IS HE GOD'S PROPHET?
Rudolf Steiner says that his knowledge of pre-history and the evolution and nature of mankind were given to him as divine revelations. He claims his revelations provide a deeper understanding of Christianity.
He also claims that all religious systems have an underlying unity which he attempts to reveal. 1
But are these claims true? Is there any way to test his accuracy? Do the sacred writings of the various religions show an underlying unity?
ARE ALL RELIGIONS JUST DIFFERENT PATHS?
Some religions do claim to be "just different paths to the same goal."
Yet even the most basic comparison of religions shows that not only are the paths different, but also the goals. Almost every religion promises to take you to a different goal by a different path from a different beginning, assisted (or hindered) by different gods for different reasons. Some religions, including Biblical Christianity - as will be shown below, expressly claim that they are the only true path and all others are deceptions. It seems likely that the underlying unity' is either an illusion or a delusion.
Rudolf Steiner says his teachings are "Esoteric Christianity" developed from the teachings of the Bible. If Steiner is indeed bringing us further revelation of God's truth, his teachings should show a logical and systematic deepening and expanding of Christ's teachings. If they show major contradictions, then we must decide whether we believe Rudolf Steiner or Jesus Christ.
First, let's see what the Bible says about "all religions just being different paths to the same goal."
Jehovah God, the only real God, says through his prophet Moses;
Do not inquire after their gods, saying, "How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise." You shall not worship Jehovah your God in that way; for every abomination to Jehovah which he hates they have done to their gods, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it. You shall not add to it nor take away from it.
(Deuteronomy 12:30 to 32)
The Apostle Paul gives people this advice;
Beware lest anyone cheats you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of Divinity bodily; and you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power.
(Colossians 2:8 to 10)
Biblical Christianity thus claims to be a unique system which by its very essence cannot be merged with other religions. It does not support Steiner's mixture of religions and philosophies.
WHICH RELIGION IS TRUE?
All religions claim that their teachings are true. But only one religion allows itself to be tested for both personal and objective truth.
That one is Biblical Christianity. The personal test is simple. Jehovah God says that anyone who seeks him with his whole heart, mind and being will find him. I know from personal experience that this is true.
The objective test is more complex. The Bible claims to be God's record of the past, present and future. It also says that Jehovah God is in ultimate control, and says that the accuracy of God's predictions is proof that He is God and that the Bible is his book, as shown in Isaiah 46:5 to 10
"To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal and compare Me, that we should be alike? They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance; they hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god; they prostrate themselves, yes, they worship. They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it and set it in its place, and it stands; from its place it shall not move. Though one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer nor save him out of his trouble. "Remember this, and show yourselves men; recall to mind, O you transgressors. Remember the former things of eternity, for I am God, and there is no other God, there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the past things which were not yet done, saying, 'My purpose shall stand, and all My desire I will do,'
Indeed, nearly a third of the Bible is prophecy, much of it concerning events leading up to the rapidly approaching return of Jesus Christ.
As we shall show, Rudolf Steiner's claims about the past and predictions for the future are incompatible with the Biblical record. First, let's look briefly at the real facts about the past and the present.
THE PAST AS A KEY TO TRUTH
The Bible has proven to be an extremely reliable history of the Middle East over the past four thousand years. Many archeological discoveries have begun with a study of the Bible. The Bible's accuracy throughout this time period is without equal among the sacred writings of any other faith.
In discussing the origins of the universe, and the earth in particular, the Bible presents a view that differs radically from both that of Steiner and conventional evolutionists. Genesis chapters 1 to 11 present God's account of the origins of the universe and the main events bringing it to the conditions we see around us today. God says that the physical universe was deliberately created by Him, including all the basic kinds of living things in six days and it was all very good. Humans (male and female) were specifically hand-made by God in His image and He personally breathed life into us (Genesis 1:26-31, more detail added in Gen 2:7, 2:21-24). As we learn more about the incredible complexity of even the simplest living thing it becomes increasingly impossible for evolutionists to even theorise on how life could have arisen without a divine Creator 2 . He also explains how death marred this very good' world as a result of human sin. Eventually sin became so widespread that God destroyed the surface of the earth with a massive flood and began again with the few representatives of these creatures that he spared.
