Friday, October 17, 2008

Biblical Study of the Great Pyramid Vs. Spiritism

The claim is being made that pyramidology is a "a spiritistic religion," and, assuming this to be true, therefore it is claimed that Charles Taze Russell was a spiritist. Some refer to "pyramidology" as though it means, "pyramid worship" and claim that Russell worshiped the pyramids. Those who make these claims evidently have little idea as to what true Biblical study of God's Witness in Egypt is about, and are probably confusing such Biblical study with practices of witchcraft, pagan or heathen occultism, "pyramid power," transcendentalism, occultic freemasonry, etc., that are often associated with the term "pyramidology." Indeed, most definitions given in the dictionary appear to ignore the Biblical study of God's Witness in Egypt as being "pyramidology."

The Great Pyramid Circa 1893 - Public Domain Image
As best we can determine, Charles Taze Russell never used the term "pyramidology." It appears that he never spoke of the Biblical study God's Witness in Egypt as being "pyramidology." Etymologically, the word pyramidology itself simply means "pyramid-study", or "study of a pyramid." It does not mean "pyramid worship." True Biblical study of the God's Witness in Egypt definitely has nothing to do with such practices of spiritism, heathen occultism, demonism, etc. The term "pyramidology", as it has been applied to the Biblical study of God's Witness Egypt, is not the same as "pyramidology" as applied to the various spiritistic occult applications. Here is one definition given to pyramidology as applied to the Biblical study of God's Witness in Egypt:

Pyramidology is the science that deals with the Great Pyramid's scientific demonstration of Biblical truth, true Christianity and the Divine plan respecting humanity on this planet. One who is skilled in this science is therefore defined as a Pyramidologist. But it is necessary clearly to distinguish between a Pyramidologist and a Pyramidist. A Pyramidist is an Egyptologist who specializes in the study of the pyramids of Egypt, or in other words, a specialist on the Egyptian pyramids from the archeological standpoint. Hence we find some people who have a good knowledge of Pyramidology know little or nothing about Egyptology. On the other hand, an Egyptologist, or even a Pyramidist, may know nothing about Pyramidology. An expert Pyramidologist, however, knows the Great Pyramid in all its aspects, including the Egyptological, even though his knowledge of Egyptology in general may not be very wide. Apart from a few builders' marks, which include a dating and the cartouche of Khufu (the pharaoh in whose reign the Great Pyramid was erected), there are no hieroglyphics in the Great Pyramid. Hence to become a Pyramidologist, knowledge of hieroglyphics is not required, whereas it is essential for all Egyptologists including Pyramidists to be able to read hieroglyphics proficiently.

Rutherford, Adam. Pyramidology I, page 11.

One should be able to see that the above definition had nothing to do with spiritism, occultism, etc. It was strictly defined in corroborative terms of the Bible as well as of science, and all in harmony with the Bible.

Although we have not found any place that Charles Taze Russell ever used any form of the word pyramidology, in view of what he wrote about the Great Pyramid, one could indeed say that Russell was a pyramidologist, according the Biblically-applied definition of the word, but not in accord with the common definition often given to the word, which would seem to indicate belief or practices related to heathen or pagan occultism.

We wish to emphasize that the Biblically-applied meaning has been almost totally displaced by the more common usages of the term "pyramidology" as related to certain forms of spiritistic powers and occultism. Russell was not a "pyramidologist" according such meanings given to that word.

The claim is made that the books on pyramidology "are usually located in the 'Occult' section of any library or bookstore." We actually doubt that one will actually find any books in the "Occult" section related to Biblical pyramidology -- except perhaps in may a few small bookstores that do not know the difference. Indeed, it is difficult to find any books on Biblical pyramidology in any bookstore at all. One may come across some books on the study of God's Witness in some of the used book stores, and they may, without having knowing the difference, place such books in the "occult" section of their books. Usually, however, one will have to order books regarding the study of God's Witness in Egypt. One may indeed see books on "Pyramid Power," Spiritism, etc., in the the "Occult" section of the popular books stores, but this is not the kind of study that Russell did regarding the Great Pyramid. Additionally, some bookstores have books under one section called "Religion/Occult," thus combining occultism with any kind of religious books. Amazon.com appears to place many books on Biblical Pyramidology under several classifications, including "History" as well as "Religion and Spirituality." It does not matter, however, what classification any book supplier may give to such works; it does not change the facts that such a Biblical study of God's Witness in Egypt as Russell presented is not, of itself, presenting a belief in, or advocating the practice of, any kind of paganistic religious beliefs and practices. We will say, however, that there are also some authors who borrow some of the Biblical studies and mix them with forms of spiritism, paganism, etc. Many do the same with the Bible itself; their misuse does not mean, however, that the Bible actually supports such misuse; likewise with the study of Biblical God's Witness in Egypt as done by Russell and others who do not condone the heathen or pagan beliefs and practices.

