Atheists need not answer.
Lately, I have been having a problem. I have had a renewed interest in religion and Christianity in particular. I have read several books explaining and defending the faith by intellectual authors. They present Christianity in a new, more truthful light than what I had been prejudiced to believe. I was beginning to feel a renewed sense of hope as I began to explore the bible, in particular the Gospels. Then I remembered something. Before finding this new interest in the faith I had been learning about the opposite of these beliefs... The path of the occult, the Ancient Mysteries. I will assume here that you are not familiar with this entirely, and will try to elucidate this subject to the best of my ability. I am not talking of New Age philosophy.
Secret Teachings of All Ages Index
(read the last two chapters for a brief overview, the ones referring the Christianity for a general overview of "Mystic Christianity")
That link is pretty much the definitive modern book about these teachings. The whole history of these schools has obviously been shrouded in secrecy. The reason they give is because most humans are not capable of understanding these mysteries. Only if you had the caliber of mind of Plato and Pythagoras could you ever hope to pass the stages of being an initiate. Even to be an initiate you had to be the best of your generation in all aspects. It is generally accepted that only one or two a generation will become adepts (the last step) in their life time. Most who are initiated into these schools spend their lives studying and committed to the dissolution of the ego. Their ultimate goal is to reach complete separation of mind (godly) and body(animal). They believe immortality of the soul (breaking the living and dying cycle of reincarnation) is achieved through the Self. By learning the mysteries their minds ascend to the level of gods making them immortal. They believe the majority of humanity are stupid and incapable of elevating their consciousness. They believe that it will take most many, many life times to evolve to the state of immortality of the soul. The end of days is presumed to be when all have evolved to this state.
When I really thought about this idea of the Mystery Schools it sounded Luciferian to me (though the majority do not mention Lucifer in any way). The venerate the snake/dragon as a symbol of knowledge/ endless cycle.
Gnosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theosophy symbol (I guess kind of a modern-day Mystery School):
They worship knowledge as a means to become God/gods. What bothers me about this is that many of the greatest minds of humanity have been initiates to these schools. What if this the truth? I could possibly agree with their view that most people are incapable of having a profound view of the Divine. Manly P. Hall also claims that all religious schools have an esoteric portion, including Christianity (What of the Gnostic Gospels?).
These give a good overview of it :
Exoteric & Esoteric Christianity Comparison
Esoteric Christianity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The views of esoteric Christianity go completely against the exoteric views.
The modern day Mystic Christians are the Rosicrucians.
The Essenes were said to be mystic Jews and some even go as far to claim Mary and Joseph were Essenses and that immaculate conception really means that Jesus was conceived by two people whose egos are purified (all this information can be book in the sacred-texts link about Mystic Christianity).
What about the book a revelation? Gnostics say it is what written by initiates into the mysteries :
The Book of Revelation
Where does all this esoteric information come from? How can one know if it is valid? Where these people really enlightened? Does everything truly have esoteric meaning...if not why do they create such elaborate and obscure subjects?
This is very distressing. I do not know what is true. I was hoping Peguy and others with knowledge about Christianity or those having an understanding of esoteric teachings could give me some insight.