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The New Religious Order

Gary Kah

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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils... Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. - 1 Timothy 4:1 (AKJV), 2 (NIV)

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While the staging of massive "consciousness raising" events and the teaching of one-world ideals in our schools have all contributed toward building global unity, the level of unity necessary to establish a New World Order would ultimately require cooperation between the world's major religions. Religious leaders would somehow have to become tolerant of each other's beliefs, or, at the very least, refrain from denouncing one another's doctrines. Interfaithism - the concept that all religions are valid and are merely different pathways to God - would have to become the dominant view.

Ideally, from the standpoint of New Age planners, unity among religious leaders would eventually reach the point where all of the world's existing religions could be molded into one synthetic whole. However, for this to become possible, spiritual leaders would have to surrender some of their most cherished values and tightly held doctrines. Creating this atmosphere of tolerance and compromise has been Robert Muller's main pursuit.

As the UN's "Prophet of Hope" Muller believes that world unity cannot be achieved without a one-world government and a one-world religion. All of his efforts, be they in politics, education or religion, are therefore geared toward the realization of such an ecumenical world system. His religious goals - like most of his political activities - are in line with the occult mandates of Alice Bailey and Teilhard Chardin.

[Read More About Alice Bailey, The Lucis Trust, and The Reappearance of ‘The Christ’  


Muller's Spiritual Quest
Although Muller grew up in a Catholic home, he admits that he wasn't inspired to become a "really spiritual person" until years later, when he joined the UN. [1] Nevertheless, he feels that his Catholic upbringing prepared him to accept the New Age worldview which he now holds. In the statement below, Muller describes some of his earliest religious experiences. These recollections came to him after a speaking engagement, during a flight over Iowa.

    As I was looking out of the aircraft into the deep blue sky and over the vast fields of the American Midwest, cherished memories came back to me: I saw myself as a child, lying in my bed in my hometown on the border of France with Germany, listening to the sound of the rain falling on the roof; I remembered the divine moments of early Mass in our old majestic church, the angelic songs of the nuns, the Latin chants and prayers, and the moaning sound of an old organ played by an invalid; I relived my deep communion with God and the universe when I watched the dawning of the day in the hills of Auvergne; I saw in my mind rows of Hindus praying and kneeling before the sun god Surya as he rose above the sacred waters of the Ganges... Be it through meditation, prayer, silence, or song, the miracles of life and resurrection are widely open to each of us every day of God's creation. [2]

Continuing this discourse he demonstrates his openness toward eastern meditation, mistaking it as an alternative way of communicating with God.

    ... prayer, meditation, and the silent contemplation of nature, reborn each day under the sun's glory, bring us in direct communion with God and the universe. Prayer and meditation are two of the surest and quickest ways to happiness. Through them we reduce our petty arrogance and personal barriers against the streams of life. Letting these streams flow unimpeded through the miraculous point of perception that we are, we feel the greatness of all things, thoughts, sentiments, and dreams. We see everything in harmony and proportion. [3]

    He adds, "It is strange that people from the East - maharishis, yogis, seers, Buddhists, and others - have to come and teach us afresh what we already knew... "[4]

According to Muller, it was a young American college student who first helped him to understand meditation. The student gave him a catalogue from Maharishi International University. Muller shares,

    I kept the volume and read it in the airplane. I was fascinated by it. I learned how meditation functioned and what it did for the fulfillment of the human person. I discovered that I had been meditating for years without knowing it. [5]

As a lifelong Catholic he had been practicing meditation "for years" in the name of Christianity, without realizing the occult origin of this type of meditation. He had been combining eastern mysticism with the teachings of Catholicism. Apparently Muller had become convinced that Roman Catholicism and the pantheistic religions of the East have the same spiritual roots - a conclusion also reached by Teilhard Chardin. [See Section Mysticism In The Church]


Discovering Religion at the UN
Of all the people Muller met at the United Nations, it was UN Secretary-General U Thant, a Buddhist, who left the deepest impression on his life. In his book, New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality, Muller expresses his admiration for this man.

