1841 the cabalist Alexander Neibaur joined the Mormon church at Nauvoo. It relates that he was from the Polish borderlands of Prussia. He became Smiths Hebrew tutor and was his companion.

What is not said is that the cabalist from this period and specifically from this area was unequivocally  Frankist. Less than thirty years before this the last of the Frank children, Eva had passed away. Before this in the time of her father Judaism had split in half across Europe. What was left of traditional Judaism
was the Talmud based Orthodox, the other the Cabala based and anti Talmudic Frankist.
Mormonism’s fascination with a non existent early South American culture of first century Jewish immigrants may be tied directly to Menasseh ben Israel’s meeting with Antonio de Montesinos in 1644.
The existence of a religious people based in this speculation provides a proof of Tzevi’s messianic claim to the cabalist. It also in its day provided the fire in ben Israel’s belly to get Oliver Cromwell to agree to allow the Sephardic Jews back into England fulfilling ben Israel’s prediction that messiah would then come.

Montesinos description of the Indians in the Andes as the Ten Lost Tribes fueled messianic speculation and as a direct result gave rise to Shabbetai Tzevi within ten years.

The architecture of the Mormon Temples are representations of the cabbalist Tree of Life or Seferot and Speculative Masonic symbolism.

“Although much of what occurred is a mystery, the influence of Masonry is very apparent in LDS Temple architectural symbolism. The Nauvoo temple’s stones depicting the sun, moon and stars, inverted pentacles, and compass and square on the weathervane are all Masonic (Tanner). The Salt Lake temple also includes the all-seeing eye, handclasps, and beehives on its doors and doorknobs.

It is also interesting to note the cabalistic astrological patterning of some LDS temples, particularly the Salt Lake Temple. There are earth stones at the base of its buttresses, moon stones above them, then sunstones, starstones further up, and saturn stones atop the spires, which reflect some of the ordering of planets on the cabalistic tree of life. The constellation Ursa Major is depicted on the west side and the moon stones depict the lunar stations of one year. Many LDS note that the ‘Holiness to the Lord’ gold lettering on the eastern side looking forward to Christ’s appearance in the East as in many traditions, but many fail to make note of the fact that Ursa Major would also orientate the entire structure Northward, which is how ancient temples were often orientated (Parry 1994). The Salt Lake temple interior has levels representing the telestial, terrestrial and celestial kingdoms. And while the baptismal font is a separate building at the Salt Lake temple, the Nauvoo Temple had the baptismal font in the lowest level, representing the underworld which in many ancient traditions was an aqueous realm. There is also some pagan symbolism on the interior of the Salt Lake temple which is quite beautiful but again too sacred to
discuss.

The architectural symbolism of the Salt Lake temple also represents what the LDS consider to be the modern restoration of the ancient Priesthood Order of Melchizedek; the three towers on the east side represent the Prophet and his two counselor-priests and the three towers on the west side represent the presiding Bishop of the Aaronic Priesthood and his two counselors, while the twelve pinnacles rising from the towers on the east side represent the twelve apostles, and those of the west side represent the High Council.”461461 Buerger, David. 2002. The Mysteries of Godliness:a history of Mormon Temple Worship. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. Chapter 3 ‘Joseph Smith’s Ritual’ online at http://www.signaturebooks.com/excerpts/mystery.htm#ch3.Parry, Donald W. 1994. Temples of the Ancient World: ritual and symbolism. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co.Tanner, Sandra. Masonic Symbols and the LDS Temple.

 
The telling sign beyond cabbala is speculative Freemason imagery. The use of both speculations denotesFrankism462 or a good copy.

462 Lance S. Owens- “But Kabbalah asserted that while God exists in highest form as a totally ineffable unity– called by Kabbalah Ein Sof, the infinite–this unknowable singularity had necessarily emanated into a great number of Divine forms: a plurality of Gods. These the Kabbalist called Sefiroth, the vessels or faces of God. (Se Marital sexual intercourse became for the Kabbalist the highest mystery of human action mirroring the Divine: an ecstatic sacramental evocation of creative union, an image of God’s masculine and feminine duality brought again to unity. Of interest to Mormonism, among several groups of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Kabbalists, polygamous and variant sexual relationships sometimes served as social expressions of these sacral mysteries.

Thus in Kabbalistic exegesis Jehovah equaled Adam: Adam was God.17 With this affirmation went the assertion that all humankind in highest realization was like God: the two realities shadowed each other.”

Mormonism despite its name is a Cabalist Jewish affectation. This is the work of Frankism’s Apostles. They, like the Neo Netzerim in Israel are acceptable to Orthodox Judaism as they were made to be. They are as close as they have ever been to gaining orthodoxy in Christian circles.

