Neoplatonism and magic - Anti-Gospel
Unfortunately, throughout the history of the Church, especially in the East, the ancient world’s fascination with magic and sophist philosophy was a severe temptation to churchmen. Many succumbed to it. The author quoted below (Dr. Robert O'Neill) is not a Christian. He is, however, a precise and accurate writer on the details and overall perspective of magic and ancient pagan philosophies and metaphysics. OK, what does that have to do with anything? Just this, in the below he very clearly shows the relationship of magical practices and Neoplatonic based Christian mysticism (refered to many times in theological writings under the rubric of mystagogy) and Christian visionaries and certain theologies and certain private prophecies. This relationship is not good. This relationship is not Christian. This relationship is not Catholic. Unfortunately, it is very “Eastern Orthodox Church”, it is very ecumenical, it is very much a prime base for the prophets and prophetesses who try to change Canonical Prophecy - especially the Book of the Revelation, it is very much the base for those who introduce all sorts of pagan demonic beliefs, influences and Diabolic presences and practices into the Church, it is the base for the OTO which is one of the absolutely worst forms of Freemasonry. The Early Church Fathers utterly condemned this Satanic garbage in the strictest of terms. It is the base for the magical practices that are the demonic changes in prophetic Scripture by self appointed seers who dare to try to alter the prophecies of the Book of the Revelation and the connected prophecies in the rest of the Bible. Those prophecies have already been exegeted properly and truly by the Church Fathers and it is blasphemous and Satanic to try to change that. In Scripture, the Book of the Revelation warns:
18 For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book. (DRV)
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book. (DRV)
The Bible forbids categorically and completely anything to do with magic and pagan beliefs. As noted above those are the basis for introducing changes in Canonical Prophecy and Christian belief and practice. Begin with Exodus:
1 ¶ And the Lord spoke all these words:
2 I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God
9 ¶ When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee, beware lest thou have a mind to imitate the abominations of those nations.
10 Neither let there be found among you any one that shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire: or that consulteth soothsayers, or observeth dreams and omens, neither let there be any wizard,
11 Nor charmer, nor any one that consulteth pythonic spirits, or fortune tellers, or that seeketh the truth from the dead.
12 For the Lord abhorreth all these things, and for these abominations he will destroy them at thy coming.
13 Thou shalt be perfect, and without spot before the Lord thy God.
The Prophets all echo this.
Then see the New Testament:
24 For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. (DRV)
9 There was therefore great joy in that city. Now there was a certain man named Simon who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one: (DRV)
11 And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices. (DRV)
8 But Elymas the magician (for so his name is interpreted) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. (DRV)
6 And when they had gone through the whole island, as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Jesu: (DRV)
20 But I have against thee a few things: because thou sufferest the woman Jezabel, who calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication and to eat of things sacrificed to idols. (DRV)
21 Neither did they penance from their murders nor from their sorceries nor from their fornication nor from their thefts. (DRV)
8 But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (DRV)
15 Without are dogs and sorcerers and unchaste and murderers and servers of idols and every one that loveth and maketh a lie. (DRV)
Paganism, magic, sorcery and false prophecy have always been linked together and have as their father, the father of lies - Satan, and ALWAYS are against God and offend and blaspheme Him. God will eternally destroy those who do such things.
NEOPLATONISM AND THE TAROT
by Dr. Robert O'Neill