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Preparations For The Beast, Music From Hell, The Beatles And Sixties Music, Battle Of The Spirit And The Coming Kingdom, John Lennon The Pacifistic Revolutionary, More Popular Than Jesus, Lennon's Apology, Analysis Of 'Imagine', No Spiritual Realm, Life Without Hope, Man As God, John Lennon A New Ager
While the events I described in part two are reserved for what many Christians believe is our near future, it is important that you realize that Satan is even now craftily preparing the world for the arrival of the Beast through his various propaganda machines. From anti-God education in our schools which seeks to rob our children of their faith by teaching them EVILution, New Age thought, heathen paganism and unquestionable obedience to authority; to political slogans which tell lies by speaking of peace and economic prosperity; to commercial jingles on radio and television which tempt and entice us with the delicacies of Babylon the Great Whore; to false prophets in the pulpits who seek to pervert our faith in Jesus Christ; to abortionists who slay the Lord's unborn children; to gays and lesbians who daily mock God's laws; Satan is using every means available to him to draw the world into his net of deception and servitude; and it is all through the written and the spoken word!
As we have already seen, one effective way in which Satan is using words to psychologically manipulate the masses of the world, particularly the younger generation, is through the music industry. As a parent myself, I can personally testify to the fact that from the minute my child boards the school bus in the morning, she is exposed to the music from hell. There should be no doubt that song lyrics affect people in a spiritual way; and in the case of worldly music, most of it is in a very negative way. Just as God's Word pierces like a sword to our subconscious level, Satan's word, through his musical false prophets, does the very same thing; and it is bearing very bad fruit. If you doubt that this is true, I encourage you to read my article 'Plight Of The Children' in order to witness the demonic influence which has gripped the lives of some of our children. In his Epistle to the church at Philippi, the Apostle Paul wrote the following words:
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Philippians 4:8, KJV
The previous verse perfectly describes the exact opposite of what most of today's children are listening to on the radio, on their CD players, and on television channels dedicated to music videos. There is very little that is true about that kind of music; there is very little that is honest about it; there is nothing just about it; there is certainly nothing pure about it; it is ugly and not lovely; there is nothing good about it; and it most assuredly does not teach positive virtues.
As far as I am concerned, from the names of some of these modern bands, such as the female group "Lilith", which is named after a deceptive female demon of Jewish origin, to the lewd videos which accompany some of the music, to the satanic symbols incorporated into some of the cover designs, to the actual lyrics of the songs, which offer no hope, and which encourage unbridled sex, rebellion against authority, and satanic worship, it is nothing short of disgusting! Just recently, I read a commentary concerning the group "Oasis". In boasting of their popularity, one of the band members sarcastically stated, "Has God ever played New York?". Maybe not; but will they be playing in Heaven? Not unless they stop elevating themselves above God and repent of their wickedness!
This demonic wave of music started as far back as the mid fifties; and it has only grown progressively worse since then. The reason I can say this, is because as a young teen before I came to Christ, I also used to listen to that kind of music. During my youth, there was only one "underground" station in my hometown. My older brother and I got into the 'black light' and psychedelic poster scene. We spent our money from our paper route, and designed his bedroom with the stuff. As kids say nowadays, we that thought it was "way kewl". We would turn off the regular lights in the bedroom; and then turn on the "black light", in order to make the posters glow; (and expose ourselves to dangerous ultraviolet rays of course); and then leave on just one little red light by the radio dials so we could change the station. I still recall "grooving" to groups such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Iron Butterfly, The Who, Steppenwolf, and other "heavies" of that era.
Thank the Lord that I was eventually delivered from that negative influence in my life. In July of 1971, while in California, I prayed an "official" prayer, and accepted the Lord into my life. I use the word "official" with quotation marks, because I have always believed in the Lord as long as I can remember. I don't ever remember not believing in Him. As I mention in other articles, even as a young teenager, I read my "Good News For Modern Man" New Testament; and often wondered what the connection was between what I read in the Bible, and what I was being taught in high school regarding cavemen, EVILution, the Big Bang, etc. In my youthful ignorance, I also mistakenly interpreted a few things very literally, which I shouldn't have done. Thank the Lord for the leading of His Holy Spirit which is always guiding us into a clearer and more perfect understanding of Biblical Truth:
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John 14:26, KJV
As you have probably deduced, I am part of the generation which witnessed the arrival in America of the British Wave; spearheaded of course by the Beatles in early 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City. I can still vaguely recall watching the variety show on our black and white television; and seeing all of the young girls screaming hysterically as they worshipped their new idols. The mop-headed Beatles were followed by the Rolling Stones, and many other British rock groups which sought to overpower America's control of the Rock 'n Roll industry. Because of the fact that I grew up in this environment, I can speak with authority when I say that, even though our parents found some of the music rather objectionable, if we compare it to what is being broadcast across the airways today, in my view, it was for the most part 'clean' music; at least at first.
From one perspective, the music of that era was rather idealistic in nature. The sixties were a time of spiritual, political, social and ideological change in America. Young people were beginning to say 'No!' to some of the beliefs espoused by their parents, to some of the corrupt policies practiced by the American government, and to the destruction of the environment by selfish entrepreneurs. It was some of the methods which were being espoused in the music in order to achieve the desired utopian world that were wrong; such as using drugs, condoning free sex, and encouraging physical violence against the Establishment. As I amply explain in several of my political articles, while I too am clearly opposed to the corruption of modern governments and big business, I believe that ours is a war of the Spirit; not to physically change the current governments of man, but rather to prepare the way for the coming Millennial Government which will rule the Earth after Jesus Christ the Rock crushes the governments of this world. Consider these verses:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6, KJV
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."
Daniel 2:44, KJV
"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."
Matthew 21:43-44, KJV
"And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."
1 Corinthians 10:4, KJV
"Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,"
1 Peter 2:6-7, KJV
Oh what a wonderful day it will be when these wonderful prophesies are finally fulfilled before our very eyes! But returning to the topic of modern music, based upon my own personal observations, I can only conclude that the crass, blatantly defiant, sexually-oriented, anti-God music of today is definitely much worse, and even more spiritually destructive, that the music I listened to decades ago. I honestly do not understand how concerned, responsible parents can even allow their children to listen to that spirit-polluting garbage, or watch the wicked videos which accompany a lot of it.
Most people will probably agree that between the four lads from Liverpool, that is, the Beatles, the most politically active and outspoken of the four, was John Lennon. Some of my older readers can probably still recall the controversy which surrounded this man's life. In fact, he was considered to be such a threat to American interests at the time due to his very vocal opposition to the Viet Nam War, that he even had an FBI record. Then American president, Richard Nixon, spent several years seeking for a way to have Lennon legally ousted from the United States of America. By means of the powerful political message contained in the lyrics of his songs, Lennon became an even greater idol than he would have been, had he continued singing only harmless commercial jingles like many other artists of his day. In the words of Lennon, 'All we are saying, is give peace a chance'. John Lennon the musical artist, became John Lennon the pacifistic revolutionary; and millions of people worldwide quickly embraced his ideology.
But let's move back in time to March 4, 1966. During that time, at the height of Beatlemania, and just prior to a major Beatle tour which had been scheduled in the United States of America, Lennon made some statements which sent shockwaves through the Christian community of America; particularly through the Southern Baptist sector. In Great Britain, a columnist for the London Evening Standard by the name of Maureen Cleave, published an interview she had held with twenty-five year old Lennon. During that interview, the discussion turned to religion, being as Lennon was heavily involved in reading different religious books at the time. While explaining his views concerning Christianity, Lennon made the following startling comments:
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"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right, and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - Rock 'n Roll, or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but His disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
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While Britons didn't become alarmed by Lennon's candid statements, such was not the case in the United States of America. On July 29th of that same year, an American 'teeny bopper' magazine by the name of 'Datebook' published a front cover story entitled 'The Ten Adults You Dig/Hate The Most'. Included on the cover of the magazine were the previous comments by Lennon. For those of you who are familiar with the attitudes of the Southern Baptists of the United States of America, the powerful backlash which soon rose up to castigate Lennon for his words, will come as no surprise. From southern radio stations which banned music by the Beatles, to rallies where Christian youth stomped upon and burned Beatle records and other memorabilia in bonfires, it seemed like the Southern Christians had gone crazy. What had been a complete infatuation for the 'Fab Four' only months before, had now soured and turned into a literal 'hate-fest'.