    At the age of forty-six I became director of Secretary- General U Thant's office. Here, for the first time in my life, I met a person who inspired me, a man who was deeply religious, who had a profound spirituality and code of human ethics which he applied to every moment and situation of his day...

    I discovered that for U Thant there was no difference between spirituality, religion and life. Life was for him a constant spirituality. I studied Buddhism to understand him better. We became great friends. He was able to teach me what my Catholic priests had always told me, but at that time I hadn't listened. Here, in the middle of my life, was the master, the one who inspired me, someone I could imitate like a father. This has changed my life. Perhaps what we need most at this time are masters who give us the good example. And, like U Thant, they ought to include people in highest office and with wide responsibilities. [6]

Evidently, up until this point, Muller had not found a single person whose life he considered worth emulating. Although he claims that Catholic priests taught him essentially the same philosophy, it was U Thant's apparent lack of hypocrisy in applying these mystical principles that caused Muller to take note.

Here is a lesson for Christians. Muller was willing to embrace the basic tenets of Buddhism - no matter how incorrect the theology might be - because of the consistent example lived out by the follower. Had Muller, during the course of his life, been affected in a similar fashion by a single Christian who walked his talk, he might today be a born-again follower of Jesus Christ instead. He continues,

    From the moment I became interested in the spiritual dimension of life, everything started to change... I began to read the mystics and understood much more about this new dimension of life consciousness. Some religious people began to be interested in my ideas. I was invited to participate in an East-West monastic encounter...

    Later on I was made a member of the East-West Monastic Board... I am learning a great deal from them and they are also learning from me. I found that most monastic orders are organized on the basis of U Thant's cherished four categories of human needs and qualities: physical, mental, moral and spiritual. I learned that he was a monk himself. Buddhists are required to go to a monastery for one month each year. Since he could not go back to a Burmese monastery, he acted as a kind of monk in the United Nations... I would like the whole world to benefit from my experience and to derive the same enlightenment, happiness, serenity and hope in the future as I derived from my contact with U Thant. [7]

Muller concludes,

    I would never have thought that I would discover spirituality in the United Nations!... Perhaps spirituality is such a fundamental human need that it always reappears in one form or another in life and throughout history and that we are about to witness now its renaissance in a global, planetary context. [8]
     

 InPlainSite.org Note: The question to be asked is whether the UN has any ties to the occult, regardless of all the hype by Robert Muller, Djwhal Khul Alice Bailey, the AAC and Seven Ray Institute, which may be the product of very fertile imaginations or simply wishful thinking. To answer that question we need to turn our attention to a very interesting organizations... The Aquarian Age Community
[See The United Nations]


Enlightened by Chardin
Through his associations at the United Nations, Muller, like so many of his colleagues, would eventually come to embrace the teachings of Teilhard Chardin. In fact, it was Secretary-General U Thant who kept telling Muller about Chardin's philosophy. Since Robert Muller continues to serve as the United Nation's leading figure in the area of religious development, we can learn a great deal about the spiritual direction of the UN - and the world - by examining his personal theology more closely.

Muller's religious beliefs are best summarized in New Genesis. In that book he demonstrates that his spirituality is rooted in Chardinian philosophy by devoting an entire chapter - "My Five Teilhardian Enlightenments" - to explaining this Jesuit priest's worldview. In addition to Chardin's teachings, Muller has drawn certain principles from the personal life and example of Thant and other popular mystics. Alice Bailey's peculiar terminology is also found throughout his book. Like Chardin, Bailey influenced a great number of UN officials.

