Well, this is the last post in my little blog series on the Craft of the Crystal Series. I hope you’ve found it interesting to read about. There were times when I was writing the Crystal series that I was covering myself in the blood of Jesus and doing spiritual warfare as I typed, lol. I’m definitely looking forward to writing some much lighter material.
The Centrality of death/ Sacrifices
The Bible talks about us, as Christians, being living sacrifices to God. And God doesn’t force us into being living sacrifices. He asks us to present/offer ourselves as living sacrifices unto Him (Romans 12:1). The devil on the other hand is all about death. Like Jesus said, his agenda is to steal, kill and destroy, while God died so that we can have abundant life (John 10:10). The SOT is big on death. In response for killing the practitioners receive more ‘energy’. Well, they think it’s more ‘energy.’ Really they’re just going into deeper bondage. They get more power from the enemy when they kill, but the more power they get, the more power he has over them, and the tighter his grip on them.
I did try to stay true to the different meanings that different kinds/flavours of incense have. However, I had to go on some dodgy websites to find out the uses (they were dodgy to me because they seemed so dark and occult). I think I mentioned Basil incense the most in the Crystal series. Basil incense is for ‘concentration, assertiveness, decisiveness, trust, integrity, enthusiasm, mental clarity, cheerfulness, confidence, courage to attract fidelity, love, good luck, sympathy, and wealth.’ I figured that covered all the bases of what practitioners would want. I know some Christians still burn incense today. I’m not exactly sure why. If you are an incense burning Christian I would like to know the reasoning behind it. Please leave a comment or email me.
So, this one is a big deal in the Crystal series. Basically it’s a state of enlightenment that only the most dedicated and masterful of practitioners are eligible to attain, and is based loosely on ‘ascended masters’ (a real life thing that you can read about online if you want, but I’d say don’t bother). However, I also made it a point of no return. I was thinking along the lines of the unpardonable sin in the Bible. Some people say the unpardonable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, but there are other schools of thought. However, in Powerful Enemies, Jesus says, “Your ascension is called a point of no return, not because I won’t receive you if you come to Me, but because you become too hardened to come to Me.”
There had to be a ‘point of no return’ in the craft in order to create more tension for Crystal’s and Juda’s relationship, because if he ascends there’s no hope they’ll ever be together. Ascension is used as a threat to Crystal and Juda’s relationship, and then as a threat to America (when Luke ascends and becomes almost indestructible).
So, that’s it for the Craft of the Crystal Series. I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my logic in creating the whole system, and I hope it answers some of your questions.