Alchemy is defined as:
"The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter, esp. that of base metals into gold."
For many ages, alchemists have sought two particular fabled items: The Philosopher's Stone and the creation of the Elixir of Life. The Philosopher's
Stone is a "legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals (lead, for example) into gold or silver. Meanwhile, the Elixir of
Life is "a legendary/mythical potion, or drink, that when drank from a certain cup, at a certain time, grants the drinker eternal life and/or eternal
While modern scientists have scoffed at the practice of alchemy, we do know this. Lead CAN be turned into gold by a process in which two particular
atoms are knocked off from lead, which turns it into gold. However, the process by which this occurs actually costs more than the value of the gold
made from the process. In other words, no profit would be made, as the process is more expensive than the result of that process.
Also, we do know that, since the mortal body is subject to the law of what in Buddhism is called "samsara" which is the everchangingness of all things
(in other words, nothing, at least in the physical and material world, stays the same, and is in a constant state of "flux", which is a term for
change coined by ancient Greek philosophers). Thus, there could never be an Elixir of Life that makes us physically immortal, since they would break a
fundamental law of nature.
But let's look at this from a different standpoint. If the transmutation of lead into gold is not a viable process through modern scientific means, if
we have no tangible evidence to suggest alchemists were ever able to do it, and the Elixir of Life is an impossibility, then alchemy comes apart at
the seams. Or does it?
As it turns out, ancient alchemy, in its original form, was NOT interested in turning lead into gold. Rather, alchemy was interested in the
transmutation of the self. The transmutation of the alchemist from a physical, material existence into a purely spiritual existence.
This sort of alchemy, before it was tainted by the wanton desire for gold and further tainted by churches and states who tried to either wipe out
alchemists or coerce alchemists into giving them the process, or the gold which they thought alchemists could make, was a far more philosophical
and/or mystical means of transcending the base, animalistic, materialistic state of being.
The problem was, that alchemists weren't exactly unified in how this would occur, by what process their being would go through transmutation. The
Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Arab Muslims, Indians, Chinese, Japanese, and later Renaissance Europeans all came up with different alchemical methods.
Though they were connected by common ideas, they had subtle differences. One would, perhaps then, have a radically different idea of transmutation
But if transmutation of the physical to the spiritual is possible, then there should be ONE way of doing this. After all, transmutation would have to
be a pretty radical and special process and experience, much in the same way that the later process by doing this is a unique process (in other words,
right now, we only know the one way to transmute lead into gold, by knocking off two atoms from lead). It would be a be a total, singular, unified
understanding of this process of transmutation.
Fortunately for us, there IS a process of transmutation available to us. Furthermore, there IS an Elixer of Life.
It's in the last place you may expect to find it.
It's in the Bible.
First, transmutation in the BIble: Though the word "transmutation" is not found anywhere in the Bible, but we do have a parallel to the "lead into
1 Peter 1:19 says, "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
PRECIOUS. What does that word mean? "Of high cost or worth; valuable." What gives something value, that would give it its preciousness? SCARCITY.
Gold is a PRECIOUS metal because of its scarcity, while lead is not itself valuable. Itself, it is worthless. It can be used for worthwhile purposes.
This is why you can take a gold coin and buy something with it, but a lead coin would hardly be worth the process that was used to cast the coin. Gold
is precious because of its SCARCITY, in the same way that anything "limited edition" is more valuable than standard edition items of the same ilk.
SCARCITY is what makes something precious.
I can hardly think of anything more precious than the blood of a sinless, blameless man. A man who, born of a virgin, performed miracles, was tortured
and executed brutally, but had victory over death and ascended into the Heavenly abode.
Jesus's blood is PRECIOUS because of its SCARCITY. It's the only one of its kind.
We are worthless sinners. Like lead, a dull, grey, hardly shining metal that is far from precious and hardly useful, we are spiritually dead,
intellectually grey, hardly glorifying the Most High, and hardly useful.
By the incredible process of transmutation that is salvation gained by the PRECIOUS blood that atones for our sins, we become gold. Gold, that is
valuable to God. Gold, that shines beautifully, and reflects the glorious light of God.
But like the process in modern science of turning lead into gold, the process which we turn are turned from sinners to something that God can value is
Yet, that expensive price, we don't have to pay. Christ did, by accepting all sins and transgressions into Himself, to be forsaken by God, and in
agony, die. But as surely as He rose from the dead and exited his tomb, surely His atoning blood will be the philosopher's stone by which we are
The philosopher's stone is sometimes synonymous with the Elixir of Life. It is. By that philosopher's stone (the blood of Christ) and the
transmutation of ourselves into some more precious and scarce (true believers are rare, Matthew 7:1), we may have the Elixir of Life: Absolute
immortality in the presence of our Creator, unending life that God has offered us through the murder of His Son.
In closing, this is not an attempt to delve into the occult and reconcile it with Christianity. Far from it. Alchemists who sought silver and gold
from their works, failed in their greed. Alchemists who sought personal transmutation, failed. For the only true transmutation is salvation, the only
Philosopher's Stone is the blood of the Lamb, and the only Elixir of Life is the result of being saved. Do not seek salvation in esoteric, occult
concepts, as it is a fruitless venture. Neither seek personal gain through alchemy or any similar system, as it will only lead to personal and eternal
loss. Jesus is the only way, God is the only end.
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