The Biblical model would result in a world that would have massive layers of sedimentary (water-deposited) rock containing billions of fossils. Many of these sedimentary rock formations would be very wide-spread and show evidence of catastrophic formation due to the effects of a violent world-wide flood. The fossils would in many cases be of plants and creatures that died out during or after the flood. Yet they would still (and do) show a pattern of distinct, separate kinds, not a continuous spectrum as evolution requires. The fossils of currently existing kinds would show only minor differences to their present species. These differences would be due to changes in the environment triggering built-in adaptive variation programmed in their DNA. We would (and do) also see an increase in inherited defects over time as the original perfect DNA slowly deteriorates.
The Biblical Flood would also be followed by an extreme ice age as the massive energy and volcanic ash released into the atmosphere during the breaking up of the fountains of the deep' would result in warm oceans surrounding cold land masses. This would trigger a run- away glaciation event which would likely take several hundred years to reach its maximum ice depth. History indicates that we are currently in the final stages of glacier loss following this ice age. Over the last few decades, even evolutionary geologists have been forced by the evidence to concede that many of their previous examples of long and slow processes are actually remnants of catastrophic events.
Recent creation of the earth is further supported by numerous physical criteria such as the rapidly decreasing strength of the earth's magnetic field, far too much helium trapped in rocks, far too low salinity of the oceans, etc 3 . Incidentally, the lack of indisputable evidence for any major civilisation going back more than a few thousand years also clearly supports the Biblical accounts 4 .
In Steiner's version of the creation of our universe, everything began as pure spirit. Under the influence of Ahriman, this spirit began to harden into physical matter. As it hardened, humanity began to appear, evolving through a grotesque series of increasingly physical bodies developing on Saturn, the Sun and the Moon. Steiner avoids the problem of moving our developing bodies from one location to another by claiming the Earth once included Saturn, the Sun and the moon. Each of these bodies were ejected from the earth as we moved on to the next stage. As humans evolved into our current Earth form, we developed more specialized limbs and sense organs. We eventually acquired individual identities (supposedly beginning with John the Baptist) rather than a broad group ego which all early beings shared.
Steiner believed that our current human forms are fully hardened. In accord with his Gnostic beliefs, Steiner characterises the physical creation as essentially evil, unlike Jehovah God who said it was very good'. Now, with the help of Lucifer and with Jesus as an example, he claims we are beginning the reverse process back to fully spirit beings, though we will retain our individual egos. Steiner expands on this theory in his book "Cosmic Memory", which also examines the continuation of this process on Earth, where he claims we evolved through (among others) the Hyperborean, Lemurian and Atlantean stages and diverged into male and female forms.
Steiner claims this bizarre 'prehistory' does not originate with him but comes from the secret records of Esotericism revealed to him by spirit beings(aka demons) 5 . He does not seem concerned that his creation myths break almost every known law of the physical universe. No evidence of a slowly flooded Atlantis on the ocean floor near Ireland has ever been found. No partially evolved human remains consistent with his speculations have ever been found. Indeed, not a single scrap of evidence supporting any of Steiner's allegations has ever been found.
It is obvious that Steiner does not believe anything that the Bible says about the creation of our universe or the creation (and destiny) of mankind. He also rejects what Jesus said about these issues, as Jesus clearly taught that Genesis is true, as shown in Mark 10:6, Mark 13:9, Luke 16:31 and Luke 24:27. How can anything else Steiner says about Christianity be trusted?
The accuracy with which the Bible records the past, and the numerous prophecies which have been fulfilled, on schedule, and are still being fulfilled today, is proof that Jehovah God is in control of time) 6 . We can safely trust him to bring the remainder of his prophecies to fruition.
We believe that God is capable of preserving a trustworthy record for us to study and learn from. We believe the Bible is that record. Steiner admits every word of John's Gospel is important and true. That also applies to the rest of the Bible as Jesus himself states: "Truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, there is no way one letter or one dot will pass from the law until all is implemented." (Matthew 5:18) Paul also stresses the reliability of Scripture in his second letter to Timothy in verses 3:14 to 4:5.
