Will You Let God Set You Free!?

The Power to Break the Chain of Lies so you can be FREE“ Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” Gal. 4:16! This page belongs to Minister Clarence F. Sargent


February 28, 2008



“In the parable of the soils, Matthew 13, the FIRST soil we see is that of the way side. This represents people that have been beaten down to a hard path from the passage of many footsteps. We’ll call them pathway people. Soil that is trodden down becomes compacted and hard and the seeds of DELIVERANCE are quickly eaten up by the birds of prey. The seeds are good; sermons on alcohol, arrested development, rejection, rebellion, and so on. And they have been sown into many lives, but still, the many do nothing with it. They just lie there, and soon are eaten up. In order to not be a pathway person, one first has to stop the things that are trodding down the paths of our lives. Like a no trespassing sign, or fence.

There are several things that harden us against God and DELIVERANCE.

1. Our friends and associates. Do they bring me to God and DELIVERANCE, or away?

2. The literature or TV programs we watch. Do they slowly harden me towards God?

3. The music we listen to continually. Does it arouse your emotions and affections while hardening your spirit?

4. Our private thought life. We are what we think about when alone. Not what we pretend to be in public.

These things, though not always evil or sin, could be tolerated once or twice through the soil. But on a habitual basis they do nothing more than compact our soil, making us unfruitful.

The SECOND unfruitful soil we see is the rocky or stony soil. This type of soil can be cleared and cultivated at enormous cost and infinite care, but usually produces pathetic results because of the stones still buried beneath the surface. Denial, or refusal to deal with them being the main reasons. This type of soil is compared to one in whom hours of (DELIVERANCE) prayer have been poured into, and then they drop out. The plants of DELIVERANCE wither and dry up. Unbelief, stubbornness, and self-centeredness create an enormous sub-surface resistance that blocks any growth of fruit the Holy Spirit is trying to bring.

There are different characteristics of stony soil likened to man. One is a thin layer of good soil overlaying solid bedrock. This represents the deceptive. People that sound and look like they are in DELIVERANCE, but when the seeds of DELIVERANCE are planted they soon wither because there is no place for the roots to grow. These are those with only a superficial or surface experience. Look good, sound good, but deceptive and non fruit producing, having a short life span.

Still, other types of people can be likened to soil made up of mostly gravel, or sand. This soil is void of the water and nutrients necessary to support the life of the new plants. As long as it is artificially pumped with water and nutrients it will support some life. But by itself, it is nothing but desert.

The THIRD non productive soil is one cleared of all the stones, carefully fertilized, cultivated, a seed bed prepared, and planted. It also has a good crop on the way towards harvest. But soon the crop begins to become choked, something else is competing for the water and nutrients needed to support its life. Thorns and thistles allowed to go unchecked smother and stifle the growth of the DELIVERANCE crop planted. The enemy has crept in and sowed tares. The job of hoeing out the weeds has been forsaken.

Usually the farmer ends up plowing this crop under and tries again at a later date to plant it.

JESUS made it clear that the thorns, thistles, and weeds that choke out his choice plants are the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches. These two categories of weeds choke out more DELIVERANCE workers than anything else. The problem lies with trying to fit God, (or DELIVERANCE), into their schedule of life, instead of fitting their life around Him. Seek ye first.. the kingdom of God. That is to say, salvation, healing and DELIVERANCE, and the rest will be added. If you are first a DELIVERANCE worker, and then an employee, God will take care of the cares of the world. I have never regretted putting the Lord first in my life, and then fashioning my life around the work for DELIVERANCE, salvation, and healing.

Soul ties to former ways of life and relationships act as thorns and thistles to many a person. They simply use up time and energy needed to support any real crops. Is what you’re currently doing, working? Or could it be what you’re involved in is unfruitful? If the church you are attending is likened unto a barren desert, can you become a lush, fruitful garden there? It’s possible that an ungodly soul tie is keeping you from becoming fruitful.

God can indeed cultivate us into productive soil. He wants to, tries to, and goes to unbelievable limits with some people to make them a fruitful land. But the majority of the time most recoil from the plowshares of DELIVERANCE and the choice fruit is never produced. Anyone who has devoted their life, time and attention to anything less than what JESUS did, (Salvation, Healing and DELIVERANCE), has indeed missed the mark and purpose for living. Many are attempting to grow crops consisting of wood, hay, and stubble that burn up with time and never change lives for eternity.

I recognize it’s hard work clearing the ground, and I appreciate all of you who haven’t “left the field.” But be not weary in well doing for we will reap in due season if we faint not. I hope this newsletter will be a continual source of encouragement to press on to the mark of the high calling, and to stimulate and cause a little self examination.

Let’s give God permission to set his plow deep in our lives, to turn over those hard stones and weeds, and to be made into a fruitful field that will produce for all eternity. Let’s not waste our lives on the shallowness of worldly living. The choice is ours. Remember, turning a desert into a fertile producing plain does not occur overnight. But the choice fruit produced is worth all the effort.”


MATTHEW 13:10 – “Then the disciples came to Him (JESUS) and said, Why do You speak to THEM in parables? And He REPLIED TO THEM, TO YOU it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but to THEM it has not been given. 12) For whoever has {spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13) This is the reason that I speak to them in parables; because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand. 14) In them indeed is the process of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: You shall indeed hear and hear but never grasp and understand; and you shall indeed look and look but never see and perceive. 15) For this nation’s heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them [Isa. 6:9, 10.] 16) But blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are YOUR EYES BECAUSE they do see, and YOUR ears because they do hear. 17) Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men [men who were upright and in right standing with God] yearned to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”


DEMONS – WHAT ARE THEY? Demons are NOT human. They are invisible evil spirits with various sizes and shapes.


There are no Scriptures to back anyone’s personal opinions or theories.

God did in fact create everything (including Lucifer). Colossians 1:16 “For it was in Him that ALL things were created, in heaven and on earth, things SEEN and things UNSEEN, whether THRONES, DOMINIONS, RULERS, or AUTHORITIES; ALL things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.”


JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2/The same was in the beginning with God. 3/ ALL THINGS were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.

We do know that the demons have rankings (like the military). Again in Colossians 1:16 “…things seen and things unseen, whether THRONES – DOMINIONS – RULERS – AUTHORITIES


Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against PRINCIPALITIES, against POWERS, against the RULERS of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” KJV

Ephesians 6:12 “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the DESPOTISMS, against the POWERS, against [the master spirits who are] the world RULERS of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.” AMPLIFIED

The above scriptures destroy any notion that there are NO demons.

DEMONS – WHAT THEY ARE NOT — If you think the demons are the “fallen angels”, this can only be a personal opinion. There are some Scriptures that are not clear (like in the Book of Revelations), so everyone has their own opinion. However, as far as “fallen angels” go, check this out. These two Scriptures are quite clear. There is no room for opinions.

II Peter 2:4 “For God did not [even] spare ANGELS that sinned, but CAST THEM INTO HELL, delivering them to be KEPT THERE in pits of gloom TILL THE JUDGMENT and their doom.”

Jude, verse 6 “And ANGELS who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place–THESE He has reserved IN CUSTODY IN ETERNAL CHAINS (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness UNTIL THE JUDGMENT and doom of the great day.”

DEMONS – WHAT THEY DO — Their job is to CONTROL you, to DEFILE you, to HARASS you, to TORMENT you, and to DRIVE you to DO, SAY, THINK, and FEEL things you wish you could eliminate from your life.


Mark 7:OUT

Basic Demon Names


ACTS Chapter 7 is the story about Stephen telling the TRUTH to a group of people. He said in Verse 51, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 52/ Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53/ who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”

They stoned him to death for telling the TRUTH. Although we don’t get stoned to death, we usually get spiritually stoned when we tell people that their problems are DEMONS. It never ceases to amaze me that they still turn down FREE help to be set FREE.


The following is our FIRST BASIC DEMON LIST we cast OUT of EVERYONE we take through DELIVERANCE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

MARK 9:25 – But when Jesus noticed that a crowd of people came running together, He REBUKED the unclean spirit SAYING to it, you dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you to come out of him and NEVER go into him again.




# FEAR OF judgment
# A and C DRUGS
# A and C SUGAR
# A and C EATING

Umbrella Commission, Counsel on Foreign Relations, Buildergurgers, Rockerfellers, Rothchilds Group, Masons, the Skull and Bones, and the Trilaterial Commission (The New World Order

The following is our SECOND BASIC DEMON LIST we cast out of EVERYONE we take through DELIVERANCE. We believe in leaving no stone (demon) unturned.

# ADHD-Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
# ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
# FREQUENCIES Extremely Low/High
# awakening -AT BASE OF SPINE
# Underdeveloped Personality (demons that keep us as children)

This next list of demons to cast out was compiled by Stanley Allen, and has Scriptures listed.

Spirit of Antichrist: I John 4:3: Denies Deity of Christ, 2 John 7

Denies Atonement: I John 4:3

Humanism: 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 7

Teachers of Heresies: I John 2:18 -19

Deceiver: 2 Thessalonians 2:4

Against Christ and His Teachings: 2 Thessalonians 2:4, I John 4:3

Worldly Speech and Actions: I John 4:5

Anti-Christian: Revelation 13:7

Lawlessness: 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

Bind: Spirit of Anti-Christ

Loose: Spirit of Truth: I John 4:6

Spirit of Bondage: Romans 8:15

Addictions: Romans 8:15, 2 Peter 2:19

Captivity to Satan: 2 Peter 2:19

Compulsive Sin: Proverbs 5:22, John 8:34

Fear of Death: Hebrews 2:14-15

Servant of Corruption: Luke 8:26, John 8:34, Acts 8:23, Romans 6:16, 7:23

Bondage to Sin: 2 Timothy 2:26

Bind: Spirit of Bondage

Loose: Liberty, Spirit of Adoption: Romans 8:15

Dumb and Deaf Spirit: Mark 9:17-29

Dumb, Mute: Mark 9:25, Matthew 9:32-33; 12:22;15:30-31, Luke 11:14, Isaiah 45:5-6

Crying: Mark 9:26

Tearing: Mark 9:18, 20, and 26

Ear Problems: Mark 9:25-26

Foaming at Mouth: Mark 9:39, Luke 9:39

Gnashing Teeth: Mark 9:18

Drown: Mark 9:22

Blindness: Matthew 12:22

Suicidal: Mark 9:22

Seizures/Epilepsy: Mark 9:18, 20, and 26

Burn 9:22

Pining Away, Prostration: Mark 9:18, 26

Bind: Dumb and Deaf Spirit

Loose: Resurrection Life and Gifts of Healing (Romans 8:11, I Corinthians 12:9)Spirit of Death: Not mentioned specifically in the Bible, there are indications that “death” is more than a condition or term. Specific experience indicates that Spirit of Death is behind cancer, diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and hypertension.

