New Age leader Robert Muller,
for many years Assistant Secretary-General of the United nations,
expresses much the same: "I believe that humanity…has a tremendous
destiny to fulfill and that a major transformation is about to take
place in our evolution." 8 Muller states clearly: "Decide to
open yourself…to the potential of the human race, to the infinity of
your inner self, and you will become the universe…at long last your
real, divine, stupendous self." 9
Evolving Upward to Godhood
The goal of evolution, as
portrayed for thousands of years before Darwin, has always been to
journey through endless reincarnations until union with the Universal
Mind, or All, has once again been achieved. Barbara Brown of UCLA
Medical Center declares that we are "evolving to a higher level of
mind…[called] supermind."10 At Esalen, the New Age center in
the Big Sur area south of San Francisco where the Human Potential
movement began, Michael Murphy and George Leonard offered a seminar on
"The Evolution of Consciousness," which suggested that "a transformation
of human consciousness as momentous as the emergence of civilization is
underway." Darwin also recognized the spiritual implications of his
theory. In The Descent of Man he wrote: "Man may be excused for
feeling some pride at having risen…to the very summit of the organic
scale; and the fact of his having risen, instead of having been
aboriginally placed there, may give him hopes for the still higher
destiny in the distant future."
Whether Darwin fully realized
it or not, the mystical goal of the theory of evolution he championed
had always been to become "God." In The Atman Project, Ken Wilbur
lays it out clearly: "If men and women have ultimately come up from
amoebas, then they are ultimately on their way towards God."
In Up from Eden Wilbur
identifies this belief in man’s ascension to godhood as the heart of
what has been "known as the ‘perennial philosophy’…the esoteric core of
Hinduism, Buddhism, Taosim, Sufism…." As Jon Klimo in his book
Channeling summarizes it, the "truth of truths" of the channeled
material is "that we are God" and only need to "realize" it. So the
serpent’s lie to Eve continues to dominate the ambitions of modern man,
and evolution is his hope that the lie will one day be realized.
Evolution plays a key role in
the occult. Theodore Roszak pointed out that mysticism is "the parent
stock from which the theory of biological evolution springs." 11
Anthropologist Michael Harner reminds us that "millennia before Charles
Darwin, people in shamanic cultures were convinced that humans and
animals were related." 12 Evolution, as the core belief of
Hinduism and witchcraft, is at least as old as the theories of
reincarnation and karma, in which it is a key element.
Evolution, Reincarnation, and
Of course, evolution must be
an essential part of the belief in reincarnation and karma. There is no
point in coming back in an endless cycle of death and rebirth unless
progress is being made upward. That progress is allegedly accomplished
through evolution, not only of the body but of the soul.
Since reincarnation is a
belief basic to witchcraft, it is not surprising that it is amoral.
If a husband beats his wife, the cause-and-effect law of karma will
cause him to be reincarnated in his next life as a wife who is beaten by
her husband. That husband (who will have been prepared by his
karma to be a wife-beater) must in turn come back in his next
life as a wife beaten by her husband; a murderer must in turn become the
victim of murder, and so forth endlessly.
The perpetrator of each crime
must become the victim of the same crime, which necessitates another
perpetrator, who in turn must become a subsequent victim at the hands of
yet another, ad infinitum. Rather than solving the problem of evil,
karma and reincarnation perpetuate it.
Apropos to our subject of the
occult, evolution opens the door to belief in a mysterious "Force"
pervading the universe, a Force which evolutionists believe brought life
into existence and has directed its astonishing development over
billions of years. It is a Force, too, which presumably has even greater
heights of evolutionary development in store for mankind. Clearly this
force is a substitute for God.
Evolution is a religion
without any support in fact. C. S. Lewis wrote: "If minds were wholly
dependent on brains, and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry on the
meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of
those minds should have any more significance than the sound of the
wind…."13 That simple logic destroys Darwinism. If man is the
chance product of impersonal evolutionary forces, then so are his
thoughts—including the theory of evolution.
7. W. L. Wilmhurst, The
Meaning of Masonry (Bell Publishing, 1980), pp. 47, 94, as cited
in Alan Morrison, The Serpent and the Cross (K&M Books, 1994),
8. Robert Muller, ed.,
The Desire to Be Human: A Global Reconnaissance of Human Perspectives
in an Age of Transformation (Miranana, 1983), p. 17.
9. Robert Muller, "Decide
to Be," in Link-Up, 1986, p. 2.
10. Barbara Brown,
Supermind (Harper & Row, 1980), pp. 6-7, 19.
11. Theodore Roszak,
Unfinished Animal (Harper & Row, 1980), pp. 74-75.
12. Michael J. Harner,
The Way of the Shaman: A Guide to Healing and Power (Harper & Row,
1980), p. 57.
13. Dave Hunt and T. A.
McMahon, The New Spirituality (Eugene, OR: Harvest House
Publishers, 1988), p. 155.