07 October 2010

"As Above, So Below"

   Our Father in heaven,
   Reveal who you are.
   Set the world right;
   Do what's best— as above, so below.
   Keep us alive with three square meals.
   Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
   Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
   You're in charge!
   You can do anything you want!
   You're ablaze in beauty!
      Yes. Yes. Yes.
This is supposedly the Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6. If nothing else, it is Eugene Peterson's twisted interpretation of it in The Message. I've already addressed some of the major problems with this interpretation in the April 6, 2010 post, "Heretical Quote of the Day." Bottom line - "As Above, So Below" is a blatant New Age reference, which shouldn't surprise us considering Peterson's New Age sympathies. (For more on Peterson and The Message and the New Age implications of this heretical paraphrase of God's Word, I suggest reading Warren Smith's book A Wonderful Deception or Ray Yungen's books A Time of Departing and For Many Shall Come in My Name). The following explanation of the phrase, "as above, so below" is from the website The Mystica: An Online Encyclopedia of the Occult, Mysticism, Magic, Paranormal, and More... A big thanks to Kim over at DiscernIt blog for posting the link to this site.
This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet and embraces the entire system of traditional and modern magic which was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus. The significance of this phrase is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. All systems of magic are claimed to function by this formula. "'That which is above is the same as that which is below'...Macrocosmos is the same as microcosmos. The universe is the same as God, God is the same as man, man is the same as the cell, the cell is the same as the atom, the atom is the same as...and so on, ad infinitum." 
This message theorizes that man is the counterpart of God on earth; as God is man's counterpart in heaven. Therefore, it is a statement of an ancient belief that man's actions on earth parallel the actions of God in heaven. This pivots on the belief that "all things have their birth from this One Thing by adaptation." 
When feeling unison with the universe the magician knows he has reached his Higher or True Self because he has attained mastery of himself and the universe. Thus he feels his "skillful work ascends from earth to heaven and descends to earth again, and receives the power of the superiors and of the inferiors." Therefore, he "hast the glory of the whole worldtherefore let all obscurity flee from thee." Now the miracles are possible. 
Some magicians, including Aleister Crowley, claimed that when the magician reaches this ultimate peak of altered consciousness the miracles are no longer important, the extreme goal becomes the direct union with God. 
Read the entire article here
Hmm...call me crazy, but that just doesn't sound Biblical or Christian AT ALL! And yet, The Message continues to be hailed as a valid Bible translation by pastors and lay people alike. I'm not going to tell you that you must read the ESV (although I'd recommend it!) or the NASB or the NKJV or the KJV, but please, please, please, choose one of these true, legitimate translations before you choose to use one man's opinionated paraphrase.

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