Bind: Spirit of Death

Loose: Resurrection and the Life: John 11:25, Healing: Isaiah 53.5

Spirit of Divination: Acts 16:16-18

Fortuneteller-Soothsayer: Micah 6:12, Isaiah 2:6

Warlock, Which, Sorcerer: Exodus 22:18

Rebellion: I Samuel 15:23

Stargazer-Zodiac, Horoscope: Isaiah 47:13, Leviticus 19:26, Jeremiah 10:2

Hypnotist-Enchanter: Deuteronomy 18:11, Isaiah 19:3

Drugs (Pharmakos): Galatians 5:20, Revelation 9:21; 18:23; 21:8; 22:15

Magic: Exodus 7:11; 8:7; 9:11

Bind: Spirit of Divination

Loose: Holy Spirit and Gifts: I Corinthians 12:9-12)

Spirit of Error: I John 4:6

Error: Proverbs 14:22, I John 4:6, 2 Peter 3:16-17

Unsubmissive: Proverbs 29:1, I John 4:6

Unteachable: Proverbs 10:17; 12:1; 13:11; 15:10; 12:32, 2 Timothy 4:1-4, I John 4:6

False Doctrines: I Timothy 6:20-21, 2 Timothy 4:3, Titus 3:10, I John 4:1-6

Servant of Corruption: 2 Peter 2:19

Contentious: James 3:16

New Age Movement: 2 Thessalonians, 2 Peter 2:10

Defensive/Argumentative (Defend “God’s Revelations” To Them Personally

Bind: Spirit of Error

Loose: Spirit of Truth: 1 John 4:6, Psalms51:10

Familiar Spirit: Leviticus 19:31

Necromancer: Deuteronomy 18:11, I Chronicles 10:13

Medium: I Samuel 28

Yoga: Jeremiah 29:8

Peeping and Muttering: Isaiah 8:19; 29:4; 59:3

Clairvoyant: I Samuel 28:7-8

Spiritist: I Samuel 28

Drugs (Pharmakos): Galatians 5:20, Revelation 9:21; 18:23; 21:8; 22:15

False Prophesy: Isaiah 8:19; 29:4

Bind: Familiar Spirit

Loose: Holy Spirit and Gifts: I Corinthians 12:9-12

Spirit of Fear: 2 Timothy 1:7

Fears, Phobias: Isaiah 13:7-8, 2 Timothy 1:7

Heart Attacks: Psalms 55:4, Luke 21:26, John 14:27; 14:1

Fear of Man: Proverbs 29:25, Jeremiah 1:8; 17-19, Ezekiel 2: 6-7; 3:9

Anxiety, Stress: I Peter 5:7

Nightmares, Terrors: Psalms 91:5-6, Isaiah 54:14

Fear of Death: Psalms 55:4, Hebrews 2:14-15

Untrusting, Doubt: Matthew 8:26, Revelation 21:8

Bind: Spirit of Fear

Loose: Love, Power, and a Sound Mind: 2 Timothy 1:7

Spirit of Haughtiness (Pride): Proverbs 16:18

Arrogant, Smug: 2 Samuel 22:8, Jeremiah 48:29, Isaiah 2:11, 17; 5:15

Pride: Proverbs 6:16-17; 16:18-19; 28:25, Isaiah 16:6

Idleness: Ezekiel 16:49-50

Scornful: Proverbs 1:22; 3:34; 21:24; 24:9; 29:8

Strife: Proverbs 28:25

Contentious: Proverbs 13:10

Obstinate: Proverbs 29:1, Daniel 5:20

Self-Deception: Jeremiah 49:16, Obadiah 1:3

Rebellion: I Samuel 15:23, Proverbs 29:1

Rejection of God: Psalms 10:4, Jeremiah 43:2

Self-Righteous: Luke 18:11-12

Bind: Spirit of Haughtiness (or Pride)

Loose: Humble and Contrite Spirit: Proverbs 16:19, Romans 1:4

Spirit of Heaviness (Depression): Isaiah 61:3

Excessive Mourning: Isaiah 61:3, Luke 4:18

Sorrow, Grief: Nehemiah 2:2, Proverbs 15:13

Self Pity: Psalms 69:20

Insomnia: Nehemiah 2:2

Depression, Rejection: Isaiah 61:3

Broken Heart: Psalms 69:20, Proverbs 12:18; 15:3, 13; 18:14, Luke 4:18

Despair, Dejection, Hopelessness: 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

Suicidal Thoughts: Mark 9

Inner Hurts, Torn Spirit: Luke 4:18, Proverbs 18:14; 26:22

Heaviness: Isaiah 61:3

Bind: Spirit of Heaviness (Depression)

Loose: Comforter, Garment of Praise, Oil of Joy: John 15:26, Isaiah 61:3

Spirit of Infirmity: Luke 13:11-13

Bent Body, Spine: Luke 13:11

Impotent, Frail, Lame: John 5:5, Acts 3:2; 4:9

Asthma, Hay Fever, Allergies: John 5:5

Arthritis: John 5:5

Weakness: Luke 13:11, John 5:5

Lingering Disorders: Luke 13:11, John 5:5

Oppression: Acts 10:38

Cancer: Luke 13:11, John 5:4

Bind: Spirit of Infirmity

Loose: Spirit of Life and Gifts of Healing: Romans 8:2, I Corinthians 12:9

Spirit of Jealousy: Numbers 5:14

Murder: Genesis 4:8

Revenge, Spite: Proverbs 6:34; 14:16-17

Anger, Rage: Genesis 4:5-6; Proverbs 6:34; 14:29; 22:24-25; 29: 22-23

Jealousy: Numbers 5:14, 30

Hatred: Genesis 37:3, 4, 8

Cruelty: Song of Solomon 8:6, Proverbs 27:4

Strife: Proverbs 10:12

Contention: Proverbs 13:10

Extreme Competition: Genesis 4:4-5

Cause Divisions: Galatians 5:19

Envy: Proverbs 14:30

Bind: Spirit of Jealousy

Loose: Love of God: I Corinthians 13, Ephesians 5:2

Lying Spirit: 2 Chronicles 18:22

Strong Deception: 2 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Flattery: Psalms78:36, Proverbs 20:19; 26:28; 29:5

Superstitions: I Timothy 4:7

Religious Bondages: Galatians 5:1

False Prophecy: Jeremiah 23:16-17; 27:9-10, Matthew 7:15

Accusations: Psalms 31:18, Revelation 12:10

Slander: Proverbs 10:18

Lies: 2 Chronicles 18:22, Proverbs 6:16-19

Gossip: I Timothy 6:20, 2 Timothy 2:16

False Teachers: 2 Peter (entire book)

Bind: Lying Spirit

Loose: Spirit of Truth (Jesus): John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13

Perverse Spirit: Isaiah 19:14

Broken Spirit: Proverbs 15:4

Evil Actions: Proverbs 17:20,23

Atheist: Proverbs 14:2, Romans 1:30

Filthy Mind: Proverbs 2:12; 23:33

Abortion, Child Abuse: Exodus 21:22-25; 20:13

Doctrinal Error: Isaiah 19:14, Romans 1:22-23, 2 Timothy 3:7-8

Sex Perversions (also Incest and Pornography): Romans 1:17-32, 2 Timothy 3:2

Foolish: Proverbs 1:22; 19:1

Twisting the Word: Acts 13:10, 2 Peter 2:14

Chronic Worrier: Proverbs 19:3

Contentious: Philippians 2:14-16, I Timothy 6:4-5, Titus 3:10-11

Bind: Perverse Spirit

Loose: God’s Spirit, Pureness, Holiness: Zechariah 12:10, Hebrews 10:29

Seducing Spirit: I Timothy 4:1

Hypocritical Lies: I Timothy 4:1, Proverbs 12:22

Seared Conscience: I Timothy 4:1, James 1:14

Attractions, Fascinations by False Prophets, Signs and Wonders: Mark 13:22

Deception: Romans 7:11, 2 Timothy 3:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:10, I John 2:18-26

Wander From Truth: Deuteronomy 13:6-8, 2 Timothy 3:13

Fascination to Evil Ways, Objects, or Persons: Proverbs 12:26

Seducers, Enticers: I Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:13, Proverbs 1:10

Bind: Seducing Spirit

Loose: Holy Spirit – Truth: John 16:13

Spirit of Whoredoms: Hosea 5:4

Unfaithfulness/Adultery: Ezekiel 16:15, 28, Proverbs 5:1-14, Galatians 5:19

Spirit, Soul, or Body Prostitution: Ezekiel 16:15, 28, Proverbs 5:1-14, Deuteronomy 23:17-18

Chronic Dissatisfaction: Ezekiel 16:28

Love of Money: Proverbs 15:27, I Timothy 6:7-14

Fornication: Hosea 4:13-19

Idolatry: Judges 2:17, Ezekiel 16, Leviticus 17:7

Excessive Appetite: I Corinthians 6:13-16, Philippians 3:19

Worldliness: James 4:4

How to Deliver from Demon Possession

By Dale P. Kruse

(Taken From Chapter 13 of the Book: The Nature of Spiritual Warfare)

In order to deliver someone from demon possession and keep them free, you must do the following seven steps:


First, Fast and pray while waiting before the Lord for His revelation and instruction.

Second, eat protein and build up your strength.

Third, make sure the person has truly come to saving faith in Jesus.

Fourth, identify and write down all doorways to demon possession or oppression.

Fifth, have them confess and repent of these doorways.

Sixth, bind and command the related unclean spirits to leave in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Seventh, explain to them what they must do to stay clean and delivered.

Those who have followed these steps have had 100% results in deliverance without exception.


Before prayer for deliverance is carried out, it is good to first fast and wait before the Lord while reading His word, seeking His Holy Spirit wisdom and grace, strength and power for each individual situation you involve yourself in for demonic deliverance until the Lord has made plain His will for you in whether deliverance is what is needed or not and how He wants you to proceed.


Once you have received the Lord’s answers and assurance of victory, before you go into deliverance, take a couple of days to eat extra protein and build up your strength. You are now ready to assist the Lord in delivering your brother or sister from demonic possession.


In order for a person to be delivered from possession of an unclean spirit, first the person needs to in Jesus’ name denounce Satan, surrender to and confess Jesus as the only Lord and then receive Jesus into their heart as Savior from their sins and as Lord of their life. Have them pray like this:

In the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Satan I renounce and confess Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the only Lord and God.

Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and repent of my known sins. I ask You now to come into my heart as Savior from my sins and as Lord of my life. Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my sins through Your Son’s death and shed blood on the cross and that I now have eternal life. Now take control of my life, and through Your Holy Spirit lead me into your will and plan for my life; in Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s name, amen.

If the person is unable to do this because they are being hindered by the unclean spirits, then in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth bind the unclean spirits and command them to release the person’s will and to stop hindering the person from receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Then if the person is willing, have them do what I just said above. This is the first step to deliverance.

Once the person has confessed and received Jesus as Savior and Lord, They now have the power of the Holy Spirit in them to deliver themselves from demon possession (Acts 10:43-44, Eph 1:13-14).


The next step to deliverance is to identify the doorways which led to demon infestation. There are primarily 3 doorways which lead to demon infestation:



Sexual sins

Any involvement in the occult

What is a doorway? The Bible states that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The term doorway refers to any sin which defiles our temple. Through that doorway of sin demons can enter and cause problems in our lives. The person needs to determine what sins they committed in which of these areas. The first category is not their sins, but the sins of their ancestors. God says in His word:

Exodus 34:6-7 “Then Yehovah passed by in front of him [Moses] and proclaimed, Yehovah, Yehovah God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” (See also Num 14:18, Deut 5:9)

If the person has received demons through inheritance because of there parents involvement in the occult or the other areas above and they are aware of it, then what they need to do is confess and repent of the sins of their ancestors, thank Jesus for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 and then ask Jesus to cleanse them of the sin of their fathers.

