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A few weeks ago I received an email from an old friend informing me of another “end of the world” prophecy, which is being promoted by Pastor John Hagee in regards to the four blood moons that will be occurring in 2014-2015. Ironically, Pastor John Hagee also claimed that Adolph Hitler was a divine messenger. It is truly sad that many take refuge in following such beliefs. Let us examine this sort of “mentality” a bit more closely.
Just imagine, if you will, an individual that finds ecstasy in the discovery of the end of the world, a time when life on earth as we know it will be destroyed. They feel so confident in their calculations that they begin exploring avenues for promoting this idea. As time moves closer to the estimated date that the world will end, these prophets will take delight, even joy, in seeing events that involve the destruction of human life as evidence that validates their theories. They will gleefully get on their pulpits and boast how “right they are” instead of praying and trying to prevent any further loss of human life. Their actions reveal that they are more aligned with the “spirit of Satan,” which they claim to hate. What sort of person in their right mind can happily imagine seeing the carcasses of billions of human beings, along with animal and plant life, while they stand alone in the midst of all this destruction gleefully feeling good because they were right? Can any religion that is connected with the divine world propagate this sort of behavior? The evidence shows that the “end of the world mentality” is really one of our world’s greatest psychological disorders.
In Ninzuwu-Shinto spirituality the world ends every day. The world as we know it is an idea. This world ends when people pass away. It ends with change and change occurs every day. The world ends when people change their minds. What is here today is gone tomorrow. The world has ended. In the great cycle of life change is constant, entire civilizations come and go. This is the natural order and growth of the individual and the universe. The Ivory Tablets of the Crow states:
“Know that every civilization comes into this world in the manner of the Unborn. Each city exists in a place not known to time and then descends upon the realm of man as a kingdom, through some act of war, or a great migration. Do not worship these things like men do, for it is a forbidden art which keeps the soul bound to useless things.”
Shinto does not support the West in its “end of the world philosophy” for various reasons. One primary reason is that we are aware of the fact that our emotional state creates our reality. This is true for the individual and the community. Why be a part of the “right” religion, and in order for that religion to be “correct,” the world as we know it must be destroyed? And you as an individual, apart from your religious dogma, really don’t know what’s going to happen to you when you die? Belief in an apocalyptic philosophy can only breed fear, which shows that one is under the influence of wandering spirits. It is stated in the Ivory Tablets of the Crow:
“And this world is full of Wanderers, those without spirit, for they know not true joy.”
Those who follow the Way of the Divine, Shinto, know well how to discriminate between what is truly a message divine and the work of a wandering spirit posing as such. A message from the divine world, if adverse to one’s expectation, will always give room and instruction for survival. A message of doom from a wandering spirit will not report any means of escape or survival, which will result in fear. Fear is a quality of the Netherworld and opens one up to its influences. Florence Scovel Shinn once state the following in regards to fear:
“..fear is only inverted faith; it is faith in evil instead of good.”
Based on such, we can say that anyone who promotes fear is a messenger of the Netherworld. Ye, it is true that we encounter fear in our lives from time to time, and these ordeals must be overcome, for there is a lesson in such things. However, those who make it a priority, even a life work, to promote apocalyptic and fear-based messages are under the influence of the underworld and wandering spirits. (Please review our previous article Fear: The Antagonist of Self-Awareness & Kedically-Proven to be the Cause of Aging and Disease.)
First, we must recognize that this end of the world mentality is something that originates and is more akin to Western thought, not the East. This must be thoroughly acknowledged in one’s investigation of such matters. Wikipedia, in an article entitled, Lists of Dates Predicted for Apocalyptic Events, traces the origin of such thinking back to Pagan Rome. According to this list presented in the article, over 98% of all apocalyptic prophecies originated in either America or Europe. Apocalyptic mentality is not a worldwide phenomenon as certain media outlets would like us to believe.
