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Pantheism

In New Thought and Pantheism on February 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

Pantheism is defined by Webster in his Unabridged Dictionary as follows: “Gr. Pan, all; Theos, God. The doctrine that the universe taken and conceived of as a whole is God; the doctrine that there is no God but the combined forces and laws which are manifested in the existing universe.”  The Standard Dictionary states that Pantheism is the teaching that the entire universe, with all those in it and its every movement, is the form and movement of “one single universal substance, which is God; thus God is all, and all is God.”  The New International Encyclopedia says in part that Pantheism is the system of “speculation which identifies the universe with God and God with the universe.” The Hindu thinker regards man as born into the world of delusions and entanglements, from which his great aim should be to deliver himself.  He hopes that he may finally cease to be a definite form, and become a part of the infinite and eternal and unchangeable Being who is all in all. In other words, that he may cease to be himself, and in fact come to be, so far as his own personality and individual life are concerned, as though he had not been.

To more fully identify Christian Science and New Thought with the Pantheism of India, we quote an extract as reported by Rev. A. C. Dickson, D. D., of a statement made by Pandita Ramabai, a native missionary of India, who says:—  “On my arrival in New York, I was told that a new philosophy was being taught in the United States, and that it had won many disciples. The philosophy was called Christian Science; and when I asked what its teaching was, I recognized it as being the same philosophy that has been taught among my people four thousand years. It has wrecked millions of lives, caused immeasurable suffering and sorrow in my land; for it is based on selfishness, and knows no sympathy or compassion. It means just this, the philosophy of nothingness. You are to view the whole universe as nothing but falsehood. You are to think it does not exist. You do not exist. I do not exist. The birds and the beasts that you see do not exist. When you realize that you have no personality whatever, then you will have attained the highest perfection of what is called ‘Yoga J and that gives you liberation, and you are liberated from your body, and you become like Him, without any personality.” This, then, is the doctrine of Pantheism, which says that there is no God but the stars, the sky, the sea, the earth, and living creatures. In turn it states that all which we see is a falsehood, that it does not really exist, that there is no such thing as matter, and that things which we see or touch are not real. It claims that all things which surround us are, in fact, nothing, and that the only real existence is thought or mind, which cannot be touched or seen or appreciated by any of our senses. In other words, everything is simply nothing.

The first proposition is, God is all, and all that we see is God; the second is that all we see is nothing; therefore God is nothing. We have no real existence, neither has God.  The Indian teacher, in the foregoing quotation, well stated that the Hindu Pantheism now manifested in Christian Science is “the philosophy of nothingness.” It is, in fact, the doctrine that there is no God, no reality, no hope. Before humanity, before all life then, Christian Science and New Theology hold out to us only the hope of eternal and everlasting darkness and vacancy. They are glittering, alluring, empty falsehoods, accurately described by the apostle Paul in his advice to Timothy: “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” (1 Tim. 6: 20)  The following appeal to Christians, from the pen of Mrs. E. G. White, is worthy of careful perusal and prayerful study:— “The theory that God is an esseuce pervading all nature is one of Satan’s most subtle devices. It misrepresents God and dishonors His greatness and majesty. Pantheistic theories are not sustained by the word of God. The light of His truth shows that these theories are soul-destroying agencies. Darkness is their element, and sensuality their sphere. They gratify the natural heart and give license to inclination. Separation from God is the natural result of receiving them. . . . Those who continue to hold these spiritualistic theories will surely spoil their Christian experience and sever their connection with God and lose eternal life.”

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