Real faith is based on what Jesus Christ has revealed to us, not on what some cult or denomination tells us we should believe. But the only way of deciding if a revelation is from God or from the Deceiver is whether that revelation compliments or clashes with God's Word, which is " a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105)
The Holy Bible teaches that there is only one true God whose Hebrew name is Jehovah - which means Eternal, Self-Existent Creator. (See Exodus 6:3 and John 17:3) We believe that eons ago that One decided to Create. His first act was to bring forth a child- a God-Child (See Revelation 3:14 and Proverbs 8:22 to 36.) That Child was Christ. It was He who led the Israelites out of Egypt and spoke the Ten Commandments to them. Christ only reached full adult God-hood as a result of his faithfulness during the Crucifixion. (Hebrews 5:5-9) Re-read vs 9: He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. Not me, not you, not Steiner, but Christ. As Paul states in Romans 6:16 "Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves to obey, you are slaves of the one whom you obey?"
THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN
Let's look at some of Steiner's comments on the Gospel of John. He states the correct rendering of "wilderness" in John 1:23 is "solitary one", and that it refers to John the Baptist claiming to have a personal ego instead of a group ego. The same Greek word is used in John 3:14, 6:49, Acts 7:30, 36, 38, 42, 44 and a dozen other places all referring to desolate places. Please take a close look at these scriptures. Do you really think 'eremos' means "a solitary one"? God does not teach that mankind ever had a 'group ego'.
He also claims that the story of Lazarus in John chap. 11 is really John's "Christian Initiation". Yet Jesus, in verse 14, says plainly "Lazarus is dead." Steiner claims Jesus put 'Lazarus' into a trance. Vs. 11 and 22 tell us that Lazarus was already dead before Jesus went to Judea to restore him. Steiner claims that it was only after Jesus openly exposed the Pharisees' Mystery Rites to the people during the Lazarus incident that they began to oppose him. Yet vs. 8 tells us that the Jews had already tried to stone him on a previous visit to Judea. There is also no evidence that the Pharisees ever practised the pagan Mystery Rites.
As Jesus shows in vs 4, Lazarus's death and resurrection demonstrated that the Son of God has power over death. Verse 44 shows that his disciples have a part in freeing a man from death.
Real Christian Initiation is shown in Acts 2:1-4 and Acts 10:34-48. It is immersion (the actual meaning of 'Baptiso') in the Holy Spirit and is only done by Jesus Christ. (See Luke 3:16) Acts 2:38-39 shows us that God demands that we repent (reject our sins) before He will grant us Immersion in His Spirit. The actual Immersion is completely unlike Kundalini, which is violent and goes from the base of your spine upwards. Immersion in the Holy Spirit begins at the crown of your head and flows down into your body. It is powerful and yet loving and gentle at the same time. I am still awed by the incredible precision and control Christ used when He immersed me in the Spirit.
It is this immersion that is the deepest proof of our acceptance by Christ. (See Ephesians 1:13) This is one of the great mysteries of Christianity. It is Jehovah's Spirit dwelling in Jesus Christ that makes him one with his Father. It is Jehovah's Spirit dwelling in us that make us one with Jesus and his Father and with each other. (See John 17:20-26) The Immersion actually unites our spirit with God's Spirit in a bond that can only be broken by a deliberate decision on our part to turn against God. It is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that gives us the strength to withstand Satan, that reveals to us God's will and enables us to understand God's Word. As we continue to walk in the Spirit we are being perfected by the working of the Holy Spirit in us.
Sadly, Steiner understood nothing about the indwelling of God's Spirit. Instead, he decided that mutilating the existing Gospels was not enough for him. He had the audacity to write his own "Fifth Gospel". Surely this applies to him: "For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." (Revelation 22:19-20).
WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?
Steiner claims that Jesus was just a man who had reached a high level of development after many reincarnations and he only "became" the Christ when he was filled with the 'Christ Impulse' at the time of his water baptism by John the Baptist. When Jesus's blood flowed onto the ground, he says that the 'Christ Impulse' then left Jesus and became one with the being of the earth.
To give some credence to this claim he suggests that Joseph was Jesus's physical father and that the "virgin birth" was spiritual. If this is true why does Mary ask Gabriel in Luke 1:34 how can she bring forth a son when she has never known a man? Why does Luke in 3:23 say that Jesus was Joseph's son "as was supposed"? Why does Matthew in his genealogy say "Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.", instead of "Joseph begot Jesus" as in the rest of his genealogy, thus avoiding actually naming Joseph as his biological parent? (Matthew 1:16) Why does God send an Angel to Joseph to assure him that she hasn't been with another man if he thinks he is the father? (Matthew 1:20) Why do vs 24 and 25 tell us that he never 'knew' her until Jesus was born? If you believe that the Son of God is merely the result of an illegitimate union as Steiner teaches, you must reject the Bible.