[Read More About Alice Bailey, The Lucis Trust, World Goodwill and The Reappearance of ‘The Christ’  

Muller's theology incorporates pantheistic ideas of the human species entering a new period of evolution, a period of planetary consciousness and global living which is to result in the perfect unity of the human family. Central to this theology are his views of a divine United Nations and a cosmic Christ. All of these concepts are brought together in New Genesis. Muller writes,

    If Christ came back to earth, his first visit would be to the United Nations to see if his dream of human oneness and brotherhood had come true. He would be happy to see representatives of all nations, North and South, East and West, rich and poor, believers and non-believers, young and old, Philistines and Samaritans, trying to find answers to the perennial questions of human destiny and fulfillment. [9]

    There is a famous painting and poster which shows Christ knocking at the tall United Nations building, wanting to enter it. I often visualize in my mind another even more accurate painting: that of a United Nations which would be the body of Christ. [10]

Muller goes on to comment,

    Was it not inevitable that the UN would sooner or later also acquire a spiritual dimension... I have come to believe firmly today that our future peace, justice, fulfillment, happiness and harmony on this planet will not depend on world government but on divine or cosmic government, meaning that we must seek and apply the "natural," "evolutionary," "divine," "universal" or "cosmic" laws which must rule our journey in the cosmos. Most of these laws can be found in the great religions and prophecies, and they are being rediscovered slowly but surely in the world organizations. Any Teilhardian will recognize in this the spiritual transcendence which he announced so emphatically as the next step in our evolution. [11]

In his book Muller also quotes from an address he delivered on August 12, 1979 at the Arcane School Conference. (The Arcane School was one of the institutions founded by Alice Bailey.) In that speech Muller declared,

    Are we not the partners, the participants, and the instruments of something that goes far beyond us, that was started a long time ago and which will lead to a greater, more beautiful, higher planetary civilization? [12]

    ... I am more and more drawn to some of the very simple but extremely important teachings of the Christ and of all the great prophets and visionaries. I am increasingly convinced that what they foresaw is beginning to become a reality on this planet and that humanity is transcending or metamorphosing itself into what those great dreamers, visionaries and prophets envisioned. This is what I believe I am living in the glass house on the East River of New York City. [13]

In every chapter of New Genesis, Muller calls for a UN based world government and world religion as the only answer to mankind's problems. Through it all, Muller maintains his status as a Catholic Christian. He finally comes full circle by linking the UN's mission to Catholicism:

    Pope John Paul II said that we were the stonecutters and artisans of a cathedral which we might never see in its finished beauty. I would not have dreamed that when I joined the United Nations a third of a century ago. The scope of the UN has widened in every direction, owing to the imperatives of a new global, interdependent world. But people do not really know how vast and vital its activities are. The tapestry of its work encompasses the total condition of humankind on this planet. All this is part of one of the most prodigious pages of evolution. It will require the detachment and objectivity of future historians to appraise fully what happened in the last third of our century and to understand what the real significance of the United Nations was. [14]

In another book, My Testament to the UN, Muller favorably quotes Sri Chinmoy, a Hindu priest, regarding the UN's ultimate destiny:

    No human force will ever be able to destroy the United Nations, for the United Nations is not a mere building or a mere idea; it is not a manmade creation. The United Nations is the vision-light of the Absolute Supreme, which is slowly, steadily, and unerringly illuminating the ignorance, the night of our human life. The divine success and supreme progress of the United Nations is bound to become a reality. At his choice hour, the Absolute Supreme will ring his own victory-bell here on Earth through the loving and serving heart of the United Nations. [15]

The truth of the matter is, the United Nations is not a conception of God. Rather, its spiritual activities are an abomination to Him. The UN and its occult-inspired cooperatives will experience the same destruction reserved for all ungodly individuals and institutions. It is Jesus Christ who will ring the "victory-bell" upon His return, and it will not be rung through the United Nations! (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)


The Chain of Influence
Along with Teilhard Chardin, Alice Bailey and U Thant, Robert Muller has been influenced by the mystic Dag Hammarskjld, a former UN Secretary General, and by Father de Breuvery, a Catholic priest who was heavily involved in the affairs of the UN. While it appears that all of these individuals drew at least some of their ideas from the philosophies of Chardin, none of them was influenced by Chardin more directly than Breuvery. This is because they lived together for a time.

Muller explains how Chardin impacted the UN through Breuvery.

