BIBLICAL VS. OCCULT WORLD VIEW

 

Biblical World View

 

1. God is eternally transcendent; “other” than creation (although He is present in His creation (Acts 17.28). Creatures are individual and unique (Isa 55.8,9; 48.11; II Cor 4.7; Col 1.16,17).

 

2. God is a personality or Infinite Person. He is holy and deserves our worship (Isa 6.1-8; Rev 4.11). The Holy Spirit is a Person (John 16.13,14).

 

3. Humanity is fallen and sinful. Moral evil is a reality. Satan a personal, wicked entity, with his will set against the good purposes of God (Jer 17.5-9; Isa 64.16; John 3.19; 8.44; Rom 3.23).

 

4. The existence of evil necessitates God’s action. Forgiveness is offered through the death of Christ, which atones for sin (John 3.16; Rom 5.8).

 

5. Linear view of history and each person. Problem of evil and suffering has been permanently resolved by Christ’s work of redemption with the New Heaven and New Earth (Heb 7.25-28; 9.12; 9.25-28).

 

6. Cosmology: physical world real and good (although fallen); not to be discounted (Gen 1.31). Has ramifications for spirituality and is to be integrated with spiritual reality (Rom 8.18-25).

 

7. Grace, atonement, forgiveness. We are saved by the mercy and initiative of God (Eph 2.8,9).

 

8. God’s perfection not affected by the imperfection of the world, although He is moved to compassion (James 1.17; I John 1.5).

 

9. Human language is rooted in reality. The Bible is valid and adequate to transmit God’s message to humanity (II Tim 3.16,17). Hence, we see Jesus as “the Word made flesh” (John 1.1,14).

 

10. Jesus of Nazareth is the unique, one-time incarnation of God (John 1.14). He does not have to “offer Himself repeatedly” (Heb 9.25-28).

 

Occult/Mystical World View

 

1. “God is totally synonymous with creation (nature). This is called “monism” or “pantheism.” “All is one.” “This is that.”

 

2. God is a principle, universal law, vibration, or energy: universal consciousness. “It,” not “him.” The Holy Spirit is an impersonal force.

 

3. Humanity good, a part of God. The totality of existence is really good as it is, although we do not perceive moral evil only an illusion or imperfection, negative vibration or energy. “Evil” is just a result of the law of cause and effect. “God and bad” are part of Karmic balance. An enlightened person transcends moral categories.

 

4. Atonement for sin unnecessary; Christ’s death and resurrection irrelevant. No forgiveness.

 

5. Cyclical view of history and humanity. Problems of evil and suffering never resolved. No redemption--only an eternal balancing of Karma.

 

6. Cosmology: physical world illusory, a projection of consciousness. Maya “the veil of ignorance.”

 

7. Works righteousness. You save yourself by “working off your Karma,” getting off the wheel of reincarnation.

 

8. God inherits the imperfection of the world. He/It is equal to the lowest form of nature (by definition). The world also reflects God’s imperfection.

 

9. Language, doctrine, and written revelation are ultimately inadequate and meaningless. They are actually barriers to the experience of truth enlightenment.

 

10. Endless and confusing stream of “god-men,” gurus, and avatars.

 

 

Dr. James Strauss, Professor Emeritus

Lincoln Christian College/Seminary

Lincoln, IL 62656