Much has been asked about who Barack Obama is, what he believes. Obama says he is a Christian, and there are many willing to take him at his word, but Christians are commanded to test spirits to see if they are from God, and Mr. Obama's bears scrutiny. I did that scrutiny in an article a few years back at Canada Free Press.
This recaps some of what I said in my CFP article, and adds a few details. I would argue that Obama's beliefs mirror the old Arian Heresy, which means they mirror Islam (which is a rehash of Arianism). (Hat tip to Selwyn Duke for reminding me of this. http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/_the_obama_purchase_liberals_still_cant_admi...)
Obama's stated religious beliefs match well with the old Arian heresy. Arianism accepts the historical Jesus and sees him as a great teacher and even a path to God but denies His divinity. If you read Obama's words you will see that HE follows that very same course.
From the interview:
"GG: Who's Jesus to you?
(He laughs nervously)
Right. Jesus is an historical figure for me. And he's also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. And he's also a wonderful teacher. I think it's important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history."
That is Arianism at it's most fundamental. It should be pointed out that Islam flourished in the lands where Arianism was strong, and is in fact a variation of Arianism; Jesus is still the greatest of the prophets (although He did not die on the cross) and is a bridge to Heaven, although Muhammad is greater and THE bridge. An Islamic interpretation of Obama's beliefs in not out of the question.
But a Christian faith surely is; Christianity requires the belief that Jesus was one of three members of the Trinity, that He is God as much as the Father or the Holy Spirit. Please notice that this belief is notably absent.
Here are a few other great quotes from Mr. Obama"
"I'm a big believer in tolerance. I think that religion at it's best comes with a big dose of doubt. I'm suspicious of too much certainty in the pursuit of understanding just because I think people are limited in their understanding."
"So, I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that there is a higher power, that we are connected as a people. There are values that transcend race or culture that move us forward, and there's an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived."
"Uh, yeah, I guess I do. Its' not formal, me getting on my knees. I have an ongoing conversation with God. Throughout the day I'm constantly asking myself questions about what I'm doing, why am I doing it. "
"Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion."
"And if there's an Arab American family that's being rounded up by John Ashcroft without the benefit of due process, that threatens my civil liberties."
(editor's note; he has GOT to be kidding! Given what his NSA has done, what his IRS has done, given the innumerable dead from drone strikes, etc.)
Do you believe in heaven?
Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?
A place spiritually you go to after you die?
What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, I will be rewarded. I don't presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.
When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I've been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother, and that they're kind people and that they're honest people and they're curious people, that's a little piece of heaven."
(Editor's note: a. living life as well as you can does not send a single soul to Heaven according to the Christian faith b. rewards in this life is a belief outside of the Christian mainstream but is perfectly in synch with Islam.)
The reality is Mr. Obama holds an heretical form of Christianity if he holds any at all. He clearly maintains a Christian face, but that is hardly surprising in a nation that may be post-Christian but still strongly influenced by Christian beliefs. If he were to come out as a Muslim, or an Arian, or even a self-worshipper (something that clearly appeals to the man) then his political career would have gone kaput. But we can say with some degree of confidence that he is not a Christian in a meaningful way.
The Catholic Encyclopedia has this to say about Arianism:
"But the question how the Son was related to the Father (Himself acknowledged on all hands to be the one Supreme Deity), gave rise, between the years A.D. 60 and 200, to a number of Theosophic systems, called generally Gnosticism,"
"Such is the genuine doctrine of Arius. Using Greek terms, it denies that the Son is of one essence, nature, or substance with God; He is not consubstantial (homoousios) with the Father, and therefore not like Him, or equal in dignity, or co-eternal, or within the real sphere of Deity. The Logos which St. John exalts is an attribute, Reason, belonging to the Divine nature, not a person distinct from another, and therefore is a Son merely in figure of speech. These consequences follow upon the principle which Arius maintains in his letter to Eusebius of Nicomedia, that the Son "is no part of the Ingenerate." Hence the Arian sectaries who reasoned logically were styled Anomoeans: they said that the Son was "unlike" the Father. And they defined God as simply the Unoriginate. They are also termed the Exucontians (ex ouk onton), because they held the creation of the Son to be out of nothing."
Please note that the precursor of Arianism was Gnosticism http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06592a.htm, something that has been enjoying a revival in modern times, most notably with "The Da Vinci Code" and other literary works celebrating Gnosticism (like Philip K. Dick's novel Valis). Please note that Gnosticism is characterized as Theosophism. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14626a.htm
The Nazi hierarchy were Theosophists; most of them were members of the Thule Society http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_thule01.htm, a Theosophistic system that blended all world religions including pagan ones. I find it interesting to note, as Mr. Obama seems to have an affinity with the Fascistic approach to governing, and his religious beliefs seem to emanate from the same system that spawned Nazism. (Be it noted there is no evidence Hitler ever joined Thule, although most of his compatriots - Goebbles, Rosenberg, Himmler, Hess, etc. - did.)
At any rate, Arianism is at the roots of Islam. I don't know if Obama is a Moslem or not (actually, I suspect he is a Theosophist who places himself first and foremost) but he certainly believes much as they believe, and his actions always seem to strengthen the Muslim over the Christian.
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