While some limited physical effects (mostly anesthetic) can be attributed to this practice, these effects have scientific, physiological explanations totally unrelated to the mystical explanation, which derives from Taoism. Some suggested revised chronologies and new dates, eventually forming groups such as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. White, suggested that the 1844 date was accurate but that a heavenly (thus invisible) event had taken place.Their teachings became the basis of Seventh-day Adventism, which eventually spawned its own offshoots, including Armstrongism and the Branch Davidians.By its primary dictionary definition, the term cult just means a system of religious beliefs or rituals.It is based on a farming term in Latin meaning cultivation.Sociologists and anthropologists sometimes use the term cult to describe religious structure or belief patterns with meanings (usually non-pejorative) unique to their disciplines.In modern usage, the term cult is often used by the general public to describe any religious group they view as strange or dangerous.Abbey of Thelema, Old Greenwich, CT: Esoteric magic, teachings of Aleister Crowley. Bresler, Mill Valley, CA: Healing by altered states of consciousness, imagery training (i.e., visualization), hypnosis and magic.
The word "occult" in this publication is used to describe any attempt to gain supernatural power or knowledge apart from the God of the Bible.
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The term "New Age" is used herein as an umbrella term to describe organizations which seem to exhibit one or more of the following beliefs: (1) All is one, all reality is part of the whole; (2) Everything is God and God is everything; (3) Man is God or a part of God; (4) Man never dies, but continues to live through reincarnation; (5) Man can create his own reality and/or values through transformed consciousness or altered states of consciousness. Aaronic Order, Maurice Glendenning, Murry, UT: Splinter group from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), founded in 1942 by Glendenning after he was excommunicated by the LDS Church for receiving and publishing revelations later known as the Levitical Writings.
Abaddon: (Hebrew for "The Destroyer"; in Greek, Apollyon) A demon described in the Bible as "the angel of the bottomless pit" (Revelation ).