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Christianity is Dead, Thelema Lives is the title of this blog.

In short, this is a polemical statement. We know there are billions of Christians as of this new vulgar decade of 2010. There are certainly a lot of Christians and they are not dead, nor do we want them dead. On the contrary, we want them to Live fully.

Christianity as a whole is dead, having been choked by the exoteric dogmas accumulated over centuries of superstitious and fearful tragedies.

The message of Christ has been perverted and used for political power. One need only take one glance to the right at the Sermon of the Mount as taught by Jesus and another glance to the left at the decadently opulent Vatican to see one of the most basic hypocrisies.

Christianity may be dead, but Thelema [Greek for ‘Will’] lives. The Law of Thelema can be summarized with a few short quotations from the Book of the Law:

“The word of the Law is Thelema.”

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

“Thou hast no right but to do thy will.”

“Love is the law, love under will.”

“There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.”

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  1. January 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Blogger,

    I like the fact that you have time for The Sermon on the Mount. Would you then say that words of Jesus are indeed worthwhile?

    You suggest that The Vatican (and perhaps with it the whole Catholic tradition) is opulent. Personally I have never been there, although the thought of great power and wealth being with a few “mere men” who speak as though they have absolute authority concerns me whether in politics or faith.

    Might I suggest however that to pick and choose from Scripture is also putting yourself on an insecure footing.

    I personally would wish to establish my own faith on the entire Bible, but by picking only the words of the Son of God is a great starting point. Reading all of what he said might lead you to re-consider whether you really accept His teaching.

    Your brief quotation “The word of the Law is Thelema” speaks about love.

    Surely one might stop and consider what love is, and where it came from. Indeed the modern world forgets there are 4 types of love (try C.S. Lewis The Four Loves as reference).

    For me “Love without a Living God” presents a course set towards “What feels good”, which could end in disaster. One might “love” chocolate, but satisfying a constant craving may result in ill health.

    If we are to look at love how about the following as a baseline?,”But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

    The writer Paul, and I would include ourselves as sinners.

    2000 years ago people thought Lazarus was dead, look what happened a few days later. “Rome” sought to cover up the New Life as another rose from the dead.

    You might be tongue in cheek in your suggestion that Christianity is dead. Looking at some western Churches were God is not welcome, and I’d draw the same conclusion.

    But Jesus came to “give Life”. There are millions who still live out an active faith today, I’m sorry if “we as Christians” haven’t demonstrated this effectively”.

    SNOWGOOD

    http://snowgood.wordpress.com/

    • January 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      93 snowgood: “Would you then say that words of Jesus are indeed worthwhile?”

      Some are, certainly. If you read my blog posts, Jesus is quoted a few times and the Book of the Law says “Aum! All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand a little.” We do not believe that the Bible was written by God any more than the Book of the Law was – there is no god but man.

      “Might I suggest however that to pick and choose from Scripture is also putting yourself on an insecure footing.”

      You may suggest it but I may not agree! We are not building an edifice from the Scripture as Christians intend to but are only pointing to how the Bible is not completely & totally bankrupt as you will find many atheists saying nowadays who have never even read a full chapter.

      “I personally would wish to establish my own faith on the entire Bible, but by picking only the words of the Son of God is a great starting point. Reading all of what he said might lead you to re-consider whether you really accept His teaching.”

      It is, in fact, a full reading of the Bible which partially leads me to reject Jesus’ teachings and Judeo-Christianity as a whole. It is morbid, base, and often wildly inconsistent. This is the same for many other past systems but Christianity is the largest and most powerful one nowadays (and throughout Western culture for a long, long time). As Isaac Asimov once said, “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism.”

      “Your brief quotation “The word of the Law is Thelema” speaks about love.

      Surely one might stop and consider what love is, and where it came from. Indeed the modern world forgets there are 4 types of love (try C.S. Lewis The Four Loves as reference).”

      Thelema spends a lot of time considering and understanding what Love is. The Love of Thelema encmpasses the Four Loves of the Greeks, which I am aware of. The word for Love in Thelmea is ‘Agape’ but it includes Eros, Storge, and Filia since Love means simply ‘Union’ in Thelema. One can meet with friends, play with brothers, lie with lovers, and unite with God all under the banner of “Love under will.”

      “For me “Love without a Living God” presents a course set towards “What feels good”, which could end in disaster. One might “love” chocolate, but satisfying a constant craving may result in ill health.”

      That is indeed a pit that we may fall into. “Do what thou wilt” does not mean “Do what you like” or “Do as you please” but finding your true Nature which is one with God’s and manifesting that. This is absolute freedom in the sense of freedom from conventional morality but also absolute & austere responsibility that “thou hast no right but to do thy will.” “The formula of this law is: Do what thou wilt. Its moral aspect is simple enough in theory. Do what thou wilt does not mean Do as you please, although it implies this degree of emancipation, that it is no longer possible to say a priori that a given action is “wrong.” Each man has the right – and an absolute right – to accomplish his True Will.”

