“For over sixteen centuries the new masks, forced on the faces of the old gods, have screened them from public curiosity, but they have finally proven a misfit.
Yet the metaphorical FALL, and as metaphorical atonement and crucifixion, led Western Humanity through roads knee-deep in blood.
Worse than all, they led it to believe in the dogma of the evil spirit distinct from the spirit of all good, whereas the former lives in all matter and pre-eminently in man.
Finally it created the God slandering dogma of Hell and eternal perdition;
it spread a thick film between the higher intuitions of man and divine verities;
and, most pernicious result of all, it made people remain ignorant of the fact that there were no fiends, no dark demons in the universe before man’s own appearance on this, and probably on other earths.
Henceforth the people were led to accept, as the problematical consolation for this world’s sorrows, the thought of original sin.”
H. P. Blavatsky