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The Smoke and Mirrors of Neopaganism

Avalon, Babylon, Honesty and Christianity


by Joseph Richard Ravitts

Shortly before World War Two, the Japanese pretended
to befriend the Manchurians on the northeast frontier of
China; they even pretended to respect a newly-installed
Manchurian emperor. But their true intent was only to
weaken China; and as depicted in the historical movie
"THE LAST EMPEROR," they never really had any
respect for the Manchurian ruler who had been allowed
to think he was the equal of Japan's emperor. It is a
common tactic of aggressors to pretend respect--until
they feel ready to crush you.

Thus also in the culture wars, as shown by TNT's very
NON-historical movie (broadcast in 2001), "THE MISTS OF AVALON," from
Marion Zimmer Bradley's feminist-revisionist Arthurian
novel. Early on, one of a bevy of super-duper sorceresses
reassuringly tells a Christian, "The old religion embraces
yours;" thus we are supposed to understand that the
Christian would be a stupid bigot if he considered
Wiccan-type Earth-goddess religion to be hostile to
Christianity. But later, another witch-priestess tells Arthur,
"You have called on God and the Goddess; it is the
Goddess who answers." That makes it plain, if it wasn't
plain already, that the "equality" of religions was just like
the "equality" of Japanese and Manchurian emperors--a
mere tactic to make it easier for one side to smash the
other.

The whole movie hammers away at an unvarying
theme that their pantheistic goddess can do anything for
anyone, whereas Father God cannot do anything at all.
And if you're in doubt about the pantheism, it's made
unmistakable when Angelica Huston rattles off the tired
old cliches about "balance" --good and evil being equally
valid in the pagans' opinion. One feeble reference is made
to Christianity offering forgiveness for sins; but even that
only comes off as wishful thinking by a pitiful character,
and it still leaves the Biblical God with no practical power
or authority.

As in many such cases, I have to repeat that the folks at
TNT are legally free to make films with any cosmological
preference they like. But as in many such cases, they
hypocritically pretend to be open-minded and even-handed
...while actually taking one and only one side, beginning
to end. Occult-pantheistic paganism is every bit as hostile
to Christianity as Christianity is to occult-pantheistic
paganism; but since Christianity has the honesty to state
this fact up front, the dishonest pagan side pretends that
only Christians perceive an incompatibility, and so are
uniquely "intolerant."

Read the Chronicles of Narnia. When you get to the
closing volume, The Last Battle, follow the progression
the bad guys use to suppress the faith of Christ--"Aslan,"
in these books, being by C.S. Lewis' own telling Christ
Himself. First they make the Lord out to be "equal" to the
false god Tash, coining the name "Tashlan;" but they don't
take long to return to just plain Tash, because the intent
always was to get rid of Aslan altogether.

Thus with the "AVALON" miniseries, which doubtless
warmed Ted Turner's God-mocking, wife-dumping little
heart. All the pagans' "tolerance" of Christianity is
intended for no other purpose than to make Christianity
superfluous until it is forgotten. Author Ms. Bradley, having
passed away some time ago, is now being made most
vividly aware that there is only one Creator; that He has
chosen to be known as "He," not "She;" and that those
who deny this are calling the Lord Jesus Christ an idiot
or a liar for having called God His Father, and only
Father, never Mother.

Yes, Ms. Bradley knows better now--a bit too late, unless
she came to a repentance that we never heard about. Let
us pray that we profit better by the clear and obvious
statements of God's Word. Let the pagans have their
confusing mists; give me the Living God, Who is all
light with NO "balancing" darkness.