      We put our own lives and experience as our baseline, not the morbid sufferings of another man. Paul certainly would have called us all sinners, but he was a vengeful Jew. “There is no grace, there is no guilt, this is the Law: DO WHAT THOU WILT.” We do not believe in Original Sin and therefore require no redemption. This is one of the major changes in Thelema in this New Aeon of the Child who conquers with joy rather than the Man who suffers for sin.

      We also do not believe nor are convinced by petty miracles. There are hundreds – 1000s – of prophets in Jesus’ time who made equal if not more grandiose claims such as raising the dead, healing the sick, turning water to wine, and more.

      “You might be tongue in cheek in your suggestion that Christianity is dead”

      I suggest you read my actual blog posts! It is a polemical statement. The outer form is alive but the spirit is dead. Perhaps “But Jesus came to “give Life”” but his formula and methods are outdated & archaic. We have encompassed and superseded his law and now “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” Thanks a lot for your comments.

      • January 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm

        Thanks for taking time to read & post your thoughts.

        I used to read Isaac Asimov myself once.

        We may be “poles apart”, but your reasoned replies are valued.

        Too many who reject Christianity have never bothered to investigate it.

        Your polite good nature is a laudable asset.

      • January 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm

        93 snowgood – Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it.

  2. January 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I believe you mean the word ‘esoteric’. Esoteric doctrines, by the way, are staunchly opposed by historic orthodox Christianity.

    • January 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      93 Eric – No, I meant exoteric as in the outer forms of Christianity i.e. the “historic orthodox Christianity” you mention. Esoteric forms have indeed been staunchly opposed by the historic orthodox Christianity in many forms. It is the exoteric dogma that chokes the esoteric truth in most religions. Thanks for your comment!

  3. January 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    That’s just it though – Christianity knows no esoteric doctrine to be “choked” in the first place. Christianity is and always has been a common, for-everyone, religion (the very definition of ‘exoteric’).

    • January 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      93 Eric – The ‘esoteric doctrine’ is the unity with God. There are mystic & esoteric Christian traditions that carry this idea on in the language of Christianity, but Christianity has been largely “a common, for-everyone religion” in practice. Jesus himself spoke a few words that conceal/reveal an esoteric doctrine such as his mention of having a single eye (Matthew 6:22) along with Matthew 18:3, Luke 17:21, and others. We do not dwell on the past scripture but have our own Holy Books that explain this ‘esoteric doctrine’ much more comprehensively. Thanks for your comment.

  4. January 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    You have serious misunderstandings of Christianity.

    • January 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      93 Eric – Thanks for taking the time to comment. Would you care to enlighten me how you think I have misunderstood?

  5. January 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Hello.
    You previously commented on my blog about saying Christianity is dead. Please tell me why Believing in the One who saved the world is just rubbish. (I am not attacking, I am asking)

    • January 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      93 J. Yu – Thanks for the comment. I am not saying believing in the One who saved the world is rubbish or not rubbish, but that Jesus’ message has been superseded by the Law of Liberty, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Feel free to read the older blog posts to get a better idea. Love is the law, love under will.

  6. January 10, 2010 at 3:05 am

    First, thank you for visiting my blog (http://nofalsegospel.blogspot.com). I am glad that you took the time to read it – so thank you 🙂

    I am actually very familiar with Master Therion. That is what he called himself. It literally translates as “wild beast” (as opposed to “zoa” literally meaning “living creature – sometimes translated as beast). He assumed the title of the Great Beast throughout his time here. Even to the point of being ejected from the Golden Dawn. I am very familiar with his teachings and his descent into carnality and self fulfillment. His teachings ultimately led me to atheism. In atheism, I got angry that if there was a god he would not accept me unless I “accepted Jesus Christ.” This was the exclusive claim that Jesus made. I then set out to disprove the Bible and got crushed in the process…God made Himself very evident to me. And I can assure you that the last thing He would endorse would be for you to go out and fulfill your own will…it leads to mayhem and death.

    I say all of that to say this – and I do not say this to purposely offend you – Therion may not have been the Antichrist, but he was definitely “an” antichrist. In fact, he claimed that title as well.

    You see, if it were actually true that the whole of the law was “do what thou wilt…” That would mean that rape is justifiable if I can say I am doing it in love. If I sincerely believe that I am expressing love to a person – even though they are rejecting that love and I have to force it on them, it is still rape. If the perspective that determines “love” is man’s, then it will ultimately fail. If the perspective is God’s, then it cannot fail, since He is love.

    True love, on the other hand, has everything to do with sacrificing for another. Jesus demonstrated His love for you in that while you (like me) are still a sinner and Christ died for you. The really awesome part is that He rose again and defeated death. And if you can admit your sin, forsake it and put your trust in the risen Son of God, He will save you. There is no greater love than this. The love He has demonstrated to you.

    One day, God will judge the world according to His standard. He has said this in the New Testament where it says, for God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness. Righteousness of the Law – the real Law. If you have ever lied, then like me, you are a liar. If you have ever stolen – a thief. Lusted after someone – Jesus said that is the same as adultery. Further, there is not a person on the planet who can say they have kept God’s Law. We are all guilty before God.

    Like me, you have violates the Law of God. You cannot pay the price for this. The fine is too great – the wages of sin are death and it is eternal fire and pain for the one who violates the Law. But here is where God’s love comes in – He could pay your price. And He loved you so much that He did just that. If you will simply turn away from what your conscience tells you is unlawful (no one ever told you it was wrong to kill – you already knew this…that is your conscience (Ps 19:7)) and put your trust in the One who paid it all for you, He will save you from Himself and His righteous judgment. That, my friend, is LOVE.

    I am sure that you will probably want to tell me that the message of the cross has somehow been superseded by the law of liberty. But considering the man who penned the law of liberty and what he stood for, I would seriously reconsider following his teachings.

    Don’t kid yourself, Therion did not know the meaning of the word “love.”

    I will say this, for different reasons than you state, I believe the religion of Christianity in this country is dead. Jesus said as much in Revelation 3 – “you have a name but you are dead…” The religion that calls itself “Christianity” is dead. It has no anima…no Spirit. But the Body of Christ is very much alive and perfect.

    So, again, I thank you for reading my blog and I encourage you to investigate what I have just told you. There is too much on the line – eternity. Please do not be on the other side of line come judgment day…I don’t want our first meeting to be the day you are separated like wheat from chaff to be cast into eternal fire. Don’t believe me – check for yourself. Trust but verify…and feel free to contact me if you have questions.

    Respectfully,

    Steve

    • Aum Ha
      January 10, 2010 at 5:07 am

      Christians tend to have a way with words that appeal to emotion, but not to intellect. I’m interested in “checking for myself,” but am not quite sure how I would do this. Praying does not lead to any results. The stories in the Bible are no more evidence for the truth of Jesus’ existence (or the existence of the Christian God) than the stories in the texts of Buddhism or Hinduism. As far as I can tell, and correct me if I’m wrong, but “checking for myself” means blindly following Christianity until the very end.

      I’m not just saying this to be critical. I really want to get to the bottom of this — the truth. But Christianity is unverifiable, non-falsifiable, and thus believing it — to me — is no more valid (and just as valid) as believing anything else faith-based with similar claims of damnation and so forth.

      • January 10, 2010 at 5:13 am

        93 Aum Ha – Thanks for your comment, interesting observations. Love is the law, love under will.

    • Moe
      January 10, 2010 at 5:28 am

      93 Steve,

      “You see, if it were actually true that the whole of the law was “do what thou wilt…” That would mean that rape is justifiable if I can say I am doing it in love. ”

      While this is a common misconception, it is incorrect. You see, “The word of Sin is Restriction.” Al 1;41

      Rape is most definitely a restriction of the victim’s will, therefore it cannot be someone’s will to commit it.

      True will does not lead to restriction. Restriction however, does lead to perversion. I see this to be evident in the world today as a result of the restrictive teachings of so-called Christianity. It is not the fact that we are “Sinful” that creates these evils…It is the perversions caused by unduly restricting ourselves. Restrict someone from sex, and their mind goes wild creating the most heinus fantasies and perversions imaginable.

      Just as an example of this, I’ll mention that one of our dogs is a dog we found nearly starved to death… Now, years later, he has a severe eating problem. He will eat until he throws up if you let him. The restriction from food caused this perversion of his nature. Similarly, restrict people from expressing their nature for an extended enough period of time, and perversions will arise. The Killer who was beaten and abused as a child has been restricted from love and compassion, creating his perversion. One of my favorite memes is “Restriction breeds Perversion” Indulge your true nature, and you will not have the need to create these perverse fantasies, let alone act on them. You will be fulfilled, joyous, and ever a King among the Kings.

      Moe

  7. B
    January 11, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Aum Ha if you really want to find out about Christianity read Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

  8. kapoore
    January 10, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I have to question the idea that Thelema, which was originated by Aleister Crowley is about freedom.
    In the Abbey of Thelema Aleister Crowley explored the heights and depths of that “freedom or liberty” which involved breaking all the laws of morality. At one point a cat was ritually killed and its blood drunk, a child died of neglect, a woman miscarried, another man died (supposedly from drinking cat blood)–not great for the child, or the cat since no one cared about their freedoms. Crowley spent all his adult life as a heroine addict–hmm some freedom. He abused his gay lover and his wives–freedom for him, not them. At the end of his life the doctor refused to give Crowley more heroine and the next day he died. There are always going to be people who follow the likes of Crowley. I personally don’t understand it but I know that he was a cult hero of huge proportions. However, there are others more inspired by Jesus Christ, who like a strange attractor leads us deeper into Truth and then it is the Truth itself that will set us free.

    • January 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      93 – You should read ‘Perdurabo’ by Richard Kaczynski which is a highly-researched biography of the man which dispells many myths about his life including how Raoul Loveday died, what happened at Crowley’s own death, and his heroin use. For one thing, Crowley was prescribed heroin by a doctor to treat his asthma which is a fact most people accusing him of such things don’t even know. Further, Crowley was a man and had many ‘faults’ and ‘failures’ that he acknowledged himself and hoped others would learn from. Many think it is a good thing that Crowley did such things since we can revere his work and especially his writings including all the ideas he espoused and wove together without becoming a mere cult of personality. Love is the law, love under will.

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