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(Continued from Pt. 4 - KUNDALINI: ('Serpent' Power, Rev. 12:9)
Sophia is known as the Greek and occult goddess of wisdom: "Sophia (Greek for 'wisdom') is a central term in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism, Theosophy, and Esoteric Christianity, as well as Christian mysticism. Sophiology is a philosophical concept regarding wisdom, as well as a theological concept regarding the wisdom of God.*"
"Sofya is one of the four cardinal virtues of Plato's Protagoras. (Wisdom is also personified in the deities of Minerva and Athena.) In Mesopotamian religion and mythology, Enki, also known as Ea, was the God of wisdom and intelligence. Wisdom was achieved by restoring balance. In Norse mythology, the god Odin is especially known for his wisdom."
*Paul refers to this concept, notably in 1 Corinthians deconstructing worldly wisdom: "Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" (1 Corinthians 1:20) Paul sets worldly wisdom against a higher wisdom of God: "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." (1 Corinthians 2:7)
The wisdom of 'Sophia' in The Shack is a worldly wisdom that encourages Mack to 'use his own imagination' and to 'judge for himself', in contrast to our admonition to, "Test everything according to the scriptures." He meets Sophia in a place of 'darkness', the darkness of the soul.
In regard to the occult roots of 'Sophia', Gregory Reid relates this in his article, The Dark Night of the Shack: A Parable of Illusions:
"Two decades ago, the New Age began to partner with the dead, carnal Western organized church denominations. That melding, in part, took place through both the 'Gaia' (mother earth) concept and the 'Sophia' movement – and the Sophia conferences, which were designed to rewrite the gender specific references in the Bible concerning God, emasculate and feminize God, destroy church Patriarchy, and as a result, introduce 'new ways' of worshiping 'God' – through a variety of New Age and occultic means, including Wiccan worship, crystal healing, etc."
"Thankfully it didn’t get widespread acceptance, but the Sophia concepts and conferences are still going on, and if you do a little internet searching, you will find that most of the sites are New Age and occult websites. Because Sophia is an occult concept, she is the acknowledged goddess of wisdom in the occult world, and even they trace her origins back to the days of Solomon, when his marriage to pagan wives (which became his downfall) caused him to bring the worship of the goddess Asherah into the house of the Lord."
"She is known by many names in the occult and pagan worlds, and one of the most well-known is Sophia. In other words, the Sophia concept and movement is the deliberately designed incursion of goddess worship into the house of God today – even if disguised as 'Papa'. All the occult, Wiccan and Pagan world acknowledges Sophia as the one known originally as Asherah."
Asherah is, incidentally, just another of the many names for Satan (who manifests as both male and female) - the one who gave us 'wisdom' by opening our eyes to the knowledge of good and evil....
(See Pt. 6 - Kundalini, 'Wisdom' & The Serpent)
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