By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
Construction of St. John the Divine Cathedral commenced with a cornerstone-laying ceremony on December 27, 1892, St. John's Day. Over a thousand people were in attendance. It is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. None attending on that winter day would believe that 130 years later it would still be incomplete.
The structure was built in fits and starts, and despite its unfinished status, it's claimed as the world's largest cathedral.
JP Morgan and the Grand Master of the Masons of New York featured it on the front page of Masonic World March 1925.
The article stated:
It is particularly fitting that the Masons, who were the principal builders of cathedrals and churches during the greatest cathedral-building period, should now have a prominent part in the movement to build America’s greatest cathedral (…) Little need be added to the story of Freemasonry during the cathedral-building period; its monuments are its best history, alike of its genius, its faith and its symbols.
Those who were funding the construction as well as those who designed it hid masonic symbols in plain sight, aware the general public would not recognize the meanings behind it.
Masons are one of the secret societies who are keepers of the ancient mysteries. Their teachings are drawn from Babylonian, Egyptian, Kaballah and Gnostic cultures, all who predate the birth of Christ. However with the advent of the Christian era they were forced to hide their philosophies to escape persecution by the Church. Freemasons, Rosicrucians and the Knights Templar have all been accused of devil worship at one time or another in their history.
Most of these organizations have a hierarchy, and low-level members may identify as Christians, but once they seek to attain higher degrees such as in the Freemasons, they are required to study the tenets of the Mystery Religion. This is when they learn the true meaning of their symbols, which are often spoon fed to the public via artwork and architecture. They are abundance in this cathedral.
THE PORTAL OF PARADISE
Scenes of New York being destroyed in a catalysmic episode decorate the western facade of the cathedral. Brooklyn Bridge collapses, launching vehicles in to agitated waters and other landmarks are being destroyed. The Statue of Liberty sinks into the seas. A scene was added in 1997, showing the collapse of the Twin Towers; four years before 9/11. Close by are the Chrysler Building and the Citigroup Center. Perhaps the depiction is not coincidental since St. John the Divine was credited for writing the Book of Revelation, which describes the apocalypse. New York is portrayed as being "Babylon the Great" that is destroyed by the wrath of God.
A skeleton and strange creature, perhaps representing death and destruction cavort under the image of the New York Stock Exchange.
THE PEACE FOUNTAIN
This sculpture depicts bizarre and grotesque imagery using mythical creatures. Animals emerge from a smiling sun, and the idol points to the east following ancient pagan tradition. A moon faces west. There is a quote from John Lennon that reads, ".... one day the world will live as one." It was built in 1985 by artist Greg Wyatt. A crab, satan's decapitated head, nine giraffes and the double helix of DNA sprout beneath the winged Archangel Michael. A plaque on it describes it as a triumph of Good over Evil, but why use symbols that are so hard to interpret as such?
THE GRAND PROCESSION OF THE GHOULS
An annual event celebrated at the Church on Halloween is The Grand Procession of the Ghouls. It's a parade where people dress in costumes of ghosts, demons and other monsters. They walk around accompanied by macabre organ music. This is indeed a strange procession to be hosted at a Christian house of worship. Many of the figures seem to mock Christian rituals, a hallmark of satanic practices.
Before the procession begins there is a screening of a classic silent horror film. One year it was the 1922 Nosferatu.
THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS AND BICYCLES
Every September another ritual that takes place at the cathedral is where animals are led inside the church by white-robed figures to be blessed.
An article published in 1996 by the California Forestry Association described the scene:
“…goats, horses and other animals are led to the alter to receive blessings. Camels and elephants walk the aisles as worshipers march to the alter with bowls of compost and worms.”
There is an annual blessing of the bicycles, because why not. They don't fart methane, leave a carbon footprint and will only take you as far as your legs can stand the grind. How far it that?
WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
In 1980, saxophonist Paul Winter was invited as an artist-in-residence at the cathedral. He has celebrated the Winter and Summer Solstices with musical events every year since then. The observance of the solstice predates Christianity, and even in modern times it is a pagan practice.
