Well, I received an interesting comment to my li'l essay of yesterday. Alvin Miller has some unique views. And I 'm going to read his unique views in more depth shortly, even though I can already tell I will probably be gainsaying many of them.
But before I do, I need to write another li'l somethin', as when I began reading at Alvin's site I read where he made a very interesting comment. He asserted that the King James Bible mistranslated "making potions" into "sorcery". Needless to say, the Bible is not favorable toward sorcery.
Sure enough, a little literary archaeology in the fields of the Net yielded me this hidden gem:
Galatians 5:19-20 includes a list of "acts of the sinful nature", or "works of the flesh". One of these is, in the original Greek, "pharmakia." The English word "pharmacy" is derived from it. "Pharmakia" is the practice of preparing poisonous potions in secret, to harm or kill other people. This is often mistranslated as witchcraft in some English versions of the Bible. Other versions translate it as: sorcery, magic, magical arts...and participation in demonic activities." [The bold italicized word is my doing.]
I have read elsewhere in stuff written by practicing witches that pharmakia does not necessarily mean preparing "poisonous" potions (witches tend to know the word "pharmakia"), just the preparing of potions for some kind of "magical" effect. "Pharmakia" can refer to creating a love potion, according to the pagan witch practitioners.
So. We know that the bible doesn't like people "messing with the magic" that only Gawd and his angels are supposed to be allowed to use--or bestow on Christian priests and ministers as the case might be. And that's what any supernatural or seemingly supernatural capability is--it's magic. Except that when this magic is practiced in the "right" way by your church, especially if your church is a state's dominant church, it's called "religion". In Christendom (and in the realms of Judaeism and Islam) we always have religion, and the wicked ones who are "they" always have magic.
So. We know this, so why am I spending time with it? Because Alvin made me realize that what the bible is specifically prohibiting are chemistry and, even more importantly, chemistry's forerunner and direct rootstock, alchemy.
So. What is wrong with alchemy, specifically? Well, it's rooted in the creation of manna. Yes, that's right. The "what is it?" The white powder derived directly from gold.
This white powder, this "what is it?" of ancient lore, made right and taken right, can bestow what are called "extrasensory" abilities and profound anti-aging effects upon its takers. It's being made today, but I don't know whether it's being made "right". The bible doesn't want people seeking their own powers and longevity. Specifically, the Gawd who mainly (for there was more than one) inspired the biblical writings and very specifically the Gawd who chose the people of Israel does not like human beings seeking immortality, greatness, or even for that matter erotic love (which thus leads to sexual reproduction).
The making of this powder is the root of alchemy. They (the ancient practitioners) were not trying to change the base metal lead into the precious metal gold; they were trying to change the precios metal gold into something that gave longevity so long as to be essentially immortality, and superior mental powers. They were not interested in making limitless supplies of money; they were interested in making limitless supplies of youthful years (imagine being 22, physically, for a million years).
We should be, too. If we can tear down the walls of our religious temples, then we'll get to that point.