REINCARNATION OR RESURRECTION?
The concept of reincarnation is not taught in the Bible. It teaches that each of us are given one life, followed by a resurrection. Resurrection means that the dead shall be restored to life at one of the two resurrections in the future with a full memory of their previous life. (Revelation 20:4 to 6) The Bible also teaches that when we die we know nothing until the resurrection. (See Ecclesiastes 9:5 & 6 and Psalm 146:1 to 4. --the last phrase in vs 4 is literally "In that very day his thinking perishes.")
The name Jesus Christ is the Greek version of the Hebrew "Joshua Messiah". In both Hebrew and Greek the name means "The Anointed Salvation of God". The Christ simply means "The Anointed". It does not mean "the Anointing" as Steiner suggests. John's Baptism is indeed the time of the anointing, but it says nothing of Jesus being filled with Christ. Instead it tells us that the Spirit of God decended like a dove and alighted on him. (See Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22) The Christ (The Anointed) is Jesus's title, not an "Impulse". That this is true is shown by the fact that Jesus is also referred to as Christ before his baptism. See Luke 2:11 & 26 and Matthew 1:18 & 2:4. Psalm 2:6 literally says "Yet I have anointed my King on my holy hill of Zion." This Psalm tells us of the Son of God's anointing on two levels; once long ago in the highest Heaven and once again on earth. (God uses Zion in both senses in many places in scripture).
The Apostle John carefully makes sure we know that Jesus and the Christ are one and the same person. In John 1:14 he plainly tells us that the Word (Logos) became flesh and dwelt among us. In John 1:18 Jesus is identified as "the only begotten God" in many Greek manuscripts. In vs 29 and 30 John tells us that John the Baptist identified Jesus (specifically Jesus) as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. And in 1 John 2:22 he lays it on the line: "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?" The Apostle John says this.
Steiner claims that John has the same "esoteric" understanding as himself, yet Steiner denies that Jesus is the Christ, identifying himself as a liar by John’s Gospel.
Saul, (later called Paul) in Acts 9:22, spent his time proving that Jesus is the Christ. Peter, in Acts 5:29-32, plainly tells us that Jesus has been exalted to God's right hand in heaven. They make no mention of Christ being the Spirit of the earth, but they do tell us that Satan is the spirit of this world.
Steiner claims that Osiris, Buddha, and others were all manifestations of the 'Christ Impulse'. The Bible clearly shows that there is only one Christ. See the first chapter of Ephesians for proof of this. We can become one with Christ as I showed you above. But that does not make us Christ too!
WE MUST CHOOSE
God is not an anthroposophist. As far as He is concerned there is only one true religion and that is the one He gives us in his word. God asks us through his prophet Elijah; "How long will you falter between two opinions? If Jehovah is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." (See First Kings 18:21) The whole of chapter 18 shows God's attitude to false religions.
Jesus also warns us: "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. How narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13 & 14) Jesus goes even farther when He says "Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord" shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21) So being a follower of Christ doesn't simply mean saying you are a Christian, it also means knowing the will of God and doing it. The Bible reveals the will of God.
God does not command us to concentrate on developing our egos and "astral bodies" to prepare ourselves for receiving His Spirit. He does command us to meditate on his Law. (Psalm 1) He does command us to obey Him and Him alone. With the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) He sets out the absolute minimum requirements that flow from the two greatest commandments: " You shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." and " You shall love your neighbour as yourself." (Matthew 22:36 to 40) He does command us to recognise our failure to keep his law (sin) and accept his forgiveness. (1 John 1:8 to 10) He does command us to teach his words diligently to our children. (Deuteronomy 6:5 to 7)
The Bible teaches that we are composed of a body, soul and spirit. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:23 and Hebrews 4:12-13) Our soul is in our blood as Leviticus 17:13-14 correctly translated reads:" ..he shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust for it is the soul of all flesh. Its blood sustains its soul...for the soul of all flesh is its blood." Thus it was Jesus's soul that was poured out unto the earth, not his spirit or the 'Christ Impulse' as Steiner claims. His spirit returned to God until he came back to life. See Luke 23:46 and Ecclesiastes 12:7.
