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And They Shall Be as gods

Genesis:3:4-6

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 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.

And 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…”

Quakerism is called " a mystical reform movement.” 23. Mysticism is defined in the following manner: 

"Cambridge-educated John Ferguson asserts that a state of voluntary spirit possession, [is] "the core of mystical experience."24.

According to Alan Gauld, William James was, “ the famous psychologist, philosopher and father of author Henry James,” who, “ became president of the American S.P.R. in 1885.”25 

The S.P.R. is the occult Society for Psychical Research. Before becoming a psychologist in 1890, 

“James had been trained as a chemist and a physician, so that his evolution from the study of matter to the study of man’s religious longings was throughout supported by science, which was the kind of knowledge his century most admired.” 26. James was, “a leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism and of the psychological movement of functionalism…[His father] Building upon the works of Swedenborg, which had been proffered as a revelation from God for a new age of truth and reason in religion, the elder James [Williams father] had constructed a system of his own that seems to have served him as a vision of spiritual life. This philosophy provided the permanent intellectual atmosphere of William's home life…”  27.

One author states: 

"The initial organization was composed mainly of enthusiastic Spiritualists, but at the core was an experienced team of paranormal investigators, the so-called "Sidgwick Group."
The Sidgwick Group consisted of Henry Sidgwick, Frederic W.H. Myers, Edmund Gurney, Walter Leaf, Lord Raleigh, Arthur Balfour and his sisters Eleanor (who married Sidgwick in 1876) and Evelyn (Lady Raleigh), among others... This informal group had originally been formed in 1874 for the purpose of investigating mediums and Spiritualistic seances...." 27B 

The Society for Psychical Research home page describes their mission and range of study to include the following:

"The principal areas of study of psychical research concerns exchanges between minds, or between minds and the environment, which are not dealt with by current orthodox science. This is a large area, incorporating such topics as extrasensory perception (telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and retrocognition), psychokinesis (paranormal effects on physical objects, including poltergeist phenomena), near-death and out-of-the-body experiences, apparitions, hauntings, hypnotic regression and paranormal healing. One of the Society's aims has been to examine the question of whether we survive bodily death, by evaluating the evidence provided by mediumship, apparitions of the dead and reincarnation studies." http://moebius.psy.ed.ac.uk/~spr/#Origins

The SPR continues today, studying all manner of occult manifestations, which includes the following.

Inquiry into all forms of paranormal cognition (ESP, clairsentience, verdical hallucinations).

Inquiry into all forms of paranormal motion and action (poltergeist, levitation, teleportation).

Inquiry into altered states of consciousness (sleep & dreams, hypnotism, out-of-body experiences).

Inquiry into mediumship and related phenomena (automatic writing, spirit communication).

Investigation of evidence for survival after death and reincarnation.

Investigation of all other phenomena that appear to be scientifically impossible.

Investigation of the social psychological aspects of all such phenomena, within and across cultural boundaries.

"Development of new ways of thinking concerning the application of accepted scientific theories to the findings of the above research." 27C  

The original SPR also studied psi phenomena and explains the determined need to do so was the basis of a new religion.  

“…The existence of parapsychological phenomena continues to be a subject of dispute, although societies for the study of psychic phenomena, made up of eminent scientists and laymen, have been in existence for over a century. In 1882 the Society for Psychical Research was founded in London, followed six years later by the founding of a similar society in the United States, partly through the efforts of psychologist William James.” 

“Parapsychological phenomena of two types have been described. They may be cognitive, as in the case of clairvoyance, telepathy, or precognition; here one person is believed to have acquired knowledge of facts, of other people's thoughts, or of future events, without the use of the ordinary sensory channels--hence the term extrasensory perception (; Esp) …parapsychological phenomena may be physical in character: the fall of dice or the dealing of cards is thought to be influenced by a person's "willing" them to fall in a certain way; or objects are moved, often in a violent fashion, by poltergeists (see poltergeist). The term psychokinesis is often used in this connection...”

 “One of the reasons for interest in psychical research in the last half of the 19th century was the rise of the spiritualist movement that grew out of the acceptance of spirit communication as real and the use of this as the basis of a new religion.” 28. [bolding added]

We know there is nothing new under the sun, and what is described as new by these 'Spiritualists' is simply embracement of the the Occult.

At the age of 59, William James delivered a lecture series (1901-1902) , which resulted in the book, “The Varieties of Religious Experience.” Understanding that psychology is a religion based on a rejection of Jesus Christ, it is noteworthy that James’ book is about the 'psychology of religion'.  He presents the example of a "genius leader,” of which Quaker, George Fox, is considered the very best example.  

"Even more perhaps than other kinds of genius, religious leaders have been subject to abnormal psychical visitations. Invariably they have been creatures of exalted emotional sensibility. Often they have led a discordant inner life and had melancholy during a part of their career. They have known no measure, been liable to obsessions and fixed ideas; and frequently they have fallen into trances, heard voices, seen visions..." 29

James goes on to say that Fox's Quakerism could not be overpraised. 

 "The Quaker religion which he founded is something which it is impossible to overpraise. In a day of shams, it was a religion of veracity rooted in spiritual inwardness, and a return to something more like the original gospel truth than men had ever known in England. So far as our Christian sects to-day are evolving into liberality, they are simply reverting in essence to the position which Fox and the early Quakers so long ago assumed." 30.

Showing that many are given similar mystic illuminations, James shares the experiences of Jacob Boehme and George Fox in their moments of 'illumination,' where they “knew all things.”  

"...Jacob Boehme...[at the] age of twenty-five...was "surrounded by the divine light, and replenished with the heavenly knowledge; [He states]...In one quarter of an hour I saw and knew more than if I had been many years together at an university. For I saw and knew the being of all things, the Byss and the Abyss, and the eternal generation of the holy Trinity...I knew and saw in myself all the three worlds...knew the whole working essence, in the evil and in the good...I had a thorough view of the universe as in a chaos, wherein all things are couched and wrapt..." Jacob Behmen's Theosphic Philosophy, etc. by Edward Taylor, London, 1691, pp. 425, 427, abridged. So George Fox: ‘I was come up to the state of Adam in which he was before he fell. The creation was opened to me; according to their nature and virtue. I was at a stand in my mind, whether I should practice physic for the good of mankind, seeing the nature and virtues of the creatures were so opened to me by the Lord." Journal Philadelphia, no date, p. 69. Contemporary 'Clairvoyance' abounds in similar revelations..." 31

God views 'gods' as belonging to Him and they will be judged, just like any other person. 

Psalm 82:

5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

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Footnotes:

23. Article: Friends, Society of (Quakers) p. 374; William H. Gentz; General Editor; The Dictionary of Bible and Religion; Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1986,

24. An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mysticism and the Mystery Religions, p. 148; as cited p. 229, The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge: A Christian Perspective; John Ankerberg and John Weldon,; Moody Press, 1990

25. Alan Gauld, The Founders of Psychical Research, Schocken Books, New York: 1968, p. 140

26. The Varieties of Religious Experience; p. vi; William James, A Mentor Book; 'A Study in Human Nature: Gifford Lectures of Natural Religion Delivered at Edinburgh in 1901-1902'; The New American Library of World Literature, Inc. 1958; (psychology of religion) Forward by Jacques Barzun

27. James, William" Encyclopædia Britannica Online. March 9 2000    

27B. http://www.sonic.net/~anomaly/articles/ga00006.shtml

27C. http://www.sonic.net/~anomaly/articles/ga00006.shtml

28. "parapsychological phenomenon" Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Accessed March 9 2000.

29. op.cit. James, p. 24

30. Ibid. p. 25

31. Ibid. p. 315

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