In the June, 1989 issue of News-Advertiser, a new paper
published in Mt. Dora, Florida, a city located 25 miles north
of Orlando, the following advertisement appeared on page 5:
"YOU MAY BE ONE AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT! What? A Cosmerite!"
The advertisement further states that "Cosmerism is a Christian - Buddhistic
theosophy embracing all faiths of all men as far as they live
up to the four main principles and tests of Cosmerism: Love,
Empathy, Compassion, and the activation of good and non-violent
The advertisement invited the reader to write either the News-Advertiser
or The International Cosmeric Foundation in Orlando and stated
that the individual would receive "...a warm response from
a sheoti (teacher) of a religion more than 10,000 years old,
which embodies positive thought and love and the marvelous
guidance from the teachings of Yeshua ben Youssef (the Aramaic
name of Jesus, son of Joseph) and Sidhartha Gautama the Sakya
(the Great Buddha)."
In response to the advertisement, The Cosmeric Foundation was
contacted and within a few weeks, a letter dated July 28, 1989
was received from William Seaparke, alias Sheoti Samuel, regarding
the inquiry. In this letter, the basic tenets of Cosmerism were explained. According to the letter, Cosmerism "is a religion or theosophy
which promotes the belief of the individual in himself..."
(p. 1). It is based on the belief that the word, "Cosmer", means
"God", but God by any name.
On page two, the letter states that "The god of Islam, the
god of Christianity, the god of any religion -- all are the
same god..." The letter further states that "God is in everything and
is everything, and you also are God." Besides that, "Cosmerism teaches that if one recognizes
the truth that God, which is the Lord Cosmer, is everything,
he also recognizes that spirituality or God Consciousness is
the basis of the understanding of life," (p. 1).
Cosmerism is led by an individual called the Shen Terra or good
spirit of the Earth and is elected by the membership. The present
Shen Terra is James Carling, alias Shen Terra Joseph Too, a
rock musician in Sarasota, Florida. Their teachings are based on a number of sacred books with the
main one being the Book of Cosmer.
For those who have studied the New Age, it is quite obvious
that Cosmerism is no different than other New Age groups, philosophically.
The only difference is in the name. As with all New Age groups, the basis of Cosmerism is the belief
that all that is, is one (monism) and the belief that all is
god (pantheism) which leads to the logical conclusion that
man himself is god!! Unfortunately, these bizarre teachings are quite popular today
and many people are getting involved in the New Age movement.
However, this shouldn't surprise God's people for in II Timothy
4:3-4, Paul told Timothy that "The time will come when
they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall
be turned unto fables."