Mysticism and its Results

Being an Inquiry into the Uses and Abuses of Secrecy

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Author: John Delafield
Published: 1857
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,581 / 94 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.3
LoC Category: HS
Downloads: 517
Added to site: 2007.08.15
mnybks.net#: 17934
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction

This little book has collated some facts, perhaps, somewhat out of the usual range of reading; but which it is sincerely trusted may be of practical utility. If it only induces thought, study, or research, by intellectual and honest minds, its object will have been attained.

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ifices were offered on mountain tops. Why? Abraham went to such a place to offer up his son. Was it not for secrecy in the religious rite? If the earliest instruction was from God, whose truth is unchangeable and eternal, were not the earliest sacrifices offered in secret by reason of the same command which subsequently obliged the high priest of his chosen people to offer the great sacrifice in secret within the veils, first of the Tabernacle, afterward of the Temple? The Elohistic age ended with the first official act of Moses, after he, also, had met with Aaron on "the mount of God."[16]

A new era then commenced. As men dispersed {19} themselves over the earth, the original belief in the one true God (Monotheism) was lost, and people fell into the worship of many deities (Polytheism), adoring the visible works of creation, more particularly the sun and the stars of heaven, or else reverencing the operative powers of nature as divine beings. Faith in the one Great JEHOVAH was preserved by the childre

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