    The thought often crosses my mind that Father Teilhard de Chardin may have influenced him. They shared an apartment in Manhattan, they confessed to each other, said Mass together, and saw each other every day. Father de Breuvery often discussed with Teilhard his work at the UN... Teilhard de Chardin influenced his companion, who inspired his colleagues, who started a rich process of global and long-term thinking in the UN, which affected many nations and people throughout the world. I have myself been deeply influenced by Teilhard... [16]

In short, Father Teilhard de Chardin influenced many of the most prominent UN leaders of his day - including some of the UN's founding fathers. They, in turn, have impacted hundreds of other UN officials and delegates who are today helping to implement Chardin's mystical vision for the future of the world. Muller is only the latest in a chain of "Teilhardians" who has risen to a position of power at the UN. Needless to say, he has already shaped the thinking of countless global leaders.

Teilhard Chardin's influence on Robert Muller has not been a secret. The late Norman Cousins - former president of the World Federalist Association - was well aware of this connection. In the Foreword to Muller's autobiography Cousins wrote,

    Whatever the uncertainties of the future may be,... the oncoming generations will... need to have special knowledge, certainly; but they will need something far more important: an intense awareness of the conditions under which the values essential to the future of mankind can be created and maintained. They will need living examples of the conspiracy of love that Teilhard de Chardin has said will be essential to man's salvation. Robert Muller is involved in such a conspiracy. [17]

Considering Robert Muller's significant influence at the UN it would be wise to take a closer look at what this "conspiracy" entails, and exactly what it is that Muller has set out to do.


20th Century Ecumenism
New Era Magazine provides the clearest picture of Muller's intentions. In the November/December 1981 issue of that publication Muller is quoted as saying, "It is necessary that we have a World Government centered on the United Nations." In a follow up remark he revealed the spiritual basis for this future administration, stating that we can credit the coming World Government to the "influence of the writings of Teilhard de Chardin." While Chardin's impact on the UN and world affairs is now well documented, few individuals outside of Chardin's immediate sphere of influence were aware of the fact that he also helped inspire modern day ecumenism; nor do people realize that today's ecumenical movement is an integral part of the broader one world movement.

The seeds for 20th century ecumenism were sown in the late 1800s. During that time there was a growing interest in achieving unity for the alleged purpose of building an earthly utopia. Masonically-inspired organizations ranging from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to the Theosophical Society were busy laying the groundwork for the next century, which they hoped might finally usher in their long-awaited New World Order.

Against this backdrop, religious leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago for an ecumenical event of historic proportions - the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions (also known as the Parliament of World Religions). The people who attended this international conference came from a variety of "faiths." Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Roman Catholics, Protestants, and a host of others prayed and dialogued together for seventeen days. 18 (Even the Theosophical Society was represented by Annie Besant.) 19 This was the largest interfaith leadership conference of its kind up to that time.

In the decades which followed, two separate world wars were fought - each adding to the one world movement's momentum. World War I resulted in the League of Nations and World War II led to the United Nations. Both were created in the name of world peace. These institutions would give the secret societies a focal point around which they could rally religious leaders. The public - worn down from years of war - was ready to accept a new approach to maintaining peace. Teilhard Chardin, Alice Bailey and other forerunners to Robert Muller would play key roles in presenting the United Nations as the only hope for peace between nations and unity among the world's religions.

Riding this crest of post war sentiment, global planners seized the moment - attempting to unite the Protestant denominations through one organization. Although the spirit of ecumenism had been alive for decades, the founding of the pro UN World Council of Churches in 1948 would mark the beginning of the modern ecumenical era.

Strongly influenced by the Masonic Lodge, and with funding from major "old money" sources such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Council of Churches (WCC) embarked on its mission. From the time of its first meeting in Amsterdam its purpose was clear - to help create the religious atmosphere for achieving a New World Order. In a report issued in 1994 at one of its meetings in Jerusalem, the WCC confirmed this intention, stating:

After the second world war, the establishment of the World Council of Churches in 1948 signalled the resolve of the ecumenical community both to work for the fuller unity of the church and to participate in the struggle for a new just world order. [20]

In a more recent policy statement released in September 1997, the WCC again acknowledged its critical role in the unity movement:

    It is impossible to speak of the World Council of Churches apart from the ecumenical movement out of which it grew and of which it is a highly visible part. While the ecumenical movement is wider than its organizational expressions, and while the WCC is essentially the fellowship of its member churches, it serves at the same time as a prominent instrument and expression of the ecumenical movement. [21]

Today, from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the WCC continues to provide important leadership for the ecumenical movement.

