The Primordial Apple of Temptation.
The notion that a mere creature, whether angel or Man, may, often through arduous psychological and physical discipline, aspire to and even attain mystical Gnostic “Deification”, “ Divinization” or “ Union” and “ Oneness with God”, is as old as the Garden of Eden itself. It may be assumed that, infact, it is a little older still, since the very serpent ( the fallen angel Asclepius/ Venus/ Lucifer) that offered the Hesperidian Apple of Gnosis and Theosis to Eve and then Adam through Eve, had itself some time earlier sought such a spiritual elevation but, having failed in the proud and vain quest, was relegated to perpetual shame by being cast out of Heaven itself, as the author and originator of sin and evil in the Heavenly and Cosmic realms. The vain quest for Mystical and Gnostic Deification, or “ Absorption” or “ Union with God” is indeed, the very Hesperidian “ Apple of Gnosis and Temptation” that, through the agency of the daemon Asclepius/ Venus/ Lucifer in the form of a serpent, brought death and sin not only to the then innocent and pure human condition, but by reflex to all nature itself.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
(Genesis Chapter 3: 1-7 KJV)
This primordial SIN is the very origin of Original Sin in the human condition, which the disobedience of Adam, by giving credence and heed to the serpent’s cunning guile via the agency of his wife Eve, conveyed to all his posterity as a deadly Reality and TENDENCY ( though certainly NOT a NECESSITY nor an INEVITABILITY to individual “ sins”) toward the rebellion of sin; that “ sin which worketh in our members” so long as we are in this human condition ( as the Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul, clearly adumbrates); the denial of which original sin (if we deny that it exists and “ is in us”, according to the Apostle John) openly manifests the denier as being devoid of the truth. When speaking of Original Sin, the Apostle John declares thus:
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” ( 1John 1:8 KJV)
Mystical THEOSIS, therefore, under the subtle, yet quite blasphemous, screen of “ Union”, “ Oneness” and even “ Absorption” into the Deity, often by protracted physical and psychological self-flaggelating exercises ( therefore without actually “ dying daily to one’s self-willed impulses” by “ denying oneself, taking up the cross and following Christ Jesus through meek humility of mind” and seeking the will of Almighty God rather than our own will and fancies, including “ self- transformation” and mystical methodology designed to attain to “ Theosis”), that have a mere “ semblance and outward show of Godliness” and “ feigned humility” that simply feeds inward aspirations to personal deification, is the very sin of Luciferic pride and self-elevation that the “ wise of this world” and those “ false ministers of righteousness” that “parade as angels of light” and even “ministers of Christ” regard and further as the crowning Heroic and Herculean feat of the so-called “ spiritual earthly QUEST” and “ Ladder of Ascent to Heaven”…..
It remains true that the early Church Fathers often spoke of the fact that as Christians we indeed were MORE than only human, for we are then not merely “ men” and “ women” but are raised to a level “ a little lower than the angels”, and are therefore styled “ sons of God” in imitation of the angelic orders who were similarly styled “ sons of God” or “ ben Elohim”, in Hebrew. This elevation to what Scripture terms as “ lesser Gods”, implies NOT that we become creator Gods or are unified with or somehow absorbed into the Holy Deity, but that we assume, by the resurrection of Christ, a NEW nature which is “ partly Angelic” and above our present human nature, yet retain fully our existing personality. The Pythagorean and Buddhistic and Kabbalistic notion of “ self-annihilation” and the “ absorption of the individual into the collective consciousness” or even ( and especially) the “Godhead collective”, is entirely alien and foreign to the Biblical and Christian theology and governing principle of “ self-denial”.
This transformation of our nature is NOT a “ progressive evolution” nor a “ ladder of ascent to deification” ( THEOSIS), but quite the contrary is an instantaneous assumption of a new nature that occurs at one’s conversion, BAPTISM, and Chrismation/Filling with the Holy Spirit… In other words, the fallacy and blasphemy of Theosis, whether considered as a Christianized or a Pagan phenomena, is based on an EVOLVING ladder of ascent and self-transforming metamorphosis of the human condition from, to put it metaphorically, a “ larval-like spiritual state” to a fully-fledged “ butterfly state” that experiences purgation ( Katharsis) struggle and growth inside an “inner- cocoon” of psycho-somatic substance and energy ( “Energeia”), only to emerge eventually as a fully grown “ new being” or “ god”, much like a moth or butterfly would emerge from a worm-like larval cocooned state into a fully-fledged winged moth or butterfly.