If they have become infested through sexual sin, meaning intercourse outside the bounds of marriage or through any other kind of sexual deviation outside of marriage, they need to write down every contact they had and confess it to God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, Nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Ephesians 5:5-6 “For this you know with certainty, that no fornicator or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

Colossians 3:5-6 “Therefore put to death your members that are on earth to fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil lust, and covetousness which is idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come.”

They need to do the same with any involvement with the occult: write down on a piece of paper each individual involvement such as Ouija Boards, séances, seeking out Psychics or Fortune Tellers, practicing Witchcraft, etcetera. The sole purpose of the occult is to seek out and communicate with demons. Therefore, any activity which led them to seek communication with demons needs to be confessed. These are the sins which led to possession.


They next need to confess and repent of each of these doorways and any other sins they are aware of in their lives. They must be brutal with themselves, they need to confess and repent of each of these sins individually to Jesus and then thank Him for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 and then ask Jesus to cleanse them of that sin. They need also to in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth denounce Satan in each of these activities. Pray like this:

In the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Satan, I denounce you and the occult and this activity.

Until the person confesses and repents of each specific sin of involvement in any of the three areas mentioned and any other known sins, attempts of deliverance will be futile. The Bible teaches:

Proverbs 28:13 “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”

Proverbs 22:8 “He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, and the rod of his fury will perish.”

Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, Yehovah’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His-ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.”

The only basis for deliverance is true repentance and a sincere desire on the person’s part to want to be delivered and willingness to carry out whatever is necessary to be delivered. Repentance according to John the Baptist in Matthew 3:1-12 and Luke 3:1-14 means to confess our sins to God, make right our wrongs confessed and then to bring forth fruit, continued changed behavior in keeping with repentance. Once the sins have been confessed to God and repented of and God’s forgiveness is received by faith through Jesus’ death and shed blood on the cross, the demons will then have no alternative but to obey and leave when the person in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth commands them to leave.


Once each sin is confessed and repented of and Jesus forgiveness is received by faith through His death and shed blood on the cross, this removes any legal ground the demons have to stay. The person can then by faith in Jesus’ name bind the unclean spirits and command them to leave forever and they will leave instantly. You command all the demons at once to come out related to the sin that let them in.

In the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I bind all unclean spirits related to this sin and command you to come out and be gone forever!

Deliverance does not require knowing the demons name or anything about the demon or demons. This is not the key to deliverance and in no way helps the process of deliverance. The Bible is very clear about our not communicating with unclean spirits. We are not to communicate with them except to in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to bind them and command them to leave after the conditions the Bible lays out are met as explained above. By unclean spirits I mean demons. Demons are fallen angels, part of Satan’s unseen kingdom. We are not to seek them out or communicate with them. When you talk to a demon, you in essence make the person possessed a medium and you are disobeying the Bible’s clear command to not communicate with demons. Because this is forbidden in Scripture, doing so will hinder you from being able to deliver the person possessed. Here are passages which clearly teach this:

Leviticus 19:31 “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am Yehovah-your-Elohim.”

Leviticus 20:6 “As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.”

Leviticus 20:27 “Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is an abomination to Yehovah; and because of these abominations Yehovah your-Elohim will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before Yehovah your-Elohim.”

Isaiah 8:19-20 “And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.”

The only exception to this is when dealing with people who have been involved in the occult who have worked with familiar spirits. In this case these familiar spirits must be rebuked and bound in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and commanded to leave by name. These people will already know the names of these familiar spirits. If they say they do not know, they are lying. Understand however this does not mean this requires you to have the demon speak or for the demon to manifest itself in order for the person to be delivered from the demon. They simply must in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth bind it and then by name command it to come out and be gone forever. The more the person controls the demons inside them, the quicker will be their deliverance.

James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Acts 5:32 “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy and to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall injure you.”

Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.”

Once the person commands them to leave, the Holy Spirit will let you know that they have left. They must then by faith accept that they are gone. This means they must accept it on the basis of God’s promises in His word: the BIBLE! as stated above, not on how they may feel. Feelings are an organ of our fallen soul which Satan has access to and can manipulate. Therefore, feelings must be ignored, not determined as a basis for deliverance. Our basis for deliverance is the promises of God’s Word, the BIBLE!, alone, which brings up another basis for deliverance: You must believe the BIBLE is God’s Word and believe it LITERALLY! Otherwise, how can you have faith in the promises of God in the BIBLE for deliverance? Jesus said in John 5:46-47, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” Jesus said if you don’t take Moses literally, you won’t take his words literally either. Jesus made it plain that if we are to have faith in any truth in the BIBLE you must take all truths taught in the BIBLE literally. Our faith and power against Satan in Jesus’ name is based on our having faith in the literalness of God’s Word: the BIBLE! Note what the Bible says about God’s promises in His Word: the BIBLE!

Joshua 21:45 “Not one of the good promises which Yehovah had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.”

Numbers 23:19 “Elohim is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

1 Samuel 15:29 “And also The-Glory-of-Israel will not lie or change his mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Psalm 89:34 “My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.”

Psalm 119:89 “Your word is settled in Heaven forever, Yehovah.”

Psalm 138:2 “You have magnified Your Word according to all Your name.”

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our-Elohim stands forever.”

Malachi 3:6 “For I, Yehovah, do not change.”

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.”

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.”

Hebrews 6:18 “It is impossible for God to lie.”

Titus 1:2 “In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”

Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by appearance.”

How we know the BIBLE is absolutely true and reliable:

John 2:22 “When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken.”

If the person has gone through the six steps laid out above but the person is truly not yet delivered, it means there are sins they have not yet confessed. The person must ruthlessly confess and repent of all known sins, otherwise commanding the unclean spirits to leave in Jesus’ name will not work. If they don’t know what they need to confess due to lack of memory, then have them pray and ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom to bring back to their memory specific sins they have not yet confessed and repented of according to God’s promise in James 1:5,

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

Whatever the Lord shows them, have them go through the steps above and then accept by faith it is done.


Once delivered, in order for the person to stay clean they must absolutely ruthlessly disassociate themselves from whatever led to there possession in the first place. They must cleanse their home of all familiar objects related. By familiar objects, I mean that which is associated with their involvement with the occult, all porno magazines, films, pictures, occult objects, ancestral objects related to the occult, etcetera. These also will hinder the person from being delivered and staying delivered. Passages in the Bible which talk about removing familiar objects are the following:

Deuteronomy 7:25-26 The graven images of their els [gods] you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to Yehovah your Elohim. And you shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.

Exodus 32:19-20 And it came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water, and made the sons of Israel drink it.

1 Corinthians 10:19-20 “What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.”

Acts 19:17-19 “And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord-Jesus was being magnified. Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of all, and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.”

In order for the person to to stay clean, if you helped them to get there, you will need to stay with them in follow up for at least six months until they are strong and stable enough to stay clean themselves. Ideally, you should have them live with you. This is because it takes time for this person to get to the place of being strong enough in themselves to fight off Satanic forces which will try to come back and re-establish their home there.

Matthew 12:43-45 “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it said, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”

If you want to be in the deliverance ministry, you will then need to be committed to stick with this person for as long as it takes to help them become stable and be able to stand on their own two feet and stay clean of demons. You can’t do this unless you are willing to take them into your own home where you can be with them day and night for as long as it takes.

John 21:15-17 “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you-love [agape, focus of effection love] Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I-love [phileo, loving someone as a Friend or brother] You.’ He said to him, ‘Tend My lambs.’ He said to him again a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love [agape] Me?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.’ He said to him, ‘Shepherd My sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love [phileo] Me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love [phileo] Me?’ And he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love [phileo] You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend My sheep.’”

To stay clean they will have to regain control over their thought life. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We are subverting computations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Demon infestation is the result of a passive mind, a person giving over their thought life to Satan. The spiritual battle is in the mind. It is in the mind a person decides what he will or will not focus on. What he focuses or does not focus on is what will determine who he or she is and how much control Satan will have over them. Therefore gaining control over their thought life is the first step to staying delivered.

How do they do this? First, by studying and meditating upon God’s word. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:8-9,

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.”

What is true, pure and excellent? Joshua wrote in Joshua 1:8,

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

David wrote in Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Other Bible passages teach us about God’s word:

Psalm 12:6 “The words of Yehovah are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”

Proverbs 16:20 “He who gives attention to the word shall find good, and blessed is he who trusts in Yehovah.”

Proverbs 22:17-21 “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in Yehovah, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer to him who sent you?”

Psalm 19:7-11 “The law of Yehovah is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of Yehovah is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of Yehovah are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of Yehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of Yehovah is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of Yehovah are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”

John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth, Your word is truth.”

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is spiritually-alive and energetically-affective and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the conscious-reasonings and intentions of the heart.”

The first step to their gaining control over a passive mind is to study, memorize and meditate on God’s word. Chapter 2-4 also talk about how to gain control over a passive mind and the flesh and how to keep the flesh from sinning.

Second, they need to be in the fellowship of believers. A Christian cannot live the Christian life in his own strength. He or she needs the support of other believers. Jesus commands in His word in Hebrews 10:24-25,

“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”

Hebrews 12:12-13 states “Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”

Third, you need to instruct them about the importance of spending a daily quiet time with Jesus in His word to submit themselves to Him and His will and plan for their lives, and to draw upon His Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to carry out His will. James wrote in James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 & Psalm 105:4 state “Seek Yehovah and His strength; seek His face continually.” Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.” Again a Christian cannot live the Christian life alone in His own strength. He needs the strength and support of other Christians, and the strength and power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life. Proverbs 3:6 states “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Jesus promises us that when we submit ourselves to Him and acknowledge Him in all our ways, in our day, that He will give us the power of the Holy Spirit to keep our ways straight in Him.

Fourth, you will need to teach them the importance of seeking God’s will in their use of time and then for them to obey the Lord in their use of time. In Chapter 4 we shared that the flesh never did obey God’s laws and it never will (Rom 8:6-8, Rom 7:14). If this is true, how then does one keep their flesh from sinning? How does a person who has been delivered out of the occult and cleansed of demons stay out of the occult and cleansed of demons? Paul gives us the answer in Galatians 5:16. Paul wrote “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” How does one know when they are walking in the Spirit and when they are not? We are walking in the Holy Spirit when we are using our time according to God’s will (Rom 13:14, Eph 5:15-17). When we are occupied in our use of time from the time we get up until we go to bed with Jesus’ will, there is no opportunity for the flesh to carry out its desires and lusts. Paul tells us in Romans 7:14 that the flesh is in bondage to sin. What this means is that when the flesh is idle, when given opportunity through being idle, the flesh will gravitate to its lusts and it will sin. This is why in Romans 13:14 Paul doesn’t say get rid of the lusts of your flesh because on this side of heaven that is impossible. Instead, what Paul says to do is to not give the flesh an opportunity to carry out its lusts. How do we do that? by keeping the flesh so occupied it doesn’t have the opportunity to focus on or pursue its lusts. Therefore, the way you teach the person how to have victory over their sinful lusts and desires is by instructing them to daily seek God’s will in their use of time and then encouraging them of the importance of their using their time as God has instructed them to. This is the only way they will be able to keep from slipping back into the sins of their flesh which is by putting “on the Lord Jesus Christ. . .” and making “no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” You do this by instructing them to fill their time from the time they get up until they go to bed with God’s will.

See The Nature of Spiritual Warfare, Victory Through Time Management, and The Nature of the Flesh which explains this principle in greater detail and how to put it into practice.