While the efforts of the World Council of Churches have been paramount in bringing the liberal Protestant denominations together, no event would give greater momentum to the ecumenical movement than Vatican II. The Catholic Encyclopedia proudly boasts, "The greatest religious event of the twentieth century, whose teachings and clarifications have yet to reach their full impact, was the twenty-first Ecumenical Council, called Vatican II or the Second Vatican Council." [22]

Vatican II, which opened on October 11, 1962 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, added fuel to the growing ecumenical movement and helped pave the way for the acceptance of interfaithism. Pope John XXIII resided over "the Council's" proceedings. According to M. Basil Pennington, a prominent Catholic priest and author of Vatican II: We've Only Just Begun, the Council urged "all Christians... to act positively to preserve and even promote all that is good in other religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and other world religions." [23] To carry out this interfaith directive the Vatican Council established the Secretariat for Non-Christians, which would eventually be renamed the Secretariat for World Religions. [24]

Years later, Pope John Paul II would take the Council's initiatives a step further by holding an actual interfaith summit in Assisi, Italy [Editors note: this was discussed in an earlier chapter of The New World Religion]. This 1986 gathering, consisting of leaders from the world's major religions, and initiated by the Pope himself, would represent a visible transition from "ecumenism" to "interfaithism." [See The Two Faces of Catholicism]

Although these terms are often used interchangeably today, historically, the public has viewed ecumenism as an effort aimed at unifying Christian churches. Interfaithism, on the other hand, has been perceived as a broader attempt to unify the world's religions. In spite of the public's perception, beneath the surface, ecumenism and interfaithism have been intertwined. The fact is, ecumenism has been used by New Age religious planners as a springboard to interfaithism. Once most of "Christendom" had been brought together under a false unity, it was thought that Christianity might be prepared to go the next step by merging with the other religions.


1993 Parliament of World Religions - August 28 to September 5 -
In order to accelerate the move toward religious unity, a special committee was formed in 1988. It would be charged with the task of organizing the largest gathering of religious leaders in history - the 1993 Parliament of World Religions, which would serve not only to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the original meeting, but also to "plan" for the world's "spiritual future." [25] Approximately 5500 religious icons attended this convention. Another 857 individuals were registered as press. [26]

Besides the major religions and well-known "traditions," some of those present described themselves as "Catholic Quaker," "Celtic," "blends of many," "inter-religious," or "Hindu Theosophy." [27] Also in attendance were voodoo and druid priests, higher-up Freemasons, wiccans, snake charmers, Zoroastrian sun worshipers, representatives of The Lucis Trust, and an assortment of other occultists and Luciferians. This spiritual diversity was evident throughout the Parliament and was reflected in its Board of Trustees (Exhibit T) and in those who co-sponsored the event.

The 1993 Parliament programs, like their counterpart meetings of the last century, were held in Chicago. Some of the themes were, "Interfaith Understanding," "The Inner Life," "Visions of Paradise and Possibility," and "Voices of Spirit and Tradition." During the nine day gathering, over 500 seminars, lectures and workshops were held. [28] Robert Muller delivered the Parliament's first keynote address, forcefully calling for the creation of a "permanent institution" dedicated to pursuing religious unity. [29] The opening and closing plenary sessions complimented his speech and captured the essence of the conference. The Sourcebook for Earth's Community of Religions elaborates:

The Opening Plenary was a celebratory pageant of music from East and West, an interfaith processional, welcomes, blessings, and invocations. The Closing Plenary included a keynote address by H.H. the Dalai Lama, invocations from the Parliament Presidents, concluding remarks, performance by a multi-cultural dance company, and a rousing final concert by Walter Whitman and the 200-voice Soul Children of Chicago Choir.