This was the very teaching of the ancient Pagans and Pantheists, especially the Orphics and the Kabbalistic Pythagoreans such as the Druids, the Buddhists, the Essenes and the Druzes, who coined the presumed metamorphic process term “ APOTHEOSIS”, which blasphemy the Papacy and the Roman Church absorbed and styled “ SAINTLY CANONIZATION/ Divinization”, and which the HESYCHAST movement in Greek Orthodoxy and the “ QUIETIST” movement in Romanism and Protestantism further to this very day. The Spiritual excercises of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, may also be grouped with the theology of Theosis amongst the MYSTICS. The antinomian Rosicrucian and Masonic Orders and sects such as the “ Familists” ( Family of Love) of Henrik Niclaes, were also instrumental in relaying to the western church the eastern doctrines concerning THEOSIS under the infamous banner of being “ godded with God”. The present-day Mormon blasphemies teach the very same doctrines also.
Mystical Gnostic THEOSIS is the basis of subtle doctrines of daemons that concern themselves with “ SELF-TRANSFORMATION” and “ INNER GROWTH”, popular amongst Tel-Evangelists and the Charismatic and Pentecostal Movements, in vulgar and vain imitation of the Biblical allusions to a Christian’s progressive “ growth in Grace” which has nothing in common with mystical THEOSIS nor some “ spiritual ladder of ascent” or “ self-transformation”, but concerns the progressive cultivation of “ virtue” and subsequent “ favour” with Almighty God and with men…
Egyptian “ mummification” of the dead was similarly introduced in ancient times as a symbolized means of transferring and transmuting the dead human condition from the purely material to the “ divine” THROUGH this supposed “ larval/cocooned metamorphic process” of deification; the futility of which attempts remain proverbial for all time…..
“THEOSIS”, Divinization, Deification, “APOTHEOSIS”, therefore, though containing a semblance of Godliness, Humility and Biblicalism, has perennially been the great “ Apple of Temptation” which the serpent Venus/Lucifer dangles before those who, struggling to stay on the “ straight and narrow path that leads to salvation”, take the bite of Gnostic rebellion and vanity, and enter the “ broad way which leadeth to death” by an all-too great a preoccupation with the process of death and/or the “QUEST” to escape from it, through the cultivation of self-flaggelating self- knowledge/gnosis, and through false-humility, will-worship and spiritual pride, which in fact become the greatest form of inner self-elevation and eventuate in the ultimate “ rebellion against Almighty God Himself” through the proclamation of one’s own Deification/ Godhood… This is the great sin of all Antichrists, and will very soon culminate in the final great sin of the final great ANTICHRIST, who, having taken the doctrine of THEOSIS to its logical end, will proclaim himself to be almighty God in the very Holy of Holies of the soon to be rebuilt Jewish Temple at Jerusalem, and will not only usher in the final great persecution, but will invoke the final wrath of Almighty God upon the entire world of men…
There is not a single Religion in the world which does not adhere to some form of THEOSIS/APOTHEOSIS as its crowning goal and philosophical/spiritual quest. The secret means of attaining such a state has always been daemonic possession through THEURGIC invocation, meditative incantation and exercise. For this reason Simeon the New Theologian ( the founder, or rather the reviver in Eastern Orthodoxy of the Praxis, Methodism and doctrines of Pythagoras) was initially rejected by the Church as a rebel against the authority of Bishops and a practitioner of mystical/magical THEURGIC exercises and pagan novelties such as vegetarianism.
