Well, I really don't like talking religion much in person, because I'm theologically confused, but I like to read all kinds of sacred or magickal texts. My relationship with God is, shall we say, very private and somewhat stormy. I have been at times various shades of both Christian and neo-pagan, and I have relatives in Eckankar, so at a very young age I was taught how to meditate, at least how a little kid could understand how to meditate. I never really got any further with Eck than to read their books. Some adherents go around with cassettes (probably CD's now) in their car, but the insipidly "soothing" voice of the speakers on those tapes sets my teeth on edge. Also that "Living Eck Master" thing just seems like someone getting in the way between people and God. (Sorry, Eck relatives).
Floating around the edges of the conspiracy writers, you get a lot of Bible-thumping rejection of anything that is not their particular brand of evangelical Christianity. I find this annoying, but in a way I secretly admire their singlemindedness. I wish I could trust some text as the Divine Truth, but the Divine is probably too big to capture in mere words. Therefore I choose to stay confused, and I just try to listen to my heart. I hang out with one particular Presby church because they actually have some level of organization, they act civilized for the most part, and they have good music. Also, they don't claim the preaching is somehow infallible. They recognize it's just the minister's personal riff on things. I find that kind of refreshing. I like the idea of giving oneself up to service to one's fellow man, which seems to be Jesus' message. That and the guys who try to get between you and God should get the heck out of the way (i.e. money changers, Pharisees with too many rules, etc.)
So, whenever any religion, Christian or pagan or new-age or whatever, tries to get cozy with government or big money, or when they claim a hierarchy of Secret Masters and demand obedience to them; or any hierarchy outside of the minimum amount of organization required to run a congregation, I REALLY find that annoying. Because no man or woman or mysterious Great Poo Bah shall come between me and my God. And my God is NOT about worldly power or pyramid schemes. That's all man-made BS.
Anyway, the Christian-oriented conspiracy guys keep complaining about an organization called the Lucis Trust. http://www.lucistrust.org So I decided to give it a look. At first blush, this organization looks like people who follow the writings of this lady named Alice Bailey, a theosophist. Here's the Wiki on her:
I find it hard to take invisible "Tibetan Masters" seriously. But that's me. Any channeled material that is channeled by someone else, how can you tell if it's actually channeled, or if the being that is supposedly communicating with the channeler hasn't got some axe to grind of its own? Also, that's AGAIN putting someone else between you and God. Two, actually: an invisible someone else, plus the channeler.
Now, I have to see if there really are strong ties as alleged by the conspiracy guys between the Lucis Trust and the U.N., because if there are, that's probably what is going to be pushed on people if the U.N. tries to take over the US. Unless it's merely a way to get useful idiots believing in a "New Age" which is really a coup d'etat. I'm not interested in having some creed shoved down my throat, from any direction, thank you.
But if it's just another Bible-thumping noise, then same reaction, keep your (s)creeds to yourself.
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