Preceding the Closing Plenary was a concert in Grant Park. Arlo Guthrie, Stephen Halpern, a specially formed band of Rastafarian musicians, Tibetan monks performing their timeless chants, and superstar Kenny Loggins all graciously contributed their talents to create a spirit that could not have been bought at any price. [30]


The Templeton Prize
One of the highlights of the Parliament was the awarding of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Valued at $1.2 million, it is the "world's most prestigious and lucrative...ecumenical award." [31] This international prize is bestowed annually upon the individual perceived to be the most "outstanding" religious figure of the year. [32] The decision on who receives the award is made by a group of interfaith leaders with a distinct one-world vision. Historically, this committee has awarded the prize to individuals who display a strong ecumenical outlook and have a favorable disposition toward the Vatican. The million dollar prize, on this occasion, went to Prison Fellowship Director, Chuck Colson. Other well-known Christian leaders who have received the award include Billy Graham (1982) and Bill Bright (1996). [33]
 

IPS Note: John Marks Templeton... although (unbelievably) a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and a trustee on the board of Princeton Theological Seminary Templeton, took a broad view of spirituality and ethics. He was influenced by the Unity School of Christianity, a movement that espouses a shared divinity between God and humanity, Templeton claimed that truth is relative, Christianity is no longer relevant today as it was in Christ’s day and the heart of true religion is the willingness to see truths in other religions. [Details]

 

The first Templeton Prize, awarded in 1973, went to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. [34] Recipients since that time have included Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India and Oxford Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics (1975); Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens, Archbishop of Malines-Brussles and a pioneer in the Charismatic Renewal Movement (1976); Nikkyo Niwano, A Japanese Buddhist leader (1979); Rev. Professor Stanley L. Jaki, a Benedictine monk and Professor of Astrophysics at Seton Hall University (1987); Dr. Inamullah Khan, Founder and Secretary-General of the Modern World Muslim Congress and a Vice President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association [see WCPA letterhead, Exhibit O-1 in Chapter 7], (1988); Baba Amte, a wealthy Hindu lawyer/humanitarian (1990); The Rt. Hon. Lord Jakobovits, former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth (1991); and Pandurang Shastri Athavale, founder and leader of the Bhagavad Gita-based self-study known as Swadhayaya - which incorporates self-worship (1997).[35]

Sir John Templeton, after whom the award is named, happens to serve on the Parliament's Board of Trustees and has been closely linked to the Rockefeller family fortune. Along with being the donor of the Templeton Prize, Sir John established The Templeton Foundation in 1987. The foundation serves as an umbrella for a wide assortment of interfaith activities, currently funding more than 150 projects, studies, award programs and publications worldwide.36 Some of the individuals currently serving on Templeton's Board of Advisors are Laurance Rockefeller, philanthropist and funder of UFO research; Rev. Glenn Mosley, President and CEO of the Association of Unity Churches; and Mrs. Elizabeth Peale Allen (daughter of the late Norman Vincent Peale), Vice Chairman of the Peale Center for Christian Living and Chairman of the Positive Thinking Foundation.

InPlainSite.org Note:  Rick Warren of The Purpose Driven Program also has ties to the Templeton Foundation.
See Rick Warren’s Strange Bedfellows

The Global Ethic
Perhaps the most significant event of the 1993 Parliament was the convening of an inner circle of interfaith religious "authorities." This powerful group, consisting of Robert Muller and his closest allies, dubbed itself the Assembly of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Developing a consensus "for how people should behave," the Assembly endorsed an interfaith document titled Towards a Global Ethic, An Initial Declaration. 38 This document, drafted by Muller's friend, Catholic theologian Hans Kung, condemns the "abuses of Earth's ecosystems," poverty, and social injustices. It affirms interdependence, calling for "a common set of core values...found in the teachings of the religions." "The Ethic," if accepted, would represent "an irrevocable, unconditional norm for all areas of life, for families and communities, for races, nations, and religions."

