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New Age : The Melchizedek Method, part 5 of 10
This segment will serve as the The Hook
A fishing hook is a tiny piece of metal by which a whole fish may be veered off its course and captured. The Hook is a tactic used by false teachers and by cults. It is a way for a deceiver to hook the attention of a person, veer them off course and finally capture them. In this case The Hook is that when in the West many biblical references are used for the sake of appeal and as a way to back up or give a foundation to New Age beliefs (this thought turned into a complete essay found here). Within the website and articles found regarding the Method I came across many Hooks. Most are used as mere footnotes and are taken out of context.
The Bible is mentioned and is where the name "Melchizedek" originates.
A "Creator Son" and "Creator Spirit" are mentioned. In their proper context these are know as God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
An interesting reference is made to the Archangels Michael and Metatron. Of course, Michael is a biblical character however, Metatron is an apocryphal figure. In Old Testament lore, Metatron:
"occupies a special place in God's family, because he helps God teach wisdom to the young"
"At his birth, Joshua ben Nun was thrown into the Nile…was saved by a whale, who swallowed the child and then spat him forth unharmed on a far-off shore..with the help of Metatron, the Angel of Study, Joshua soon became the most learned man in Israel, next only to Moses."
"It is believed that Elijah is an angel who implored God for permission to make himself useful on earth to the sons of men…Elijah's name in heaven is Metatron."1
The Alpha Omega Order of Melchizedek is mentioned. We know that Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (see Revelation 1:8, 11, 21:6, 22:13) which identifies Him as eternal and as YHWH / Yahweh, the name of God revealed in the Old Testament (see Exodus 3; Isaiah 44:6, 48:12).
There is a reference to a New Age magazine titled "Elohim." El means god. Elohim literally means gods or mighty ones. In its proper context Elohim is most usually used to refer to God, sometimes of false gods and sometimes of judges (find more details at this link).
Jacob's Ladder is brought up probably as a metaphor for spiritual ascension (of course ladders do go up and down).
Hebrew and Kabbalah most likely have appeal to the New Age because their use in magic of various sorts. One aspect of the Kabbalah is a works based view of salvation, which came about from rabbinical speculation as to why the Messiah did not come at His appointed time (right around the time of Jesus, they reckoned). Therefore, the rabbis came up with the theory that by our righteous acts we could urge the Messiah to come if our good works were pleasing to Him.
Christ consciousness is a popular topic and Hook in the New Age. Supposedly we can all tap into this consciousness which, according to New Age philosophy, is what happened to Jesus who they say was a mere human being or one of many ascended masters according to which New Age belief you hold.
Finally, Mother Mary is brought up as a sort of spirit guide who has not only approved the Method but wishes it to be taught. Barbara Sun became a Melchizedek Method facilitator after "Mother Mary guided me during a deep mediation to share these teachings."2
I wrote to the Melchizedek Method organization in order to inquire as to specifically how the Method is linked to the Bible and therefore to Melchizedek the Priest-King and to Jesus Christ (see Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 7:1, 14-17, 24). The only response I received is as follows,
"Alton is on tour at present so is unable to answer your email personally. All I can say to you is that the Melchizedek Method that is taught by Alton some of the information comes from The Keys Of Enoch by JJ Hurtak."
The responder identified herself as a Melchizedek Method Administrator.
The bottom line is that The Hook is the use words or names which should be understood within the context in which they appear, such as the Bible in this case. However, they are ripped from their proper context and made into a pretext for a prooftext (a false reason put forward to conceal the true one) the word or name is then filled with a meaning which is completely foreign to its original historical, contextual meaning.
1. Joseph Gaer, The Lore of the Old Testament (New York: Grosset and Dunlap Publishers, 1966), pp. 33, 189 & 264
2. Barbara Sun, "Four Days Can Change Your Life," The Light, Vol. 9 #6, (June 2000)
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