According to his website:
The winter solstice is the great turning point of the year. From time immemorial, people of the northern latitudes regarded this coldest and darkest time of the year with mingled foreboding and expectancy, for the longest night of the year was also the uncertain threshold of return towards the year’s fullness, when green things would grow again and life would be sustained. People felt a responsibility to participate in regenerative rituals to ensure the sun would wax again. Bonfires and candles, with their imitative magic, helped fortify the waning sun and ward off the spirits of darkness. These symbols live in our modern seasonal customs: the candles of Hanukkah and Christmas are kin to the fiery rites of old, which celebrated the miracle of earth’s renewal.
THE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING
The cathedral is the headquarters of the Temple of Understanding founded by Juliet Hollister (1916-2000), which at first blush appears to be an altruistic effort to understand different religions. However the intent is to cloud traditional religions with neo-paganism and new age practices. Supporters have been John D. Rockefeller II (1874 – 1960), the XIV Dalai Lama, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), UN Secretary-General U Thant (1909-1974), International Planned Parenthood and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Jean Houston, co-founder of the Foundation for Mind Research, wrote in her book Trojan Horse about the Temple of Understanding:
The Temple’s purpose is to facilitate the one world religion, through the promoting both the acceptance and the embrace of all religions, beliefs and rituals. The Temple of Understanding’s Meditation Room was to be known as the “Hall of Illumination”‘ where the Illuminati, Masters of Wisdom, Our Leaders of the Temple of Understanding will train the public in the new humanistic cult…to create a new type of mystic.
The Temple has been fully accredited by the UN. In 2009, twelve director or advisers of the Temple of Understanding are also members of the UN's Global Forum councils. Many speakers received at these forums have endorsed a neo-pagan world religion based on earth worship.
James Lovelock, a speaker who referred to earth as Gaia, and described humans as a cancer to Gaia, an "illness too overwhelming for her to heal herself from".
According to Lovelock, Earth can't be fixed, "There is nothing humans can do to reverse the process; the planet is simply too overpopulated to halt its own destruction by greenhouse gases. In order to survive, mankind must start preparing now for life on a radically changed planet."
Al Gore has been a guest several time at St. John the Divine. He's been applauded by pagan groups for his books and lectures. In 1996, The Church of All Worlds congratulated Clinton and Gore on their 1996 victory by writing:
We are Neo-Pagans — implying an eclectic reconstruction of ancient Nature religions, and combining archetypes of many cultures with other mystic and spiritual disciplines — and our beliefs and values are no different from those you describe as your own. Your book, Earth in Balance, is heralded by our People as a manifesto for all we hold dear…Know that there are half million NeoPagans out here who support you, and who voted for you, and who will rally to the aid of your policies for the salvation of the Earth and the reunification of the Great Family.
There are unusual monuments like the Georgia Guidestones or those found at the Denver International Airport installed by powerful, secretive groups that call for a new global form of spirituality. Expressions often used to make this shift palatable are: "peace, balance with nature or harmony with the infinite". The true objective behind these keywords are: "peace" which will only be achieved once there is a single world government; "balance with nature" is when the world's human population has been drastically decimated, and "harmony with the infinite" is when traditional religions have been eradicated and all embrace neo-pagan humanism or trans-humanism.
It is not only Christian religions which are being led towards this ultimate one world religion, but other major religions as well.
There is a Madeleine L'Engle course given inside the cathedral. She is also one of the Temple's founders. The teachings include out-of-body experiences, shamanism, astral projection, Tarot for divination, earth worship, psychic abilities, yoga, Tantric Yoga (sex magic) and astrology. Despite being condemned by Christianity they are accepted within the Cathedral. Many of these practices are the entry point to darker belief systems, despite the sugar coating given to them by new age literature. There are other temples worldwide which promote these practices.
The common underpinning of them all is environmentalism. Urgency and fear that time is running out for Nature allows laws to be easily passed, that otherwise with closer examination would be held back, and possibly never be accepted. Some of these involve raising taxes all in the name of saving the Earth. Funding groups who see humans as parasites can only end in eugenics and genocide, in other words rationalizing the death of a great amount of the earth's population.
Ultimately despite its name, St. John the Divine Cathedral is not Christian, and the question begs to be asked. Why the deceit? Is it because of the power of Christian spirituality is much more immense then we are led to believe. Each should be allowed to worship as they please, but Christians should be given the same latitude. Why aren't they?
Source - VigilantCitizen
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer