Now, before you get angry and think we're cramming religion down your throat, you might want to direct this anger first at CNN.com.
CNN is to blame for reporting this story: President of Gambia receives a cure for Aids from dead ancestors in a dream.
This sounds a little religious to us. With this in mind, we thought it might be smart to put our misconceptions about religion aside for a moment, and consider what the Bible says about this. Better safe than sorry, right?
Well, if you have any belief at all in the Bible, this should make you nervous right about now.
Hey, who wants to talk about the Bible anyway? If you're like a lot of people today, you probably haven't been near a Bible since your childhood days at Sunday School, and nowadays you've got better things to do. But bare with me for a moment.
It looks like those New Agers are bringing in a new age all right... and it's called the End Times.
When Moses was alive, the Egyptian's worshipped the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Greeks worshipped Zeus. The Mayan's, which Mel Gibson's movie Apocalypto portrayed, worshipped gods as well, gods that were contacted in trance states under the effects of hallucinogens; gods that had the Mayans beheading thousands and rolling their heads and headless bodies down the steps of any number of religious temples.
And in Africa today, hallucinogens are taken (smoked, chewed, whatever) to contact dead ancestors in the spirit world for what these African's think is wisdom. The President of Gambia claims that his dead ancestors contacted him in a dream, and gave him the cure for Aids.
The Bible has one word for these dead ancestors, these ancient gods of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Mayans - the Bible calls them demons.
By now, you probably have some belief in the spirit world. You've seen psychics on TV contact spirits, you've seen it in movies, and if you're one of the millions of 'New Agers' you may have even tried it yourself.
The Bible agrees that there is a spirit world. However, it makes it clear in many chapters that we are not to contact spirits. The Old Testament even goes so far as to tell us to stone anyone who does (that's how bad it is, in the eyes of God).
Second, Satan doesn't live in Hell. The Bible tells us that Satan and his demons occupy "heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12). Satan isn't cast into Hell by God until deep in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. So, when New Agers are contacting spirits in other realms, these are the "heavenly realms" warned about in the Bible. Realize I didn't say "Heaven". I said "heavenly realms". This is where the spirits ** cough ** demons live.
Third, psychic ability does not exist -- that's one reason science has never been able to prove it. However, demons can and do communicate with people who think they're psychic, and make them think that the information they're 'receiving' is from some unknown psychic source... some kind of God conciousness. Sorry New Agers, it's not. It's from demons. There is no "third-eye". There's only the demon or demons inside your head.
Or, you can accept that maybe we might just be in the "Last Days".
Aerosmith released a song last year, The Devil's Got a New Disguise. Satan has a new disguise all right -- he's made most people believe that he doesn't exist.
He's also made a lot of people believe the Bible isn't true.
Movies like The Da Vinci Code. Movies like The Lost Tomb of Jesus. (James Cameron, you're leading movie goers right into the hands of Satan.)
Satan, also called the 'Father of Lies', has put the world into such a massive state of confusion, that CNN.com will put a story up about the President of Gambia discovering the cure for Aids, told to him by his ancestor's in a dream, and we -- the world in 2007 -- are gullible enough to believe it came from dead ancestors.
Which dead ancestors? Did they work for NASA?
There's a good chance that this cure for Aids that came in a dream will actually work -- I say that because this isn't the first time we've received "information from the other side", or been told we can have 'the knowledge of the gods'.
Did you hear that? Jon Nash, alleged schitzophrenic, reports he heard voices from the cosmos, which is why he was diagnosed with mental illness (he did not have visual hallucinations as portrayed in the film). At one point, the voices gave him advanced mathematical equations, including "Game Theory", which he is credited as inventing.
Guess what? When the voices went away, he was no longer able to come up with new equations. And medication didn't make the voices go away. They eventually went away on their own. And again, when they did go away, he was no longer able to invent mathematical equations.
You can read all about it here - Jon Nash - Voices from the Cosmos - A Beautiful Mind
We kicked God out of school.
Porn and violence have saturated our lives.
New Agers from around the world are contacting spirits (and breaking the First Commandment on a massive scale).
Catholic priests are playing starring roles on NBC Dateline's To Catch a Predator.
Countless Lutheran churches across America now approve of homosexual clergy serving in ministry and as pastors of churches (the same day that that policy was approved by the way, a tornado touched down and tore the cross off a Lutheran church in Minnesota). Was that a sign from God? Probably.
A church in Sweden (puts it's middle finger up to God) and wants to marry same-sex couples.
And we are on the brink of having our cities toasted by nuclear terrorists...
How did all this happen?
We were so busy with our lives that we completely missed the warning signs... and now here we are -- demons are peforming miracles.
While the rest of the scientific world has spent billions of dollars, searching for an Aids cure, the President of Gambia smoked some hallucinogen, fell into a dream state, contacted the spirit world, and came back with a cure for Aids.
So, the question is, are "demons performing miracles"? ...A cure for Aids? That's a pretty big miracle.
If this actually does turn out to be a cure, don't say we didn't warn you.
Here's a verse from the Bible to remind you of the unseen forces in the world that are not our friends:
Ephesians 6:12-13 - "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground..."
This day may be here sooner that we realize.