This sudden uproar over Lennon's remarks couldn't have come at a worst time; particularly for the British entrepreneurs who had a lot of money invested in the success of the Beatles. With the upcoming American tour fast approaching, some quick damage control had to be implemented. Two of the figures which came to Lennon's defense were Maureen Cleave, the woman who had actually interviewed Lennon, and Brian Epstein, the Beatles' friend and manager. Cleave made the following statement in order to try to neutralize the situation in America:
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"John was certainly not comparing the Beatles with Christ. He was simply observing that so weak was the state of Christianity, that the Beatles were, to many people, better known. He was deploring, rather than approving, this."
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For his part, Brian Epstein issued the following statement at a press conference given in New York City, U.S.A.:
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"The quote which John Lennon made to a London columnist has been quoted and misrepresented entirely out of context of the article, which was in fact highly complimentary to Lennon as a person."
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Despite these futile attempts by Cleave and Epstein to diffuse the situation, the anger towards John Lennon did not subside; and it appeared as if the upcoming tour would be cancelled. As if this weren't enough, according to what I have read, there were also reports of death threats against the Beatles. Whether these threats were real or just trumped up for psychological manipulation, I honestly do not know. Regardless, everyone realized that there was only one person who might possibly be able to silence the opposition and salvage the situation; and that was John Lennon himself. Under a lot of pressure, and totally contrary to his stubborn nature, on August 11, 1996, Lennon held a news conference in Chicago, U.S.A. During that conference, the following exchange occurred:
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"If I had said television is more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it; but I just happened to be talking to a friend, and I used the words 'Beatles' as a remote thing, not as what I think - as Beatles, as those other Beatles like other people see us. I just said 'they' are having more influence on kids and things than anything else, including Jesus. But I said it in that way which is the wrong way."
A reporter then asked him:
"Some teenagers have repeated your statements - "I like the Beatles more than Jesus Christ." What do you think about that?"
Lennon then replied:
"Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact, and it's true more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this."
A reporter then asked him:
"But are you prepared to apologize?"
Lennon then replied:
"I wasn't saying whatever they're saying I was saying. I'm sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologize if that will make you happy. I still don't know quite what I've done. I've tried to tell you what I did do, but if you want me to apologize, if that will make you happy, then OK, I'm sorry."
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While the upcoming tour went on as scheduled, this event in the life of the Beatles was to leave a lasting impression on the American public, particularly on American Christians; and this would be the last time that the Beatles would ever tour the United States of America. While some people have claimed that the Beatles, and Lennon in particular, were mistreated and misrepresented by the American mass media, is this really the case? We all know that some members of the mass media will stoop to any level in order to obtain a good story; even if it involves distorting the facts in order to enhance a story and make it more news-worthy; and thus earn more profits. Is this what happened with Lennon? In like manner, was Lennon the victim of extreme self-righteous condemnation by the Christians of the American South?
Personally, I am willing to consider that there may have been some wrong-doing on the part of the American mass media. Being familiar with the attitudes of Christians who live in the South, I am also willing to admit that there may have been some overreaction on their part as well. We must also consider the fact that, being as we personally were not there to witness the actual interview by Maureen Cleave, we may not fully understand the tone of Lennon's words at the time he spoke them. All we can really do is take Lennon's words at face value and evaluate them. Upon doing that, I can only conclude that Lennon's words were not a heart-felt apology; in fact, he didn't even understand what he had done wrong. He only offered an apology under extreme pressure, in an attempt to salvage the upcoming tour. In short, it appears that his apology amounted to nothing more than a public relations move to appease the American Christians.
Even if we accept that Lennon's words were in some way taken out of context as he and others claimed, for me personally, it is still very difficult to accept that in discussing the strength or popularity of Christianity in Great Britain, any person, whether it be John Lennon or anyone else, could possibly have the audacity to make any kind of a comparison between the popularity of Jesus Christ and the Beatles, even if it was in a lamentable tone. I can only wonder with what authority Lennon made the claim. Did he possess some kind of statistics to prove this? I seriously doubt it. While Lennon claimed that it was an abstract comparison, I find this difficult to accept. It seems to me that a bit of pride and vanity was involved in his statement. Jesus Christ Himself taught us that a person speaks out of the abundance of his heart:
"Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
Matthew 12:33-34, KJV
In other words, what one thinks in his brain, and feels in his heart, eventually comes out of his mouth; whether it be good or evil. I am also very bothered by the fact that Lennon confidently stated that Christianity will someday meet its end; perhaps even before Rock 'n Roll music. While I can agree that the so-called Christianity of the physical church system may someday disappear, either through total compromise with the materialistic worldly system of man, or through persecution by the same, I do not think for a moment that true Christianity will ever die; for as I pointed out earlier in this series, the true Church is not a physical building; it is the worldwide body of believers who have the faith of Jesus Christ burning in their hearts; and that will never be destroyed completely. However, I don't think that this is what Lennon had in mind when he made his statements. Additionally, I find his comparison between Christianity and Rock 'n Roll music as reproachful as his comparison between the Beatles and Christianity.