Another interesting feature of the psychological disorder, also known as the End of the World Mentality, is that the majority of its promoters claim Christianity as their faith. It is interesting to note that the Bible. a book of authority in the Christian faith, is against the propagation of such apocalyptic prophecies. In St. Matthew Chapter 24:36 states:
This passage clearly indicates that it is beyond the preview of man to make such predictions as they are not in accord with the divine world. In Shinto we learn that the Divine World is the 4th dimensional quality of love. Jesus himself was noted as saying “that God is love.” This would mean that the promotion of an end of the world philosophy, which propagates fear, and emotion that is direct opposition of love, would ultimately derive from the same sources that many Christian religious leaders claim to have no affiliation with or preach is alienated from “God.” According to the Bible, Jesus stated the following in St Matthew chapter 7:22, 23:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Ordinary man is not aware of the future or what the world really is. He is limited to the five senses, which only give him a depiction of his environment that is useful in controlling what he consumes and how he reproduces his species. There are many things that exist beyond the five senses, even emotions and thoughts that are not know to the majority of humankind. Man can explore these “worlds” be developing senses that are latent in him, which begins with the cultivation of the fourth dimensional quality of love. G. I. Gurdjieff stated the following in the book, In Search of the Miraculous:
“In order to know the future it is necessary first to know the present in all its details, as well as to know the past. Today is what it is because yesterday was what it was. And if today is like yesterday, tomorrow will be like today. If you want tomorrow to be different, you must make today different. If today is simply a consequence of yesterday, tomorrow will be a consequence of today in exactly the same way. And if one has studied thoroughly what happened yesterday, the day before yesterday, a week ago, a year, ten years ago, one can say unmistakably what will and what will not happen tomorrow. But at present we have not sufficient material at our disposal to discuss this question seriously. What happens or may happen to us may depend upon three causes: upon accident, upon fate, or upon our own will. Such as we are, we are almost wholly dependent upon accident. We can have no fate in the real sense of the word any more than we can have will. If we had will, then through this alone we should know the future, because we should then make our future, and make it such as we want it to be. If we had fate, we could also know the future, because fate corresponds to type. If the type is known, then its fate can be known, that is, both the past and the future. But accidents cannot be foreseen. Today a man is one, tomorrow he is different: today one thing happens to him, tomorrow another.”
“But are you not able to foresee what is going to happen to each of us,” somebody asked, “that is to say, foretell what result each of us will reach in work on himself and whether it is worth his while to begin work?”
“It is impossible to say,” said G. “One can only foretell the future for men. It is impossible to foretell the future for mad machines. Their direction changes every moment. At one moment a machine of this kind is going in one direction and you can calculate where it can get to, but five minutes later it is already going in quite a different direction and all your calculations prove to be wrong. Therefore, before talking about knowing the future, one must know whose future is meant. If a man wants to know his own future he must first of all know himself. Then he will see whether it is worth his while to know the future. Sometimes, maybe, it is better not to know it.”
The End of the World Mentality is a mental illness that creates intrusive thoughts in oneself and others. The unhealthy propagation of apocalyptic messages acts a conduit for the growth of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
In Shinto, we draw closer to the divine world by our thoughts and emotions. These too can also be used to purify our being. While certain religious leaders and organization may believe they are doing “God’s will” by promoting messages of destruction and doom, which breed fear, they are doing quite the opposite. In their promotion of fear they instill a quality in their flock and larger community that draws to itself an environment based on the emotion it is resonating.
Based on such, it is these same religious leaders and organizations that are involved creating suffering in the world. Your emotional state creates your reality, and fear-based messages of “worship me or die” have nothing to do with the divine order of things. They instill negative images within the listener, who is unaware of the interconnectedness of all living things on Earth. The listener then in turn begins to ponder on what the speaker is saying. Fear begins to grow indie the listener and his thoughts and emotions serve as prayers and faith in evil. Unknowing to the listener, such actions send a signal to an unbiased subconscious mind that begins to create a reality in sync with the listeners thoughts. 95% of our actions are based on subconscious motives. It is these very same messages that contribute to a vast majority of the world’s suffering. How ironic it is for religious leaders to predict the world’s doom when they themselves are creating its suffering.