See also the book titled Jesus Is The Answer To Your Needs. This book explains to a believer how to relate to Jesus in prayer for the answer to their needs, how to know what is truly Jesus’ voice, how to know what is His will and plan for their lives and how to succeed in that plan. The book can be purchased through this website.

For more information on spiritual warfare, see the following articles on this website:

1. How Satan Gains Control of the Mind
2. How to Have Victory Over a Passive Mind How To Have Victory Over Sexual Sins

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse

Can a Christian be Possesed?

By Dale P. Kruse

Can a Christian be possessed?

Yes! A Christian can be possessed because only a Christian can be delivered.

The deliverance ministry benefits only those who have made Jesus Savior and Lord. The unsaved cannot be delivered, or if they are they end up seven times worse afterwards since they do not have the power of the Holy Spirit to stay delivered.

Many come to saving faith in Jesus Christ possessed because of previous involvement in the occult, sexual sins, sins of inheritance or as a result of specific unrepented sins. Some Christians become possessed because later they get involved in these kind of sins. The Bible is plain in Galatians 6:7-8,

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

While many people’s theology teaches a Christian cannot be possessed, nothing in the Bible teaches that a Christian cannot be possessed. Possession is the result of sin, but not just any sin, but sin that a person commits that is deliberate and ongoing and without the intent to repent. Ecclesiastes 10:8 states “He who digs a pit will fall into it; and whoever breaks a hedge, a serpent will bite him.” When we sin, that is a doorway first to oppression. When we sin we give Satan legal access to ourselves.

We only have authority over Satan when we are in submission to the Lord. James 4:7 states “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James wrote this to Christians, not non-believers. When we sin and do not immediately confess and repent of it, unclean spirits related attach themselves to us to keep us in bondage to that sin. That is why even though we confess and repent of our sins and God forgives us, afterwards we often times still feel attached to and prone to that sin. Paul expressed this frustration in Romans 7:18-19,

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish.”

We have to go further than just confessing and repenting of our sins, we have to ask the Lord to then also cleanse us from the sin and all unclean spirits related. If we do not, we will find ourselves repeating the sin with seemingly no power to say no. That is because it is now the demonic influences which are causing us to sin. So after we confess our sins we also need to in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to bind the unclean spirits related and command them to leave.

Next, as described in this article, you need to also anoint your house and place of work. Next, pray for the covering of Jesus’ blood (Revelation 12:11), the surrounding and protection of His mighty warrior angels (Psalm 34:7); and the overshadowing power and protection of the Holy Spirit (2 Thess 3:3).

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.” (Revelation 12:11)

“The angel of Yehovah encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.” (Psalm 37:7)

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thess 3:3)

This is how we deal with demonic oppression. It is never just simply an issue of confessing our known sins, that is the first step. We then do need to take authority over the unclean spirits related or we will find ourselves continuing in that sin whether we want to or not. Only after binding the unclean spirits and commanding them to leave will we then find release from the propensity to sin. We all have a disposition to certain kinds of sins.

It is these sins we usually have the greatest battle with once we have given into them. What I have described here is what Christians mostly battle with which is oppression of unclean spirits from the outside, not possession.

While most Christians are not possessed, they can become possessed and this comes about through repetitious unrepented sin; sin we do deliberately, wantonly without any intention of repenting. Eventually that then opens a hole in the wall of our protection and demons enter in.

This is why it is so important when we fall to temptation to immediately confess it and get on our knees and ask for the Lord to cleanse us of that sin and to seal that doorway in His blood. We then need to ask Him for Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to say no to this sin and temptation when it comes (Eph 6:10, 2 Thess 3:3).

This is why it is so important that we stay close to the Lord through reading the Word and prayer and daily seek His power to stay close to Him and away from those things which tempt us. Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The Bible tells us that Satan prowls about waiting for that opening in our protection.

1 Peter 5:8-10 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

The solution is to stay clean of sin and to immediately confess and repent of your sin when committed and to stay close to the Lord by daily spending time with Him by reading His Word (1 Peter 1:22-23) and through prayer (Matt 26:41) and through avoiding temptation (Romans 13:14).

In the Article titled The Nature of the Flesh I explain how to avoid temptation and keep the flesh from sinning. We also need to daily put on the full armor of God to protect us from demonic attack and is why God has provided this armor listed in Ephesians 6:10-18.

It is a literal armor which covers and protects our human spirit. Only as we are submitted to the Lord and walk in obedience to Him do we have His protection and power and authority over Satan.

An interesting Article: THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE by Alvin Boyd Kuhn

THE FOLLOWING IS A “SPIRITUAL VIEW” OF THE MEANING OF THE FALL OF MAN,THE TREE OF LIFE & THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF DEATH: TAKE WHAT YOU CAN FROM THE MEANING “BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVERDO THE SPIRITUAL AND MISS THE LITERAL TRUTH!The story of Creation in Genesis contains the item that represents mankind as having been condemned to eternal death as the consequence of our first parents’ disobedience to God’s command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of life and knowledge which is in the midst of the Garden of Eden. Here we are confronted with another of those features of the great allegorical drama of creation that has more than baffled the best efforts of theologians and scholars for two millennia……………………….. What the individual learns in his childhood serves him throughout life, for the memory of childhood is everlasting. It is the same with humanity in its infancy. The early races were all given the systems of moral and spiritual philosophy, done in myths and dramas, so that the graphs of living truth should never be wanting for human instruction in wisdom. The evidence is mountain high that all early peoples were the beneficiaries of essentially the same original body of sage wisdom, and that this primal deposit was the one unitary source of all the world’s religions. They are thus proven to have been the “one true religion” at the start. By recovering that deposit the greatest need of the world today could readily be met, – a universal religion for all mankind. Toward this desirable consummation the present series should contribute no mean impulse, since its articles will come close to reconstructing in to the outlines and substance of that mighty truth of old time.


The Tree of Knowledge was one feature of that great formulation that depicted truth in graphs and symbols. The Sages of antiquity did not have far to go to find not only apt and felicitous, but absolutely inerrant types, symbols and mimeographs of the cosmic laws and principles they had in mind to picture forth. The tools and instruments for truth’s portrayal lay right at hand, or right outside the door. They were present in multitudinous form in the world of living nature. The sky, the earth, the ocean; vegetation and animal life; the universal daily phenomena of natural forces supplied the materials able to clarify the speech of truth. These ancient dramatists knew a fact that we are largely ignorant of, – that the processes and phenomena of creatural life are everywhere themselves, the pictorial dramatizations of universal verity. They knew that every tree, bush, insect, worm, beast, every tumbling rill upon the hillside, every cloud, snowflake, mist and rainfall, was each in its way a visible delineation of cosmic principle. For these processes and creations were themselves the outward visible manifestation of the Soul of the Universe that was working to give itself concrete expression in myriads of variant forms. They were themselves truth come alive in the actual world. They were Universal Spirit’s ideas that were now crystallized in material form in the outer world. They were God’s archetypal ideas concreted in atomic matter, as an architect’s ideas become substantialized in brick, mortar, wood, stone and iron. And precisely so. God, the great Architect, first formed in his cosmic mind the shape of things to come in his purposed new creation and it was over their ideal pattern that he later formed the physical universe. In our benighted ignorance today we deride the idealist. But unless the individual is at all times striving to build his life in conformity with the pattern of a noble ideal, he will get nowhere except possibly to that bourne of all aimless drifting, or to the asylum over the hill. Psychology tells us now in tones we dare not disregard, that minds break down because of their want of aim, purpose and meaning in the struggle of life. Bizarre and almost ridiculous as it sounds in the ears of modern people, it can be said truly that Philosophy is and must ever be man’s true savior.

But the sublimest truths and ideals are pictured to us ubiquitously in the commonest things in nature. Possibly the commonest things in the world are trees. Just because this object is so common, it must be presumed to embody universal ideation in truest form. It does so indeed. When nature tells a story it cannot be false, it cannot lead the mind astray. Nature can tell nothing but the truth, because it is truth itself come to view in the actual world. Philosophers have argued for ages whether the actual things such as trees, rocks, streams, are real things, or only the appearance of real things. The whole visible world of things may be an illusion of man’s mind, they contend. The obvious truth is that these things are indeed the appearance of real things, for they have emerged from the invisible world of noumenon or divine thought and made their appearance in this outer world of actuality. They were not, however, mere appearance in the sense of being an unreal semblance of ghost or shadow of reality, as has so generally been the way of describing them. They were the forms of reality itself, arrival at actualization in our world. Philosophy needs to make this vital correction in its thinking. Anything that is must be real. The philosophical dispute over reality or illusion is only a matter of relativity, contingent upon the levels of consciousness that is present to evaluate reality. Anything is real to that level of consciousness that can cognize it, but real for that level and not for other levels. A radio wave a eight hundred is real for the receiving instrument set to catch that frequency. It is not real a different set of the dial. Man – and the philosophers – had better settle this question of reality on the basis of a naïve acceptance, that our experience here is real. This world is real, terribly real, for us. It may not be real for cherubim and seraphim; but that should not mislead us, as it has done some misguided “spiritual” religionists in our own day and all past days, into thinking we can treat this world as unreal. Along that ideological path lie the whitened bones of many a wrecked personality, philosophically and psychologically speaking.

The tree, as symbol, tells the story of life with marvelous completeness and vivid explicitness. In its shape and configuration it is almost a picture itself of the structure of the cosmic creative plan, and it is a a true picture of man’s ideological conception of the form and modus of life manifestation, If one were to try to diagram the processes of creation, one’s pencil would almost find itself tracing a figure that would much resemble a tree. Why? Because one would have to draw a heavy line out from a plane of rootage or origin, like the ground, representing the one first and undifferentiated stream of creative energy, and then branch it out into two streams and again divide these and their branches and branchlets into ever-multiplying separation and division. For that is precisely how the creative impulse emerges from its basal center and branches out into numberless arms and lines of force, to permeate at last the whole area of the universe it is to create.

The tree and the river were the two most apt and frequently used symbols of the outflow of living energy in creation. The one so vividly depicted the emanation of the life stream from one undivided source and the subsequent dividing and branching; thus typifying the emanative or involuntionary direction of life outward at the beginning of a creative period. The other equally graphically symbolized the return or evolutionary direction from the many terminal streamlets back into the one main channel and the universal ocean. For the tree emanates from the ground as one shoot, to divide later into many. The stream begins with multitudinous rills and springs and ends by reuniting them all in the common sea. When typological genius wished to show that the two forces of life, the outgoing and the returning, conjoin and intermingle their energies in the worlds of manifestation – as they do in man’s sphere and in his body – they represented the two as working together. Speaking of the righteous man, the beautiful language of the Bible says: “He shall be like a tree planted by the river of water.” The Solomon’s Seal, or interlaced double triangle of esoteric symbolism is a monograph of this interrelation, as the one triangle points downward, the other upward. The downward direction represents the descent of soul into matter, the upward typifies the return back to infinite spiritual source. The Nordic mythology, however, pictured the two directions by portraying the great Tree of Life, Ygdrasil, as both rooted in earth, reaching up to heaven, and also rooted in heaven, extending its arms downward to earth. Involution brings life downward and branching out toward and upon earth; evolution takes it back to the empyrean. The banyan, and less visibly, other trees exemplify both directions. Any tree goes down to earth as seed or shoot, and returns to heaven as developing body.

Thus the tree, along with the stream, was employed by the ancient mythicists of divine truth as the symbol of first, the distribution, and then the reuniting of the living rivers of creative power that, like the four in Genesis issued forth from the being of God and returned to him. The magnificent Greek esoteric philosophy – the suggested revival of which can be the answer to the world’s great cry for humanitarian culture today – represented the gods, who are the long arms and agents of God’s own working energy, as being the “distributors of divinity”. No phrase could be more enlightening for our dull powers of comprehension. Jesus says: “I came to send fire over the earth”, and he later, illustrating his meaning by breaking a loaf of bread into pieces and distributing one to each of his disciples, declared that he was breaking his body into fragments so that a piece might be distributed to each. Again he exemplified this division in “multiplying” the loaves and the fishes to feed the enhungered multitude. All was drawn to illustrate the great and forgotten principle of the ancient “divine theology” that the rays and streams of creative force that flow forth from the heart of God issue first as one undivided stream, then break and divide endlessly to reach and supply every nook and cranny of being in the universe. The Greeks called these streams of formative power “rivers of vivification”. They start out from heaven as one undifferentiated current and reach the periphery of creation in countless branchlets. Then, having gone out and done their work of “watering all the face of the ground”, they precisely like the capillaries of our own blood system, turn back from their numberless end springs and begin to merge the many into fewer, and finally end in the One from which they emanated. If that does not picture to the mind even of the dullest the methodology and processes of God’s creative work, it is hard to conceive how we can be taught obvious truth.

It is interesting to learn of the particular trees which the Sages chose as typical of creative mode. The northern nations used the ash and the pine, the latter because of its thrilling suggestion of the soul’s immortality by its remaining ever-green in winter, the period of “death”. The Druids, as well as the Greeks, used the oak. Mediterranean an Eastern religions used variously the palm, the olive, the banyan, the pine, tamarisk or tamarand or tamarack, the fig, the boddhi, juniper, cypress, cedar, ilex, persea, locust or acacia (the sacred tree of Masonry), and the fig under the name of sycamore. (Gerald Massey calls it the sycamore-fig). Revelation speaks of the two witnesses, whom it calls the “two olive trees”. Egyptian texts speak of the “two divine sycamore trees of heaven and earth”, a most revealing nomenclature indeed, since the description enables us at last to know what these two witnesses or the “two trees” in reality connote. They are now clearly seen to be the two streams of living power, the one emanating from heaven, the other rising up from earth, whose correlated work carries life through each of its great cycles. The one witness is the stream of involution flowing forth, the other the stream of evolution flowing back, – carrying its gains with it. The mysterious sealed meaning of many a text in the Bible has had to wait these two thousand years for the discovery of the Rosetta Stone (in 1796) to supply the key to a lost interpretation. Egypt will redeem a decadent Christianity and its baffling Bible. The time for Christian scorning of “paganism” is past.

There is now to be sought the solution of the perplexing dialectical problem involved in the conventional, time-honored and orthodox, but not rationally intelligible, theological propositions based on the Genesis verses which seem to declare that man was forbidden by divine command to eat the fruit of the tree of life and knowledge. Language is incompetent to convey any adequate realization of the damaging stultification of wholesome common sense which the utterly bungled and garbled distortion of the purport of this supposed divine ordinance has inflicted upon Western mankind over many centuries. The “forbidden fruit” and man’s alleged disobedience to God in the eating of it and the penalty incurred for all humanity thereby have become bogies of Frankenstein proportions, charging the general conscience of the Occident world with a paralyzing obsession of wonder, doubt, fear and vicarious remorse for all too many ages. The psychological devastation and havoc wrought upon sensitive minds indoctrinated from childhood with this baneful conception is past all calculation. Its doleful preeminence in the center of the West’s structure of theology amply justifies its place in the first three lines of Milton’s great epic:

“Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world and all our woe.”

Gruesome and blighting have been the fatalistic implications of the theological legend that the eating of the fruit of a tree – in literal sense – by our “first parents” caused the “fall” of man and fastened upon the race of their descendants for all the future the penalty of expulsion from a land of Paradise and a life of toil, pain and sorrow upon the earth, with death the inevitable casualty in the end. It has lurked in the murky shadows of the Western subconscious, a threat to happiness and a rasping brake upon the natural joyous zest for life. Only the robust rebuff to the theological imposition by the natural hearty strength of man’s instinctive sense of the preciousness of life, in spite of the deadening power of miasmatic religious misconceptions, has reduced to some mild extent the crushing consequences of the falsification. Had the West been disposed to subjective introversion as was the East, the fatal aftermath of its blind addiction to a weird and macabre theology such as that haunting prevalent belief, would have been catastrophic beyond all credence. It would have sunk the Occident in a morass of morbidity that would have sickened its whole moral psychology. Indeed to a degree not commonly glimpsed it has actually done just this, in spite of all the West’s aggressive objectivity and extraversion of view. Protagonists of other religions, debating with Christianity, could well say that Christianity is the religion that has afflicted its devotees with the conviction of universal sin, and that without reference to the sinner’s merit or demerit. It has convicted them of sin before they were born. What the psychological resultant of such a general persuasion and infatuation on the minds of billions of people over the generations since Bethlehem could be, and tragically has been, the modern revelations of the science of Psychoanalysis are well prepared to inform us. This science asserts that for every depressing mental influence we have to pay a heavy penalty in the form of inhibitions,neuroses, pathologies and wretchedness grievous to contemplate. The enormity of this psychic bill is beyond estimate.

This cultural catastrophe is all the more unaccountable because there are other verses and clear statements in the Bible that virtually contradict or flatly controvert every implication of the divine command as theology has taken it. Reason and philosophy should of themselves have intimated to any thinking mind that God could not in simple consistency place man in a garden of life and then forbid him to eat the fruits of its living experience. Tragic mistake on a world-wide scale could have been averted if human reason had not been subverted by doctrinal obsession. With life given, and knowledge the certain fruit of its experience, a modicum of logical thinking could have assured the reason that God’s alleged command at once convicted him of dialectical inconsistency. It accuses him of both giving life and forbidding him to live it in the same breath. How could it be seen as compatible with itself that God would place man in the world of life, order him to grow and multiply, and then deny him the right to partake of the fruit of his experience, and predominantly of the fruit of that one tree that yields life and knowledge, both inevitable and indispensable to his increase and multiplication?

The artistry of ancient allegorism caught the world at a low point of its intelligence and mired the interpretative mind in Christianity in the worst slough of misconception ever to afflict the human fancy. Our dullness of comprehension and blank stupidity in handling our great heritage of ancient mythicism have marred and scarred the face of history.

But if reason failed to avert the mental cataclysm, there are things in the Bible which should have counteracted the direful aberrancy. If the eating of the fruit of the tree of life is seemingly forbidden in the third chapter of Genesis, it is, on the contrary expressly asserted as man’s right in the last chapter of the Bible. The Book flatly contradicts in its last chapter what it seems to say in its first ones. The 14th verse of the final (22nd) chapter of Revelation runs as follows: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Here man’s right to eat of the tree is enunciated in forthright terms. Likewise one does not find anything like forbiddance in the statement in the Bible that “the leaves of three shall be for the healing of the nations”. Unfortunately the illuminating power of such a verse has been dimmed by the ignorance of all that this tree is the same one as that in the garden. All this sad mental mishap has come from failure to know that the Bible is beautiful allegory and not weird and eccentric “history”. Allegory talks of but one tree, for symbols carry but one specific connotation. History would argue that this tree of the healing leaves was another tree. It would even try to locate it somewhere on some mountain or in some valley, as it has tried to locate the garden itself in the Euphrates Valley. Just in passing one can mention the sacred tree of Tibetan lore, called Mani-Koum-Boum, or the “tree of the ten thousand precepts”. It was asserted that on the under side of every leaf was written a golden precept of religious truth. One reads that it stood on the temple ground in some locality. That such a figure to cover splendid truth should have led minds into egregious folly is pitiable. An astute mind with a moment’s reflection can see that it is a dramatization or symbolization of the very great truth that the forces of life branch out into living expression, and that each factual experience, poetized as one leaf on this mighty tree, unfolds its own moral lesson, or precept, for the creature living it! The fantastic literal idea corrupts and diseases the mind, the allegorical redaction of it frees and sanifies it. Tolstoy, the great Russian, in 1911 had a remarkable vision of the Balkan wars and the first world war, all of which was accurately fulfilled. One of the features of his vision still to come to reality was that he saw religion saving itself by returning to symbol and allegory. The early learned Christian Fathers urged the allegorical interpretation of the Scriptures! Later and less learned ones excoriated and anathematized them. The result of the latter blunder is only too inexpressibly apparent in a million forms of mental delusion and psychological wreckage under our eyes in the history past and present.

The recondite elements of the allegory have utterly miscarried and piteously misled the credulous minds of religionists for these many centuries. The tree of life is the branching stream of living experience, and the gods sent man into this mundane milieu expressly to partake of its fruits to the full measure of his capability. The conception of the forbidden fruit in its gross theological and popularly accepted form, it must be said, is close to the most outrageous delusion of human belief ever to snare man’s gullible fancy.

The sentence in the last chapter of Revelation completely upsets the idea that first man violated divine law or disobeyed God in the garden. It asserts man’s right to eat of the tree’s fruit.

Representations and vignettes found in ancient documents picture the scene of the “temptation” in the garden. There is the tree, with the woman standing close beside its branches, the serpent reaching out its head from the foliage and whispering into her ear, while she hands a cup of the juice of the fruit of the tree to her husband at her side. It the allegory done over in vignette.

What the juice of the fruit of the tree signifies is most necessary to understand if one is to discern the full relevance of every item of the symbolism. It is glaringly obvious and there is no excuse for its having been missed for so long, to the universal detriment of mankind. What is fruit juice? It is the liquid essence which is forced out under physical pressure and contains in it the inmost essence of the fruit’s powers of nourishment. This description adumbrates for us a large segment of the meaning of all experience. It hints volubly at the great fact that all life is constituted of finer essences contained within coarser shells, and needing to be express (out-pressed) through the pressure of life’s physical circumstances. In the tree there is the hard exterior, then the fluid sap and within that the vital essence. Matching this in man, there is his gross outer physical body, within that the blood, and in that, as we know, the pranic electricity of life. All of this furnishes us with an analogy with experience itself. Externally our experience consists of physical acts, states and phenomena, first. But a step farther inward it consists of conscious reactions to the crude physical contacts; first sensation; then, a step inward, emotion; another step inward, and as the result of sense and emotion, thought is generated; and still going inward, there is aroused at last the final spiritual being of the man in an assertion of will and purpose, the ultimate response.

Now it requires it requires a vast quantity of outer experience to reach deeply within and deposit its final effects upon the innermost soul, and, so to say, squeeze out its spiritual reaction. Just as it takes hundreds of tons of crude coal to produce by distillation an ounce of sublimated power in radium form, so it takes vast quantities of crude physical, sensual, and emotional experience to generate in the depths of being one single dynamic realization, one single flash of more splendid light, in the profoundest depths of consciousness. It is a most edifying analogy and a true one.

The most sublimated and hence most precious essence of the meaning and the good of man’s conscious experience must thus be forced out to realization under pressure of vast amounts of outer sensual experience. Of this process and phenomenon the squeezing out of the juice of the fruit of a tree is the perfect analogue and outer type.

The juice of the fruit of the tree of life and knowledge is therefore to be sense in a powerful mental way and understood as the ultimate soul reaction, or deposit in consciousness, from the whole process of mortal experience. Man partakes of this life-giving nectar, this wine of life, just in so far as his experience presses upon him with sufficient force to draw out from his deepest soul its divinest reactions.

And now comes a startling release of lost truth, impressive and significant enough in itself to cause a furore in religious circles. It is beyond dispute that the cup of this living essence, this sap of the tree of life, this juice of the fruit of the living tree of creation which the woman offers to the man in Genesis, is the same cup which the Jesus character in the New Testament, in his agonizing cry from the cross, pleads that his Father may let pass from him! After the first shock of its revelation, this statement should not be considered as either so strange or so unlikely, when another release of forgotten truth and another astonishing dénouement of a correct following of symbolism, brings up beside it the similar pronouncement, even more revealing, that the Tree of the creation garden is the same tree as that on which Jesus was crucified! “Him whom ye slew and hanged on a tree” is one of the Bible passages which uses the word “tree” instead of “cross”. It is not know that there are extant many old legends of ancient days in which the tradition was kept alive that the cross of Golgotha was cut from the wood of a tree which had been propagated from a branch, seed or shoot of the Tree of Paradise. Legend has sometimes preserved truth more securely than written Scripture. It is markedly so in this case.

When the allegorical -symbolic nature of ancient Biblical composition is better known, there will be no question that the Christ was crucified on the Tree of Life. As this tree keeps on unfolding its growth throughout the lengthy cycle, obviously the Christos must be represented as being crucified on its continuing fresh propagations from generation to generation.

Likewise Jesus was tempted by Satan, “that old serpent” of Revelation; And so we have four central items of the same story, the tree, the cup, the serpent and the temptation, in both the Genesis and the New Testament formulations of the archaic typology. These marks of identity between the two sweep aside all possible chicanery that has been resorted to to hold them apart as separate and different historical episodes! The certification of this identity constitutes a revelation and a revolution of gigantic proportions in all religious systemology. It renders obsolete at one stroke a whole vast mass of theological lucubration, heavy and sodden, that has deplorably misconceived and misrepresented the true and luminous meaning of the fabric of theology. The benignant rays of a new dawn of light and understand break above the horizon with this announcement.

Equally revolutionary in it significance must be seen to be the next point of exegesis – that of the identity of the character of the “serpent” in the drama. The grand enlightenment which the creation story was designed to give the world has been sadly bedimmed by our sheer inability properly to identify the characters enacting the great cosmic scenario. In ecclesiastical religion not a word has been uttered in centuries that would give the remotest intimation as to the true reference of this subtle villain of the creation piece. Still the ignorant gape and their wonder grows as to why God, omnipotent and all wise, allowed a snake to come in to annoy the first human pair and so quickly seduce them to their – and our – eternal “fall”. Common reasoning suggests that it was a bit unfair and inconsiderate of the Almighty Father to throw a giant temptation in the way of our first progenitors at the very first moment of their career. One must think that he should at least have given them time to get their bearings and learn by experience the operation of his divine laws for their guidance, before bearing down on them with a stern and grim prohibition, with their eternal destiny dangling on the issue.

Common credulity and as ignorant seminary tutelage have assumed that, from all the surface intimations of the story, the crafty serpent was the arch enemy of God and a fell plotter against his good work. Corrected understanding must clear this dramatis persona of both wicked plotting and enmity against the Supreme. One of the very first sects of early Christians was that of the Ophites who “worshipped” the serpent (Greek: ophis) as their prime symbol. A naïve mistaught Christian would from this jump to the conclusion that these Hebrew Christians must have been of the status of savage tribesmen under the horrid delusion that their God was the serpent. But we can see that if even Moses raised up the serpent on the cross in the wilderness, acting assumedly under God’s control, that in some fashion or other this fearsome reptile must have stood as symbol of something on the good side of the meaning.

Ordinary familiarity with the serpent symbol of ancient literature, especially of the uraeus-snake of the Egyptians, and a wiser study of comparative religion, would have obviated the world-wide and age-old blunder of mistaking the serpent for a hostile element in the work of creation. People have been puzzled, after reading the stories of the evil serpent, to hear the Divine Teacher in the New Testament enjoin upon his followers to “be wise as serpents”. Popular Christian belief has surely reduced the mythical representation of great cosmic truth in its own Scriptures to a mélange of incomprehensible oddities.

The graphic and vivid instructive significance of this animal symbol inheres in the suggestive hints and analogues which the creature supplies to thought. Sagacity in olden times quickly caught at a quite thorough-going analogy between its shape, its characteristics and life habitudes, and the general form of evolutionary processes themselves. Its length of body, permitting it to coil, in general spiral shape, around seven folds, with its head rising at the top or culmination, furnished a striking picturization of the great creative force itself. Like the serpent, this energy swings ever seven times around its great and lesser cycles, and erects its culminating product, which is clearly enough the higher consciousness centering in the head, at the topmost point of attainment. The snake lying coiled seven times round on itself formed a circular central hole, which was called by the Greeks “the snake’s hole”, or the Cycle of Necessity (kuklos anagkes – the Kukl-os becoming cycl-e in English). This was to emblemize the inescapable necessity of the soul’s swinging seven times through the rounds of the elements to gain its evolutionary growth.

The serpent, then, accurately typifies, and as dramatic figure in the allegory, represents the great Cyclic Law, or Law of Evolution, which takes all creatural life swinging eternally round the seven-ringed cycles of incarnation in lower grades of matter. Without this immersion in matter’s depths and the increase in growth accruing therefrom, the soul could not further evolve. The serpent symbolizes, therefore, the wholly beneficent law of life itself. As nearly as we can paraphrase it in modern parlance, the serpent is just the “natural law”.

But now, as, for the sake of dramatic representation and the accentuation, for weak human ideation, of the difference in cosmic rank, and opposition of function, between the automatic natural law of physis, (as the Greeks called it) and the higher spiritual law of the divine mind,the first being, as with us, God’s subconscious activities, and the second his conscious directing intelligence, the dramatists painted the crawling reptile that carried the symbolism of the lower automatism in the colors of (comparative) evil. The two laws, the natural and the spiritual, operating jointly in man’s nature, do stand in contrariety, even in a sense in opposition to each other. As soon as life bifurcates into the eternal duality of spirit and matter, soul and body, the two forces are set in opposition to each other. But thousands of years of acumen to evaluate this opposition in its true measure and proportion of balanced understanding. The gross misconception to which all ancient symbolization of high and abstruse truth has been subjected and by which it has been mutilated into a veritable travesty of its true interior sense, has wrought havoc with the original high purport of the construction. It has mistaken the opposition of relation, position and function, for the opposition of moral and spiritual design and purpose.It has mistaken the opposition of polarity for the opposition of good and evil. Or, it has misconceived the opposition as of right and left, lever and fulcrum, symmetry and balance, fingers and thumbs, for the opposition of evil to good. It has taken one of the two opposing arms of being that uphold the worlds and, abstracting it out of its relation to the whole process, declared it to be evil. All work, including all creative work, is accomplished by the mutual exertion of force against resistance and of resistance against force. And what folly for philosophers so far to forget themselves as to fall into the error of calling the resistant force evil, because it seems to be blocking the effort of the working force! Both are equally necessary and are therefore equally beneficent and good. They are the two halves of total being. It is their function to balance, to stabilize and finally to actualize the values their tension brings to birth. If one of them failed to stand up to its nature and function, the other would collapse with it immediately. It is the pull and attraction between the two that upholds the universe. Their cooperation is that of function and instrument, purpose and means, and it is required that they take their place a opposite ends of the polarity and provide for each other the resistance that alone would stabilize their activities at given times and locations in the cosmos. No more is the opposition of matter and spirit evil than is the opposition of man and woman, darkness and light, heat and cold. Life could not advance to higher ends in its unfoldment if the two ends of the everlasting polarity were not opposed to each other and countervailing against each other. They are opposed to each other; yes, in sheer mode of function, but certainly not opposed in ultimate aim and goodness.

Reckless misconception of the opposition of polarities has introduced into all religion the most damaging eccentricities of belief and conduct perhaps ever recorded on the weak side of human ideation. The story is too gruesome and horrifying to recount. It has caused billions of minds to live under the darksome shadow of the presupposition that nature, the world, the flesh, the very body of man – as against his soul – the natural functions and desires, the very enjoyment of man’s life in the body, are all foul forms of evil. It has led millions in all ages to attempt to crush and mortify the natural bodily side of their lives. (A later work will deal exhaustively with this feature)

It is so deeply interwoven in the texture of the present essay in relation to the tree of knowledge that it had to be given cursory introductory treatment. It can be seen that the ability of man’s philosophical sagacity to discern rightly the very truth here expounded, and so to balance his life between the two functional pressures of the good and the evil, as there are seen in the common human view, and to realize that ultimately all things, in spite of appearances to the contrary, are working together for his good and are good in themselves, understanding them as the good divided into its bipolar aspects of function and instrument, balancing, not thwarting each other, – this ability of man to achieve one aspect of this balance in the conceptual realization that the opposition of the two is wholly beneficent and salutary, is itself one of the prime goals of his life.

Hence it is woven into the story in the very name of the tree. The tree of life bears on its outermost branches the ultimate buds and blossoms and fruits of knowledge, which fruits consist of man’s final attainment of the genius to know that both good and evil, as apparent to lower discrimination, become resolved in a higher synthesis of understanding, in which both merge into that which lies “beyond good and evil”. But it takes the whole experience of life in earthly bodies – and the ancients added, many such lives – to open the eyes of mortals to the perception of the non-reality of the apparent opposition between good and evil. So it was not until the human pair – themselves an expression of the polarduality – the “opposition” of man and woman – had eaten of the “forbidden” fruit that “that the eyes of them were opened”. For the serpent had expressed to the woman the very essence of the paragraph here written, that if they ate of the fruit of this tree, “then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”.

Here is the clinching certification that man’s deification, the distant goal and crowning achievement of his long course of evolution, comes with and through his rising in mind estate to the mountain-top of vision wherefrom he can see good and evil melt together in one transcendent consummation of beneficence.

Again the last chapter of the Bible supplements and illustrates the first ones. Nothing is more revealing than its second verse. The seer announces that the spirit has shown him the “pure river of the water of life, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb”. And in the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Hardly could there be found a more sublime delineation of the graph of man’s historical existence and its scheme of unfoldment anywhere in poetic literature. The great stream of vivific creative energy flow forth from the highest or innermost seat of Being and nourishes the growth of this tree of constructive organic existence, man’s creatural life among the rest. The most luminous item of the depiction is that the tree grows on either side of the river of water. In this single phrase, had esoteric penetration prevailed over stupid literalism, was to be seen the immediate rebuke and denial of that vast sweep of pious religionism and alleged “spiritual” philosophy which elevated and worshipped spirit and equally deprecated nature, matter and body. For the tree has, and must have, its roots firmly grounded in both banks of the stream, the spiritual and the material. Here is truth mankind sorely needs, and never so as now. The fate of religion, philosophy, human culture, hangs precariously in the balance until this point is certified in all thinking minds.