As if this wasn't enough, Lennon's deep lack of respect for our Saviour is quite apparent in his remark "Jesus was all right . . ." Exactly what did he mean by this; that Jesus Christ passed Lennon's personal test of approval with just a satisfactory grade; that He was just "all right"? That certainly isn't what my Bible teaches by any means! My Bible states:
"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
Romans 14:11, KJV
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2:9-11, KJV
Those verses alone certainly seem to be saying more about Jesus Christ than Lennon was willing to admit. Right after that remark, Lennon then took a critical swipe at the Apostles when he stated ". . . but His disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." Yes, it is true that some of the Lord's Disciples were indeed unlearned and ignorant men; but as I point out in some of my articles as "The Only Credentials You Need!" and "The Wisdom of God vs The Philosophy of Men", once they received the Holy Spirit, they became spiritual powerhouses for the Lord. Not only that, but those "thick and ordinary" men will someday be ruling the world with Jesus Christ:
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."
Acts 4:13, KJV
"Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
Luke 22:28-30, KJV
In the original interview, Lennon also said, possibly in reference to the Apostles, 'It's them twisting it that ruins it for me'. Exactly what did he mean by this? That the Disciples had twisted the Truth taught by Jesus Christ? If this is what Lennon meant, and I don't know that he did, then he is clearly in error. Not only is he in error, but he is doing the very thing of which he accuses others; and the Scriptures plainly tell us that they that do such things bring about their own destruction; which is precisely what happened to Lennon, as we will see shortly:
"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
2 Peter 3:16, KJV
In his so-called "apology" which he made about five months later, Lennon also revealed his lack of understanding of the Holy Scriptures when he stated "I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is." For anyone to describe God our Heavenly Father as "a thing or whatever it is" certainly reflects their total lack of respect for the same. As you will see shortly, while Lennon accepted Jesus Christ as a great teacher, or "ascended master", it does not appear that he accepted Him as the Son of God. Furthermore, Lennon's whole plan was to wipe out God! Someday, Lennon is going to meet "a thing or whatever it is" and have some very serious explaining to do! Now, even if we choose to accept Lennon's explanations, and ascribe all of his remarks to the pride and foolishness of youth, which were greatly augmented by unprecedented fame, that still doesn't let Lennon "off the hook". Let's leave the sixties now and move up to the late eighties.
In early October of 1988, eight years after Lennon's death, and twenty-two years after his statements in the London newspaper, Capitol/EMI Records posthumously marketed in compact disc and cassette form, "Imagine". In my view, "Imagine", may be one of the most influential songs which has ever swept the world. This song has been heard, sung and hummed by literally millions of people over the past decade. As a sincere Bible-believing Christian, I find the lyrics of "Imagine" to be demonic in nature. What Lennon didn't say openly twenty-two years ago about his personal philosophy, is clearly revealed in the "Imagine" CD. This song promotes rebellion against God. It also heralds Satan's soon-coming, secular, humanistic, anti-God, One World Government in every way. It seems as if John Lennon was intentionally trying to brainwash people, and to mesmerize them into accepting his personal philosophy of a futuristic utopian world created by man, without any room for God. Judge for yourself:
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IMAGINE THERE'S NO HEAVEN
IT'S EASY IF YOU TRY
NO HELL BELOW US
ABOVE US ONLY SKY
IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE
LIVING FOR TODAY. . .
IMAGINE THERE'S NO COUNTRIES
IT ISN'T HARD TO DO
NOTHING TO KILL OR DIE FOR
AND NO RELIGION TOO
IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE
LIVING LIFE IN PEACE . . .
IMAGINE NO POSSESSIONS
I WONDER IF YOU CAN
NO NEED FOR GREED OR HUNGER
A BROTHER OF MAN
IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE
SHARING ALL THE WORLD . . .