CAN SALVATION BE EARNED?
Jesus teaches the necessity of repentance: "...unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (See Luke 13:1-5) To repent means "to change one's mind". The change that he wants is for us to submit to God as the supreme authority in our lives. Adam and Eve's sin in the Garden of Eden was to believe Satan instead of God, thus placing Satan in the position of Ruler over this earth. God has permitted this for six thousand years (which may finish soon) to show us what happens when following Satan. The result is six thousand years of pain and death, culminating in a series of massive environmental disasters and devastating wars that would totally extinguish life from Earth if Jesus did not return to stop us and repair the damage. (See 2 Peter 3:10-13, Matthew 24:22 and Revelation 11:18)
Jesus did not only pay the price for Adam and Eve's first sin, he paid the price for every sin that every one of us has ever committed. As the only true Son of God and our Creator, his life is worth more than the life of every creature that has lived on earth.
Steiner suggests that we can work off our debts (sins) by doing good to someone who we once wronged. He is ignoring the fact that doing good is merely what God expects us to do all the time. Doing one thousand good things can not cancel out even one evil act. It's like saying it's all right to mutilate someone if we later come back and pay for plastic surgery for them. We can never fully repair the damage we do with a cruel word or deed. Only God is able to do that. If it was possible for us to earn remission for our sins, then there would have been no need for Jesus Christ to die in our place. (See Hebrews 9:11-28 and Romans 8:1-11.) God wants perfect peace, nothing less. The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death, total annihilation. (Romans 6:23 -He makes an exception for Satan and his demons -Rev.20:10) God's gift, offered through Jesus Christ, is eternal life. (Romans 5:18 to 21, 6:23, John 3:16) Eternal life is not something we already have, as a look at Genesis chap. 3 will show. Satan's first lie to mankind was his claim that we have inherent eternal life. Rudolf Steiner obviously believed this lie.
Steiner also believed that we are trapped in the physical world, which he regarded as an inferior place to the "spirit world". God said the physical creation was "very good" (See Genesis chapter 1, esp. vs 31) His love of this creation is so great that he plans is to make Earth the location of his "capital city", (See Revelation Chapter 21) thus welding Heaven and Earth into one.
God, through Christ, is offering each one of us a place with Him in His New Jerusalem. His offer includes an immortal body composed of spirit which will have abilities which we can not even begin to understand now. (See Philippians 3:18 to 21 and 1 Corinthians 15:35 to 58) Do not let anyone deprive you of this generous gift.
Please study God's Word and see if these things are true. Do not let anyone's teachings take precedence before the teachings of God.
1. Most of the details of Steiner's teachings referred to in this article were taken from "The Gospel of St. John: A Cycle of Twelve Lectures", "Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of the Earth and Man" and "Reincarnation and Immortality". Return
2. Some relevant information on this topic is available on line at: http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/cfol/index.asp Return
3. Many other evidences can be seen at: http://www.answersingenesis.org/cec/online_resources.asp#world Return
4. Errors in apparent long-age radioactive dates are throughly examined in the "Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth" series published by ICR. Return
5. When he was young, he claimed they were the spirits of the dead. By 1921, in lecture 14 of his “Materialism and the Task of Anthroposophy” series Steiner says his followers must ‘unite themselves’ with ‘Vulcan supermen’ and other extraterrestrial spirit beings as he has done. He says anyone who refuses this union will eventually mutate into hideous spider-like beings who will become hopelessly entangled with other such degenerate humans. Gary Bates, in "Alien Invasion" clearly reveals that these ETs are in fact demons using a currently popular deception to gain entry into gullible people. Return
6. Some of the many fulfilled prophecies include the release of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, their inheritance of the ‘Promised Land’, their expulsion from that land for unfaithfulness to God, their return to the promised land, the first coming of Jesus Christ including his miraculous birth, his ministry, his death and his resurrection, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the Jews’ expulsion from Judah for the second time, the persecution of Bible-believing Christians by pseudo-Christians and the return of the Jews to Judah again in our time. Many of these are detailed at http://100prophecies.org. Return
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