The mystical notions of THEOSIS and THEURGY promulgated by the disciples of Zoroaster/Saturn ( also known as Nimrod/Osiris) which sought to revive the rule of Saturn/Nimrod/Moloch in memory of the so-called “ Golden Age of Saturn” when the whole world was united in hedonistic humanism under Nimrod/Zoroaster’s famed “ Tower of Babel”, shortly after the great deluge of Noah some 4200 years ago, through a continuing stream of secret brotherhoods and trade guilds to the author of all Gnostic Apostasy, Hermes Trismegistos ( otherwise known as the evil apostate of the Jewish tribe of Dan: Huram Abiff) the founder of the great Hermetic Gnostic “ Mystery of Iniquity”: then the Kabbalist Pythagoras ( the Buddhists, the Essenes and Therapeutae, and the Druids) and subsequently Simon Magus, and their Neoplatonic/Gnostic disciples such as pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Cerinthus, Hypatia and Apollonius of Tyana: and on to Merlin and the Druid King Arthur of “ Arthurian Romance” fame, then Charlemagne and his Chivalric Renaissance; in turn gave rise to Islamic Ismaili/ Druze and Dervishistic FREEMASONRY and ROSICRUCIANISM, which secret orders invariably taught the doctrines of Hesychastic/ Quietistic mystical THEOSIS and THEURGY from which quarters, via the monks and crusaders of the middle ages, they have infiltrated and insinuated and embedded themselves in both Eastern and Western Christendom ( both Church and Society) to such an extent that their own disciples are now recognized and accepted as canonized “ saints”, both in the east and west, and follow the monastic orders and philosophical tenets that the pagan Kabbalist Pythagoras made popular at Samos and Crotona, and through his disciples the Buddhists, Essenes and Druids, throughout the entire known world…..
When we consider that all modern “ science falsely so-called” stems from the Pagan Philosophers such as Pythagoras, Epicurus and the Stoics, and that Science, Sport and Entertainment were ALWAYS associated with secret societies and social orders of INITIATION, particularly Theosophical orders such as Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, and that the goal of the Sporting ( Olympian), Entertainment ( Thespian) and Scientific ( Rosicrucian/Gnostic) industries has perennially been to elevate the human condition to GODHOOD ( under the pretense of the “ betterment of mankind” and the “ attainment of happiness”) through the carrot lie of humanism and the so-called “ Rights of Man” ( liberty, equality and fraternity; ie Godless antinomian hedonism), we may safely conclude that the Biblical adages which state that the “ whole world lieth in wickedness”, and that “ whosoever is a friend of this world is the enemy of God”, and that the god of this world is in fact Lucifer/Venus/Asclepius, remain ever-increasingly true to this day..
Through mystical THEOSIS man infact has rebelled against His maker, and under the pretense of spirituality and religious humility and will-worship has sought to vainly elevate himself in the same rebellious way that Lucifer/Venus did before the fall of Man in the Garden of Eden.. The Devil still offers his Hesperidian apples of mystical/Gnostic THEOSIS as temptations to the unwary pilgrim and sojourner in this world, and beckons him or her to take a bite at the expense of their eternal soul..
This “ doctrine of the deep things of Satan”; the doctrine of THEOSIS, has fallen, like the fabled “ emerald tablet” from the very crown of the Devil/Lucifer/Venus himself… Whoever seeks this unholy grail must reap an unholy reward in eternity. May God preserve us all from this ultimate temptation to sin, death and rebellion, and help us to resist the Devil that he may flee.. May God set a hedge around His Christian children, the TRUE “ sons and daughters of God”, who need seek no further than their new birth in Christ Jesus; their growth in Grace, their true Sainthood, Holiness, Purity, and Righteousness of Life ( if they indeed be true Christians); as fully transformed “ new creatures in Christ Jesus”; baptized and enlightened and filled with the Spirit of God, the “ Spirit of Holiness” without which no man or woman may see God. May we indeed learn to lean on the shoulders of our beloved Jesus Christ when exiting the weary and toilsome labours in the field of this world, in the full knowledge and belief that “ our beloved is ours, and we are his”, and that striving to maintain anything but Holy Virtue, Grace, Faith, Hope and Charity in this world will inevitably miss the mark and fall short of the aim and goal of all human existence. “ Vanity, vanity, all is vanity” said the wise and repentant King Solomon, having by then become a Preacher. All vain striving for THEOSIS is, likewise, a fruitless and dangerous endeavour which merely mimicks Godliness, but denies the power thereof. Our striving must be to “ enter through the narrow gate” and leave all striving for the broad gate of this vain world to those who are the children of vanity, rebellion and strife. The Truth of God must be LOVED and not merely handled.. God’s people, indeed, perish for a lack of knowledge.
May our Lord Jesus Christ raise up worthy servants and shepherds to regather His scattered sheep who are now being devoured by the wolves of hypocrisy and deceit, who preach “ another Jesus” yet hide beneath the sheep’s clothing of a Christian. God preserve us from false brothers and sisters, for the Devil goeth about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour… MARANATHA……..