In his book, Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic (1991), Mr. Kung makes clear that participation in this new "ethic" (religion) will not be optional. He states,

    Any form of... church conservatism is to be rejected... To put it bluntly: no regressive or repressive religion - whether Christian, Islamic, Jewish or of whatever provenance - has a long-term future... If ethics is to function for the wellbeing of all, it must be indivisible. The undivided world increasingly needs an undivided ethic. Post modern men and women need common values, goals, ideals, visions. But the great question in dispute is: does not all this presuppose a religious faith?... What we need is an ecumenical world order! [39]

The Global Ethic, which was signed by Muller and the other interfaith dignitaries present, is emerging as a companion to The Earth Charter and is expected to be to religion what "The Charter" is to international politics. Together, these documents are destined to impact, if not shape, the future course of mankind. The World Core Curriculum is intended to accommodate both decrees by promoting their ideas through public education.

God, of course, has already given us a set of "global ethics" as part of His created order. These commandments for living are clearly laid out in the Bible. (Exodus 20:1-17 and Mark 12:28-31) Unfortunately, as evidenced by the Parliament of World Religions, man would rather create his own set of rules catering to his personal wants and desires than submit to God's authority. The fallen nature of man seems inclined to rally around any system that promises salvation and earthly utopia without repentance and accountability to a personal God.
 

Endnotes

1. Robert Muller, New Genesis - Shaping a Global Spirituality (Anacortes, WA: World Happiness and Cooperation, 1982), 169.
2. Robert Muller, Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness (Garden City, NY: Image Books, 1985), 81.
3. Ibid.
4. Ibid.
5. Ibid., 80.
6. Muller, New Genesis - Shaping a Global Spirituality, 169 - 170.
7. Ibid., 170 - 171.
8. Ibid., 171.
9. Ibid., 19.
10. Ibid., 126 - 127.
11. Ibid., 164.
12. Ibid., 117.
13. Ibid., 118
14. Ibid., 48.
15. Gary Kah, "Public Education... The Shaping of Global Citizens!" Hope For The World Update (Noblesville, IN: Hope For The World, Spring 1997), 4.
16. Muller, Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness, 116 - 117.
17. Norman Cousins, Foreword to Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness, 10 - 11.
18. The Dawn of Religious Pluralism: Voices from the World's Parliament of Religions, 1893 (La Salle, IL: Published by Open Court in association with The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, 1993).
Also, Joel Beversluis, editor, A SourceBook for Earth's Community of Religions (Grand Rapids, MI/New York, NY: CoNexus Press/Global Education Associates, 1995), 111.
19. Peter Washington, Madame Blavatsky's Baboon (New York, NY: Schocken Books, 1995), 107.
20. World Council of Churches' Consultation in Jerusalem, November 1994, As taken from Ecclesiology and Ethics: Costly Commitment, [Edited by Thomas F. Best and Martin Robra] Faith and Order/Unit I - Unity and Renewal, and Unit III - Justice, Peace and Creation (World Council of Churches, 150 route de Ferney, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, 1995), 61.
21. World Council of Churches, "Towards A Common Understanding And Vision Of The World Council Of Churches: A Policy Statement," (adopted by the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, September 1997) (web page http://www.wcc-coe.org/cuv/ [accessed October 16, 1998]).
22. Robert C. Broderick, editor, The Catholic Encyclopedia: Revised and Updated Edition (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1987), 596.
23. M. Basil Pennington, Vatican II: We've Only Just Begun (New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1994), 144.
24. Ibid., 146 - 147.
25. Beversluis, A SourceBook for Earth's Community of Religions, 111.
26. Ibid., 113.
27. Ibid., 113 - 114.
28. Ibid., 114.
29. Ibid., 115 - 116.
30. Ibid., 114.
31. Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1994), 426.
32. John Templeton Foundation, "After the Award: The Legacy of The Templeton Prize" (web page http://www.templeton.org/prize/pkafter.asp [accessed September 16, 1998]).
33. John Templeton Foundation, "Templeton Prize Winners, 1973-1997" (web page http://www.templeton.org/prize/pkwin.asp [accessed September 16, 1998]).
34. John Templeton Foundation, "After the Award: The Legacy of The Templeton Prize" (web page http://www.templeton.org/prize/pkafter.asp ).
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