How do the Mormons feel about this?

Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection by Lance S. Owens This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies.

This same article notes “During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries there developed within Europe’s religious crucible a complex alloying of Hermeticism and alchemical mysticism with radical aspirations for Christian reformation. Brooke well documents how this intersection between dispensational Restorationism and the hermetic occult flowed into early American culture and religion: among Quakers, Pietists, and perfectionists coming to Pennsylvania and New Jersey between about 1650 and 1730; through the “culture of print” conveyed by alchemical and hermetic texts brought from Europe; and in the development of late-eighteenth century esoteric Masonry with its rich foundations in Kabbalistic, hermetic and alchemical mythology”.

Among others Quakers, Pietists, and perfectionists are listed as following this type of mysticism. Shakers also must be included as being an offshoot of the Quaker movement.

Can any of these people including the Mormons be considered immoral? No. Simply no, the people are maintained moral.

Starting on this tact we have a major religion, and a few affectations that are entirely cabalistic, and oriented toward Judaism and not the Christian faith. These affectations are the direct result of thesecond “Great Awakening”.

The second form under discussion is ecclesiastical primitivism. This is the work of the reformers Zwigli, Calvin, and the Puritans. This movement was about restoring Godly structures including government, and Christian practice. That this part of the Reformation movement was heavily influenced by the Cabbalists is unequivocal. In striving to return to ancient practices, precedence was given to the Rabbis which in these geographic areas were mainly Sephardic and scholars of Cabala. To reiterate if John Calvin’s writings are looked at they are Midrashic in styling. The Calvinist/ Puritan Reformation movement of today shows this inclination by their obsession with Jewish Halacha or religious and civil law. The Dominionist strain is insistent that a “Christian Nation” must be run on Jewish Civil Law otherwise known as the 613 mitzvot, minus some religious law.

Their propensity toward this has blinded them to the fact that this corpus is taken from the Talmud, not the Bible. This also shows the reliance of the roots of Puritanism and Calvinism on the Cabbalist and the Torah of Beriah described in the next chapter too much.

“The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant–baptism and Holy Communion–must be denied citizenship, just as they were in ancient Israel. “Gary North, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism (Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1989), p. 87

In the ancient Israel he speaks of, it was the Tanna starting with Gamaliel II, down to his descendent Judah the Prince that excommunicated or denied citizenship to their adversaries. Unfortunately when they relayed this information they never said who it was that was denied citizenship. It was the children of the Apostles. This was originally done through the 12th Blessing as shown earlier.

On that note here is something new. I hope it makes the point.

“After Gamaliel’s death (comp. M. .. 27a; Yer. M. .. 83a), the first place among the scholars fell to Joshua, since Eliezer b. Hyrcannus was under a ban. Joshua wished to do away with a regulation of Gamaliel’s, but met with opposition on the part of the council (‘Er. 41a). Joshua stood by the death-bed of his colleague Eliezer b. Hyrcannus and called to him: “O master, thou art of more value to Israel than God’s gift of the rain; since the rain gives life in this world only, whereas thou givest life both in this world and in the world to come” (Mek., Yitro, Ba.odesh, 10; Sifre, Deut. 32; comp. Sanh. 101a). When, after Eliezer’s death, the other law scholars, Eleazar b. Azariah, .arfon, and Akiba, contested some of his opinions, Joshua said to them: “One should not oppose a lion after he is dead” (Gi.. 83a; Yer. Gi.. 50a). Eleazar, also, seems to have died some time before Joshua.”463463 Jewish Encyclopedia- Article by Solomon Schecter, Wilhelm Bacher Joshua b. Hananiah

If you read the chapters “the New Jewish Paradigm” through “Raising Lazarus” we find the story of R. Eliezer b. Hyrcannus or simply Lazarus. His identity shown through the ossuary of his wife Imma Shalom, and those of his sisters Martha and Mary located near Bethany in a first century “Christian” cemetery.
Look at the statement in bold.

What life was R. Joshua speaking of? Lazarus taught the doctrines of Jesus our King. He was excommunicated for being a Nazarene. Years later, at his death his “equal” made this statement which shows his opinion along with the other greatest scholars of his day, contrary to new formulation of the religion, Jesus is Messiah. This is one of many statements. If the Talmud is read carefully it will be seen that most of the famous and prestigious scholars of that day were also Nazarenes (not just Netzerim).

What does this mean in plain language?

If you have seen one thing in this book so far it is that the Religion of Israel follows the “king”.