The claim is made that Joseph Rutherford "admitted" that it was Satan who put it in Russell's mind "to figure out God's purposes by studying the Pyramid of Gizeh." We have not been able to substantiate that Rutherford actually stated this. If he did, then it is just another of his misrepresentations of Russell, since Russell never sought "to figure out God's purposes by studying the Pyramid of Giza." Russell sought to "figure out" God's purposes by the Bible, not the Great Pyramid, as his writings demonstrate. Russell viewed the Great Pyramid as corroborative of God's plan as revealed in the Bible; he did not view the Great Pyramid as the source of learning about that plan.

We are told that Russell was embalmed and then that he "was placed in a grave that is now marked with a huge tombstone in the form of a pyramid." A few years after Russell died, Rutherford did indeed have a pyramid monument constructed in the center of the Watch Tower's plot of Rosemont Cemetery. Although this monument is near Russell's grave, Russell's grave itself is not "marked with a huge tombstone in the form of a pyramid." The pyramid monument is not a "tombstone" at all. Although Rutherford claimed that Russell had wanted such a monument built, I highly doubt it was actually Russell's idea to build such a monument.

See also:

Evidently related to the Great Pyramid, we are told that "Russell also believed in astrology and the horoscope." No proof is given for such a false statement. In reality, however, Russell did not believe in  astrology, nor the horoscope. Russell associated astrology with spiritism, which he condemned.

See:
Did Russell Use Astrology?
What Say the Scriptures About Spiritism?
What Say the Scriptures About Spiritism? (Continued)

We are told that "Not the Bible, but Russell's belief in pyramidology are the basis for his date setting." This false statement would be very laughable, except that many seriously take this falsehood to be truth. In reality, the dates were originally obtained from study of the Bible, not from study of the Great Pyramid. It was after these dates were known from study of the scriptures, that a study of the Great Pyramid revealed the same dates. Measurements of the Great Pyramid simply confirm the dates.

Related Information:
Russell and the Great Pyramid
Occultism and the Great Pyramid
Russell’s Pyramid Tomb?


The Strange Teaching of Pyramidology
For more information about the Great Pyramid and the Bible, see:

6 comments:

  1. great to read some truth for a change well done for your research into charles taz russell

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  2. Studying about the time and date is an audatious act. We were instructed by our Lord Jesus at Acts 1:7 "not for us to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority."

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    2. The prophets themselves provide many time prophecies, which, of course, relate to time and dates. Acts 1:7 is stated to those disciples in the first century; nevertheless, even there it does not say that one should not study the time prophecies given in the Bible. Nevertheless, it was not yet the due time for those prophecies to be understood. -- Daniel 12:4.

      Brother Russell's basic work related to time prophecies and chronology may be found at:
      http://mostholyfaith.com/Beta/bible/volumes/index.asp#vol2
      http://mostholyfaith.com/Beta/bible/volumes/index.asp#vol3

      Some of my research related to Russell and time prophecies may be found at:
      http://ctr-rlbible.com/?cat=975

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  3. you, the owner of this blog does not know exactly what you are saying...you are just making up stories in order to defend the occultism and spiritism of your own religion...wake up!!!

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    1. Joan Joan:

      The only "reiigion" I belong to that of Jesus and the apostles. I certainly have presented nothing at all "to defend occultism and spiritism" and true Christianity has nothing at all to do with such. Many falsely claim that Brother Russell was into such, but if one actually examines his work, one will see that he was not.

      For links to most of my related research, see:
      Russell and the Occult

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