Genesis does not expressly say that the tree bears “twelve manner of fruits”, but Revelation does. Again here is mighty instruction. Man, it was once known, is to evolve in his entire live course twelve distinct forms or faculties of higher consciousness, to which he will give full function as becomes the god he is destined to be. This basic knowledge was the ground and origin of all the divisions of twelves in arcane literature and religious symbolism. It is generic for the twelve months of the year, the twelve hours (twice) of the day, the twelve tribes of Israel or sons of Jacob,the twelve disciples of the Christos, who were “shepherds” under the sign of Aries, “fishermen” under that of Pisces, the twelve stone pillars in ancient temples, the twelve lines of the four faces of the great pyramid, and many another twelvefold type of depiction. Men will be as gods when they shall have perfected these twelve fruits each “month” is a further play on the symbolism of the evolutionary process, in which each cyclic period is thought of as producing its given spiritual product in regular order of growth.

The significance of the poetic assertion that “the leaves of the tree shall be for the healing of the nations” is of transcendent value; and again it has been missed by purblind religiosity. Why it is the leaves, and not the roots or trunk or branches, that are to heal mankind, is the point of keen allegorical reference that must be brought out. The instruction for us here lies hidden in the realization that the leaves a re periodical and distinctly cyclic manifestation in the life of tree. They are projected seasonally on the outer body of the perennial and live and die in a regular periodicity. The life of the permanent body of the tree annually pushes out beyond its previous boundary and builds for itself a new extension of its body through which it can experience a new era of growth. The permanent soul of being must put itself forth to exercise in new embodiment constantly and recurrently. The soul of the tree has its seasonal experience in this transient vehicle, produces its fruit and withdraws at the cycle’s end, appropriating the products of its annual activity in the leaf, but leaving the outer body of that leaf to wither and die off in the winds of autumn.

In the face of this eternally repeated demonstration of life’s processes it is futile for stolid ignorance to deny any longer the methodology by which it carries the gains of one cycle over to use as capital in the endlessly following cycles. It speaks in unquestioned tones of affirmation of the universal ancient and early Christian thesis that spirit reincarnates in material bodies over and over till the day of its perfection in each cycle’s range of teaching power. The Church violently threw out the doctrine in the six century at the Second Council of Constantinople, but it harbored it until that time. It would be well if this prominent fact of Church history were not so sedulously concealed. The Successive incarnations of units of spiritual Mind, which are the “Sons of God”, individualized seed fragments of God’s own consciousness, in bodies of physical matter on a given planet are indeed the “leaves” put forth by the tree of life season after season, and these incarnations and the experience they give the souls undergoing them shall truly enough be “for the healing of the nations”. For only through repeated embodiment in such mundane vessels of flesh can the soul from God gain that long course of instruction and enlightenment that will eventually, through the opening of its eyes to truth, heal it of all the imperfections that limit and distress it because of its ignorance at the start. The tree is the Tree of Knowledge, and its twelve fruits are those twelve segments of complete divine understanding and mastery of life’s deepest secrets. With such perfected wisdom will the men of the nations of mankind heal their infirmities and unfold their lives in beauty and happiness. How insistently the Book of Proverbs drives home the preciousness of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, asserting that they surpass in value all that the heart can desire. And specifically it says that they shall be “health” to the man possessing them. Only through continued incarnation can the soul rise to the point of knowledge which will enable it to free itself from all its ills.

The annual round of living activities of the tree form a perfect analogue of the similar activities of the tree of life in every higher and vaster sphere of being in the universe. We have lost the principles of the great illuminating science of analogy. The tree teaches us irrefutably and inescapably that a permanent and eternal part of life, namely the soul of divine consciousness, periodically puts forth into manifestation an arm of its power, which expresses itself in a cycle of birth, growth, maturity, decay and “death”, appropriates to itself the increment of growth gained thereby, and withdraws into the invisible world of spiritual being at the end. If, then, man is made in the image and likeness of this cosmic pattern, it must be true beyond debate that a permanent and eternal part of him – his immortal soul – periodically puts forth a ray of its own power in order to relate itself to the forces at play in the material world, appropriates the harvest of many such repeated experiences and thus increases its own expansion into infinite divinity and glory of conscious being. The tree settles this debate beyond cavil.

It is necessary next to extract from the allegory the hidden meaning of the puzzling item of the “temptation” of the women by the serpent and of the man by woman.

This “temptation” has been another of the numberless characterizations designed to portray recondite truth that have caught the dullard intellect of the West in the toils of its cryptic subterfuge. People of incapacity for reflection have wondered without end why God, just and fair in his judgments (“the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether”), would permit a “wicked adversary” such as the theological Satan, “that old serpent”, to connive to torment his most righteous servant Job, and here in Genesis to scheme subtly to defeat God’s own creative work in the formation of mankind. It has all come from the failure of philosophical acumen to catch the sane significance of the item of the opposition of polarities analyzed in an earlier paragraph. Due to this failure of insight there has been (mis) read into this term “temptation” a low human connotation of the word, which leaves the mind miles away from its intended significance. To “temp” is to present desirable nature with the hope that he may “bite” on it and thus fall into the designed trap set by the tempter. Common view at any rate has largely taken this for of understanding. A very minute element of this reference, perhaps, does inhere in the evolutionary situation which the Bible glyph is dealing with, but only in the most playful form. The real meaning is concerned to picture cosmic procedure, all of which is intrinsically normal and good.

The word itself -temptation – comes either from the Latin tento, “to try”, “to test”, to experiment with”, or from tempto, “to tempt”. It is likely that both these forms are but variants of one original root. In the first instance, if from tento it would carry the meaning of “to give trial to”, “to try out” in actual practice, “to test”, or “to put to the test or trial”. In this reference it would indicate that the “temptation” to which God subjects all his creatures – who are, be it remembered, the cells or members of his own body! – is nothing more nor less than his sending them out into incarnate life, his planting them in his gardens, that “they may have right to the tree of life” and grow by developing their latent capacities and powers through overcoming the “opposition” of inert matter in the duality of Life. In the Book of Revelation the seven great rewards are promised to “to him that overcometh”. To grow to higher beauty Spirit must overcome the inertia of matter. Its aeonial victory can be gained only as the outcome of incarnational effort, continue until the goal is attained. So God’s Sons must continuously reincarnate. This is to subject them to the tension that prevails between them and the force of matter. An this is the ordeal, the trial, the testing, the “tentation”, as it might better be named. It has nothing to do with the theological”sin” of disobedience whatsoever. It is God’s pathway for all his children, the natural beneficent course of his plan for their evolution.

If, on the other hand, the word derives from tempto, it stands related to an even more significant background of meaning. It would be revealed at once as being connected with the Latin word tempus, “time”. To “tempt” man would then be to bring his soul down from the realms of spirit, where all religions have asserted that consciousness lies above the human apperception of time – where time exists not – and throw it under the illusion of the time sense. To “tempt” man would be to subject him to the time consciousness. This type of consciousness comes through the reduction of higher mind to a lower tempo of vibration as it falls under the limitations of brain activity. And it would be hard to pick a truer psychological definition of the situation confronting the soul in the Genesis recital than this very one here depicted. It is exactly what happens in the genesis of humanity, and incarnation does expressly subject the soul to a reduction to the time sense. So the “temptation” is just another glyph for the descent of the soul into mundane life, with the hidden accentuation on the sad diminution of the soul’s powers under the trammels of the flesh. It is in the Greek philosophy of esotericism that one finds this rationalization of the soul’s loss of divine in exchange for human powers of consciousness so thoroughly illuminated. It in reality constitutes the loss of Paradise. For what is Paradise but a higher dimension of consciousness?

The “temptation”, then, resolves back into the same thing that is otherwise indicated as the meaning of all those other forms of the experience of the Son of God on earth: his baptism, crucifixion, transfiguration. All these refer to but one thing, the incarnation. All are but facets of the career of the divine fragment of soul when imprisoned in mortal body, or just that career viewed from the various angles of its involvement.

Few have ever asked the question why the temptation came first from the serpent to the woman and from her to the man. Yet this procedure points to most significant understanding. The point is that the cyclic law tempt woman first, because “woman” typifies matter (the word “matter” is identical with the Latin word for “mother”, mater), the eternal mother of all life, and matter is the first element visibly projected on the scene of creation. Matter, the mother, the “woman”, is the embodiment of the first grades of life and consciousness in a cyclical round, and is therefore first on the scene. Matters must be produced and brought to organic form, so as to generate the highly complex mechanisms of brain and nervous system, ere consciousness and spirit, the male principles, can be brought to birth and function. The “mother” must have grown to adulthood in the vast cycles of time, before she can produce her Christly offspring of divine mind. So the Cyclic Law, the old, old serpent, involves “woman” in its toils first. It “tempts” her in the lighter sense of the word, because it offers to every atom of her body an infinite career of growth and expansion to the eventual crowning goal of self-consciousness. So the “woman” takes and eats first.

Then matter produces the element of soul as its son, and having in its old age of the evolutionary cycle prepared the organic bodies capable of registering the high vibrations of a soul’s consciousness, it invites “man” (man is the Sanskrit verb meaning “to think”), the first thinker, to unit with it in partaking of the living experience and eating its glorious fruits. This all comports most harmoniously with the Bible’s statement already canvassed, that God formed man from the atomic dust, rendered as “the dust of the ground”, which in effect says that God formed man from atomic matter, the “woman”.

Now, since the Bible itself contradicts the popular conception as to the prohibition enjoined on man against eating of the tree of life, the great wonder arises as to how such an apparently direct and positive injunction found its way into the sacred text. This does not yield so readily to clear elucidation, yet the thesis here presented for the first time does provide the necessary elements of explanation. And this again constitutes an epochal disclosure.

It must be seen through the eyes of dramatism. These old formulations are dramatic allegories. The apparent, but by no means actual prohibition falls in because of a faulty way of transcribing the construction of the original story. It is possible, with the keys already in our hands, now to reconstruct the Genesis dialogue so as to see what a fuller account would have brought out in clearer focus.

What, then, has been taken to be God’s interdiction of man’s doing the very thing he was sent here to do must be reformulated so as to bring out what it was intended to convey – or more likely to conceal! The gist of the speech made by Kurios ho Theos (Lord the God) in which the fatal command was given, might be restated somewhat as follows: Here, Adam, the man, I have created you and placed you in the wonderful garden of life and consciousness. All the fruits of its many trees of thrilling experience you may eat. But the central and greatest tree of all is the tree of life and knowledge. This you will desire to eat; but I must make it clear to you: if you desire to partake of the fruit of this wondrous tree, you must suffer “death”.

Now, the entire clarification of the exegesis rest upon our correct understanding of one word, “death” and its verb “to die”. One of the later numbers of this series will deal with the lost theological meaning of these words. It has been already pronounced the most significant single revelation in religious study in modern times. Briefly put here, in anticipation of its fuller development in the later work, it may be stated that he Bible writers employed the words in that cryptic sense in which it was used in the Greek religious philosophy. There we find “death” used to denote the reduced state of the soul’s life when it descended into the earthly body and became torpid and inert under the slower pulse of life’s energies in the material worlds. Paul clearly states that the soul came under bondage to the law of sin and death “which is in our members” when in incarnation. In short ancient wisdom conceived and called the soul’s life i mortal body its “death” – on the “cross” of matter.