Right through the Roman enforcement of the 12th Blessing, leaders of the Religion of Israel was provably what the Romans called strps or Christiani, which had a majority following until the Temples Destruction.

This ban was the start of Rabbinic Judaism.

Next, the king Tzevi broke traditional Judaism according to one of its greatest scholars, Gershom Scholem. Jacob Frank then did it again, and then did it for the Christian faith.

Are these next statements in line with the Christiani, or the Sabbetean?

“However, I will attempt to explain this. We are talking about incorrigibility here. Cursing one’s parents does not mean simply swearing. What is implied here is far more serious. Incorrigibility would be required to be proven before the local civil elders before the child could be executed. It would need to be demonstrated that the child is out of control and will not obey his parents even when the most serious punishment — death — is threatened. In the United States of America, in this century, there were laws on the books in some states that said that a thief could be put to death for repeat offenses. This goes beyond what the Bible prescribes, but we see the same principle at work — capital punishment for incorrigibility- Article What is Theonomy Jay Rogers

Although the example looks extreme this is what has become mainstream in the Puritan and Calvinist movement.

Gary North claims that “the ideas of the Reconstructionists have penetrated into Protestant circles that for the most part are unaware of the original source of the theological ideas that are beginning to transform them.” North describes the “three major legs of the Reconstructionist movement” as “the Presbyterian oriented educators, the Baptist school headmasters and pastors, and the charismatic telecommunications system464.464 Public Eye Article by Fredric Clarkson

Another is a tenet within Judaism that as long as a Jew remains within the community (Judaism) they have a place in the next world, regardless of what they do.

In Calvinism its counterpart is expressed as that the man called from before the foundation of the world to be one of the elect of God.s people, can do no wrong. Its technical name is supralapsarianism, and commonly expressed as “once saved always saved”.

These changes are not possible to a perfect faith once given, unless it is under the auspice of Neo Platonics. If a survey of the writings of current Christian philosophers is taken how many are intent on changing the faith into something else.

If the philosophical backgrounds on new movements are understood how many are doing the same thing. A simple survey of their websites tells enough. From the “Emergent Church” movement to Reconstructionism the philosopher feels free to change again how we view our world, God, salvation.

As many different side as there are to Neo Platonic Philosophy is as many different variable Christianities we may now have that are Orthodox.

 
Jacob’s flocks that were mentioned earlier Reform, Conservative, and Hassidic Judaism are his outgrowths. They want the laws relaxed. They comprise the largest Jewish population within the USA, and one of the largest in the world.

Speculative Masonry is entrenched in every town and city is a beneficial and charitable organization.

Within the early Restoration movement it is known as “Experiential Primitivism”. Its focus is on communicating with God directly and experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit in immediacy like the first century church.

This said an admission is in order. I also am a believer in the Power of the Living God. The Living God understands and knows the motives of the heart, mine and yours.

Experiential Primitivism has also beyond the Mormons465 carried into this century through Pentecostalism and its offshoots.

465 “At Nauvoo he (Joseph Smith) publicly and unequivocally announced his new theology of preexistent spirits, the unity of matter and spirit, and the divinization of the faithful, and he privately pursued the consummation of alchemical-celestial marriage as the ultimate vehicle to this divinity. The alchemical-hermetic term of coniunctio powerfully summarizes the resolution that Smith had achieved at Nauvoo by the summer of 1844. He had established a theology of the conjunction–the unification–of the living and the dead, of men and women, of material and spiritual, of secular and sacred, all united in a “new and everlasting covenant” over which he would preside as king and god. In these circumstances the conventional boundary between purity and danger, right and wrong, law and revolution, simply melted away…. In effect the greater Mormon emergence can be visualized as meta-alchemical experience running from opposition to union, an experience shaped and driven by the personality
of Joseph Smith”. Harold Bloom, The American Religion (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992), 98, 127.

I respectfully ask as a brother, how you submitted to the foolishness of a holy laughter, or a man of god that punches or kicks old women and says “you are healed? They told you not to check against Scripture  or even pray?

To begin to understand this, refer to the chapter “Hermetics”.

“Cornelius Agrippa’s occult philosophy,” notes Frances Yates one of the most influential historians of the Renaissance period, is “in fact . . . really a religion, claiming access to higher powers, and Christian since it accepts the name of Jesus as the chief wonder-working name”.

These examples are not meant in any way as a polemic. To see the contrast all any of us need to do is review “Holy Scripture”. It would seem even at a cursory glance “we have allowed the forbidden.”

After going through a few examples, the branches off them should be able to be seen. People given half a chance will try to live morally. If morality is based in what the philosophy of the moment is how can it turn out well?

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