isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

“We have already noticed the confession of an eminent prelate that the elimination of Satan from theology would be fatal to the perpetuity of the Church. But this is only partially true. The Prince of Sin would be gone, but sin itself would survive. If the Devil were annihilated, the Articles of Faith and the Bible would remain. In short, there would still be a pretended divine revelation, and the necessity for self-assumed inspired interpreters.

We must, therefore, consider the authenticity of the Bible itself. We must study its pages, and see if they, indeed, contain the commands of the Deity, or but a Compendium of ancient traditions and hoary myths. We must try to interpret them for ourselves – if possible.

As to its pretended interpreters, the only possible assimilation we can find for them in the Bible is to compare them with the man described by the wise King Solomon in his Proverbs, with the perpetrator of these “six things…yea seven…which doth the Lord hate”, and which are an abomination unto Him, to wit: “A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief; a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs vi., 16, 17, 18, 19).

Of which of these accusations are the long line of men who have left the imprint of their feet in the Vatican guiltless? “When the demons”, says Augustine, “insinuate themselves in the creatures, they begin by conforming themselves to the will of everyone. In order to attract men, they begin by seducing them, by simulating obedience. How could one know, had he not been taught by the demons themselves, what they like or what they hate; the name which attracts, or that which forces them into obedience; all this art, in short, of magic, the whole science of the magicians.”

To this impressive dissertation of the “saint”, we will add that no magician has ever denied that he had learned the art from “spirits”, whether being a medium, they acted independently on him, or he had been initiated into the science of “evocation” by his fathers, who knew it before himself.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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