oracles

Ancient Oracles of the Sun Gods

“The worship of Apollo included the establishment and maintenance of places of prophecy by means of which the gods could communicate with mankind and reveal futility to such as deserved the boon. … While Christian authors have tried to prove that oracular revelations were delivered by the Devil for the purpose of misleading humanity, they have not dared to attack the theory of oracles, because of the repeated references to it in their own sacred writings. …
“The most famous oracles of antiquity were those of Delphi, Dodona, Trophonius, and Latona, of which the talking oak trees of Dodona were the oldest. … It is known that many of the caves and fissures set aside by the Greeks were sacred long before the rise of Greek culture.” ~Manly P. Hall

Oracles and Prophecies

Christian writers certainly cannot criticize the basic idea of oracles when they often talk of prophecy, which is just another name for the same thing. As far back as we can go in available writings and legends, we find references to oracles, prophets, soothsayers, and so on. Shamans and witch doctors were often valued as much for their ability to predict events as for their ability to heal the sick and wounded.

Greek Oracles

Oracles and oracular sites.

From our 2009 trip to Greece.

When we made a group trip to Greece in 2009, we made sure that the oracular sites of Delphi and Dodona were included (at the time, almost no one was visiting Dodona). We did this not just as a history lesson, but because we believe such oracles were genuine spiritual people.

Today, scientists and materialists laugh at this. The Oracle of Delphi is labeled a drug addict whose predictions come from hallucinations. Remember that this oracle, more properly called the Pythia, was the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, not some carnival fortune teller. Other argue that her predictions came true only because they were so vague and hidden in riddles, or poetic and allegorical language. To some extent, that is true—but with good reason. The purpose of the Oracle at Delphi, as at other places and other times, was to aid the spiritual student in developing their spiritual abilities. So when kings and generals came to them asking questions about winning a war, or getting elected, they could not refuse to answer, but they also could not truly use their gift for such purposes. Therefore, they gave those cryptic answers we are all familiar with. If we knew what answers they gave to questions from spiritual students, we would see quite a difference. Continue reading “Ancient Oracles of the Sun Gods”

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Divine Madness

“I told a lie when I said that the beloved ought to accept the non-lover when he might have the lover, because the one is sane and the other mad. It might be so if madness were simply and evil; but there is also a madness which is a divine gift, and the source of the chiefest blessings granted to men. For prophecy is a madness, and the prophetess at Delphi and the priestesses at Dodona when out of their senses have conferred great benefits on Hellas, both in public and private life, … Where plagues and mightiest woes have bred in certain families, owing to some ancient blood-guiltiness, there madness has entered with holy prayers and rites, and by inspired utterances found a way of deliverance for those who are in need.” ~Socrates

It is true, of course, that inspired people such as prophets are often considered insane by those who follow the crowd, do what they are told, and never question the status quo, at least not seriously. I think the point Socrates is trying to make is that simply because someone is different, doesn’t mean they are mad in the sense of being mentally lacking. There have been cases, for example, where a deaf person was considered dumb and retarded only because no one had taken the time to teach them sign language or to help them practice pronouncing words until they could do it reasonably well (it is very difficult to copy speech patterns when you can’t hear yourself or others.)

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The Oracle at Delphi

It is a common practice today to accuse the great prophetess of Delphi of being drugged by some undefined drug that put her in a state that caused hallucinations. Others will simply say that the prophecies given were so general that they were bound to come true in one form or another. In short, they put them on an equal level with carnival fortune tellers and, by doing so, accuse the great people of the advanced civilizations of ancient Egypt and Greece of being as foolish as the uneducated person who believes the nonsense they are told by those carnies. But simply dismissing that which you don’t understand, or don’t believe in, doesn’t make it false and doesn’t make it go away. What is especially strange is the person who excepts the prophets of the Bible as being totally infallible, yet prophecies from other religions are automatically false and the prophets who gave them are mad or simply charlatans. Whatever your religion may be, it is a very arrogant thing to believe that it is the only religion that has any truth behind it. Continue reading “Divine Madness”

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The Bible and Allegory

“To accept the Bible as a ‘revelation’ and nail belief to a literal translation, is worse than absurdity—it is a blasphemy against the Divine majesty of the ‘Unseen.’ If we had to Judge of the Deity, and the world of spirits, by its human interpreters, now that philology proceeds with giant-strides on the fields of comparative religions, belief in God and the soul’s immortality could not withstand the attacks of reason for one century more. That which supports the faith of man in God and a spiritual life to come is intuition; that divine outcome of our inner-self, which defies the mummeries of the Roman Catholic priest, and his ridiculous idols; the thousand and one ceremonies of the Brahman and his idols; and the jeremiads of the Protestant preacher,…” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Bible2Much of what is in the Bible is revelation, of course, but not when you reduce these holy writings to ridiculous materialistic literal meanings. What is especially strange and laughable is that many of the people who do this are the ones who claim to be such devout followers of Jesus, yet they seem to be calling Him a liar when He said that He spoke to the crowds in parables because they were not capable of understanding the truths that He revealed only to his closest disciples. Of course, not everything is the Bible is revelation. A lot of it is simply the opinions of men, and often men who are obviously not very spiritual despite holding an office like High Priest (Leviticus immediately comes to mind). Continue reading “The Bible and Allegory”

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