YOU MAY SAY I'M A DREAMER
BUT I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE
I HOPE SOME DAY YOU'LL JOIN US
AND THE WORLD TO BE AS ONE . . .
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In their attempts to defend the anti-God philosophy of John Lennon, some of his loyal followers, or perhaps 'disciples' would be a better word for them; might claim that in this song, being an idealist, Lennon was simply searching for the truth, as well as expressing his personal frustrations with organized religion; thus he states in the second stanza 'and no religion too'. If you are one who has read a lot of my articles, then you will know that I can truly sympathize with this thought; for I too gave up on organized religion many years ago; however, unlike Lennon, I did not just give up on God, or Jesus Christ, or the Bible entirely; I simply chose to practice my own faith outside of the physical church system. This is by no means what Lennon is advocating in this song 'Imagine'. Being as he obviously rejected Jesus Christ as the one and only solution to the world's problems, John Lennon had to offer a solution of his own; and what was that?
Through this song, Lennon is claiming that all we have to do is to get rid of all concepts of religion, because religion is the main problem; at least so John Lennon would have us to believe. When he states 'Imagine there's no heaven', what Lennon is really saying indirectly is 'Imagine there's no God'! Of course, if there is no God, then obviously, there can be no devil either; thus he adds 'No hell below us'. In other words, it is as if John Lennon is saying 'There is no spiritual realm. It's a myth. This is all there is to life, folks. When you die, that's it. It's the end of the road, buddy!'. This is also what the Sadducees believed as well; and that is why they were sad, you see? The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, or in angels; and that is why they hated Jesus so much; because He taught the exact opposite. What a terrible philosophy to have! What a hopeless ideology to embrace! The Apostle Paul apparently considered these same thoughts at one time, for he wrote:
"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept."
1 Corinthians 15:19-20, KJV
"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"
Titus 1:2, KJV
In short, Christianity offers Eternal Hope, while Lennon did not. While the world's false religions have indeed been the catalyst for many wars, which have resulted in a lot of bloodshed, and the loss of many innocent lives, what Lennon failed to recognize, is that this was not true Christianity in action. Furthermore, the solution is not to 'throw out the baby with the bath water' as we say in American slang. As we saw earlier in part two, God is not the problem; it is the evil heart of man which has caused so much strife upon the Earth. In his confusion, John Lennon has totally turned everything around. Through this song 'Imagine', he is saying that religion, and thus God, is the problem; and man is the solution.
There is no doubt in my mind that John Lennon was heavily influenced by secular humanism. This song wreaks of it from beginning to end. What he has told the whole world through this song, is that we don't need God in the picture anymore. We can do it on our own. Like Nimrod of old and his foolish followers at Babel, Lennon is basically saying that we too can make a name for ourselves. We can create a wonderful utopian world of peace through our own strength and wisdom. We can come together and live as one without the One in whom we have been taught to believe. In other words, John Lennon is saying that man can be his own god. He can be his own saviour. Isn't this is the basic premise of secular humanism as well; to glorify man and his achievements without any honor given to our Creator? On one occasion, Lennon said the following:
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"You make your own dream. That's the Beatles' story, isn't it? That's Yoko's story. That's what I'm saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It's quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself. That's what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you."
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Notice the very apparent New Age tone in Lennon's remarks. It is all there. When I read his comments, what I see is 'You can do it on your own; nobody can do it for you; not even Jesus Christ! Jesus and all of the other great masters left us with their holy books. You can follow any of them; Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Krishna, Ghandi; they all were on the right path. They all lead to the salvation of man on this Earth'. Do you see how subtle that is? I have seen this very same mentality expressed many times by different New Age teachers and promoters. Totally contrary to the Truth found in the Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ is no longer the only way to Salvation; that is, true Salvation in Heaven. He is simply an equal, and on par with all of the other great teachers of the ages; but what did Jesus Christ Himself and His immediate followers teach us?:
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 14:6, KJV
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Acts 4:12, KJV
It should be clear then that in this song 'Imagine', as well as in the previously-quoted material, John Lennon is only referring to a physical, temporal Earthly salvation, and to nothing more. He is referring to an Earthly paradise brought about by man's own hand. But is this really what the Bible predicts? This is something which we will be discussing in the final part of this series as we continue to analyze John Lennon's song 'Imagine'. There is still a lot of very interesting information to come, so I hope that you will join me.
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