Here, then, is our key to man’s “death” coming with his “fall” in Genesis. Light shines at last. God laid down to his creatures the law of being, that under the irrevocable and inexorable Cycle of Necessity, if they wished to partake of all the largesse of his bounty in conscious life, they must know that it involved their descent into the valley of the shadow – of “death”. It is as if he said: If you wish to gain all this wondrous life, you must lose it , down in cyclical “death” in earthly body. To gain the distant heights of being you will have to cross the low valley, where the soul lies long buried in its earthly tomb. You will have to cross the blood-red sea of life in physical bodies, but I will be with you and the waves shall not overwhelm you.

One need not go outside the letter text of the Bible story itself to find the essential confirmation of the correctness of this reading. God issues his “command” – now better seen as a dramatized manual of instruction for his creature, man; and then the serpent, the Cyclic Law, has its rejoiner. Says it to the “woman” and through her to the “man”; God has told you only that if you eat of the fruit of the tree of life and knowledge, you will surely “die”. Now I must add that this is in reality not the death you think it is. Hear me further; I will give you the comforting assurance that if ye eat of this fruit, ye shall not die in any final sense; nay more, if ye eat of this fruit, ye shall from the eating thereof become as gods, knowing good and evil, for your eating will open your eyes to see all life with the understanding of gods.
And the revealing utterance of the serpent is his statement to Eve that “God doth know’ that the eating will make you as one of the Elohim, who know the eventual beneficence of the tension between good and evil .Unless this rendition is accepted, exegesis faces the insoluble problem of reconciling a vast logical inconsistency, if not the most eccentric and irrational conduct on the part of omniscient Deity. If, as the serpent states, God knew that life for man would end in his elevation among the gods, which very goal he had set for man, on what logically consistent grounds could have forbidden the creature the right to eat? Any other answer but the one here suggested argues undeniable whimsicality and caprice on the part of the all-just Creator. It must be seen that the entire orthodox Christian interpretation does thus rest on the accrediting God with gross and weird inconsistency. God cannot offer man life and knowledge and then be reasonable in forbidding him to take them. Here has been a huge stumbling block in all Christian theology over the centuries The plain common sense of thinking people detects this flaw – and wonders. It is questionable whether the allegory of the “forbidden fruit” has been clearly seen as a rational item by a single mind in Christendom. It has contributed its obscurantism to a hundred similar illogicalities to defeat the high good that religion and the sacred Scriptures could have rendered. It is time such things were corrected.

Then in the 22nd verse of the third chapter of Genesis the truth comes out! For there the drama has God saying: “Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever: therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.”

All hinges here on the conjunctive adverb”lest”. It must be a sound argument that contends there may have been either deliberate tampering with the original text (as, to our disgust, we learn there has been all through religious history), or equally deliberate clever covering of the real sense by dramatic subtlety, which could the more likely here. We can conceive the dramatist as desiring to veil the open sense by a playful ruse. Much as a rich and indulgent father, head of a great business concern, would offer his son full participation in the enterprise, yet at the start of the son’s serious career, he would say to him: “You are to be one of us in the management, but lest you try to take hold of your prerogatives before you have mastered all the details of the business, to know the right fro the wrong course of procedure, I must send you out into the factory to learn it all from the bottom up”. This sums almost incontestably the gist of the logic of the situation, let the argumentative chips fall where they may. And it does bring out rational light, when all previous exegesis has left the matter shrouded in Stygian darkness it may be the final basis of all sanity in our religious psychology to understand that even God cannot give unto his beloved children the bliss and blessedness of divine life without imposing on them the ineluctable condition that they earn the right to it by developing the capability for it in the time-tempting mill of evolution.

And now, as a climactic dénouement to the whole tragic muddle of centuries, comes the astonishing disclosure that all the while the confusion and misunderstanding prevailed, the words of the Bible text itself are found to have clearly stated that the “woman” was not gullibly victimized by a trap set by the wily serpent at all, that “she” had not been weakly “taken in” by sly deception, but that made her choice to eat of the tree in full knowledge and realization of the consequences, understanding that “she” was making the wholly right and true choice in the situation, The old traditional sense of the temptation as disobedience to God’s command and errant waywardness is directly shattered to bits by the actual wording of the story! For after the serpent had amplified the Lord’s brief assertion that the eating would bring the “death” of incarnational existence,the narrative uses language which negates utterly the assumption that the “woman” was lured unwittingly into a trap. It says that “when the woman saw that the tree was good for food; and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof.” Here is not hint of deception and dupery, but deliberate intelligent choice, based on “her” own knowledge and observation. She acted on what “she” saw. “She” saw that the eating would eventuate in giving “her” and “her husband” wisdom. From every point of view it was overwhelmingly desirable. It meant a plunge into the waters of “death” and a long struggle with the serpent’s forces, but not all of this was to be compared with that glory which should be its outcome. For the “death” on the cross of matter would be temporary, while the guerdon of the trial would be life and light everlasting. No other choice was possible to a mind that saw the eventualities, the risk and its enchanting reward.

Of the many trees denominated by ancient fancy as trees of life none was more generally prominent than the sycamore-fig. Particularly in Egyptian symbology was it outstanding as the Tree of Life. As the branches of the living tree that spread out their arms to erect the structure of life’s expression clothed themselves with leaves each season, there is a reference to life clothing itself with fig-leaves in the creation narrative. Adam and Eve, finding themselves divested of their radiant spiritual garments, hastily sew together leaves of the fig tree to form aprons with which to cover their “nakedness”. The obvious albeit esoteric reference is, of course, not to natural clothing, but to the outer physical bodies which the nucleus of spiritual soul puts on to give it contact with the lower planes. The tree is itself the broad picturization of life clothing itself in material body.

These considerations put us directly on the track of an explanation for the strange episode of Jesus stopping to curse the unfruitful fig tree in the New Testament. The tree is to bear the twelve manner of fruits on its branches. As the one noted by the Christ had not borne its fruits, the dramatist made a point of representing the failure as bringing the natural order under the “curse” of the divine Son. The Gnostic Christian literature laid great stress upon the failure of Mother Nature to bring forth the Sons of God, awaiting the coming of the Christ-Aeon, going so far as to denominate her effort “the great abortion”. Of all this deeper sense the episode of the Christ figure “cursing” the fig tree is an analogue thrown off in a somewhat lighter vein of dramatism.

But there is deep relevance in this tree name “sycamore”. The syc-root is most interesting. According to Gerald Massey it is derived from the same Greek root which gives the Greek word for “soul” – psuche (psyche). It is therefore the tree of soul, the tree which incarnates and typifies the life of soul.

It can be noted in passing, also, that the symbolic tree of Masonry, the locust-acacia, is another typal representative of the tree of Eden. For it is the Greek a-ka-kia (acacia), meaning “innocence”, “harmlessness”. The Edenic tree has often been called “The Tree of Innocence”, indicating the condition of life in its pristine “purity”, before its “fall” into matter, “death”, and generation.

The tree is prolific in the fruit it bears for man’s enlightenment merely through its analogical intimations. Aspects of these will be limned in succeeding essays; they are central in the work of interpretation. But one feature of analogy must be presented here. The tree bears its fruit through the intercourse of male and female organs out on the extremity of its numberless branches. So does the tree of life and knowledge. The creative streams permeate the worlds of matter as far as their initial impulse will carry them. They come to a standstill on the outermost rim of their movement; there they form a liaison with matter, they unite their energies with the powers latent there in the atoms, and, impregnating those physical powers with the germs of mind, they give the initial impulse and direction to the evolutionary drive.

In actual fact life reaches the periphery of its creative sphere when its impulses have planted its seeds in the root soil of matter. Where the seeds are implanted growth naturally begins. Away out, then, on the farthest boundaries of its reach the tree of life bears its fruits. Here male and female potencies come to full and separate embodiment and through mutual attraction united their father and mother capabilities for the generation of new life.

There is an impressive reminder of all this in the allegory of the gestation of the twins Jacob and Esau in the womb of their mother Rebecca. Theological dullness has been slow to catch the significance of the many pairs of twins or brothers (sometimes sisters) introduced into sacred literature the world over and plentiful in the Bible. They are even found in the astrological symbolism in the Gemini pair of the Zodiac. They represent – it could not be otherwise – the two nodes or poles of creative force, spirit and matter, or male and female creative potentiality (even when both are of one sex). These two forces are released or separated off from primal unity at the dawn of the cycle and swing apart into opposition, so as to balance the universe between them. Hence they are shown as fighting, the one generally “slaying” the other, as in the Cain-Abel instance. In the Egyptian allegorism they continue to “slay” each other in turn, over and over again. Here is the final proof that this “slaying” is only figurative. On the descent or involution of spirit into matter, matter is said to “slay” spirit; on the evolutionary return spirit overcomes matter. In the Jacob-Esau birth narrative (Genesis 25:33) the common features of the cosmic allegory are well limned. The two children “struggled together within her”. And God explained: “Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger”. The one, of course, is the material nature; the other is the divine spiritual Principle, in man’s constitution the Christos. The elder is Mother Nature, matter, “the first old Mother” of the Egyptian depiction. She is first on the scene of creation and is grown old before she gives birth to her Son, the Logos and its ray, the Christos. And nature serves the younger power of Mind, which is indeed born out of her womb.

In the New Testament there is a suggestive little allegory in which the tree is used to bring out one tiny aspect of significance. We have it in the words of the Massachusetts Bay Psalm Book:

Zaccheus he Did climb a tree
The Lord to see

The story represents Zaccheus as so eager to see the Christ as he came by that to get above the press of the milling throng he climbed into a tree. The moral here is both obvious and charming. If one would see the Christos, amid the press and throng of worldly interests, one must climb pretty far up in the branches of the tree of evolving life, where the vision is not obstructed by the dense pressure of lower abstractions. Allegory is ever a sublimer teacher than history.

A study of the tree emblemism would not be complete without touching on the great religious tradition of the “golden bough”. The tree of life was said poetically to bear on its topmost branch a bough of gold. The tree planted in the primordial garden,with its roots in heaven, its branches on earth, was in the course of the cycle to culminate in the production of a branch of shining glory. One of the names given to the Christ in the Bible (and previous literature) was “the Branch”. Indeed the Hebrew word for “branch” is natzer, which is believed to be the base of the words Nazar-ene and Nazar-eth.

The tree of evolution is to end in the generation of the Christ nature in man, and when the Christ is generated the man is transfigured until “his face shines like the sun and his garments become white as the light”. Oddly enough the words for light and for gold in the ancient books are practically identical throughout. Spirit is the great “golden light” of divine radiance. It is the refulgent aur, ar, or, ur, er of the various languages. When man’s evolution terminates in the flowering out at its summit of the golden light of spiritual radiance, then indeed it has put forth its “golden bough”, It is no wonder, then, that legend truly has it that the tree on which the Christ “died” for man’s redemption, is a branch or shoot, or the wood, of the Tree of Life and Knowledge in the eternal Garden of Paradise. We are the fruit bearers on its earthly branches, and glory will be ours if haply we shall produce our topmost bought of golden light.

The tree has now contributed generously of its amazing symbolic light to our deeper understanding of hidden truth. Its trunk, branches, leaves, roots and fruits have carried home to reflective thought the priceless instruction they adumbrate. But it is a reflection that has come to few minds, that the fruit is at one and the same time both the end product of the cycle’s growth and the beginning seed of a following cycle! In this startling realization of nature’s marvels of economy lies buried the germ of perhaps the greatest of all mysteries of life, that end and beginning are one and the same thing, as they must be if life is to continue swinging round its endless cycles.

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